The Amherst Center for Russian Culture was established in 1991 by writer, journalist, diplomat, and translator Thomas P. Whitney (Class of 1937) "to give greater depth and meaning to Amherst College undergraduate programs in the various areas of Russian studies...[and to be] a nucleus for study in the entire Russian area by both undergraduate and graduate students of Amherst and of the Pioneer Valley and for visiting students and scholars whose presence in the Valley will be an important asset." (Letter of Thomas P. Whitney to President Peter Pouncey, 4 January 1990)

The nucleus of the Center is Mr. Whitney's collection of books, journals, newspapers, manuscripts, and other materials, which represent the breadth and depth of Russian cultural achievement in modern times. Since its establishment, the Center has striven to build upon and expand the original collection in keeping with its strengths and high quality.

The Rare Book and Periodical Collection

The aim of this collection is to have the fullest representation of all areas and schools of Russian creative activity, with a focus on modern Russian culture of the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Soviet-period fiction and non-fiction, poetry and prose are featured here, as is the rich literature of the Russian emigration in all its schools. These collections can be found in the Five College Library Catalog by searching Advanced Search with Location as "AC Center for Russian Culture."

The Rare Book Collection — A large and absolutely unique collection of first editions and of Russian Futurist and kindred trends of avant-garde writers and artists, many of whose creations are by design both art and literature. Some books are products of artist-writer collaboration; others have been completely hand-made, the text hand-written and the artwork lithographed and pulled by the creator. Original linocuts are featured in many of these works of art and literature. The graphics are in black-and-white and in brilliant colors. The editions are quite often infintesimal. Included here is an extremely rare collection of pamphlets and brochures by Russia's first Dadaist, Sergei Charchoune (1888-1975).  .

The Dmitri Tarasenkov Collection — A collection of nearly 1,500 books devoted to emigre literature, especially poetry, assembled by Dmitri Tarasenkov, son of the prominent Russian literary scholar and critic. The collection contains both first editions and some of the very latest works by the avant-garde writers of the recent "Third Wave" who publish in very small editions.

The Polly and Irving Allen Collection  — A collection of almost 300 early 20th-century Russian illustrated books — pre-Revolutionary and early Soviet, including books illustrated by émigré artists and published outside Russia, often in other languages. The focus of the collection is illustrated children’s books, but there are other illustrated books, and a few periodicals, ballet programs and art catalogs. Artists include Altman, Alekseev, Bakst, Benois, Bilibin, Dobuzhinsky, El Lissitsky, Goncharova, Konashevich, Lebedev, Mitrokhin, et al.

The George (Yuri Pavlovich) Ivask Collection — A collection of several hundred first editions, many of them inscribed to Professor Ivask (1907-1986). (See Archive section).

The Periodical Collection — The periodical collection is very special. Here are located complete or long runs of Soviet publications through the current year, as well as complete or long runs of scores of Russian emigre newspapers and journals published not only in Europe and North America, but also in such far-away places as China, Australia, and South America. The many rare and unique periodicals and newspapers will be of considerable value to specialist researchers. These publications include complete runs of the two most important journals of the Russian emigration — Sovremennye zapiski (Annales contemporaines, published in Paris from 1928-1940) and Novyi zhurnal (The New Review,published in New York from 1942 to the present). Of special note as well are such rarities as Evraziya (Eurasia), the Paris weekly published in 1928-1929 by some of Russia's leading emigre intellectuals (the only complete set in the United States), Zhar-ptitsaApollonMir iskusstva, and Zolotoe runo. Although the collection is comprehensive, we may not hold complete runs of every journal - please check the list of holdings to make sure we have the exact issues or volumes that you are seeking before contacting the Center.

The Russian-Jewish Periodical Collection — A sub-set of the Periodical Collection - a comprehensive collection of Russian Jewish periodicals - both secular and religious - published between 1860 and 1926 in the Russian language. Primary materials documenting Jewish life and thought, which encompass the literary, philosophic, theological, anthropological, folkloric, political and social histories of pre-revolutionary Russian Jewish intellectuals and communities. The largest archive of Russian-language 19th-century Jewish periodicals in Europe or America.

The Russian Satirical Journal Collection — A sub-set of the Periodical Collection - a set of 135 beautifully illustrated Russian satirical periodicals in excellent condition, published between 1905 and 1907 of over a dozen separate titles.

