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Nadezhda Aleksandrovna Teffi Papers, 1900-1953

Summary Information


Correspondence, manuscripts, documents, photographs, drawings, sheet-music and printed material of Teffi (Nadezhda Aleksandrovna Lokhvitskaia, married name Buchinskaia; 1872-1952. Тэффи, Надежда Александровна Лохвицкая, в замужестве Бучинская), a Russian émigré writer.

At a Glance

Call No.: BA#0448
Bib ID 4078136 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Tėffi, N. A. (Nadezhda Aleksandrovna), 1872-1952
Title Nadezhda Aleksandrovna Teffi Papers, 1900-1953
Physical Description 5 Linear Feet (11 manuscript boxes; 2 copies of oversized books shelved with collection; 2 glass negatives)
Language(s) Russian , French , English .
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This collection is arranged in four series. Selected material cataloged; remainder arranged.


Scope and Contents

The collection contains Teffi's correspondence, manuscripts, documents, photographs, drawings, sheet music, and printed material. The correspondence, primarily from the period 1928-1952, includes a large body of letters from Teffi to her daughter Valerii︠a︡ Grabovskai︠a︡ and numerous letters to Teffi from many prominent persons, including Mark Aldanov, Ivan Bunin, Boris Panteleĭmonov, Grigoriĭ Aleksinskiĭ, Aleksandr Amfiteatrov, and Konstantin Simonov. The manuscripts consist primarily of handwritten and typescript copies of Teffi's essays and humorous sketches. Also included are several of her lyrics, as well as original poems by the writers Lolliĭ Lv́ov, Aleksandr Ot︠s︡up, Sergeĭ Potresov and others.

The collection also includes around 100 photographs, mainly of Teffi, but also of others, including Boris Panteleĭmonov and Ekaterina Kuskova. The printed material consists almost exclusively of books and clippings. Included are books by Teffi published between 1910 and 1952, and a large collection of clippings of her writings from the Russian émigré press as well as translations of her works published in non-Russian newspapers, journals and magazines.

Using the Collection

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Restrictions on Access

You will need to make an appointment in advance to use this collection material in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room. You can schedule an appointment once you've submitted your request through your Special Collections Research Account.

This collection is located on-site.

This collection has no restrictions.

Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Nadezhda Aleksandrovna Teffi Papers; Box and Folder (if known); Bakhmeteff Archive, Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Libraries.

Related Materials

Mikhail Aleksandrovich Drizo Papers: contains a manuscript of Teffi's "Nichego Podobnogo" with Drizo's drawings of its characters.

Ekaterina Nikolaevna Roshchina-Insarova Papers: contains manuscripts of poems and a play scenario by Teffi.

Il'ia Grigor'evich Savchenko Papers: contains manuscripts of 5 stories and 1 essay by Teffi, which were published in "Poslednie Novosti" in the 1930s.

Andreĭ Sedykh papers: Contains Seydkh's correspondence (61 letters) with Teffi, as well as some short manuscripts by Teffi. At the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University.

Soiuz Russkikh Pisatelei i Zhurnalistov v Parizhe Records: contains correspondence with Teffi, primarily related to the union's organizational subsidies.

Vladimir Aleksandrovich Vereshchagin Papers: contains a poem manuscript by Teffi.

Boris Konstantinovich Zaitsev Papers: contains extensive correspondence (101 letters) with Teffi.

The following collections in the Bakhmeteff Archive contain Teffi's correspondence: Aldanov; Bacherac; Baikalov; Chekhov Publishing House; Drizo; Evreinov; Kagan; Karpovich; Oks; Pleshcheev; A. A. Poliakov; Potresov; Roshchina-Insarova; Sablin; Shervashidze; Shpolianskii; Tyrkova-Williams; Zeeler; Zenzinov.

Teffi's correspondence from these collections is also available on microfilm #96-2051-1.


Materials may have been added to the collection since this finding aid was prepared. Contact rbml@columbia.edu for more information.

Existence and Location of Copies

Teffi's correspondence from various BAR collections is on microfilm #96-2051-1.

Also available on microfilm (reels #96-2038 and #96-2039):

General correspondence from box 2 (O-Z; Fragments; Unidentified; Teffi to various persons; Teffi to Valeriia Grabovskaia (daughter); Letters neither to nor from Teffi; Grabovskaia, V. to V. and V. Vereshchagin; Various persons to Valeriia Grabovskaia; Tamara (housekeeper) to Valeriia Grabovskaia; With Chekhov Publishing House; Correspondence regarding aid to Teffi (1939-1943); Correspondence re: commemorative evening, 1953 June 11; Correspondence re. and other financial matters)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Papers: Source of acquisition--Valeriia Vladislavovna Grabovskaia. Method of acquisition--Gift; Date of acquisition--1953.


Publications based on the Nadezhda Aleksandrovna Teffi Papers: Teffi, Nadezhda. "Sinie vtorniki." Novyi Zhurnal, No. 180 (1990): pp. 116-120. Manuscript from box 3. Correspondence between N. Teffi and V. and I. Bunin, (preface by Edith Haber, commentaries by Richard Davies and Edith Haber), DIASPORA III, St. Petersburg, 2002

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

Papers Accessioned 1953.

