Florence’s Fashion History Column

The following posts are part of a series by ACRC Intern Florence Doyle ’26 about fashion history and Russian literature.

Three illustrations of woman in fancy dresses from the 1800s

Florence’s Fashion History Column #3: Pushkin Edition

May 28, 2024: The final fashion history post for the semester features an 1830s dress in connection with Pushkin’s novel-in-verse «Евгений Онегин» (Eugene Onegin). 

People wearing clothing from the 1800s.

Florence’s Fashion History Column #2: Chekhov Edition

April 15, 2024: Welcome back to another edition of the fashion history column! This month, we’re tackling Chekhov, with a focus on his 1904 play The Cherry Orchard.

An illustration of a women and men in an elegant ball room

Florence’s Fashion History Column #1: Griboedov Edition

February 29, 2023: The inaugural post in a new series about fashion history and Russian literature, starting with Alexander Griboedov’s 1823 comedy Woe from Wit.

ACRC Blog Posts

Welcome to the ACRC Collections Blog, where staff members and student interns share updates and feature materials from the collections. For more information about the ACRC collections, please see Explore the Collections or email acrc@amherst.edu.

An old newspaper clipping written in Russian

Konstantin Parchevskii and the Russian Emigration

By: ACRC Intern Joey Supik ’27

ACRC Intern Joey Supik ’27 researched materials in the Konstantin Parchevskii Papers, first drawn in by the mass amount of correspondence that Parchevskii was involved in. The following article provides some insight into what he learned about Parchevskii from this collection.

An illustration of a family at a table

Children’s Literature as an Escape for Readers and Writers

By: ACRC Intern Maya Rabin, ’26

ACRC Intern Maya Rabin's, ’26 journey into Russian children's books started long before she arrived at Amherst College, during her childhood in Boston.

A photo of the backs of three postcards

Piecing Together the Roerich Collection (Literally)

By: ACRC Intern Florence Doyle, ’26

Spanning from roughly 1922 to 1957, the Roerich Collection includes approximately twelve disassembled scrapbooks and a lot of loose newspaper clippings, all with some sort of relation to the Roerich Museum and its various associated organizations.

A postcard with very small writing on it

Opening up a world of hidden stories: The Irene Graham Papers

By: ACRC Intern Anya Zak, ’25

ACRC Intern Anya Zak, ’25 tells the story of Irene Graham, whom she learned about through the letters, photos, documents, and writings that were left and preserved after her death.

A newspaper front page with the title

Who thunk it? “What We Can Expect of the Russians”

By: ACRC Intern Lukas Luby-Prikot, ’26

Thomas P. Whitney’s 1955 New York Times Magazine article, “What We Can Expect of the Russians,” outlines a forecast for Soviet foreign policy in anticipation of the Geneva summit between the “Big Four.”

A photo of a children's book showing a Black man and child under a tree

Navigating Distance: Children’s Literature in the Anti-Racism Library

By: ACRC Intern Bebe Leistyna, ’24

ACRC Intern Bebe Leistyna shared her thoughs on Daleko – Nigeriia [Faraway Nigeria], by Irina Tokmakova, a beautifully illustrated children’s book inspired by the author and illustrator’s travels in Nigeria.

A blue painting of people overlooking a hill at night

Roerich Art: A Profound Journey of Feelings and Perspectives

By: ACRC Intern Albina Jambulatova (Muratovna), ’26

Well-known Russian painter, author, and philosopher Nicholas Roerich's works transcend time and space and capture individuals with a thrilling journey of feelings and viewpoints.

Two paperback books with the titles A Long Way from Home and Black Man in Red Russia

Notes on the Anti-Racism Library

By: ACRC Intern Bebe Leistyna ’24

ACRC Intern Bebe Leistyna ’24 introduces readers to the Anti-Racism Library, a collection of books and archival documents that the ACRC is building.

A young man working in a library surrounded by shelves of books

Russia In My Life

By: ACRC Intern Lukas Luby-Prikot ’26

ACRC Intern Lukas Luby-Prikot ‘26 pieces through Thomas P. Whitney’s never-before processed personal papers at the height of a Russian war in Ukraine.

Four paintinting on a window sill overlooking a city street

The Mystical World of Nicholas Roerich

By: ACRC Intern Albina Muratovna (Jambulatova) ’26

Albina Muratovna’s ’26 fascinating journey into the engaging world of Nicholas Roerich, a painter whose ethereal canvases have had a lasting impression on the field of art. ​​