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Ariadna Vladimirovna Tyrkova-Williams Papers, 1897-1961

Summary Information


Correspondence, manuscripts, documents, photographs, subject files and printed material of Russian émigré writer, journalist, and Kadet Party leader Ariadna Vladimirovna Tyrkova-Williams. The collection also contains material by her husband, Harold Williams, and her son, Arkadiĭ Borman.

At a Glance

Call No.: BA#0466
Bib ID 4078328 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Tyrkova-Williams, Ariadna, 1869-1962
Title Ariadna Vladimirovna Tyrkova-Williams Papers, 1897-1961
Physical Description 14 Linear Feet (33 manuscript boxes)
Language(s) Russian , English .

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This collection is arranged in five series. Selected material cataloged; remainder arranged.


Scope and Contents

Correspondence, manuscripts, documents, photographs, subject files and printed material of Ariadna Tyrkova-Williams (1869-1962). The correspondence, spanning the period 1919-1960, consists of letters written by Tyrkova-Williams, primarily to her husband, Harold williams and her son, Arkadiĭ Borman, and letters received by her. There are one or a few letters each from Leonid Andreev, Boris Bugaev (Andrey Bely), Ivan Bunin, Zinaida Gippius, Jan Masaryk, H.G. Wells, and there are numerous letters from Samuel Hoare (Viscount Templewood), Anton Kartashev, Ekaterina Kuskova, Pavel Mili︠u︡kov, Sofii︠a︡ Panina, Mikhail Rostovt︠s︡ev, Boris Vysheslavt︠s︡ev, and from her husband. The manuscripts are chiefly the writings of Ariadna Tyrkova-Williams (memoirs, short articles, notes) and Harold Williams (novel, short articles). The photographs are primarily portraits of military and literary figures, and include a mid-19th century photograph of the poet Petr Vi︠a︡zemskiĭ. The subject files contain extensive material, dating from 1919-1921, on the Russian Liberation Committee located in London. Among the printed materials are many clippings, including of articles written by Tyrkova-Williams and Harold Williams.

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Permission of Katherine Lickwar required.

This collection is located off-site. You will need to request this material at least three business days in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.

Related Materials

Russkii Natsional'nyi Komitet Records, 1917-1960: Records of the Paris-based Russian National Committee, of which Tyrkova-Williams was a founder.

Pavel Nikolaevich Miliukov papers, 1879-1970: Miliukov was Tyrkova-Williams' colleague in journalism and the Kadet Party, and a frequent correspondent.

Existence and Location of Copies

Also available on microfilm: Correspondence with Maksim Gor'kii. On a reel of Gor'kii correspondence compiled from various BAR collections, BAR MN#: 89 - 2027. 1 reel (positive), 2 reels (negative). Call Number: Gorkii.

Also available on microfilm: Correspondence with Harold Williams (Box 8). BAR MN #2005-1036: Correspondence of 1917-1924. One reel (positive), one reel (negative). BAR MN #2005-1040: Correspondence of 1922-1923. One reel (positive), one reel (negative) BAR MN #2005-1037: Correspondence of 1924-1928. One reel (positive), one reel (negative). Some pages may be filmed out of sequence. Donor's permission required to access.

Also available on microfilm: Ariadna Tyrkova-Williams to Harold Williams: letters and telegrams (Box 11). BAR MN #2005-1039. One reel (positive), one reel (negative). Some pages may be filmed out of sequence. Donor's permission required to access.

Also available on microfilm: A. Tyrkova-Williams correspondence with various persons (Box 10). BAR MN #2005-1040. One reel (positive), one reel (negative). Some pages may be filmed out of sequence. Donor's permission required to access.

Also available on microfilm: Manuscripts by Ariadna Tyrkova-Williams (Box 18). BAR MN #2005-1037: Manuscripts, short articles. One reel (positive), one reel (negative). BAR MN #2005-1038: Reprints and drafts of short stories and articles. One reel (positive), one reel (negative). BAR MN #2005-1039: Short stories. One reel (positive), one reel (negative). Some pages may be filmed out of sequence. Donor's permission required to access.

Also available on microfilm: Harold Williams' "Ekaterinodar" manuscript (Box 22). BAR MN #2005-1039. One reel (positive), one reel (negative). Some pages may be out of sequence. Donor's permission required to access.

Custodial History

Arkadii Borman, Aug. 31, 1891 – May 20, 1974

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

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Processing Information

Papers Accessioned 1965.

Papers Accessioned 1968.

Papers Accessioned 1969.

Papers Accessioned 02/--/82.

