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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: 1891
Place: Sterlitamak, Ufimskoi gubernii.
Library locations
Slavic and East European Collections
Shelf locator: Slav. Reserve (Photo) (Rostovtsev. Pervyi sviatoi seedechnyi dolg)
Nicholas II, Emperor of Russia, 1868-1918
Content: Presented to Grand Duke Vladimir Aleksandrovich by the author. Silk moire endsheets with embossed dedication to Grand Duke Vladimir Aleksandrovich. With related text dealing with the assassination attempt on Tsesarevich Nikolai in Japan in 1890.
Ownership: 'PERL. JUN 18 1831'.
Physical Description
Extent: 3 mounted photos ; 28 cm. p. 1-50 with special t-p.
Type of Resource
Still image
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b17067102
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 63815c00-c60b-012f-c16e-58d385a7bc34
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