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   Sergei Gornyi (Aleksandr Otsup) Papers, 1923-1948.

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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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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 ft. (5 document boxes)
Language(s): Material is in German, Russian, and Spanish
Access: This collection is located on-site. This collection has no restrictions.  More information »



This collection is organized in five series:

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Scope and Content

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).

Series I: Correspondence, 1941-1955

The series consists of Sergei Gornyi's correspondence and letters to Ekaterina Nikolaevna Otsup and includes letters from several prominent figures. Organized in two subseries.

Subseries I.1: Gornyi's correspondence, 1941-1949

Contains letters to Sergei Gornyi from various people (including letters from readers), correspondence with publishers, and outgoing letters including Gornyi's letters to his daughter. Arranged alphabetically. Unidentified, outgoing correspondence, and correspondence with publishers placed at the end of the Subseries.

Subseries I.2: Letters to Ekaterina Nikolaevna Otsup, 1948-1955

Comprises mostly letters of condolences. Organized in alphabetical order.

Series II: Writings, undated, 1940s

The series comprises manuscripts of Sergei Gornyi's literary works and printed writings. Arranged in two subseries.

Subseries II.1: Manuscripts, undated, 1945

Holograph manuscripts and typescripts of prose (short stories and essays), poetry, and plays in Russian, German, and Spanish. There are also some diary entries of unspecified year in the notebook with manuscripts. Materials organized in several groups - prose, poetry, plays, and diaries - and then arranged by language within each of them. Collection of writing that includes both poetry and prose are placed at the beginning of the Subseries.

Subseries II.2: Printed Materials, 1914-1966

Books by S. Gornyi and periodicals with his publications in Russian and German.

Series III: Biographical Materials, Bibliography, and Reviews, 1923-1948

This series arranged in two Subseries.

Subseries III.1: Biographical Materials and Bibliography, 1926-1948

The Subseries contains Gornyi's autobiographies, CVs, testimonials on his behalf by various people, personal documents, bibliography and other biographical materials.

Subseries III.2: Reviews, 1923-1948

Contains reviews of Sergei Gornyi's writings from Russian, German, French, and Spanish press. See also Series 1: Correspondence--Correspondence with Publishers, Box 1, Folder 15

Series IV: Photographs, 1926-1948

There is a photograph of Rita von Gaudecker and funeral photograph of Sergei Gornyi (his photo on the Membership card of 1926 is stored along with his personal documents in Series III--Subseries III.1: Biographical Materials).

Series V: Writings by Others, undated, 1945

The series includes memoirs of Ekaterina Otsup and writings by various authors sent to S. Gornyi for critique.

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Using the Collection


Access Restrictions

This collection is located on-site.

This collection has no restrictions.

Restrictions on Use

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; machine readable finding aid created by Columbia University Libraries Digital Library Program Division

Processing Information

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

Finding aid written 10/--/2011 Katia Shraga

Machine readable finding aid generated from MARC-AMC source via XSLT conversion September 30, 2011 Finding aid written in English.
    2011-09-30 xml document instance created by Carrie Hintz

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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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Gornyĭ, Sergi︠e︡ĭ, 1882-1949.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Il'in, I. A. (Ivan Aleksandrovich), 1883-1954.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Luther, Arthur, 1876-1955.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Manukhin, Ivan Ivanovich, b. 1882.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Otsup, Nikolai, 1894-1958.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Pil'skaia, Elena Sergeevna.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Russian literature--20th century.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Russian literature--Germany--20th century.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Teffi, N. A. (Nadezhda Aleksandrovna), 1872-1952.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID

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History / Biographical Note

Biographical Note

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.

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