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COLLECTION Identifier: MS.BZ.010

Nathalie P. Scheffer research papers

The collection primarily contains research notes about Russian art and iconography arranged in one series, which is organized chronologically and alphabetically by theme. The collection includes an Index of Iconographic types of the Virgin Mary and examples of particular themes, such as the Virgin Galaktotrophousa, Virgin Hodegetria, and Virgin Orant. Additionally, the collection contains some correspondence about Russian icons and artifact evaluations.

Dates

  • 1940-1965

Language of Materials

English, French, Russian

Conditions Governing Access

Access to the collection is unrestricted. It is available for research purposes. Appointment is required for access because researcher space is limited: http://www.doaks.org/icfa-appointment-request-form. For research queries, contact the staff of Image Collections and Fieldwork Archives (icfa@doaks.org).

Conditions Governing Use

Duplication of materials in the collection may be governed by copyright and other restrictions.

Extent

3 boxes

Biographical Note

Scheffer was born Nathalie Petrovna Loukine in St. Petersburg, Russia in December 1889. She graduated from the Empress Catherine Institute. She married Prince Nicholas Sergeievich Wolkonsky (d. 1937), chamberlain to the Russian Czar, with whom she had two children, Peter and Dimitri. In 1930, she came to the United States with Wolkonsky and settled in Washington D.C. She later married Paul Scheffer (d. 1965), editor-in-chief of the Berliner Tageblatt and subsequently a Washington correspondent. Scheffer died on December 11, 1981.

Scheffer joined the Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection in 1945, as head of the Slavic Division, a position she held until her retirement in 1965. During her time at Dumbarton Oaks, Scheffer prepared a corpus of research notes on the iconography of the Virgin. In 1967, Scheffer published a monograph Русская православная икона [Russian Orthodox Icons] (Vashington, 1967). In addition to her work on Russian icons and ecclesiastical art, Scheffer published her memoirs under a pseudonym [Natalia Petrova, Twice born in Russia: My Life Before and in the Revolution (New York: W. Morrow & company, 1930)].

Arrangement

The contents in this collection are roughly arranged in chronological order and alphabetical order by theme.

Custodial History

This collection was the product of Scheffer’s employment as the Head of the Slavic Division in the Dumbarton Oaks Research Library from 1945 to 1965. After her retirement, Scheffer donated her materials to Dumbarton Oaks. However, due to the lack of documentation, it is difficult to determine the complete acquisition history for this collection.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The papers were subsequently transferred to the Byzantine Photograph Collection, now known as the Image Collections and Fieldwork Archives (ICFA), and were later found in the former Curator’s office.

Processing Information

Archival processing and finding aid were completed by Gerrianne Schaad, former ICFA Curator, and Laura Bang, former ICFA Archives Assistant, in October 2007. Finding was revised in December 2012 by Rona Razon, Archives Specialist and in September 2013 by Fani Gargova, Byzantine Research Associate.
Link to catalog
Title
Scheffer, Nathalie. Nathalie P. Scheffer research papers, 1940-1965: Finding Aid
Author
Image Collections and Fieldwork Archives
Language of description
English
EAD ID
dca00006

Repository Details

Part of the Dumbarton Oaks ICFA Repository

With more than a million unique and historical items, archival collections in ICFA represent the three areas of study supported by Dumbarton Oaks: Byzantine, Pre-Columbian, and Garden and Landscape. Collections are generally comprised of administrative records, fieldwork papers, photographic prints, negatives, slides, oversize drawings, and moving images. Appointments are available Monday to Friday from 9:30am-12pm and 1-4:40pm (excpet Federal Holidays).

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