Revision Description

2020-04-15 PDF finding aid converted to EAD 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:"
Articles Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Clippings (Information Artifacts) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Manuscripts (literary) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Memoirs Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Notes Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID


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"CUL Collections:"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
Aleksandrova, Vera, 1895-1966 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Alekseev , Mikhail Vasilʹevich, 1857-1918 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Amfiteatrov, Aleksandr, 1852-1938 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Andreyev, Leonid, 1871-1919 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Arsenʹev, Nikolaĭ Sergeevich, 1888-1977 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Astor, John Jacob, 1864-1912 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Astor, Waldorf Astor, Viscount, 1879-1952 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Astrov, Nikolaĭ Ivanovich, 1868-1934 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Bakhmetev, B. A. (Boris Aleksandrovich) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Barrie, J. M (James Matthew), 1860-1937 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Bell, G. K. A. (George Kennedy Allen), 1883-1958 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Bely, Andrey, 1880-1934 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Borman, Arkadiĭ, 1891-1974 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Bulgakov, Sergeĭ Nikolaevich, 1871-1944 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Bunin, Ivan Alekseevich, 1870-1953 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Burt︠s︡ev, V. L. (Vladimir Lʹvovich), 1862-1942 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Cecil of Chelwood, Robert Gascoyne-Cecil, Viscount, 1864-1958 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Chernov, V. M. (Viktor Mikhaĭlovich), 1873-1952 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Denikin, Anton Ivanovich, 1872-1947 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Dioneo, 1865-1935 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Dobuzhinskiĭ, Mstislav Valerianovich, 1875-1957 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Dolgorukov, P. D., kni︠a︡zʹ (Petr Dmitrīevich), 1866-1951 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Dolgorukov, Pavel Dmitrievich, kni︠a︡z, 1866-1927 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Evlogiĭ, Metropolitan of Western Europe, 1868-1946 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Fedorov, Mikhail Mikhaĭlovich, 1858-1949 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Gessen, I.V. (I︠O︡sif Vladimirovich), 1866-1943 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Gippius, Z. N. (Zinaida Nikolaevna), 1869-1945 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Gorky, Maksim, 1868-1936 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Grigorʹev, Boris Dmitrievich, 1886-1939 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Guchkov, Aleksandr Ivanovich, 1862-1936 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Gulʹ, Roman, 1896-1986 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Hu, Shi, 1891-1962 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Ilʹin, V. N (Vladimir N.), 1891-1974 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Ioann, Archbishop of San Francisco and Western United States, 1902-1989 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Ivanov, Vsevolod Vi︠a︡cheslavovich, 1895-1963 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Jabotinsky, Vladimir, 1880-1940 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Journalists, Russian Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Karpovich, Michael, 1888-1959 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Karrik, Valerian Vilʹi︠a︡movich, 1869-1942 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Kartashev, A. V. (Anton Vladimirovich), 1875-1960 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Khodasevich, V. F (Vladislav Felit͡sianovich), 1886-1939 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Kolchak, Aleksandr Vasiliyevich, 1873-1920 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Kornilov, Lavr Georgievich, 1870-1918 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Krasnov, P. N. (Petr Nikolaevich), 1869-1947 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Kuskova, Ekaterina Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Kutepov, Aleksandr Pavlovich, 1882-1930 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
L'vov, Georgii Evgenevich Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Lansere, E. (Evgeniĭ), 1875-1946 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Letters Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Lukash, Ivan, 1892-1940 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Maklakov, V. A. (Vasiliĭ Alekseevich), 1870-1957 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Masaryk, Jan, 1886-1948 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Melʹgunov, S. P (Sergeĭ Petrovich), 1879-1956 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Merezhkovsky, Dmitry Sergeyevich, 1865-1941 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Mili͡ukov, P. N. (Pavel Nikolaevich), 1859-1943 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Miller, Evgeniĭ Karlovich, 1867-1939 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Mirsky , D. S., Prince, 1890-1939 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Nabokov, K. D. (Konstantin Dmitrievich), 1872-1927 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Nabokov, Vladimir Dmitrievich, 1869-1922 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Narokov, Nikolai Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Nicolaevsky, Boris I., 1887-1966 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Nolʹde, B. Ė., Baron (Boris Ėmmanuilovich), 1876-1948 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Obolenskiĭ, Vladimir Andreevich, kni︠a︡zʹ Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Olʹdenburg, S. S. (Sergeĭ Sergeevich) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Paget , Muriel, 1876-1938 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Panina, Sofii͡a Vladimirovna, grafini͡a, 1871-1956 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Philosophoff, Dm. Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Remizov, Alekseĭ, 1877-1957 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Rostovtzeff, Michael Ivanovitch, 1870-1952 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Savinkov, Boris Viktorovich, 1879-1925 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Sazonov, Sergeĭ Dmitrievich, 1861-1927 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Schakovskoy, Zinaïda, princesse, 1906-2001 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Sedykh, Andreĭ, 1902-1994 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Semenov, I︠U︡liĭ Fedorovich, 1877-1947 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Shmelev, I. S. (Ivan Sergeevich), 1873-1950 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Sikorsky, Igor Ivan, 1889-1972 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Stellet︠s︡kīĭ, D. S. Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Struve, Gleb Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Struve, Petr Berngardovich, 1870-1944 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Swinnerton, Frank, 1884-1982 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Templewood, Samuel John Gurney Hoare, Viscount, 1880-1959 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
Tolstoy, Alexandra, 1884-1979 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
T︠S︡urikov, N. A. Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Ulʹi︠a︡nov, N. (Nikolaĭ), 1904-1985 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Varshavskīĭ, S. I. Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Vernadsky, George, 1887-1973 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Veĭnbaum, M. E. (Mark Efimovich), 1890-1973 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Vishni︠a︡k, M. V. (Mark Venʹi︠a︡minovich), 1883-1977 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Vi︠a︡zemskiĭ, Petr Andreevich, kni︠a︡zʹ, 1792-1878 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Vrangel', Petr Nikolaevich, Baron, 1878-1928 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Vysheslavt︠s︡ev, B. P. (Boris Petrovich), 1877-1954 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Weizmann, Chaim, 1874-1952 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Wells, H. G. (Herbert George), 1866-1946 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Williams, Harold, 1876-1928 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Zaĭt︠s︡ev, Boris, 1881-1972 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Zaĭt︠s︡ev, Kirill Iosifovich Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Zaret︠s︡kiĭ, Nikolaĭ Vasilʹevich, 1876-1959 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Zeeler, Vladimir Feofilovich, 1874-1954 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical note

