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Al'bom. Vnut. vidy Remeslennoi vystavki. Ego Imperatorskomu Vysochestvu Velikomu Kniaziu Vladimiru Aleksandrovichu. Vidi sniaty fotografom S. Rubinovichem 1885 goda.

Collection History

The Library acquired the majority of the albums in this digital presentation during the early 1930s. Many were originally part of Romanov palace libraries nationalized by the Soviet government and sold abroad for hard currency.


Subjects include Russian Orthodox churches, monasteries, and ecclesiastical art; views of cities, as well as small provincial towns; secular architecture; tsarist- and Soviet-era political exiles; and the diverse peoples of the Russian Empire. A number of albums include portraits of the Tsar or the imperial family; state occasions, military maneuvers, and relaxation at the imperial hunting lodge are all depicted. Represented as well are military operations, particularly during the Russo-Turkish War of 1877-78. Russian Revolutionary-era photos are extensive, ranging from the immediate aftermath of the February Revolution, to the Stalinist period.

Many of the imperial association albums-that is, those presented as gifts to the royal family-are of superior technical and artistic quality, and in several cases mounted in bindings that are themselves works of art, incorporating silver, wood, and other decorative elements.

Related Resources

Hee-Gwone Yoo."Holdings of rare photographs and plate books at the Slavic and Baltic Division of The New York Public Library." Rosia yongu (Russian Studies), vol. 12, no. 1 (2002): [323]-332.

Collection Data

Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1885
Place: S.-Peterburg
Library locations
Slavic and East European Collections
Shelf locator: Slav. Reserve Photo and *ZQ-1017
Photograph albums
Content: According to Pierre Apraxine, "canvas bound album of 34 albumen prints +/- 9 x 6 1/2", mounted one on a page. Titled on cover in gold on red canvas (see above). The first page has a dedication written in ink to the Gr. Duke Vl. Aleksandrovich, signed by the photographer, identifying the exhibition as "the St. Petersburg Arts and Crafts Exhibition, with the others on the Nevskii Prospekt", no. 52, St. Petersburg, dated 23 May 1885 (labels with the photographer's name and address appear on verso of some of the pages). The inside back cover has a red stamp: May 24, 1934. Documentation on various booths and displays: taxidermists, cabinetmakers (several plates), metalwork, glass, electrogalvanization. uniforms, carriages, tents, flowers, etc. On verso pp. 8-9: Work of the artistic school founded in memory of Tsarevich Nicholas. A collection of unremarkable images--one interesting product: p. 13, a chair made out of peasant tools." Photographs in good condition. Very brittle mounts with covers missing.
Physical Description
Extent: 34 mounted photographs ; 36 cm.
Extent: 34 mounted photographs ; 36 cm.
Type of Resource
Still image
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b11614087
Barcode: 33433080049707
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): f34b2de0-c6cd-012f-59fb-58d385a7bc34
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