Art of the Masses (Iskusstvo v massy) and For Proletarian Art (Za proletarskoe iskusstvo) — Complete runs of two of the most important Soviet art magazines of the late 1920s - early 1930s. Art of the Masses was published in 15 issues from 1929-30 by the Journal of the Associated Artists of the Revolution (AKhR) and succeeded by For Proletarian Art, which ran for 18 issues from 1931-32 and was published by the Journal of the Russian Association of Proletarian Artists.

The periodical Soviet Union — 106 issues. Complete for years 1950-1958. Soviet Union is the last of the extravagant photo journals of the Soviet era. The publishers made clear that Soviet Union, which commenced with its March 1950 issue, was the successor to USSR in Construction, which ceased publication in December 1949. Soviet Union was published monthly in a full-scale format and in the beginning included the work of well-known Soviet photographers of the pre-war era, eventually giving way to the next generation... all in early Cold War style.

The periodical Soviet Woman — 354 issues. 1945-1985. Soviet Woman promoted an idealized vision of the modern woman and her family in the USSR. The journal expresses this vision with photography, poetry and feature articles, whose subjects are celebrities and everyday life. The issues contain articles about current events, knitting, cooking, fashion, and include many fold-out clothing pattern inserts.

The General Collection

The General Collection — Over 10,000 volumes dealing with Russian fiction, art and architecture, books about books, history, politics, linguistics, philosophy, economics, geography, music, theater, cinema and dance, cooking, law, history of religion, military history, and reference. The library constitutes a good standard collection of Russian writing, on a large scale.

The Archive Collection

Asterisked items denote the original gift of Thomas P. Whitney. 
NA indicates that the archive is not currently available. Inquiries about these materials should be addressed to the director.

The Alexander Alexeieff and Claire Parker Film Collection — Seven 16mm films by Russian emigre and experimental illustrator/filmmaker Alexandre Alexeieff and his wife Claire Parker. Included in the seven reels are Alexeieff and Parker's most famous "pinboard" creations, including Night on Bald Mountain, The Nose and Pictures at an Exhibition, as well as color commercials by Alexeieff and a documentary film (in English) titled Alexeieff at the Pinboard.

*The Svetlana Allilueva Collection — All materials in this collection relate to Svetlana Allilueva, Stalin's daughter. The archive consists of the draft, page proofs, and Russian version of The Faraway Music by S. Allilueva, a draft of A Book for Granddaughters, and extensive correspondence regarding publication of S. Allilueva's life story.

*The Andreyev Family Papers — Several manuscripts, diaries, and books created by family members of the writer Leonid Andreyev (1871-1919).

*Anna Akhmatova Manuscript and Photos — A signed holograph of Akhmatova's poem "Budesh zhit', ne znaya likha" (1915) and four original (two signed) photographs of Akhmatova (two alone, two with others) from 1935-1936.

*The Professor A. Antsiferoff Papers — This collection reflects Professor Antsiferoff's lifetime of cultural activity in various fields — as a professor in Kharkov, Prague, and Sorbonne and as a public figure in various Russian emigre committees and societies. It includes sheet music, journals, newspapers, scholarly papers, and correspondence, among other things. 

*The Katia Anzi-Stoliarova Collection of the Russian Social-Democratic Party and the Central Union of Jewish Workingmen in Lithuania, Poland, and Russia. These materials document the work of the Central Committee of the Russian Social-Democratic Party and the leading organs of the Jewish Bund.

The Nikolai Avksentiev Papers — Materials related to the life and work of Nikolai Dmitrievich Avksentiev (1878-1943), political figure, writer, and editor of Sovremennye zapiski

Photographs by Prof. George Bain — Approximately 150 small photographs taken by George Bain, Amherst College Professor of Geology, during his attendance at the XVII International Geological Conference in Moscow and Leningrad in 1937. The black and white photos cover a wide spectrum of Soviet society in the late 1930s during Stalinist industrialization and collectivization (including urban scenes, individual portraits, rural landscapes, etc.).

*The Aleksandra Balashova Papers — Documents relating to the well-known ballerina Aleksandra Balashova (1887-1979), mostly from her Paris period.

The Alma Law Russian Theater Archive — An extensive library of rare antiquarian theater publications of the 1920s and 1930s as well as a unique collection of over 1000 audio and video tapes, as well as cassettes, photographs, and slides documenting developments (and productions) in the Soviet theater of the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s. Many of the materials pertain to the work of the director Vsevolod Meyerhold. This remarkable collection was assembled by Alma Law (1927-2003), the best informed and most astute American observing Soviet theater for 30 years. NA

Andrei Bely Writings — These writings represent a small but very important portion of the corpus of writing of the Symbolist poet, prosaist, literary critic, theoretician, and philosopher Andrei Bely (1880-1934). The present collection reflects Bely's creative efforts during the last eight years of his life.

