Vidy Tikhvinskago bol'sh. monastyria. V pamiat' piatisot [sic 1] lietiia. 1383-1883.

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 Created: 1883
Library locations
Slavic and East European Collections
Shelf locator: Slav.Reserve photo
Tikhvin (Russia)
Albumen prints
Content: According to Pierre Apraxine, "10 albumen prints, originally bound in hardcover album with gilt titles, now separately preserved with cover in archival box. Prints of various sizes, oval: 6 1/4 x 11 1/8"; rectangular: 6 7/8 x 8 7/8"; titled on mounts in gold ink in calligraphic Slavonic script. 2 general views from south and east. 5 views of various churches: Dormition, in which Icon of the Virgin of Tikhvin is kept; Protection and Belltower; "Krylechko" with the miraculous icon painted on the wall; Erection of the cross; Ascension. 1 general view of town. 2 images of an icon: Altar with the Icon of the Virgin of Tikhvin; and a representation of the Icon in the main monastery of Tikhvin, commemorating the 500 years of the apparition. Excellent group of documentary images. The general views are particularly good and the view of the city is outstanding."
Physical Description
Extent: 10 mounted photographs ; 25x36 cm.
Type of Resource
Still image
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b11614038
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): fac3b310-c623-012f-e26c-58d385a7bc34
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