Alʹbom Suvorovskikh poleĭ srazhenīĭ

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: 1900
Place: Varshava
Publisher: A. Khudove︠t︡skii
Library locations
The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Photography Collection
Shelf locator: Slav. Reserve (Photo) (Albom Suvorovskikh polei srazhenii)
Suvorov, Aleksandr Vasilʹevich, kni͡azʹ Italiĭskiĭ, 1730-1800
Russia -- History, Military -- To 1801
Photograph albums
Content: At head of title: 1729-1800. Inserted is: Kratkoe opisanie snimkov na Suvorovskikh poliakh srazhenii. n.p.[1900.]
Content: Sixty seven photographs, mainly of importance related to battles and events in 1769-1772 and 1794. Inserted text (Kratkoe opisanie...) includes a map and a historical explanation of every photograph. The photographs were taken in the winter of 1899-1900. The album measures approximately 7.5x35x48 cm. (3x14x19 in.). It has a gold-embossed leather binding with a metal clasp (intact), thick gilt-edged plates in which photographs are mounted, and silk moire endplates. The first photograph is in a hand-painted mount. The album is stored in a protective box.
Ownership: Stamped "Perlstein Jun 18, 1931."
Acquisition: Metropolitan New York Library Council, 2008.
Physical Description
Extent: [67] photographs on 17 leaves ; 48 cm.
Gold embossed leather binding with a metal clasp (intact), thick gilt-edged plates in which photographs are mounted, and silk moiré endplates.
Type of Resource
Still image
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b17033845
Barcode: 33433080049756
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): fe489d00-c6cd-012f-db76-58d385a7bc34
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