Alexander Blok — Dvenadtsat' manuscript. Handwritten copy by Blok of his poetic masterpiece, submitted to the journal Znamya truda for publication in 1918 and containing some comments by the journal's editor, Ivanov-Razumnik.

Vladimir V. Brand Papers — The Vladimir Vladimirovich Brand Papers reflect a short period of activities of Vladimir Brand who worked for the newspaper Za svobodu and was the co-editor of the Russian émigré weekly Mech, published in Poland between World War I and World War II. The Papers consist of correspondence, manuscripts, photographs, personal documents, and clippings and span the years 1920-1942.

*The Olga Carlisle Collection — Material collected by Olga Carlisle, a contemporary American artist and granddaughter of the noted Russian writer Leonid Andreyev (1871-1919). Among the documents in this collection are the galleys with editorial corrections of Aleksander Solzhenitsyn's novel, The First Circle.

The Churaevka Russian Village Collection - This collection contains correspondence, printed materials, photographs, manuscripts by Georgii Grebenshchikov (1883-1964) and other authors, press releases and various advertisement materials related to Atlas publishing house and Churaevka, a Russian village in Connecticut.

*Commerce and Trade Credit Mutual Materials — Documents reflecting a short period of activities of a mutual credit company helping Russian refugees in interwar (1931-1934) Europe.

*The Coordinating Committee for the Russian Refugees in France Records — This collection reflects the activities of Baron Boris E. Nolde, who chaired the Committee. Consists of correspondence and financial statements for the years 1937-1945.

*The Vladimir Dixon Papers — These writings document the professional activities and personal life of Vladimir Dixon (1900-1929) and reflect his longtime friendship with Russian writer Aleksei Remizov and his wife Serafima Dovgello-Remizova. Dixon, the son of a Russian mother and American father, was a talented engineer and poet who considered himself Remizov's apprentice and shared his first experiments in poetry and prose with Remizov and his wife.

The Lazar Fleishman Papers — Approximately 200 linear feet of Stanford professor Lazar Fleishman's papers, covering his extensive, uninterrupted correspondence over almost 50 years with Soviet and emigre, American and European academics, critics, literary and music figures. The collection also contains Prof. Fleishman's personal and scholarship materials, including those regarding his father, the painter Solomon Fleishman (mostly in Latvian), and those connected with his work on Boris Pasternak (especially a large correspondence with Pasternak's sisters, son, grandson, niece and nephew). NA

*The Naum Gabo Papers — Personal papers of the prominent Russian emigre sculptor Naum Gabo (1890-1978), which include his diaries, photographs and background material about his life and work.

*The Zinaida Gippius and Dmitri Merezhkovsky Papers — This collection documents the life and activities of the Russian symbolist writers Zinaida Gippius (1869-1945) and her husband Dmitri Merezhkovsky (1865-1941); and their longtime secretaries, editors, and writers Dmitry Filosofov (1872-1940) and Vladimir Zlobin (1894-1967). Gippius was a prolific poet, fiction writer, playwright, essayist, memoirist, and critic; Merezhkovsky's literary work included poetry, novels, dramas, critical essays, and translations from several languages. These papers largely cover the period of Gippius' and Merezhkovsky's years of emigration in Paris (1920-1945).

*The Grigorii Golokhvastov Papers — The personal papers of Golkhvastov, an exiled Russian poet and chairman of the Circle of Russian Poets and Writers in America. Consists of appeals, correspondence, lectures, manuscripts and printed materials related to the Russian Orthodox Church in Exile.

*The Roman Goul Papers — This collection consists of the papers of Roman Goul (1896-1986), editor of The New Review (Novyi Zhurnal) for more than twenty years.

*The Irina Graham Papers — Personal papers of Irina Graham (1910-1996), writer, essayist and companion of composer Arthur Lourie.  The papers reflect the life of Irina Graham and her relationship with various emigre cultural figures, and include manuscripts, typescripts, and original scores related to Lourie, as well as several albums of photographs. 

The Petro and Zinaida Grigorenko Family Papers — These materials cover the life, dissident activities, incarceration, and exile of the former Soviet major general, human rights activist, and writer Petro Grigorenko (1907-1987) and his wife, the writer and human rights activist Zinaida Egorova-Grigorenko (1911-1994).

