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Vladimir Feofilovich Zeeler Papers, 1870-1950

Summary Information

Abstract

Vladimir Feofilovich Zeeler (Владимир Феофилович Зеелер; 1874-1954) was a Russian lawyer, state official and political activist; the Interior Minister in the South Russian Government; a pivotal figure of the Russian emigration; and a journalist, editor, memoirist and philanthropist. The collection includes correspondence, manuscripts, and photographs of many prominent cultural figures in the Russian emigration. A sizable part of the collection also concerns the painter Il'ia Repin (1844-1930).

At a Glance

Call No.: BA#0516
Bib ID 4078272 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Zeeler, Vladimir Feofilovich, 1874-1954
Title Vladimir Feofilovich Zeeler Papers, 1870-1950
Physical Description 4.5 Linear Feet (11 manuscript boxes)
Language(s) Russian .
Access

Readers must use photocopies of letters from Il'ia Repin to Vladimir Zeeler.

This collection is located on site.

Arrangement

Arrangement

This collection is arranged in six series.

Description

Scope and Contents

The Vladimir Feofilovich Zeeler (1874-1954) papers consist of correspondence, manuscripts, documents, photographs, and memorabilia.

A sizable part of the collection concerns the painter Il'ia Repin (1844-1930), including letters to Zeeler from Repin and his children; photographs of Repin; and his artist's brushes and paints.

The collection includes correspondence with many prominent writers, poets, composers, artists, and political figures. Among Zeeler's correspondents are Konstantin Bal'mont, Aleksandr Benois, Ivan Bunin, Vladislav Khodasevich, Aleksandr Kuprin, Pavel Miliukov, Sergei Rakhmaninov, Nikolai Roerich, and Ivan Shmelev. There are one or two letters each from Marc Chagall, Mikhail Fokin (Michael Fokine), Knut Hamsun (copy), Rudyard Kipling (copy), Vladimir Nabokov, Leonid Pasternak, Sergei Kusevitskii, Dmitrii Merezhkovskii, and Fedor Shaliapin. (Some of this correspondence concerns Il'ia Repin).

Manuscripts include poems by Bal'mont, stories by Kuprin, and novels by Shmelev; there is also a nearly-complete manuscript of Pamiati pogibshikh (1929), a collection dedicated to the memory of Kadet Party members who had died between 1917 and 1921, edited by Zeeler and others.

There are also many photographs, some inscribed, of major cultural figures in the Russian emigration.

  • Series I: Correspondence

    Series includes letters of major cultural figures in the Russian emigration, including poets, writers, artists, composers, musicians, and political figures. There is also general and subject correspondence organized in Subseries I.2: Arranged correspondence.

  • Series II: Manuscripts

    Series includes poems by Konstantin Bal'mont, stories by Aleksandr Kuprin, writings by Il'ia Repin, Ivan Shmelev and other prominent authors. There is also a nearly-complete manuscript of Pami︠a︡ti pogibshikh (1929), a collection dedicated to the memory of Kadet Party members who had died in 1917-1921, edited by Zeeler and others.

  • Series III: Photographs and caricatures

  • Series IV: Cataloged Documents

  • Series V: Materials relating to Il'ia Repin and family

    Series includes letters to Zeeler from Repin and his children, photographs of Repin, as well as memorabilia including Repin's brushes and paints.

  • Series VI: Subject Files and Miscellaneous

    Series VI is a group of materials mostly related to Den' russkoi kul'tury (Day of Russian Culture) and Ob"edinenie russkikh advokatov vo Frantsii (Union of Russian Lawyers in France), and Bal pressy in 1936.

Using the Collection

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Restrictions on Access

Readers must use photocopies of letters from Il'ia Repin to Vladimir Zeeler.

This collection is located on site.

Conditions Governing Use

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.

Preferred Citation

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

Related Materials

Soiuz russkikh pisatelei i zhurnalistov v Parizhe Records, 1917-1952: Records of the Union of Russian Writers and Journalists in Paris, of which Zeeler was secretary for three decades. In the Bakhmeteff Archive, Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Libraries.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

Papers Accessioned 1957.

Papers Accessioned 1960.

Papers Processed 09/--/79.

The collection was intellectually arranged into six series at the time the PDF finding aid was converted to EAD. The biographical note was also expanded, and related materials notes were added to the finding aid. No material was physically rearranged.

