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Il'ia Dmitrievich Surguchev Papers, 1916-1958

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Call No.: BA#0436
Bib ID 4078131 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Surguchev, Ilʹi︠a︡ , 1881-1956
Title Il'ia Dmitrievich Surguchev Papers, 1916-1958
Physical Description 6.3 Linear Feet (15 manuscript boxes)
Language(s) Russian , French , English .
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This collection is arranged in five series.



Correspondence, manuscripts, documents, photographs, and printed materials of Surguchev. The papers almost exclusively concern Surguchev's life in emigration; he lived in France from the 1920s onward. Correspondents include Ivan Bunin, Nikolaĭ Evreĭnov, Aleksandr Kuprin, and Vladimir Nemirovich-Danchenko. There are manuscripts of plays, stories, and film scenarios by Surguchev in Russian, French, and English. Documents include literary contracts, and one contract signed by Sergeĭ Lifar ́concerning a film scenario by Surguchev and Ivan Lukash. There are photographs of Surguchev and of scenes from his plays, and a subject file on the Russian Chamber Theater (Kamernyĭ Teatr) in Prague, 1922-23. Among the printed materials are many clippings of pieces by Surguchev, and his play "Igra" and pamphlet "Bolśheviki v Stavropole."

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Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Il'ia Dmitrievich Surguchev Papers; Box and Folder (if known); Bakhmeteff Archive, Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Libraries.


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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Papers: Method of acquisition--Purchase; Date of acquisition--1962.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

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Processing Information

Papers Accessioned 1962.

Papers Processed 11/--/81.

Revision Description

2020-03-31 PDF finding aid converted to EAD and biographical note revised by CLB and KSD.

Subject Headings

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"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
Clippings (Information Artifacts) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Contracts Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Letters (correspondence) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Manuscripts (documents) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Pamphlets Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Photographic prints Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID


Heading "CUL Archives:"
"CUL Collections:"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
Bunin, Ivan Alekseevich, 1870-1953 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Emigration and immigration -- France -- 20th century Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Emigration and immigration -- Soviet Union -- 20th century Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Evreinov, N. N. (Nikolaĭ Nikolaevich), 1879-1953 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Kuprin, Aleksandr Ivanovich, 1870-1938 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Lifar, Serge, 1905-1986 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Lukash, Ivan, 1892-1940 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Nemirovich-Danchenko, Vladimir I. (Vladimir Ivanovich), 1858-1943 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Remizov, Alekseĭ, 1877-1957 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Russian literature -- Foreign countries Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Shmelev, I. S. (Ivan Sergeevich), 1873-1950 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Slonim, Marc, 1894-1976 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Theater -- Soviet Union Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical sketch

Il'ia Dmitrievich Surguchev (1881-1956) was a writer and dramatist whose best-known work was the play "Osennie skripki"("Les violins d'automne" or "Autumn"). Born in Stavropol, Russia, he emigrated to France in the 1920s. He died in Paris in 1956.

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Series I: Correspondence

Subseries I.1: Cataloged correspondence

Box 1 Bunin, Ivan Alekseevich

Box 1 Evreinov, Nikolai Nikolaevich

Box 1 Korda, Alexander

Box 1 Kuprin, Aleksandr Ivanovich

Box 1 Lukash, Ivan Sozontovich

Box 1 Nazhivin, Ivan Fedorovich

Box 1 Nemirovich-Danchenko, Vasilii Ivanovich

Box 1 Nemirovich-Danchenko, Vladimir Ivanovich

Box 1 Perel'man, Osip Isidorovich (pseudonym — Osip Dymov)

