Albom fotograficheskikh portretov avgustieishikh osob i lits, izviestnykh v Rossii

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

According to Pieere Apraxine, "the majority of portraits are of men in the government, army, or at court ( > 50). There are 12 ports. of members of Imperial family, and 6 of figures of the Church. There are ports. of Academicians and professors, writers, and theatre people : 7 ports. of ballet dancers (including M.C. Petipa). There are also ports. of Russian "types", alone or in groups (Georgians, Mongolians, etc.)."
Dates / Origin
Date Issued: 1865
Place: S.-Petersburg
Publisher: Izdavaemyĭ G. Denʹerom
Library locations
The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Photography Collection
Shelf locator: Slav. Reserve (Photo) (Alʹbom fotograficheskikh)
Celebrities -- Russia
Albums (Books)
Content: 128 albumen carte de visite-size prints, mounted, each with caption. Apparently issued in monthly fascicules. The only cover preserved is dated February, 1865.Title page illustration by Adolf Charlemagne. Bookplate of Grand Duke Vladimir Aleksandrovich, with his initials on cover.
Ownership: Bookplate of Grand Duke Vladimir Aleksandrovich, with his initials on cover.
Physical Description
Albumen prints
Extent: 128 mounted photographs (ports.) ; 22 cm.
Type of Resource
Still image
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b11614107
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 33b73c00-c6c5-012f-a795-58d385a7bc34
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