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Sergei Gornyi (Aleksandr Otsup) Papers, 1923-1948

Summary Information


The papers comprise correspondence, writings, personal documents, biographical materials, and photographs of Sergei Gornyi (Aleksandr Otsup), 1882-1948, Russian poet and writer.

At a Glance

Call No.: BA#0533
Bib ID 9025420 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Gornyĭ, Sergi︠e︡ĭ, 1882-1949
Title Sergei Gornyi (Aleksandr Otsup) Papers, 1923-1948
Physical Description 2.5 linear feet (5 document boxes)
Language(s) Russian , Spanish; Castilian , German .

This collection is located on-site.

This collection has no restrictions.



This collection is organized in five series.



The bulk of the collection consists of Sergei Gornyi's correspondence and his writings. There are also personal documents, biographical materials, reviews and critiques of his prose and poetry, a few photographs, letters addressed to his wife Ekaterina Nikolaevna Otsup, and her memoirs. Sergei Gornyi's and Ekaterina Otsup's correspondence contains letters from several prominent people, such as Maria Hippius, Ivan Aleksandrovich Il'in, Arthur Luther, Ivan Ivanovich Manukhin, Nikolai Otsup, Elena Sergeevna Pil'skaia, Nadezhda Aleksandrovna Teffi. The collection contains manuscripts of Gornyi's writings as well as his printed works. There are cross-references provided throughout the finding aid. When the cross-reference refers to another item within the same series, the reference includes the specific name or title and box and folder number (this also applies to the references within same subseries). If the cross-reference is to an item in another series, the reference includes the series number, series name, folder title, and box and folder numbers (this also applies to references to the items in another subseries).

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 the Bakhmeteff Archive. The RBML approves permission to publish that which it physically owns; the responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Preferred Citation

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


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About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

Papers processed Tanya Chebotarev Katia Shraga 10/--/2011.

Finding aid written Katia Shraga 10/--/2011.

Revision Description

2011-09-30 xml document instance created by Carrie Hintz

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:"
Correspondence Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Manuscripts (documents) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Memoirs Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Photographs Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID


Heading "CUL Archives:"
"CUL Collections:"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
Gornyĭ, Sergi︠e︡ĭ, 1882-1949 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Ilʹin, I. A (Ivan Aleksandrovich), 1883-1954 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Luther, Arthur, 1876-1955 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Manukhin, Ivan Ivanovich, 1882-1958 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Ot͡sup, Nikolaĭ, 1894-1958 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Pilʹskai͡a, Elena Sergeevna Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Russian literature -- 20th century Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Russian literature -- Germany -- 20th century Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Tėffi, N. A. (Nadezhda Aleksandrovna), 1872-1952 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical / Historical

Sergei Gornyi (pseudonym of Aleksandr-Mark Avdeevich Otsup), Russian poet and writer, was born on July 28, 1882 in Ostrov, Pskov Region. He was an older brother of poets Nikolai Otsup and Georgii Otsup (pen name G. Raevskii).

Sergei Gornyi graduated with a gold medal from the Nikolaev Gymnasium in Tsarskoe Selo and then in 1908 from the Institute of Mining in Saint-Petersburg. He started publishing his works in satirical publications in 1906. In 1911, Gornyi's first book with satirical short stories was published. His feuilletons, parodies, and poetry appeared in Satirikon, Novyi Satiricon, and many other publications.

After graduation, Gornyi and his wife moved to Ekaterinoslav where he started a successful career as an entrepreneur. After the revolution of 1917, Gornyi moved to Kiev, and then to Odessa. In 1919, he served in Denikin's army, was wounded and captured by Makhnovtsy. In 1920, Gornyi was evacuated from Novorossiisk to Cyprus and in 1922 moved to Berlin. In emigration, Sergei Gornyi wrote prose and poetry, publishing books in Russian and German. His writings were published in Russian emigre, German, French, and Spanish periodicals. After World War II, he published two collections of short stories and a collection of poetry in German. Sergei Gornyi died on September 16, 1948 in Madrid and was buried there.