The Nikolai Gumilev Papers — A collection, assembled by Russian emigre Jacob J. Bikerman (1898-1979), containing published and unpublished materials concerning the life of the Russian poet Nikolai Stepanovich Gumilev, especially during the years 1917 and beyond.

The Halperine-Kaminsky and His Contemporaries Collection — The collection documents the personal life and professional activities of the Russian literary translator Ilya Halperine-Kaminsky and several prominent Russian intellectuals from his circle (G. Adamovich, K. Balmont, I. Bunin, Z. Gippius, G. Ivanov, A. Kuprin, P. Miliukov, D. Merezhkovsky).

The R.V. Ivanov-Razumnik Diary of 1942 — A daily account of literary critic and intellectual historian Ivanov-Razumnik's life (1878-1946) chronicling events in Nazi Germany during 1942.

R.V. Ivanov-Razumnik Tiur'my i ssylki (Prisons and Exiles) — Original typescript with handwritten additions by Ivanov-Razumnik of his memoirs, written in Germany and published in New York in 1950.  

The Yuri (George) Ivask Literary and Family Archives — This collection includes a wealth of materials pertaining to the life and work of George (Yuri Pavlovich) Ivask (1907-1986), poet, critic, thinker, and professor of Russian literature at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Particularly rich is the correspondence to Ivask, which consists of thousands of letters from leading writers, thinkers, critics, and religious figures of the Russian emigration.

*The Maria Karmina-Chitau Papers — A folder of personal papers of M. Karmina-Chitau, an actress of St. Petersburg's Aleksandrovsky Theater, which includes correspondence, financial materials, postcards, and photographs.

Vladimir Khodasevich Letter — One holograph signed letter (four pages), 1911.

*The S. Khrushchev, E. Radzinsky and A. Gromyko Manuscripts— This collection consists of photocopies of manuscripts by S. Khrushchev, E. Radzinsky, and A. Gromyko. Includes His Last Seven Years (Ego poslednyi sem' let) by Khrushchev (published in English as Khrushchev on Khrushchev), Life and Death of Nicholas II by Radzinsky, and Memories, Gromyko's memoirs, in English. These documents have been moved to the Thomas Whitney AC 1937 Papers.

*The Stepan Kolokol'nikov Papers — Documents relating to the Professor and his father's life. Consists of biographical material (birth and death certificates), brochures, photographs and news clippings.

The Vadim Kreyd Papers— Personal papers of author, former editor of "Novyi Zhurnal" (The New Review) and Prof. of Russian Literautre Vadim Kreyd, including almost 1000 xeroxes of the lost originals of prose, poetry, translations and letters of the poet Alexander Kondratiev (1876-1967), as well as letters and some texts by the figures of the first, second and third wave emigration. There are separate files on Silver Age writer Aleksei Skaldin, Leningrad writer Mark Gordon, Belorussian writer Masei Sladnev, a manuscript of Irina Bushman's novel "Novelly o chasakh," manuscripts and materials of Kreyd himself, as well as photographs and drawings.

*Kuban Cossacks in France Materials — A small collection reflecting a short period of activities of the Cossacks branch of the Russian Universal Military Union (ROVS).

The Konstantine Kuzminsky Collection — An extensive collection of correspondence, diaries, photographs, handmade albums, chapbooks, sketches, news and journal clippings, posters, art catalogues and other ephemera of Konstantine Kuzminsky (b. 1940), the Russian performance poet, linguist, former dissident and editor of The Blue Lagoon, a comprehensive nine-volume anthology of underground Russian poetry from World War II to the seventies. The collection also includes video and audio tapes of interviews with many Russian émigré writers and artists, as well as Allen Ginsburg, Harry Snyder, and Kevin Clark. NA

The Vladimir Lebedev Collection — This collection consists of documents, manuscripts, and photographs documenting the life of Vladimir Lebedev (1883-1956) in France and the United States between 1914 and 1956. Lebedev was a prominent figure in the Russian Provisional Government and one of the leaders of the Socialist-Revolutionary Party in Russia.

Leningrad Theatrical Index — A list of plays produced in Leningrad between 1937 and 1959 at nine of the city's theatrical establishments. The list includes the name of the play, its author, the date of the premiere, the producer, the designer and/or composer. The volume is inscribed by its two (presumed) compilers and dated June 24, 1966.

*The Osip and Nadezhda Mandelshtam Collection — The collection consists of photocopies of letters of poet and essayist Osip Mandelshtam (1891-1938), a photocopy of Nadezhda Mandelshtam's (1899-1980) first book of memoirs (Hope Against Hope), and the original Russian typescript of her second book of Memoirs (Hope Abandoned).

