Zakaspīĭskaia voennaia zhelieznaia doroga.

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
Fotografiia Engelia (Photographer)
Dates / Origin
Date Issued: 1899
Place Term: Ashkhabad
Publisher: Fotografiia Engelia
Library locations
Slavic and East European Collections
Shelf locator: Slav. Reserve (Photo) (Zakaspiiskaia voennaia zhelieznaia doroga)
Topics
Railroads -- Turkmenistan
Zakaspīĭskai͡a zheli͡eznai͡a doroga
Ashkhabad (Turkmenistan) --
Genres
Photographs
Albums
Notes
Ownership : Markings - "PERL. JUN 13 1931".

Content: Each plate reads: "Zakaspiiskaia Voennaia Zhelieznaia Doroga. Fot. Engelia v Askhabadie."
Physical Description
Extent: [37] mounted photographs : ill. ; 37 x 52 cm.
Extent: 37 mounted photographs. 37 x 52 cm.
Type of Resource
Still image
Languages
Russian
Identifiers
NYPL catalog ID (B-number) : b17973444
Other local Identifier : 291097967
UUID: 4ff475b0-c6e0-012f-d5d0-58d385a7bc34
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