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Tipy russkikh kolonistov v S. Sh.S.A. Sektanty, fermera, rybaki, uglekopy, i dr.; albom fotograficheskikh snimkov

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

An album of photos Russian colonists in America, compiled by Sergeĭ Ven︠i︡aminovich Geĭman, at the request of Bakhmetev. No duplicate exists. Two photos (Russian family and a soldier) were taken in Uruguay and Panama. (From letter to Russki zagranichnyi istoricheski arkhiv, Prague, translated by W. Brumfield. A copy of the letter is inserted in the album.)
Geĭman, S. V. (Sergeĭ Ven︠i︡aminovich) (Compiler)
Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1910 - 1919 (Approximate)
Place: n.p.
Library locations
Slavic and East European Collections
Shelf locator: Slav. Reserve Photo (Geiman) and *ZQ-1003
Russians -- United States
Content: Author supplied from letter to Russki zagranichnyi istoricheski arkhiv, Prague, a copy of which is inserted. The letter, which is translated by W. Brumfield, says, "for your information, I have in my possession a valuable album of photos of types of Russian colonists in America, compiled by a certain Geiman, at the request of Bakhmetev. Unfortunately, there is no duplicate." Two photos (Russian family and a soldier) were taken in Uruguay and Panama.
Funding: DOE Title II-C "Russian Illustrated Books and Photographs" Project
Physical Description
Extent: 1 v. of mounted photographs ; 19 x 29 cm.
Type of Resource
Still image
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b11614037
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): c832f550-c6f6-012f-8b2a-58d385a7bc34
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