The Gennadii Panin Papers and Collection of Autographs consists of one box of autographs, correspondence, documents, inscriptions, manuscripts and photographs previously known as a private collection of Gennadii Panin. The collection was donated to the Amherst College Center for Russian Culture by Thomas Whitney, Amherst College Class of 1937.

Gennadii Panin was born in Moscow in 1895 and spent his early years in St. Petersburg and Kazan. In the 1920’s he moved in literary circles and was a writer of verses (including acrostics). Under Stalin he was imprisoned for 19 months. During World War II he worked for the Russian anti-communist newspaper Golos Kryma as a journalist and was evacuated with German troops to Austria, and later to Germany. In 1950 he and his wife Frances (nee Schneider) emigrated to the United States.

The materials presented in this collection reflect Gennadii Panin’s life-long effort of preserving famous autographs and inscriptions. The 101 folders of autographs, correspondence, inscriptions, manuscripts and photographs belonged to Akhmatova, Anstei, Bal’mont, Berberova, Burliuk, Deni, Elagin, Kliuev, Ivnev, Vertinskii, Voloshin, and others. The collection also includes several hundred letters from notable people of the Russian emigration, often containing verses and biographical and bibliographical information.

The collection is arranged alphabetically and then in chronological order within each folder.