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Vladimir Veidle Papers, 1920-1979

Summary Information


Correspondence, manuscripts, notes, documents, photographs, subject files, art reproductions, and printed materials of Vladimir Veidle (also known as Vladimir Vasilʹevich Weidlé, 1895-1979), Russian critic of art and literature, writer and scholar.

At a Glance

Call No.: BA#0506
Bib ID 6568336 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Veĭdle, V., 1895-1979
Title Vladimir Veidle Papers, 1920-1979
Physical Description 26 linear feet (52 boxes; 5 oversize folders)
Language(s) Russian , English , French , German .

This collection is located on-site.

This collection has no restrictions.



This collection is arranged in seven series.


Scope and Content

Correspondence, manuscripts, notes, documents, photographs, subject files, art reproductions, and printed materials of Vladimir Vasilʹevich Veidle (i.e. , Vladimir Vasilʹevich Weidlé, Wladimir Weidlé; (1895-1979), writer and scholar. Almost the entire collection concerns Veĭdle's life in France, from the 1920s on. Correspondence consists of letters by many Russian emigre, French, English, German, Italian, and American writers and scholars. The largest groups of cataloged letters are by Igor' Chinnov (56 items), I͡Uriĭ Ivask (193), Vladislav Khodasevich (44), and Gleb Struve (43). There are also letters from Bernhard Berenson, Marc Chagall, Jacques Maritain, Henry Miller, Marina Tsvetaeva, and other prominent figures, as well as many letters by Veĭdle to his wife from 1914-1972. Manuscripts by Veĭdle include articles, lectures, stories, poems, and many broadcasts which he made for Radio Liberty; Veĭdle's notes deal with many artistic and literary topics. Manuscripts by other authors include items by, for example, I͡Uriĭ Ivask and Igor' Chinnov. Printed materials in the collection include books and newspaper and journal articles by Veĭdle, and offprints of articles by other scholars, chiefly in the fields of art history and Russian literature.

Using the Collection

Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Restrictions on Access

This collection is located on-site.

This collection has no restrictions.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. Permission to publish material from the collection must be requested from the Curator of Manuscripts/University Archivist, Rare Book and Manuscript Library (RBML). The RBML approves permission to publish that which it physically owns; the responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron. Copyright holder is Mr. Rene Guerra (France).

Preferred Citation

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

Related Materials

Oral history interview with Vladimir Vasilyevich Veidle, 1964


No accruals expected

Existence and Location of Copies

Correspondence with Nikolai Ottakar and Veidle's manuscript "Sto dnei schast'ia" were microfilmed.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchase -- 10/7/1981.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

Papers processed mmb 5/2/1999.

Papers appraised appraiser [date].

Revision Description

2017-07-22 File created from legacy PDF

10.17.2018 Finding aid was revised and edited by Katia Davidenko to fix some incorrect data, such as duplicate series numbers, missing series, etc. The title of collection was change to reflect LOC transliteration standards and authority record.

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:"
Articles Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Documents Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Letters (correspondence) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Manuscripts (documents) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Poems Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID


Heading "CUL Archives:"
"CUL Collections:"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
Adamovich, Georgiĭ Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Aldanov, Mark Aleksandrovich, 1886-1957 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Art -- History Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Art criticism Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Benois, Alexandre, 1870-1960 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Berberova, N. (Nina) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Berdi︠a︡ev, Nikolaĭ, 1874-1948 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Berenson, Bernard, 1865-1959 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Bulgakov, Sergeĭ Nikolaevich, 1871-1944 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Bunin, Ivan Alekseevich, 1870-1953 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Camus, Albert, 1913-1960 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Chagall, Marc, 1887-1985 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Chinnov, Igorʹ Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Emigration and immigration -- France -- Russians -- 20th century Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Écrits d'immigrés russes Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Fondaminskiĭ, Ilʹi︠a︡, 1879-1948 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Gazdanov, Gaito Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Gippius, Z. N. (Zinaida Nikolaevna), 1869-1945 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Grynberg, Roman, 1893-1969 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Gulʹ, Roman, 1896-1986 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Ivanov, Georgiĭ, 1894-1958 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Ivask, I͡Uriĭ Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Jakobson, Roman, 1896-1982 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Karpovich, Michael, 1888-1959 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Khodasevich, V. F. (Vladislav Felit͡sianovich), 1886-1939 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Littérature russe -- 20e siècle Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Maritain, Jacques, 1882-1973 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Miller, Henry, 1891-1980 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Mochulʹskiĭ, K. (Konstantin), 1892-1948 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Muratov, P. P. (Pavel Pavlovich), 1881-1950 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Odoevt︠s︡eva, Irina, 1895-1990 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Remizov, Alekseĭ, 1877-1957 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Rolland, Romain, 1866-1944 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Russia -- History -- Refugees Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Russian literature -- 20th century Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Russians -- Europe Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Russians -- France -- 20th century Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Schakovskoy, Zinaïda, princesse, 1906-2001 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Sedykh, Andreĭ, 1902-1994 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Stepun, Fedor, 1884-1965 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Struve, Gleb Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
T︠S︡vetaeva, Marina, 1892-1941 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Valéry, Paul, 1871-1945 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Zaĭt︠s︡ev, Boris, 1881-1972 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Zenʹkovskiĭ, V. V. (Vasiliĭ Vasilʹevich), 1881-1962 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical / Historical

Vladimir Vasil'evich Veidle (Wladimir Weidlé) was born in St. Petersburg on March 14, 1895. In 1916, he received an advanced degree in art history at Petrograd University. He then taught at the new university in Perm' , Russia, and in 1921-24 at Petrograd University. He left the Soviet Union in the summer of 1924, and arrived in Paris in the fall.

In Paris, Veidle taught art history at the Orthodox Theological Institute (Pravoslavnyi Bogoslovskii Institut) in 1932-52, and wrote art and literary criticism for French and Russian newspapers and journals. From the 1930s to the 1950s, he was probably better known as a French than as a Russian writer. He published in such journals as "Le Mois" and "Nouvelle Revue Francaise", and for such emigre Russian titles as "Vozrozhdenie" and "Posledniia Novosti". His most important single book was published in French in 1936: "Les abeilles d'Aristee: Essai sur le destin actuel des lettres et des arts"; it was subsequently translated into other languages and published in an expanded and revised edition. Another well-known work was "La Russie: Absente et presente" (1949).

In the post-World War II period, although he remained active as a "western" art historian and critic, publishing in French and German titles and teaching at various European and American institutions, his interests increasingly turned to Russian matters. From the 1950s on, he made many broadcasts in Russian for Radio Liberty. In his later years he also wrote many articles for "Novoe Russkoe Slovo" and "Novyi Zhurnal". Books which he published in Russian in this period include "Vechernii den' (1952), and, posthumously"Embriologiia poezii" (1980).

In 1930, Veidle married Liudmila Viktorovna Baranovskaia. He became in a French citizen in 1951. He died on 5 August 1979.