The Galina Mikhniuk Papers — Letters and postcards; professional correspondence; books, newspapers, periodicals concerning religious matters; 1940s-1996, belonging to Galina Vasilievna Mikhniuk, Archbishop Ioann's housekeeper and helper during his years in San Francisco and Santa Barbara until his death in 1989.

*Photographs of the Moscow Art Theatre Actors — This collection consists of photographs of the Moscow Art Theatre actors which had been presented to Nikolai Bodulin during their tour to New York.

Moscow Art Theatre Program — Program of "Blokha," the Flea, a theatrical performance by Evgenii Zamyatin, presented at the Moscow Art Theater in 1923.

*The New Review (Novyi Zhurnal) Records — This collection includes the published and unpublished manuscripts, photographs, news clippings, galleys, notebooks, scrapbooks, brochures, and business correspondence relating to The New Review (Novyi Zhurnal), the longest running Russian emigre journal, published in New York City since 1942.
Addendum I: Consists of records accumulated from 1990-1995. Contains administrative records, published and unpublished manuscripts and correspondence.
Addendum II: Consists or records accumulated during the years 1995-1998. They contain largely published and unpublished manuscripts and some correspondence.
Addendum III: Consists of records accumulated during the years 1998-2002. They contain largely published and unpublished manuscripts and some correspondence.
Addendum IV: Consists of records accumulated from 1996 until April, 2005. They contain manuscripts from 2002 onwards (possibly pre-dating 2002) and correspondence from the years 1996-2005 (April).
Addendum V: Consists of manuscripts, texts, letters, notebooks, financial documents from 1990-2013, especially editors Yurii Kashkarov and Vadim Kreyd and beyond. NA

*The G.I. Novitsky Papers — Church-related items and documents pertaining to the emigres' anti-Bolshevik activities; also includes periodicals, news clippings, correspondence, and photographs.

The O'Hara Memorial Collection — This collection consists of 20 watercolors, 141 Russian postcards, 25 photographs, and one pamphlet from the 1920s. Mr. O'Hara was the first American painter to visit and depict the new Russian republics in the early 1920s.

*The Gennady Panin Papers and Collection of Autographs — The personal papers of G. Panin consist of notebooks, memoirs of literary personalities, photographs, autographed books, and hundreds of letters from prominent representatives of the world of art and letters in and out of Russia. Among his correspondents were A. Akhmatova, K. Balmont, N. Berberova, and D. Burliuk.

*The Konstantin Parchevskii Papers — Correspondence, manuscripts, and printed materials related to the life and activities of Konstantin Parchevskii, a prominent journalist and secretary of the Union of Russian Writers and Journalists in Paris. The materials in the Parchevskii collection span the dramatic period from 1920-1940 when Russian intellectuals struggled to survive abroad and to preserve their culture.

*The Boris Pasternak Manuscripts — The collection contains autograph letters, signed holograph and typescript poems by Boris Pasternak (1890-1960), with notes by Dmitry Tarasenkov.

The Grigorii Poliak Papers — The papers document the professional activities of the publisher Grigori Poliak (1943-1998). They give a record of his founding of and subsequent participation in the Silver Age publishing house. In addition, they describe his involvement in the emigre literary scene in the 1970s-1990s. The first series (correspondence) and the fourth series (printed journals and newspapers) of this collection are now available to the public - for access to further series, as marked in the Poliak finding aid, please consult with the Director.

The Posev Publishing House Collection — The Posev Publishing House Collection reflects a short period of activities of the National Alliance of Russian Solidarists, its publishing house and two periodicals, Posev and Grani. It consists of correspondence, manuscripts, and clippings and spans the years 1930-1942.

The Aron Pressman Collection of Opera Scores — The collection includes books of sheet music belonging to Aron Pressman. Many of these are opera scores printed in the first part of the century. Originally these scores were used by the Russian Grand Opera Company, an opera troupe that traveled throughout Russia and the Far East during the 1920s.The Russian repertoire includes the work of great composers such as Mussorgskii, Tchaikovskii, Rimskii-Korsakov and Glinka. From the western European operatic tradition, the collection includes scores of works by Bizet, Verdi, Gounod, Leoncavallo, Meyerbeer, Puccini, Strauss, and others. In addition to opera, Aron Pressman's collection includes a ballet by Gliere and a song cycle by Mussorgskii.

The Alexis Rannit Materials — Correspondence of the Estonian poet, author, and bibliophile Alexis Rannit with Thomas and Marguerite Whitney, programs, offprints from journals, newspaper articles and books by Rannit, some inscribed to the Whitneys.

