Vidy g. Koly.

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.

Background

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

Names
Leitsinger, Iakov Ivanovich (Photographer)
Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1850 - 1916
Publisher: Ia. Leitsinger.
Library locations
Slavic and East European Collections
Shelf locator: Slav. Reserve Photo and * ZQ-1005
Topics
Kola (R.S.F.S.R.)
Notes
Content: According to Pierre Apraxine, the album is the "collection of 19 book pages of a disbounded album (no cover) consisting of 24 albumen prints in two sizes... on mounts with gilded frames. Small prints are two to a mount, with pasted printed titles and the signature of the photographer imprinted on the lower right corner: Ya. Leitsinger. Views of the city of Kola [in Murmanskaya oblast], sites of the Pechenskii Monastery, factories, camps, churches, and hospitals of various camps. Harbor installations; 2 group portraits of Lapps. Good documentation on rather primitive installations on the border with Norway. Prints of fine quality. A very good image of a Lapp family. Good condition of prints and mounts. The date is suggested by the appearance of the prints."
Physical Description
Extent: 24 mounted photographs on 91 l ; 31 1/2 cm.
Type of Resource
Still image
Identifiers
RLIN/OCLC : NYPX92-B4248
NYPL catalog ID (B-number) : b11614045
UUID: 87926940-c6b4-012f-1e2d-58d385a7bc34
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