Ariadna Vladimirovna Tyrkova-Williams (Ариадна Владимировна Тыркова; 1869-1962), was a Russian émigré writer, journalist, and leader of the Russian Kadet Party (Konstitut︠s︡ionno-demokraticheskai︠a︡ partii︠a︡).

Ariadna Tyrkova was born in 1869 in St. Petersburg. She was a daughter of Vladimir Alekseevich Tyrkov, a justice of the peace, and Sofiia Karlovna Gaili. One of seven children, Tyrkova spent her early childhood on the family estate, "Vergezha," in Novgorod Province. While she was a secondary school student in St. Petersburg, her older brother was implicated in a plot to assassinate the tsar and was sentenced to 20 years of hard labor in Siberia. Expelled from the Obolenskaia gimnazia, Tyrkova finished her studies attending the "Vysshie зhenskie (Bestuzhevskie) kursy."

In 1890 Ariadna Tyrkova married Alfred Nikolaevich Borman, an engineer. They had two children, Arkadii and Sofiia, and after seven years of marriage they were divorced. It was after the divorce that Tyrkova began to earn her living as a writer and journalist.

In 1903 Tyrkova was arrested on the Russo-Finnish border for possession of the outlawed liberal journal Osvobozhdenie. Condemned to a prison term, she fled to Germany, residing chiefly in Stuttgart with the family of Petr Struve. In 1905 Tyrkova returned to St. Petersburg and to her career as a journalist, writing first for the newspaper Rus', and after 1911 for Russkaia molva. She became actively involved in the newly formed Kadet Party, served as a member of its Central Committee and headed its delegates to the Petrograd City Council.

It was at this time that she met and married the British journalist Harold Williams, a native of New Zealand. In 1918 she left with him for London where she helped to establish the London based Russian Liberation Committee and later the Paris centered Russian National Committee. She returned to the South of Russia briefly in 1919 accompanying her husband on assignment, but by the end of 1920 Harold and Ariadna Williams were permanently settled in London. Harold Williams was appointed foreign editor of the Times and Tyrkova-Williams resumed her writing career. She contributed articles to Vozrozhdenie, wrote an account of the first year of the Russian Revolution entitled From Liberty to Brest-Litovsk (London, 1919), collaborated with her husband on the novel Hosts of Darkness (London, 1921), and worked on the first of two volumes of The Life of Pushkin.

After the death of Harold Williams in November 1928, Tyrkova-Williams devoted her time to writing her husband's biography, which was published in 1935 under the title A Cheerful Giver. Obliged once again to earn her living as a writer, she contributed articles to the English press and wrote regularly for the Riga Russian language periodical Segodnia.

Tyrkova-Williams spent the war years in France with her son Arkadii and his family; it was at this time that she began writing her memoirs. In 1951 she emigrated together with her son's family to the United States, residing first in New York and then in Washington D.C., where she died in 1962 at the age of ninety-two.