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Scope and Content Note

The extensive A. REMIZOV AND S. REMIZOVA-DOVGELLO PAPERS, 1903 [1922-1948] 1986 document the professional activities and personal life of Alexei Remizov (1877-1957) and his wife Serafima Remizova-Dovgello (1882-1943).  They reflect Alexei Remizov's long and prolific career as a many-faceted writer, and Serafima Remizova-Dovgello's life as a professor of anthropology and an active public figure.  (See chronology pp. 4-5.)

Alexei Remizov's professional career spanned the time of the most intense creative period in Russian culture, from the beginning of the 20th century through the 1950s.  Yet, largely because the Soviet regime officially deemed him a "persona non grata", Remizov was virtually ignored in his own country, known only to small academic circles in the West, particularly in France and the United States.  The events of the post-Communist era and the consequent fascination of Russians determined to rediscover their cultural heritage have brought this forgotten writer to the forefront of neglected national treasures currently undergoing rehabilitation.

The 26.00 linear feet of materials include books, collages, correspondence, journals and newspaper clippings, photographs, scrapbooks, and writings documenting the lives of A. Remizov and S. Remizova-Dovgello.  The material spans the years 1903-1986, with the bulk of the materials falling between 1922 and 1948.  The papers cover most completely the period of the Remizovs' life in Paris, where they came in 1923 and spent the rest of their lives. 

A defining feature of the papers is the intact and undisturbed quality of Remizov's scrapbooks - a combination of letters, drawings, notes and literary collages on the pages of brown woodpulp kraft paper often bearing the evidence of their original use as wrappings for packages received.  These scrapbooks, which document Remizov's creative process as well as his literary and artistic talents,  were created between 1943 and 1948 following the death of his wife, after many years of poor health.  Wherever possible, organization of the materials and folder titles reflects those composed by Alexei Remizov.

 

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