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Scope and Content Note

The Papers document the professional activities and personal life of Vladimir Dixon (1900-1929) and reflect his longtime friendship with Russian emigre writer Alexei Remizov and his wife Serafima Dovgello-Remizova.

Vladimir Dixon, son of a Russian mother and American father, was a talented engineer and poet. Dixon met Remizov's family in Paris while working there as a representative of the American sewing-machine company Singer and became a fervent admirer of Remizov's writings. Dixon considered himself to be Remizov's apprentice, and shared his first experiments in poetry and prose with Remizov and his wife. In 1927 Dixon founded the publishing house, Vol (Taurus), which was used to publish Remizov's and Dixon's writings.

The 1.25 linear feet of materials include: books, journals, notebooks, photographs, scrapbooks and writings documenting the life of V. Dixon. The material spans the dates 1902-1931, but the bulk of the collection covers the years 1923-1929.

There is internal evidence to suggest that Dixon's scrapbooks were compiled by A. Remizov after Dixon's death in December, 1929. These scrapbooks are identical to the Remizov and Dovgello-Remizova scrapbooks put together by A. Remizov during the 1940s. These scrapbooks were created by combining letters, stamps, photographs and clippings and document primarily Dixon's personal life. His professional life as a writer is better documented in the materials of his colleagues and his editors, one of whom was Alexei Remizov.

The most significant series in the Papers is Series 1: PERSONAL CORRESPONDENCE, which consists of the scrapbooks made by A. Remizov in his traditional style adopting a great variety of nonliterary elements. This series contains Dixon's correspondence with A. Remizov and A. Dovgello-Remizova.

Series 2: CORRESPONDENCE: STIKHI I PROZA, is Dixon's friends' and colleagues' (including Remizov) correspondence and reviews regarding Dixon's book Stikhi i proza published posthumously.

Series 3: WRITINGS, contains V. Dixon published and unpublished manuscripts in holograph and typed forms, drawings, his book Listia published by the publishing house Vol, and Reinizov's foreword to Dixon's Stikhi i proza

Series 4: PRINTED MATERIALS and Series 5: PHOTOGRAPHS consist of journals and photographs.

 

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