Revision Description

2020-04-20 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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"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
"ArchivedGRID"
Caricatures Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Manuscripts (literary) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Memorabilia Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Photographic prints Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

Subject

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"Portal"
"CUL Collections:"
"CLIO"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
"ArchivedGRID"
Aldanov, Mark Aleksandrovich, 1886-1957 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Alekhine, Alexander, 1892-1946 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Aleksandrova, Vera, 1895-1966 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Aleksandrovich, A. Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Amfiteatrov, Aleksandr, 1852-1938 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Andreyev, Leonid, 1871-1919 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Art, Russian Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Artists, Russian Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Astrov, Nikolaĭ Ivanovich, 1868-1934 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Avksentʹev, N. D. (Nikolaĭ Dmitrievich), 1878-1943 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Balʹmont, Konstantin Dmitrievich, 1867-1942 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Benois, Alexandre, 1870-1960 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Benua , Alʹbert Nikolaevich, 1852-1936 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Berdi͡aev, Nikolaĭ, 1874-1948 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Bilibin, Ivan I︠A︡kovlevich, 1876-1942 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Bogdanov-Belʹskiĭ, Nikolaĭ Petrovich, 1868-1945 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Braz, Osip, 873-1936 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Bunin, Ivan Alekseevich, 1870-1953 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Burov , Aleksandr, 1876-1967 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Burt︠s︡ev, V. L. (Vladimir Lʹvovich), 1862-1942 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Chagall, Marc, 1887-1985 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Chaliapin, Fyodor Ivanovich, 1873-1938 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Chernyĭ, Sasha Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Chirikov, Evgeniĭ Nikolaĕvich, 1864-1932 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Denikin, Anton Ivanovich, 1872-1947 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Denikina, Ksenii︠a︡ Vasilʹevna, 1892-1973 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Dobuzhinskiĭ, Mstislav Valerianovich, 1875-1957 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Dolgorukov, Pavel Dmitrievich, kni︠a︡z, 1866-1927 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Dymow, Ossip, 1878-1959 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Emigration and immigration -- Europe -- 20th century Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Emigration and immigration -- France -- 20th century Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Emigration and immigration -- France -- Russians -- 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
Fabergé , Eugène, 1874-1960 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Fedorov, A. M. (Aleksandr Mitrofanovich), 1868-1949 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Fedorov, Mikhail Mikhaĭlovich, 1858-1949 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Fokine, Michel, 1880-1942 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Gershun, Boris Lʹvovich, 1870-1954 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Gessen, I. V. (Iosif Vladimirovich), 1866-1943 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Gessen, Vladimir, 1901- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Gippius, Z. N. (Zinaida Nikolaevna), 1869-1945 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Glazunov, Aleksandr Konstantinovich, 1865-1936 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Gorky, Maksim, 1868-1936 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Grabbe , Mikhail Nikolaevich, graf Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Grebenshchikov, Georgii, 1882-1964 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Grechaninov, Aleksandr Tikhonovich, 1864-1956 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Grigorʹev, Boris, 1886-1939 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Gruzenberg, O. O. (Oskar Osipovich), 1866-1940 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Guchkov, Aleksandr Ivanovich, 1862-1936 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Gusev-Orenburgskiĭ, S. I. (Sergeĭ Ivanovich), 1867-1963 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Hamsun, Knut, 1859-1952 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Iacovleff, Alexandre, 1887-1938 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Karrik, Valerian Vilʹi︠a︡movich, 1869-1942 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Kartashev, A. V. (Anton Vladimirovich), 1875-1960 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Kharitonov , Nikolaĭ (Nikolaĭ Vasilʹevich), 1880-1944 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Khodasevich, V. F (Vladislav Felit͡sianovich), 1886-1939 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Kipling, Rudyard, 1865-1936 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Kiselevskiĭ , Georgiĭ Mitrofanovich, 1880 or 1881- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Kizevetter, Aleksandr Aleksandrovich, 1886-1933 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Kokovt︠s︡ov, Vladimir Nikolaevich, 1853-1943 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Konovalov , Aleksandr Ivanovich, 1875-1949 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Korovin, Konstantin Alekseevich, 1861-1939 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Kramář, Karel, 1860-1937 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Kshesinskai︠a︡ , Matilʹda Feliksovna, 1872-1971 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Kuprin, Aleksandr, 1870-1938 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Kusevit︠s︡kiĭ, Sergeĭ Aleksandrovich, 1874-1951 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Kuznet︠s︡ova , Galina, 1900-1976 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Lazarevskiĭ, Boris, 1871-1936 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Letters Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Lifar, Serge, 1905-1986 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Lolo, 1868-1947 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Lukomskiĭ, G. K. (Georgiĭ Kreskentʹevich), 1884-1952 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Lʹvov, Georgiĭ Evgenʹevich, kni︠a︡zʹ, 1861-1925 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Lʹvov, Lolliĭ Ivanovich, 1888-approximately 1960 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Maklakov, V. A. (Vasiliĭ Alekseevich), 1870-1957 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Mali︠a︡vin, Filipp Andreevich, 1869-1940 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Merezhkovsky, Dmitry Sergeyevich, 1865-1941 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Mili︠u︡kov, P. N (Pavel Nikolaevich), 1859-1943 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Minor, Osip Solomonovich, 1861-1933 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Muratov, P. P. (Pavel Pavlovich), 1881-1950 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Nabokov, Vladimir Vladimirovich, 1899-1977 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Nemirovich-Danchenko, Vasiliĭ Ivanovich, 1845-1936 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Nicolaevsky, Boris I., 1887-1966 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Obe̋dinenie russkikh advokatov vo Frant︠s︡ii (Union of Russian lawyers in France) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Obolenskiĭ, Vladimir Andreevich, kni︠a︡zʹ Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Ot︠s︡up, Aleksandr Avdeevich, 1882-1949 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Panina, Sofii͡a Vladimirovna, grafini͡a, 1871-1956 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Pasternak, Leonid Osipovich, 1862-1945 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Pavle, Prince of Yugoslavia, 1893-1976 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Pavlov, Ivan Petrovich, 1849-1936 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Piatigorsky, Gregor, 1903-1976 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Pleshcheev, Aleksandr, 1858-1944 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Plevit︠s︡kai︠a︡ , Nadezhda Vasilʹevna, 1884-1940 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Rakhmaninov, Sergeĭ, 1873-1943 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Remizov, Alekseĭ, 1877-1957 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Repin, Ili︠́a︡ Efimovich, 1844-1930 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Rodichev, F.I. (Fedor Izmaĭlovich), 1854-1933 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Rodicheva, Ekaterina Aleksandrovna Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Roerich, Nicholas, 1874-1947 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Roshchin, Nikolaĭ Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Russian literature -- Foreign countries Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Russians -- Europe Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Sanin, A. A. (Aleksandr Akimovich), 1869-1956 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Shali︠a︡pin, Boris, 1904-1979 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Shcherbatov, Sergeĭ, kni︠a︡zʹ, 1875-1962 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Shebeko, Nikolaĭ Nikolaevich Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Shervashidze , Aleksandr, 1867-1968 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Shingarev, A. I. (Andreĭ Ivanovich), 1869-1918 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Shmelev, I. S. (Ivan Sergeevich), 1873-1950 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Shpoli︠a︡nskiĭ, Aminad Petrovich, approximately 1888-1957 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Shukhaev , Vasiliĭ Ivanovich, 1887-1973 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Sikorsky, Igor Ivan, 1889-1972 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Slīozberg, G. B. (Genrikh Borisovich), 1863-1937 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Soi︠u︡z russkikh pisateleĭ i zhurnalistov v Parizhe (Union of Russian Writers and Journalists in Paris) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Sorin, Saveliĭ Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Soviet literatures Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Speranskiĭ, Valentin Nikolaevich, 1877-1957 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Spessivtzeva , Olga, 1895-1991 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Stasov, V. V. (Vladimir Vasilʹevich), 1824-1906 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Stellet︠s︡kīĭ, D. S. Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Stepun, Fedor, 1884-1965 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Struve, Petr Berngardovich, 1870-1944 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Surguchev, Ilʹi︠a︡ , 1881-1956 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Teslenko, Nikolaĭ V., 1870-1942 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Tėffi, N. A. (Nadezhda Aleksandrovna), 1872-1952 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Tkhorzhevskiĭ, Iv. (Ivan) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Tolstoĭ, Ilʹi͡a Lʹvovich, graf, 1866-1933 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Trefilova, Vera, 1875-1943 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Tyrkova-Williams, Ariadna, 1869-1962 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Unkovskiĭ, Vladimir Nikolaevich, 1888-1964 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Vinogradov, Sergeĭ, 1869-1938 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Vishni︠a︡k, M. V. (Mark Venʹi︠a︡minovich), 1883-1977 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Zaĭt︠s︡ev, Boris, 1881-1972 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Zenzinov, V. (Vladimir), 1880-1953 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Zurov, Leonid Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical note

