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Elena Mogilat Papers, 1900-1981

Summary Information

At a Glance

Bib ID 4077850 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Mogilat, Elena Tikhonovna, 1892-1981 ; Mikeshina, Ariadna ; Struve, Gleb ; Tolstoy, Alexandra, 1884-1979 ; Unbegaun, Boris Ottokar, 1898-1973
Title Elena Mogilat Papers, 1900-1981
Physical Description 4500 items (18 boxes)
Language(s) Russian .

This collection is located on-site.



Selected materials cataloged, remainder arranged.


Scope and Content

Papers include correspondence, manuscripts, documents, photographs, subject files, and printed materials. The extensive correspondence relates to Mogilat's personal and professional activities and includes letters from many of her students and colleagues. Correspondents include Gleb Struve, Alexandra Tolstoy and Boris Unbegaun. Of special interest are letters by her first husband Baron von Taube, written from the front during World War I, and correspondence with various Russian acqaintances about the Soviet Union in the 1920s and 1930s in which they describe life in a communal apartment, and plans to rescue friends who have been arrested. Subject files concern Columbia's Russkiĭ Kruzhok and the Avtonomoff method of teaching Russian to Americans. There are letters, photographs, concert programs and music of Russian emigre composer and pianist Ariadna Mikeshina. Manuscripts are by various persons; most are by John Paul Mihaly, who had been Mogilat's student. There is also a manuscript of translations by Clarence Manning, "Four Poems by Blok." Documents and photographs concern Mogilat and her family, both before and after emigration. Printed materials consist mostly of off-prints of articles by Clarence Manning and others, primarily on literary topics. There are also books, mimeographed materials, periodicals, and clippings.

Using the Collection

Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Restrictions on Access

This collection is located on-site.

Ownership and Custodial History

Gift of Elena T. Mogilat, 1958, 1972; bequest via William Harkins, 1981, gift of Columbia University Slavic Languages Department via William Harkins, 1986.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

Papers Accessioned 1958.

Papers Accessioned 1972.

Papers Accessioned 1981.

Papers Processed 03/--/80.

Papers Revised 10/--/81.

Papers Processed ejs 08/--/87.

Papers Processed ejs 08/--/87.

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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"CUL Collections:"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
Articles Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Clippings (Information Artifacts) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Periodicals Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Photographic prints Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Poems Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID


Heading "CUL Archives:"
"CUL Collections:"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
Books Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Letters Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Russian Language -- Study and teaching -- United States Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Soviet Union -- Social conditions -- 1917- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical sketch

A Teacher of Russian at Columbia University from 1921 to 1965, Mogilat helped organize the Slavonic Society of Columbia University and the Russkiĭ Kruzhok. Her first husband, Baron Alexis von Taube, was an officer in the imperial Russian army. Her second husband, George d'Hedberg, was also a Russian army officer, and later an engineer in New York City.