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COLLECTION Identifier: 2006MT-230

Carlene Samoiloff papers


Consists of 64 photographs of Russian theater figures, many of them with signed autograph inscriptions, including Konstantin Stanislavsky, 1922-1923; cabinet photographs and cartes-de-visite, mostly of European actors, circa 1890; research material on the Moscow Art Theater, 1923-1973, including programs, clippings, a 1968 audiotape of a lecture by Samoiloff, and lecture notes from 1971-1973; and glass slides relating to Russian theater and the Federal Art Project.


  • Majority of material found within circa 1890-1973

Language of Materials

In English and Russian.

Restrictions on Access

The bulk of this collection is shelved offsite. Retrieval requires advance notice. Check with Houghton Public Services staff. Boxes 3 and 4 (glass-plate negatives) are housed onsite. Collection is open for research.
Restrictions on Access Collection is open for research.


3 linear feet (4 boxes)

Biographical / Historical

Carlene Bowles Murphy, a native of Massachusetts, married Alexander Samoiloff. She resided in Winchester, Mass. and was a longtime patron of theater.



Physical Location

Harvard Depository

Processing Information

Processing Information Minimal description derived from existing records and converted to online finding aid, Betts Coup, 2020.
Link to catalog
Samoiloff, Carlene, 1900-1985. Carlene Samoiloff papers, circa 1890-1973 (2006MT-230): Guide
Houghton Library, Harvard University.
2018 November 16
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

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