*The A. Remizov and S. Dovgello-Remizova Papers — This extensive collection documents the professional activities and personal life of Alexei Remizov (1877-1957) and his wife Serafima Dovgello-Remizova (1882-1943), reflecting the former's long and prolific career as a multifaceted writer and artist, and the latter's life as a professor of anthropology and an active public figure. The materials include books, collages, correspondence, journals and newspaper clippings, scrapbooks, and writings dealing with the lives of A. Remizov and S. Dovgello-Remizova. The collection 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 moved in 1923 and spent the rest of their lives.

The Alexei Remizov Albums and Supplementary Materials— The Remizov Albums and Supplementary Materials Collection contains albums, drawings, and photos dating from 1921 to the late 1940s. It includes handwritten books, hand-illustrated books, portraits of his contemporaries, non-figurative works, calligraphy, calligraphy in Glagolitic, book inscriptions, letters, and other drawings. Drawings are all on paper, in India ink, colored ink, pencils, or watercolors. The compositions also demonstrate Remizov's collage technique. The albums pay homage to a variety of styles and artistic trends, including Scandinavian and German expressionists, Art Nouveau ornament and the Blaue Reiter style of the young Kandinsky. (Donated by Thomas Whitney at a later date)

The A. Remizov, M. Osorgin, E. Zamyatin and L. Andreev Manuscripts — These manuscripts have been kept by I. Lebedeva, the daughter of the Russian artist V. Lebedev. The collection includes the holograph manuscript Pushkin by A. Remizov, a draft of Iz tikhogo frantsuzskogo mestechka by M. Osorgin, Modern Russian Theatre by E. Zamyatin, and a poem by L. Andreev.

The Roerich Archive — This collection consists of the diaries of Elena Roerich, wife of painter, set designer and philosopher Nikolai Konstantinovich Roerich (1874-1947), chronicling the couple's extended travels to India, Tibet and Nepal in the 1920s, as well as materials documenting the founding of the Roerich Museum in New York City and Roerich's legal troubles at the same time.

The Felix Roziner Papers — This collection consists of letters, rough drafts, unpublished manuscripts, and research materials relating to the career of the Moscow-born prose writer, poet, playwright, and musicologist Felix Roziner (1936-1997), who emigrated to Israel in 1978 and spent the last years of his life in Boston.

*The Russian Pedagogical Society in France Records — These records reflect a year-long (1929) period of activities of a Russian emigre institution in Paris. They consist of agendas, reports, business correspondence, financial and administrative records.

Photos of Russia and Armenia — Unidentified photos taken by foreign travelers in the 1920s or 1930s showing scenes in Russia and Armenia.

The Anna Saakiants Collection — Literary critic and editor Anna Aleksandrovna Saakiants was a long-time friend of poet Marina Tsvetayeva's daughter Ariadne Efron. After Ariadne's death in 1975, Saakiants inherited material in the collection which contributes to our understanding of the life, literary connections, and creative laboratory of the authors represented here (A. Akhmatova, A. Remizov, N. Gumilev, E. Tager, M. Tsvetayeva, M. Pavlovich).

*The Samizdat Collection — Manuscripts obtained in Moscow and Leningrad in the 1960s, most of which are unpublished.

*The Colonel B. Samsonoff Papers — This collection consists mostly of Russian newspapers from abroad. The topics represented include the Cossacks, World Wars I and II, the Russian Orthodox Church, literature, and the history of Russian cities. It also contains maps, guides, and clippings from publications in languages other than Russian.

The Schweitzer Family Papers — The archive of former Amherst College lecturer, senioe lecturer and author Viktoria Schweitzer. These materials consist of letters, official documents, photographs, offprints, research materials, newspaper articles pertaining to Viktoria Schweitzer and her family: her brother — film director Mikhail Abramovich Scweitzer; her late husband — dissident and author Mikhail Nikolaev/Schweitzer; and her late parents. NA

*The Shakhovskoy Family Papers — The collection documents the personal and professional activities of Russian Princess Zinaida Shakhovskoy (1906-2001); her husband, Svyatoslav Malewsky-Malevich (1905-1973); and her brother, Prince Dmitry Shakhovskoy, later Ioann, Archbishop of San Francisco and the Western United States (1902-1989). The materials reflect Z. Shakhovskoy's prolific career as a bilingual journalist, poet and writer, as well as the involvement of her husband and her brother with Russian literature, art and culture in exile. Materials include extensive correspondence, drafts, and published versions of articles, broadcast programs and essays, research materials chiefly on Russian poets and writers, genealogical tables, family documents, drawings, and photographs. The materials date from 1906 until 1984; the bulk of the collection dates from 1930-1979.

