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Series Descriptions

The collection is organized into four series:

  I.   THE HISTORY OF THE EVOLUTION OF THE SELF-KNOWING SPIRIT, 1926-1990

  II.  THE CALLS OF TIME, 1929-1931

  III. COLLECTED POEMS, 1932-1935

  IV.  PHOTOGRAPHS, 1882-1968

 Series I, THE HISTORY OF THE EVOLUTION OF THE SELF-KNOWING SPIRIT ("ISTORIIA STANOVLENIIA SAMOSOZNAIUSHCHEI DUSHI"), 1926-1990 [1926-1939], 0.5 linear feet.  The material in this series consists of an unfinished manuscript by A. Bely, which was transcribed by his wife, K. N. Bugaeva, and is still unpublished.  Also included are K. N. Bugaeva's commentaries on the manuscript, explanations of the special terminology, her notes regarding the creative prehistory of the manuscript, outlines and diagrams. The series is further divided into five subseries: Historical part of the manuscript with subtitle "Finished part of the manuscript", Theoretical (philosophical) part of the manuscript with subtitle "From the 1926 draft", Drafts of the second volume of The History of the Evolution of the Self-knowing Spirit, K.N. Bugaeva's notes on The History of the Evolution of the Self-knowing Spirit, and Published fragment from the manuscript.

 Subseries 1, Historical part of the manuscript with subtitle "Finished part of the manuscript", [1926], 7 folders, contains the first part of the first volume and is arranged by consecutive chapters.

 Subseries 2, Theoretical (philosophical) part of the manuscript with subtitle "From the 1926 draft", 1926, 2 folders, includes the second part of the first volume and is arranged by consecutive chapters.

 Subseries 3, Drafts of the second volume of the History of the Evolution of the Self-knowing Spirit, [1927-1934], 4 folders, consists of an unfinished manuscript, some parts of which were rewritten and included in the first volume.  The subseries is arranged by consecutive chapters.

 Subseries 4, K. N. Bugaeva's notes on The History of the Evolution of the Self-knowing Spirit, [1937-1939], 3 folders, contains fragments of commentaries, explanations, notes, outlines and diagrams written by Bely's wife.  The subseries is arranged alphabetically by subject.

 Subseries 5, Published fragment from the manuscript, 1990, 1 folder, includes the literary almanac "Laterna Magica".

 Series II, THE CALLS OF TIME ("ZOVY VREMEN"), 1931, 0.2 linear feet consists of the typewritten (first) copy of the first volume of A. Bely's poetry, which was prepared for publication in 1931.   It starts with an introduction compiled by Bely himself and is arranged by consecutive units.

 Series III, COLLECTED POEMS ("SOBRANIE STIKHOTVORENIJ"), 1932-1935, 0.72 linear feet, contains Bely's autobiography transcribed by K. N. Bugaeva, her commentaries on the separate chapters of the Collected Poems and page proofs of the present edition.  The series is divided into five subseries: Autobiography and introductory article, K. N. Bugaeva's commentaries on the separate chapters of the Collected Poems, K. N. Bugaeva's commentaries on the Addendum to the Collected Poems, Texts of the poems included in Addendum to the Collected Poems, and Page proofs.

 Subseries 1, Autobiography and introductory article, 1932-1934, 3 folders, contains A. Bely's autobiography and editorial explanation of guidelines for the compilation of the present edition.  The subseries is arranged in chronological order.

 Subseries 2, K. N. Bugaeva's commentaries on the separate chapters of the Collected Poems, 1934, 10 folders, includes detailed commentaries on each poem, which are often written on both sides of the page.  The commentaries not only contain the date and time of publication of each poem, but all the variants.  This series is arranged by consecutive chapters of the present edition.

 Subseries 3, K. N. Bugaeva's commentaries on the Addendum to the Collected Poems, 1934, 5 folders. This subseries is arranged by consecutive chapters of the present edition.

 Subseries 4, Texts of the poems included in Addendum to the Collected Poems, 1934, 5 folders, contains poems transcribed by K. N. Bugaeva and is arranged by consecutive chapters of the present edition.

 Subseries 5, Page proofs, 1934, 7 folders, consists of incomplete page proofs and is arranged by consecutive chapters of the present edition.

 Series IV, PHOTOGRAPHS, 1882-1968, 0.08 linear feet, includes four photographs. 

 

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