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Series I: Correspondence
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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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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.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Papers: Method of acquisition--Purchase; Date of acquisition--1962.
About the Finding Aid / Processing Information
Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library
Papers Accessioned 1962.
Papers Processed 11/--/81.
2020-03-31 PDF finding aid converted to EAD and biographical note revised by CLB and KSD.
History / Biographical Note
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.