The Archbishop Ioann (Dmitri Shakhovskoy) Papers — The papers of Archbishop Ioann (1902-1989), known as Prince Dmitry Shakhovskoy before he was ordained, span the years 1924-1989, but chiefly reflect the American period of his life. The collection consists of many thousands of papers (manuscripts, photos, diaries, correspondence, printed matter and published works, and tapes of broadcasts for the Voice of America program), a few thousand books, and hundreds of clippings and reviews of his publications and lectures. His correspondence includes personal and clerical letters to and from writers, poets, and publishers inside and outside of Russia on philosophical, spiritual, and literary matters.

The Lev Shestov Family Papers — The papers include the correspondence of the prominent Russian emigre philosopher L. Shestov (1866-1939) with his first cousin A. Grean, correspondence between Stanley Grean, son of A. Grean, and Shestov's daughters Tatyana Rageot and Nathalie Baranoff, and copies of correspondence in German between Shestov and philosopher Martin Buber, the originals of which are located in Jerusalem.

*The Ivan Shkott Papers — The papers consist of correspondence, manuscripts, and printed materials documenting the professional activities of the emigre writer Ivan Shkott (1903-1933).

The N. S. Slavianskii Collection of Musical and Theatrical Materials from Shanghai and Harbin (1930s-1950s) — This collection consists of sheet music published in Japan, China, Bulgaria, and Russia in the 1920s and 1930s; clippings from Russian newspapers in China; theatrical bills; and posters of musical and theatrical events.

*The Konstantin Solntsev Collection — The collection consists of correspondence, manuscripts, mementos, photographs, printed matter, and clippings documenting the personal and professional life of passionate collector of Russian emigre materials, Konstantin Solntsev (1894-1961). Solntsev's intention was to preserve Russian history by organizing a museum of Russian emigre literature in Paris, which never materialized due to the Second World War and his subsequent emigration to the United States.

*The Solntsev Collection of A. Kuprin and V. Zenzinov Papers — A collection which includes newsclippings, manuscripts of Russian writer Aleksander Kuprin (1870-1938) and political leader Vladimir Zenzinov (1880-1953), and correspondence from A. Kuprin to Russian writer Ivan Shmelyov (1875-1950). The Zenzinov Papers from this collection have been removed and added to the Vladimir Zenzinov Collection.

*The A. Solzhenitsyn The First Circle Manuscripts — This collection consists of photocopies of the original Russian manuscript, a typescript blown up from microfilm smuggled out of Russia by the author, three copies of the first edition of The First Circle, and an uncorrected proof of an English translation of The First Circle.

The Emanuel (Eduard) Sztein Archive — Emanuel Sztein (1934-1999) was an author, writer, publisher, editor, and distinguished book collector. His interests lay largely in the subject of Russian emigre poetry in the 20th century. This archive contains several hundred letters of Sztein's correspondence with prominent literary figures of Russian emigration from around the globe, a great number of autographs, largely poetry, much of which remains unpublished. Part of the archive relates to the Russian literary community in China, especially in Harbin, from early 1920 until the mid 1940s. 

*The Anatolii Tarasenkov Collection — Correspondence and photographs collected by the famous Russian literary critic, bilbliophile and collector, as well as by his son Dmitrii Tarasenkov.

The Faina Terentieva and Sergei Boldyrev Collection — This collection consists almost wholly of sheet music for vocal compositions with Russian (or Church Slavonic) text. Several folders contain music with English text translated from Russian and still others contain music with Russian text translated from other languages. The collection is divided into two sections, the Liturgical Music of Sergei Boldyrev and the Secular Vocal Music of Faina Terentieva (Boldyreva).

Photographs from 1992 Tsvetaeva Conference Exhibit — 12 photographs of Marin Tsvetaeva, K. Radzevich, A. Bely, E. Mindlin, N. Gronsky, L. Kobylyanksy, S. Parnok, N. Vyacheslavtsev, A. Blok, V. Mayakovsky, Prince S. Volkonsky, E. Lanin, I. Erenburg and I. Tsvetaev. Made from negatives belonging to V. Schweitzer.

*The Union of Russian Writers and Journalists Abroad Records— The records document the organization and activity of the Union of Russian Writers and Journalists Abroad, a Russian emigre organization, active between 1920 and 1941, with headquarters in Paris. The collection contains correspondence from such leading Russian intellectuals as V. Nabokov, M. Tsvetayeva, M. Aldanov, Yu. Annenkov, B. Zaitsev, A. Remizov, and G. Adamovich.

