To reduce the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) in New York City, all NYPL locations are temporarily closed until further notice. Learn more and find out about remote access for Library services.


Photographs of the Russian Imperial family held in the Slavic and Baltic Division of the New York Public Library

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: 1800 - 1899 (Questionable)
Place: St. Petersburg
Library locations
Slavic and East European Collections
Shelf locator: Slav. Reserve (Photo) 97-9837
Romanov, House of -- Portraits
Russia -- Kings and rulers -- Death and burial
Content: Carte de visite of members of Russian Imperial family: Aleksei Aleksandrovich (Grand Duke of Russia, 1850-1908), Alexander III (Emperor of Russia, 1845-1894), Mariia Feodorovna, Empress (consort of Alexander III, Emperor of Russia, 1847-1928), Nicholas II, (Emperor of Russia, 1868-1918), Vladimir Aleksandrovich (Grand Duke of Russia, 1847-1909) and Mariia Pavlovna (1854-1920).
Physical Description
Extent: [6] photographs : ports. ; 18 x 10 cm.
Type of Resource
Still image
RLIN/OCLC: 38160520
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b13461958
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 630f56a0-c61a-012f-aeb3-58d385a7bc34
Show filters Hide filters
6 results found