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Series I: Correspondence
Series II: Manuscripts and documents
At a Glance
Materials are arranged in five series. Selected material cataloged; remainder arranged.
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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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.
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
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.
2020-04-30 PDF finding aid converted to EAD and biographical note revised by CLB and KSD.
History / 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).