*The Thomas Whitney AC 1937 Papers — This collection consists of Thomas Whitney's personal papers related to Russia and his Russian wife Yulia. It includes Mr. Whitney's translations of Russian authors and manuscripts of his own works as well as albums, news clippings, correspondence and other materials. NA

The Nikolai Yanchevsky and his Contemporaries Collection — The collection consists for the most part of the correspondence, diaries, and manuscripts of the prominent Russian emigre theater critic Nikolai Yanchevsky. The materials also include manuscripts of N. Evreinov, V. Goryansky, K. Korovin, B. Ostroumov, A. Pavlov, and G. Raevsky, plus correspondence of N. Evreinov, Z. Gippius, and others.

*Zarotchintseff Printed Materials — Constists of journal articles, brochures and papers presented at the 7th International Congress of Refrigeration, related to the professional activity of M. Zarotchintseff ("Mister 'Z'"), pioneer of frozen food and President of National Frosted Food, Inc. in New York.

*The V. Zenzinov Papers — The personal papers of Vladimir Zenzinov (1880-1953), co-leader with Aleksander Kerensky of the Russian Social Democratic faction. The collection represents Zenzinov's political and literary activity and relationships with prominent Russian emigre figures, such as Amelia and Ilya Fondaminsky.

*The Zernov Family Papers — The papers reflect the life and activity of Dr. Zernov and his daughter Sofia, who were active in the Center to Help Russian Refugees in France.

New Acquisitions

Part of the endowment that Thomas Whitney has provided to create and operate the Amherst Center for Russian Culture includes an annual income to purchase new materials for the collection.

Acquisitions from 2014-2015 include:

"Soviet Architecture" 1931-1934

A complete run of 15 issues in 19 numbers of this architectural journal (which should not be confused with the journal issued by the Union of Soviet Architects beginning in 1951). The design and layout for the 1931 issues were by V. Stepanova. The Editor-in-Chief was N. Miliutin.

Sovetskaia arkhitektura began publication when all architectural movements were being merged into VANO, an association of architectural organizations that existed between 1930 and 1932. As an interim publication that followed SA and preceded Arkhitektura SSSRSovetskaia arkhitektura covered activity in the Soviet architectural community during the crucial transition period of 1931-33. Of particular value are the articles that deal with the pros and cons of constructivist and functionalist architecture. The target audience was working architects an municipal planners.

"Iskusstvo v Massy" and "Za Proletarskoe Iskusstvo"

A Magazine of the Association of Artists of the Revolution: AKhR
The complete run 1929-1932.
"Art to the Masses" 1929-30. 20 numbers in 15 issues. Re-named "For Proletarian Art" 1931-32. 22 numbers in 18 issues.
All issues are profusely illustrated with works of major artists and articles on art related theories.


Acquisitions from 2015-2016 include:

"Prozhektor" ("Searchlight") 

"Prozhektor" was a prominent illustrated literary arts and satirical magazine published in Moscow from February 1923 through 1935 by Pravda Publishing House. The magazine printed the drawings of the best Soviet artists and caricaturists: Deineka, Kozlinsky, Vreia, Eliseev, Miliutin, Kustodiev, Ganf, Lebedev, Rotov, Efimov, the Kukrynisky, Deni, Moor and others.

"Prozhektor" had its own correspondents in Western Europe and the U.S. Up to 70 photos appeared in each issue (photo reportage, photo montage, photo portraits) with works by Alpert, Olga, Elizavita and Boris Ignatovich, Debakov, Petrusov, and others; and Constructivist design advertising on many of the back covers. 

"Prozhektor," founded in 1923, played a pivotal role in stimulating the development of photojournalism in the Soviet Union. 

The Alma Law Archive 

The Alma Law Archive is a large collection of books, periodicals, video and audio tapes, microfilms, slides, photographs, and research documents about Russian theatre in the 1920s and 1930s and centered about Vsevolod Meyerhold in particular. Much of the collection documents developments and trends in Soviet theatre of the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s, including interviews with prominent artists and critics. 


Acquisitions from 2016-2017 include:

The Victor Krivulin Papers: Four handwritten notebooks (1970-1973) containing original poems, rough drafts and drawings of the Leningrad/Petersburg poet Victor Krivulin (1944-2001), plus 16 original photographs, letters to his wife at the time, and some poems in manuscript and typescript.