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Elena Mogilat Papers, ca. 1900-1981.

Summary Information

At a Glance

Title:Elena Mogilat Papers, ca. 1900-1981.
Physical description:9 linear feet (18 boxes).
Language(s):In English


Material is arranged into three series


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 Russkii╠ć 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


Preferred Citation

[Collection Name]. Rare Book and Manuscript Library. Columbia University.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries. Rare Book and Manuscript Library; machine readable finding aid created by Columbia University Libraries Digital Library Program Division

Processing Information

Papers Accessioned 1958

Papers Accessioned 1972

Papers Accessioned 1981

Papers Processed 03/--/80

Papers Revised 10/--/81

Papers Processed 08/--/87 ejs

Papers Processed 08/--/87 ejs

Machine readable finding aid generated from MARC-AMC source via XSLT conversion June 26, 2009

Finding aid written in English.

    2009-06-26 File created.

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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Additional Creators

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Mikeshina, Ariadna.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Struve, Gleb.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Tolstoy, Alexandra, 1884-1979.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Unbegaun, Boris Ottokar 1898-1973.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID


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CUL Collections:
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CUL Collections:
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Russian Language--Study and teaching--United States.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Soviet Union--Social conditions--1917- .PortalCLIOArchiveGRID

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 Russkii╠ć 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.