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Maksim Maksimovich Kovalevskii Papers, 1873-1950

Summary Information

At a Glance

Call No.: BAR Ms Coll/M.M. Kovalevskiĭ
Bib ID 4077709 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Kovalevskiĭ, M. M. (Maksim Maksimovich), 1851-1916 ; Lavrov, P. L. (Petr Lavrovich), 1823-1900 ; Chekhov, Anton Pavlovich, 1860-1904 ; Mili︠u︡kov, P. N. (Pavel Nikolaevich), 1859-1943 ; Struve, Petr Berngardovich, 1870-1944 ; Turgenev, Ivan Sergeevich, 1818-1883 ; Mikhaĭlovskiĭ, N. K. (Nikolaĭ Konstantinovich), 1842-1904
Title Maksim Maksimovich Kovalevskii Papers, 1873-1950
Physical Description 400 items (4 boxes; 1 oversized folder)
Language(s) Russian .

This collection is located on-site.



Material is arranged into three series.


Scope and Content

The papers consist of correspondence, manuscripts, documents, and printed materials. Correspondence includes 82 letters from Maksim Kovalevskiĭ to the mathematician Sofii︠a︡ Kovalevskai︠a︡; 69 letters from Petr Lavrov to Kovalevskiĭ; and letters to Kovalevskiĭ from Anton Chekhov (typed copies), Nikolaĭ Mikhaĭlovskiĭ, Pavel Mili︠u︡kov, Petr Struve, and Ivan Turgenev (typed copy). Manuscripts consist of Kovalevskiĭ's handwritten memoirs, with a typed copy and some printed excerpts. Documents consist of Kovalevskiĭ's diplomas from the University of Berlin (1873), the Russian Imperial Academy of Sciences (1899), and the Deputazione Veneta di Storia Patria (1901).

Using the Collection

Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Restrictions on Access

This collection is located on-site.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Papers: Source of acquisition--Petr E. Kovalevskiĭ. Method of acquisition--Gift; Date of acquisition--1954.

Papers: Source of acquisition--Maksim E. Kovalevskiĭ via Beatrice Stillman. Method of acquisition--Gift; Date of acquisition--1980.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

Papers Accessioned 1954.

Papers Accessioned 1980.

Papers Processed 03/--/80.

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:"
Letters (correspondence) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Memoirs Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
diplomas Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID


Heading "CUL Archives:"
"CUL Collections:"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
Journalists, Soviet Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Russia -- Intellectual life -- 1801-1917 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Soviet Union -- Study and teaching Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical sketch

A historian and sociologist, Kovalevskiĭ taught in western Europe as well as Russia. His major works included "Pervobytnoe pravo" (1886) and"Proiskhozhdenie sovremennoĭ demokratii" (1895-1899). Kovalevskiĭ served in the State Duma and the State Council, and from 1909 was the publisher of "Vestnik Evropy.".