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Petr Evgrafovich and Evgraf Petrovich Kovalevskii Papers, 1917-1973

Summary Information

At a Glance

Call No.: BAR Ms Coll/Kovalevskiĭ, P.E.
Bib ID 4077703 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Kovalevskiĭ, Pierre, 1901-1978 ; Adamovich, Georgiĭ ; Lifar, Serge, 1905-1986 ; Kovalevskīĭ, Evgraf , 1865-1941
Title Petr Evgrafovich and Evgraf Petrovich Kovalevskii Papers, 1917-1973
Physical Description 4100 items (18 boxes)
Language(s) Russian .

This collection is located on-site.



Material is arranged into four series.


Scope and Content

Correspondence, manuscripts, subject files, and printed materials. Cataloged correspondents in the collection include Georgiĭ Adamovich, Mstislav Dobuzhinskiĭ, and Sergeĭ Lifar.́ Manuscripts consist of typed copies of Pierre Kovalevskiĭ's extensive diaries, which begin in Petrograd in 1918 and continue to 1973; the only missing years are 1961-1969. Subject files chiefly concern emigre organizations with which Evgraf was involved, especially the Russian Academic Group (Russkai︠a︡ Akademicheskai︠a︡ Gruppa) and the Russian Committee of United Organizations (Russkiĭ Komitet Obʺedinennykh Organizat︠s︡iĭ). Post-World War II organizational files of Petr Kovalevskiĭ are on the Society for the Preservation of Russian Cultural Valuables (Obschestvo Okhranenii︠a︡ Russkikh Kult́urnyk T︠S︡ennosteĭ), and the Committee to Commemorate the 250th Anniversary of St. Petersburg (I︠U︡bileĭnyĭ Komitet Oznamenovanii︠a︡ 250-ti letii︠a︡ St. Peterburga).

Using the Collection

Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Restrictions on Access

This collection is located on-site.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

Papers Accessioned 1954.

Papers Accessioned 1968.

Papers Processed 11/--/79.

Papers Revised 11/--/81.

Papers Accessioned 1976.

Revision Description

2009-06-26 File created.

2019-05-20 EAD was imported spring 2019 as part of the ArchivesSpace Phase II migration.

Subject Headings

The subject headings listed below are found in this collection. Links below allow searches at Columbia University through the Archival Collections Portal and through CLIO, the catalog for Columbia University Libraries, as well as ArchiveGRID, a catalog that allows users to search the holdings of multiple research libraries and archives.

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Heading "CUL Archives:"
"CUL Collections:"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
Diaries Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID


Heading "CUL Archives:"
"CUL Collections:"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
Emigration and immigration -- France -- 20th century Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Emigration and immigration -- Soviet Union -- 20th century Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Letters Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Obshchestvo Okhranenii︠a︡ Russkikh Kult́urnykh T︠S︡ennosteĭ Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Russians -- France Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical sketch

Pierre Kovalevskiĭ taught Russian studies at various French institutions. His father, Evgraf P. Kovalevskiĭ, was an Imperial government official, and in the emigration in interwar France was an important social and educational activist.