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Slavic and East European Archival Collections: Writers


  • Manuscript of "Fontâna Blanduzia," a historical drama on the life of the Roman poet Horace, in three acts. Written in Rumanian by the author, Vasile Alecsandri, and signed by him at Kircesti in 1882. The play was published a year later, in 1883. Note on inner fly-leaf indicates that this manuscript was presented by the author to Queen Elizabeth of Rumania and, in turn, presented by the queen to James Carleton Young at the Royal Palace in Bucharest on February 5, 1903.
  • 19 letters and a short story written by Russian novelist Evgenii Chirikov including many to lawyer N. S. Karinsky; a letter by his wife, Valentina Chirikova; and 2 letters by writer Vasilii Nemirovich-Danchenko.
  • The Joseph Conrad letters 1901-1910 consist of two letters from Conrad, and one letter from Scottish writer Richard Curle discussing both his own work and the serialization of Conrad's works.
  • Lajos Egri (1889-1967) was a Hungarian-American playwright and author of The Art of Dramatic Writing. The Lajos Egri papers date from 1895 to 1983 and document his work as a writer and teacher of writing with correspondence; scrapbooks; and manuscripts of plays, short stories, poetry, essays, and book chapters.
  • Isabel Florence Hapgood Papers 1864-1922 consist primarily of documents, photographs, and mainly letters from prominent Russian Index artists, musicians, writers, and clergy with whom she corresponded. [See Robert Whittaker. "Tolstoy's American Translator: Letters to Isabel Hapgood, 1888-1903." Triquarterly (Spring 1998): 7-65.]
  •  A small Velimir Khlebnikov's collection consists of five manuscript versions of published and unpublished poems. 
  • Telegrams, letters, manuscripts, photographic prints, one scrap of papers, and 1 notebook with manuscripts are in the Vladimir Mayakovsky and Tatiana Iakovlevna collection.
  • Vladimir Nabokov papers 1918-1987 [bulk 1934-1975] consist of manuscripts and typescripts, correspondence, diaries from 1941 through 1977, notebooks, legal documents, portraits, and pictorial works. [See Brian Boyd, “The Nabokov Biography and the Nabokov Archive.” Biblion: The Bulletin of The New York Public Library 1, no. 1 (1992): 15-36.]
  • The Ferenc Molnár papers contain a selection of scripts, correspondence, and articles written between 1927 and 1952 by this widely regarded as Hungary’s most celebrated and controversial playwright. 
  • Andres (Andrew) Pranspill was an Estonian author and journalist whose collection consists of letters received by Pranspill from leading 20th-century Estonian writers, some letters by Pranspill, newspaper clippings, poems, photographs, and related materials.
  • Serdeczne listki, Canada-U. S. A by Władysław Tyszkiewicz is a combination of autobiography and diary with some accounting of parcels shipped to Poland and genealogical data on family background, with clippings and photographs mounted in (bound manuscript in Polish).