Al'bom portretov byvshikh kadet i kadetskago korpusa

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

Dates / Origin
Date Issued: 1884 (Questionable)
Place: S.-Peterburg
Publisher: Fototipiia V. Shteina i S. Lapteva
Library locations
Slavic and East European Collections
Shelf locator: Slav. Reserve Photo
Pervyi kadetskii korpus (Russia) -- History
Military personnel -- Russian -- Russia
Content: See "spisok" inserted before page, indexed in alphabetical order by surname and date (portraits are arranged chronologically). Includes 310 portraits: 7 members of the imperial family, 303 former cadets.
Content: Sostavitel' al'boma K.Ia Volkhovskoi. At head of : 1732-1863. K. Volkhovskoi "Pervyi kadetskii korpus, 1732-1863," 16p. inserted. Binder's title : Byvshie kadety i kadetskago korpusa. With bookplate of Grand Duke Vladimir Aleksandrovich.
Ownership: Bookplate of Grand Duke Vladimir Aleksandrovich; marked "PERL. JUN 18, 1931".
Physical Description
Extent: 3p. pl., 310 portraits ; 32 cm.
Type of Resource
Still image
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 18b97130-c610-012f-b021-58d385a7bc34
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