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At a Glance
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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.
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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.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Papers: Source of acquisition--Elena T. Mogilat. Method of acquisition--Gift; Date of acquisition--1958.
Papers: Source of acquisition--Elena T. Mogilat. Method of acquisition--Gift; Date of acquisition--1972.
Papers: Source of acquisition--Elena T. Mogilat via William Harkins. Method of acquisition--Bequest; Date of acquisition--1981.
Papers: Source of acquisition--Columbia University. Slavic Languages Department. Method of acquisition--Gift; Date of acquisition--10/02/86. Accession number--B-87-8-27.
Papers: Source of acquisition--Columbia University Slavic Languages Department via William Harkins. Method of acquisition--Gift; Date of acquisition--10/--/86. Accession number--B-87-9-25.
About the Finding Aid / Processing Information
Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library
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.
2009-06-26 File created.
2019-05-20 EAD was imported spring 2019 as part of the ArchivesSpace Phase II migration.
History / Biographical Note
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.