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Series I: Cataloged Materials
Series III: Manuscripts by Vladimir Veidle
At a Glance
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).
Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Vladimir Veidle Papers; Box and Folder; Bakhmeteff Archive, Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.
No accruals expected
Existence and Location of Copies
Correspondence with Nikolai Ottakar and Veidle's manuscript "Sto dnei schast'ia" were microfilmed.
About the Finding Aid / Processing Information
Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library
Papers processed mmb 5/2/1999.
Papers appraised appraiser [date].
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.
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.