Vladimir Feofilovich Zeeler (Владимир Феофилович Зеелер; 1874-1954) was a Russian lawyer, state official and political activist; the Interior Minister in the South Russian Government; a pivotal figure of the Russian emigration; and a journalist, editor, memoirist and philanthropist. After the defeat of the White Army, Zeeler left Russia and settled in Paris. He was one of the founders and a Secretary of the Union of Russian Writers and Journalists in Paris (Soiuz russkikh pisatelei i zhurnalistov v Parizhe), and a treasurer of the Union of Russian Lawyers in France (Ob'edinenie russkikh advokatov vo Frantsii).

Zeeler was born in Kiev on June 6, 1874. He graduated from the University of Kharkov and then worked as a lawyer in Rostov-on-Don. He was also an avid art collector; after his emigration his art collection was nationalized and became a part of the Don Regional Art Museum.

A member of the Constitutional Democratic Party, commonly known as the Kadet Party, Zeeler became politically active after the February Revolution of 1917. He was elected mayor of Rostov-on-Don in 1917. He condemned the Bolshevik revolution and on October 28, 1917, on behalf of the Rostov Duma, refused allegiance to those to whom he referred as "bandits." He actively supported the White Army.

Zeeler became a prominent member of the Russian émigré community in France. He was a founding member of the Union of Russian Writers and Journalists in Paris (Soiuz russkikh pisatelei i zhurnalistov), and served as its secretary for the next thirty years. He was also treasurer of the Union of Russian Lawyers in France (Ob'edinenie russkikh advokatov vo Frantsii), and secretary of the Days of Russian Culture (Dni russkoi kul'tury) central committee from 1927 onward. Zeeler was one of four editors of Pamiati pogibshikh (1929), a book commemorating the Kadet Party members who died between 1917 and 1921. He also was a member of the editorial board of the Russkaia mysl'.

Vladimir Zeeler died in Paris on December 27, 1954.