Box 1 Plevitskaia, Nadezhda Vasil'evna

Box 1 Reavey, George

Box 1 Remizov, Aleksei Mikhailovich

Box 1 Shmelev, Ivan Sergeevich

Box 1 Slonim, Mark L'vovich

Box 1 Weinbaum, Mark Efimovich

Box 1 Zilboorg, Gregory

Subseries I.2: Arranged correspondence

Box 2 A-C

Box 2 D-F

Box 2 G-O

Box 2 P-T

Box 2 U-Z

Box 2 Unidentified

Box 2 Drafts and carbons by I. D. Surguchev

Series II: Manuscripts

Subseries II.1: Surguchev's writings

Box 3 Angel'skoe krylo

Box 3 Balet ego velichestva

Box 3 Bor'ba za prestol

Box 3 Chat qui pêche

Box 3 Christophe Colomb

Box 3 Dalekoe puteshestvie

Box 3 Dream of the Empress Josephine

Box 3 Grazhdanskaia voina na iuge Rossii

Box 3 Ia tsar', ia rab, ia cherv'

Box 3 Iaponka Irei

Box 3 Igra

Box 4 Iskushenie sv. Antoniia

Box 4 Jeu

Box 4 Jeune fille aux cheveux gris (with Ivan Lukash)

Box 4 Kashtany Parizha

Box 4 Kolumbina protiv i za

Box 4 Kot, kotoryi lovit rybu

Box 4 Letters with Foreign Stamps

Box 4 Liudovik 14-yi

Box 5 Main de Beethoven

Box 5 Marroniers de Paris

Box 5 Metamorphoses

Box 5 Nashi dushi poiut

Box 5 Noch'

Box 5 Obiazana-li daktilo pisat' liubovnye pis'ma?

Box 5 L'or

Box 6 Parizhskie prikliucheniia

Box 6 Parizhskii dnevnik

Box 6 Pis'ma s inostrannymi markami

Box 6 Puteshestvie k beregam nezhnosti

Box 7 Rasputin (with P. El'fimov)

Box 7 Reki vavilonskie

Box 7 Ruka Betkhovena

Box 7 Select-Restaurant

Box 7 Sentimental'nyi den' Napoleona

Box 7 Société anonyme

Box 8 Torgovyi dom

Box 8 Tzar Theodor Ioanovitch

Box 8 Uneasy Lies or the Sentimental Day

Box 8 Violins de l'automne

Box 8 Volshebnaia butylka

Box 8 Vozhd'

Box 8 Zerkalo

Box 8 Zhenshchiny

Box 8 Zoloto

Box 9 Miscellaneous manuscripts, 7 folders

Box 10 Miscellaneous manuscripts, 5 folders

Box 11 Miscellaneous manuscripts, 3 folders

Box 11 Notebooks

Subseries II.2: Writings by others

Box 12 Burov, Al.

Box 12 Hulanicka, Stany. "Le surhomme"

Box 12 Ianovskii, V. S. "Zhizn1 bol'shogo artista"

Box 12 Kamenskii, B. "Roman velikogo kniazia"

Box 12 Polouekoff, J. P. "Chateaux en Espagne"

Box 12 Schmith, J. A. "Sturmvögel"

Box 12 Soiffer, Ossip. "Les aveugles"

Box 12 Tomskii, P. "Reabilitatsiia"

Box 12 Velichkovskii, Anatolii

Box 12 Vorotnikov, A.

Box 12 Zeest, F. A.

Series III: Documents and Photographs

Box 1 Lifar', Sergei Mikhailovich

Box 12 Various documents: literary contracts and other


Box 12 Chiefly of Surguchev

Box 12 Photographs from plays

Box 12 Photographs from "The Case of Lady Brooke"

Series IV: Subject Files, Scrapbooks, Miscellaneous

Box 12 Subject File: Russkii Kamernyi Teatr, Prague, 1922-1923

Box 13 Scrapbooks (chiefly clippings)

Box 12 Miscellaneous

Series V: Printed Materials

Box 14 Clippings, 4 folders

Box 15 Clippings, 5 folders

Box 15 Surguchev. "Bol'sheviki v Stavropole"

Box 15 Surguchev. "Igra"