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Scope and Content
The collection consists of correspondence, manuscripts, and an enormous number of notecards (that were collected over a twenty-year period for a proposed "Slovar' russkikh khudozhnikov") and several dozen notebooks containing entries to which the cards refer. Among the correspondents is Eugène Fabergé, whose letters contain information about the Fabergé dynasty of jewelers. Sakharov's manuscripts include essays on Ivan Bilibin, M. V. Rudaltsov, Mariia Bashkirtseva, Nikolai Globa and V. E. Borisov-Musatov. The cards containing information on artists are arranged alphabetically by artist and contain references to specific notebook entries. There are also bibliographic cards containing citations of articles on art in Russian and other languages. These are arranged by author. The notebooks are largely devoted to a particular artist or genre; others are designated by color and number, letter, number or not titled at all. There are also two sets of large notebooks which seem to belong to another series. There are a few photographs of artists (notably a 1939 photograph of Globa) and photographic reproductions of works by Bakst and Lukin among others. The collection contains approximately 11 exhibition catalogues dating from 1915 to 1940 and primarily relating to the exhibitions of Russian emigre artists in Paris. There are also 4 issues of "Illiustrirovannaia Rossiia" and some clippings dealing with Russian emigre artists.
Using the Collection
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Restrictions on Access
This collection is located on-site.
This collection has no restrictions.
Terms Governing Use and Reproduction
Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. The RBML maintains ownership of the physical material only. Copyright remains with the creator and his/her heirs. The responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.
Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Vladimir Vladimirovich Sakharov Papers; Box and Folder; Bakhmeteff Archive, Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Papers: Method of acquisition--Purchase; Date of acquisition--1954.
Papers: Method of acquisition--Purchase; Date of acquisition--1961.
About the Finding Aid / Processing Information
Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library
Papers Accessioned 1954.
Papers Accessioned 1961.
Papers Processed 04/--/81.
2009-06-26 File created.
2019-05-20 EAD was imported spring 2019 as part of the ArchivesSpace Phase II migration.
2020-10-05 Authorities and notes reviewed and updated, finding aid updated, ksd
History / Biographical Note
Vladimir Vladimirovich Sakharov (1874-1960), Russian émigré painter, was born into a family of a famous Russian general, Vladimir Viktorovich Sakharov. He graduated from a privileged gymnasium in St. Petersburg and later became a student of the Academy of Arts. His family connections led him to meet a well-known Russian artist Mikhail Vrubel who became his mentor for many years and predicted a brilliant career for a young artist.
In 1914, as many other Russians, Sakharov was drafted into the army and served under his father's command in Romania. After the Bolshevik takeover, he immigrated to France.
He had never became famous, as Vrubel predicted, but he dedicated all his life to compiling a dictionary of Russian artists from the eleventh century until our days. He died in Paris in 1960 and his widow sold his papers to the Bakhmeteff archive at Columbia University.