The Russian revolution--events and personalities: an album of photographs

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

Beatty, Bessie, 1886-1947 (Photographer)
Beatty, Bessie, 1886-1947 (Compiler)
Bulla, Karl Karlovich (Photographer)
Liberman (Photographer)
Otsup, Petr (Photographer)
Shteinberg, Iakov (Photographer)
Skobelevskii komitet (Photographer)
Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1917 - 1918
Library locations
The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Photography Collection
Shelf locator: Slav. Reserve Photo
Soviet Union -- History -- Revolution, 1917-1921
Numbering: Because there are some missing plates, the sequence numbers reach 79 (the last plate shows no.91).
Statement of responsibility: Collected by Bessie Beatty.
Content: Photos. mounted on plates ; issued in case. 14 plates numbered in manuscript without captions. Captions in Russian and English. Contains Photographs and postcards. The album was apparently compiled in the 1940s or later. Approximately 154 separate images on 79 plates (marked 1-91, missing 12 plates as above), stored in 2 boxes. Photographers-Bessie Beatty? Photographers-K. K. Bulla Photographers-Liberman Photographers-Petr Otsup Photographers-Iakov Shteinberg Photographers-Skobelevskii komitet
Physical Description
Extent: 1 case (91 leaves of plates) : all ill., ports. ; 33 cm.
Type of Resource
Still image
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b10858723
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 47e85830-c6ce-012f-6aa2-58d385a7bc34
Show filters Hide filters
79 results found