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Boris Aleksandrovich Bakhmeteff Papers, 1914-1951

Summary Information

At a Glance

Call No.: BA#0023
Bib ID 4078315 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Bakhmetev, B. A. (Boris Aleksandrovich) ; Becker, Nicolas, 1877-1962 ; Spargo, John, 1876-1966 ; Maklakov, V. A. (Vasiliĭ Alekseevich), 1870-1957 ; Kuskova, Ekaterina ; Coudert, Frederic René, Jr., 1898-1972 ; Karpovich, Michael, 1888-1959 ; Lʹvov, Georgiĭ Evgenʹevich, kni︠a︡zʹ, 1861-1925 ; Sack, A. J. (Arkady Joseph), 1889-
Title Boris Aleksandrovich Bakhmeteff Papers, 1914-1951
Physical Description 34000 items (86 boxes 53 volumes 2 awards 1 oil painting)
Language(s) Russian , English .
Additional Description http://www.columbia.edu/cu/libraries/inside/projects/findingaids/scans/pdfs/ldpd_bak_4078315.pdf

This collection is located on-site.



Selected materials cataloged; remainder arranged.


Scope and Content

Correspondence, manuscripts, documents, subject files and printed materials. The greater part of the collection concerns the period 1917-22, with a substantial amount of material on the Humanities Fund and Bakhmeteff's friendships with prominent Americans. Cataloged materials include 50 or more letters from John Spargo, Vasilii Maklakov, Ekaterina Kuskova, Frederic Coudert, Georgii L'vov and Michael Karpovich (the last largely concerning the Humanities Fund); there are also a few items by Louis Brandeis, John Foster Dulles, Samuel Gompers, Colonel Edward House, Charles Lindbergh, and Thomas Masaryk. Extensive files of arranged materials include hundreds of letters by Arkadii Zak (who headed the Russian Information Bureau in New York, 1917-22), items to and by Sergei Uget, and official telegrams from 1917-22. There are manuscripts in the collection by Bakhmeteff, Spargo, Uget and Sergei Prokopovich. Subject files chiefly cover the Civil War period, the Paris Peace Conference, the Humanities Fund and Soviet Russia in the early 1920s. Printed materials include pamphlets, journals and clippings. There are also bound reports by different departments of the Russian embassy and mission from 1917 through the 1920s. In addition, the collection contains an oil portrait of Bakhmeteff by the artist Nicolas Becker.

Using the Collection

Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Restrictions on Access

This collection is located on-site.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

Papers Processed 03/--/83.

Papers Revised 04/--/86.

Books Revised 04/--/86.

Oil painting Revised 03/--/83.

Revision Description

2009-06-26 File created.

2019-05-20 EAD was imported spring 2019 as part of the ArchivesSpace Phase II migration.

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:"
Bakhmetev, B. A. (Boris Aleksandrovich) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Soviet Union -- Emigration and immigration Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Soviet Union -- Foreign relations -- United States Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Soviet Union -- History -- Revolution, 1917-1921 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
United States -- Emigration and immigration Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical sketch

Ambassador of the Russian Provisional Government to the United States (1917-22), engineer, Columbia professor, businessman, and founder of the Humanities Fund.