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Nikolai Vasil'evich Zaretskii Papers, 1795-1959

Summary Information

Abstract

Correspondence, manuscripts, documents, photographs, subject files, and printed materials belonging to Russian émigré artist and collector Nikolai Vasil'evich Zaretskii (1876-1959). The collection is a mixture of materials created by or for Zaretskii, and materials collected by him.

At a Glance

Call No.: BA#0515
Bib ID 4078289 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Zaret︠s︡kiĭ, Nikolaĭ Vasilʹevich, 1876-1959 ; Eliasberg, Alexander, 1878-1924
Title Nikolai Vasil'evich Zaretskii Papers, 1795-1959
Physical Description 3500 items (13 boxes; 5 oversized folders; 1 crate)
Language(s) Russian , French , Czech .
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Arrangement

Arrangement

Materials are arranged in five series. Selected material cataloged; remainder arranged.

Description

Scope and Contents

Correspondence, manuscripts, documents, photographs, subject files, and printed materials belonging to artist and collector Nikolai V. Zaretskii (1876-1959). The collection is a mixture of materials created by or for Zaretskii, and materials collected by him. Zaretskii collected materials in the field of 19th and 20th century Russian culture, and his collection includes items by such figures as: Sergei Diagilev, Sergei Esenin, Mikhail Pogodin, Afanasii Shenshin (Fet), Petr Viazemskii, Maksimilian Voloshin, and Andrei Zhukovskii. The collection also includes materials from an album of autograph letters from Russian writers to the literary historian and translator Alexander Eliasberg (1878-1924), presumably acquired by Zaretskii.

There are letters to Zaretskii from Mstislav Dobuzhinskii, Vasilii Kandinskii, Boris Panteleimonov, and Aleksei Remizov, and one letter each from Vladislav Khodasevich and Evgenii Zamiatin. There are also "gramoty" prepared by Remizov for Zaretskii.

The collection also includes Zaretskii's personal and professional correspondence from the 1920s through the 1950s; manuscripts and notes by Zaretskii; his personal documents; materials on exhibits arranged by Zaretskii, on such topics as Aleksandr Pushkin, drawings by Russian writers, and Russian soldiers as authors; and inscribed books by Remizov and Viazemskii.

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This collection is located on-site.

This collection has no restrictions.

Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Nikolai Vasil'evich Zaretskii Papers; Box and Folder (if known); Bakhmeteff Archive, Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Libraries.

Related Materials

Roman Gulʹ papers: contains photographs and correspondence with Zaretskii. At the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University.

Vladimir Teteriatnikov Scrapbook Collection: Box 5, Folder 2 contains articles on Russian art in European collections, including the N. V. Zaretskii collection. At the New York Public Library General Research Division.

Existence and Location of Copies

Microfilm 96-2026-1: Voloshin, Maksimilian Aleksandrovich Usobitsa (tsikl o terrore 1920-1921 gg.) v.p., 1920-1922 a.ms.s., 12p. (poems; with Voloshin's Usobitsa: Stikhi o revoliutsii, and another related printed item)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Papers: Method of acquisition--Purchase; Date of acquisition--1954.

Papers: Method of acquisition--Purchase; Date of acquisition--1957.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

Papers Accessioned 1954.

Papers Accessioned 1957.

Papers Processed 03/--/82. Materials formerly in the A. S. and Z. N. Eliasberg Album of Autographs of Russian Writers were removed for cataloging and placed among cataloged correspondence in boxes 1 and 2.

Revision Description

2020-04-30 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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Genre/Form

Heading "CUL Archives:"
"Portal"
"CUL Collections:"
"CLIO"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
"ArchivedGRID"
Drawings (visual works) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Letters (correspondence) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Notes (documents) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Photographic prints Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

Subject

Heading "CUL Archives:"
"Portal"
"CUL Collections:"
"CLIO"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
"ArchivedGRID"
Balʹmont, Konstantin Dmitrievich, 1867-1942 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Books Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Diaghilev, Serge, 1872-1929 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Dobuzhinskiĭ, Mstislav Valerianovich, 1875-1957 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Esenin, Sergeĭ Aleksandrovich, 1895-1925 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Fet, A. A. (Afanasiĭ Afanasʹevich), 1820-1892 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Kandinsky, Wassily, 1866-1944 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Khodasevich, V. F. (Vladislav Felit͡sianovich), 1886-1939 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Panteleĭmonov, Boris, 1888-1950 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Pogodin, M. P. (Mikhail Petrovich), 1800-1875 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Pushkin, Aleksandr Sergeevich, 1799-1837 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Remizov, Alekseĭ, 1877-1957 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Vi︠a︡zemskiĭ, Petr Andreevich, kni︠a︡zʹ, 1792-1878 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Voloshin, Maksimilian Aleksandrovich, 1877-1932 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Zami︠a︡tin, Evgeniĭ Ivanovich, 1884-1937 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Zhukovskiĭ, A. T. (Andri︠e︡ĭ Timofi︠e︡evich) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical note

Nikolaĭ Vasilʹevich Zaret︠s︡kiĭ (1876-1959) was an artist and collector of materials related to 19th and 20th century Russian culture. After the end of the Russian Civil War, he lived in the émigré communities in Germany, Czechoslovakia, and France. While in Prague, he worked as the last director of the Russkii Kul'turno-Istoricheskii Muzei (Russian Cultural-Historical Museum).