Alʹbom fotograficheskikh snimkov s ︠t︡serkovnoĭ arkhitektury v ︠I︡Aroslavskoĭ gubernii i s Kn︠i︡azhikh teremov v Rostove

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

Vladimīr Aleksandrovich, Grand Duke of Russia, 1847-1909 (Former owner)
Barshchevskiĭ, I. F. (Ivan Federovich), 1851-1948 (Photographer)
Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1884 (Questionable)
Place: Rostov
Publisher: Foto. I. Barshchevskii
Library locations
The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Photography Collection
Shelf locator: SLV 021 and Slav. Reserve (Photo) (Albom fotograficheskikh snimkov s tserkovnoi arkhitektury v Iaroslavskoi gubernii)
I͡Aroslavlʹ (I͡Aroslavskai͡a oblastʹ, Russia)
Church architecture -- Conservation and restoration
Church architecture -- Russia (Federation)
Photograph albums
Biographical/historical: I.F. Barshchevskii was photographer of the Imperial Archaeological Society.
Content: Thirty three photographs showing exteriors and interiors of religious and imperial landmarks in Iaroslavskaia guberniia. Some photos show buildings before, during, and after repairs and reconstruction. Some photos (plates 4, 14, 15, 23, 25) show people (peasants, workers) in foreground.
Content: Title supplied by cataloger.
Content: With bookplate of Grand Duke Vladimir Aleksandrovich.
Acquisition: Transferred from the Slavic and Baltic Division, 2012.
Physical Description
Extent: [33] mounted photographs : ill. ; 30 cm.
Issued in portfolio.
Albumen prints
Type of Resource
Still image
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b17031997
Barcode: 33433080049715
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): ba245090-c6cf-012f-56c0-58d385a7bc34
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