Papers Processed 12/--/81.

This collection was intellectually arranged into six series at the same time the PDF finding aid was converted to EAD. None of the material was physically rearranged. The biographical note was also updated to include a more accurate birth date (1872 rather than 1875), as well as information about Teffi's marriage and son. Finally, related materials notes were added.

Revision Description

2020-04-22 PDF finding aid converted to EAD and biographical note revised by CLB and KSD.

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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Heading "CUL Archives:"
"CUL Collections:"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
Clippings (Information Artifacts) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Essays Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Memoirs Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Photographic prints Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Poems Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Sheet music Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Sketches (literary) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID


Heading "CUL Archives:"
"CUL Collections:"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
Adamovich, Georgiĭ Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Aldanov, Mark Aleksandrovich, 1886-1957 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Aleksandrova, Vera, 1895-1966 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Aleksinskiĭ, Grigoriĭ, 1879-1967 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Amari Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Amfiteatrov, Aleksandr, 1852-1938 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Berezov, Rodion Mikhaĭlovich, 1896-1988 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Berlin, P. A. (Pavel Abramovich), 1877-1962 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Bit︠s︡illi, P. M. (Petr Mikhaĭlovich), 1879-1953 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Books Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
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
Exiles' writings, Russian Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Fondaminskiĭ, Ilʹi︠a︡, 1879-1948 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Gippius, Z. N. (Zinaida Nikolaevna), 1869-1945 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Grabovskai︠a︡, Valerii︠a︡ Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Grechaninov, Aleksandr Tikhonovich, 1864-1956 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Ivask, I͡Uriĭ Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Kuskova, Ekaterina Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Lʹvov, Lolliĭ Ivanovich, 1888-approximately 1960 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Maklakov, V. A. (Vasiliĭ Alekseevich), 1870-1957 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Muromt͡seva-Bunina, V. N. (Vera Nikolaevna) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Ot︠s︡up, Aleksandr Avdeevich, 1882-1949 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Panteleĭmonov, Boris, 1888-1950 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Pilʹskiĭ, Petr Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Potresov, S. V. (Sergi︠e︡ĭ Viktorovich), 1870-1953 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Pregelʹ, Sofii︠a︡, 1894-1972 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Remizov, Alekseĭ, 1877-1957 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Repin, Ili︠́a︡ Efimovich, 1844-1930 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Rodicheva, Aleksandra Fedorovna Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Russian literature -- Foreign countries Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Russian wit and humor Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Rzhevskiĭ, Leonid, 1905-1986 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Sazonova, I︠U︡lii︠a︡ Leonidovna Slonimskai︠a︡ Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Sedykh, Andreĭ, 1902-1994 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Shmelev, I. S. (Ivan Sergeevich), 1873-1950 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Simonov, Konstantin, 1915-1979 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Terapiano, I︠U︡riĭ, 1892-1980 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Troyat, Henri, 1911-2007 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Trubet︠s︡koĭ, I︠U︡riĭ, 1902-1974 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Tyrkova-Williams, Ariadna, 1869-1962 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
T︠S︡vetaeva, Marina, 1892-1941 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Valentinov, N. (Nikolaĭ), 1879-1964 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Veĭnbaum, M. E. (Mark Efimovich), 1890-1973 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Vysheslavt︠s︡ev, B. P. (Boris Petrovich), 1877-1954 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Wreden, Nicholas Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Zaĭt︠s︡ev, Boris, 1881-1972 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical note

Teffi, pseudonym of Nadezhda Aleksandrovna Lokhvitskaia, married name Buchinskaia (Тэффи, Надежда Александровна Лохвицкая, в замужестве Бучинская; 1872-1952), was a prominent Russian writer and poet best known for her humorous sketches. Born in St. Petersburg, she lived in Paris for the majority of her career, from 1919 until her death.

Her father was a prominent professor of law and a well-known lawyer, publisher and editor of the newspaper Sudebnyi vestnik; her older sister, Mirra Lokhvitskaia-Zhiber, was an accomplished poet.

Nadezhda Lokhvitskaia married the lawyer Vladislav Buchinsky, her father's student, in 1892. The couple had two daughters and a son before they separated in 1900. One daughter, Helena Buczynska, pursued an acting career in Poland; and the other, Valeriia Grabovskaia, was a translator who resided in England. Their son, Janek, died during World War I.

Teffi began her literary career in pre-revolutionary Russia as a regular contributor of stories, essays, poems and plays to the daily Russkoe slovo and to the literary journal Satirikon. The first collection of her works, entitled Sem' ognei, was published in St. Petersburg in 1910. In 1919, Teffi emigrated to Paris, where she pursued a prolific writing career publishing a continuous stream of essays, poems, songs, plays and the humorous sketches for which she became best known. Her pieces appeared regularly in the Russian émigré press, and frequently also in translation in non-Russian newspapers, magazines and journals. Her literary output has been estimated to include approximately 700 stories and 26 plays, collected in about 30 volumes, published over the course of 52 years.

Teffi died in Paris on October 6, 1952.