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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Russ 46-46.14

Zinaida Aleksandrovna Volkonskaia papers


Papers of Russian poet Zinaida Aleksandrovna Volkonskaia including her poetry, drawings, correspondence, diary entries, and notes.


  • 1809-1879

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in Russian and French.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research.

A portion of this collection (MS Russ 46.14 (5)) is not housed at the Houghton Library but is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. Retrieval requires advance notice. Readers should check with Houghton Public Services staff to determine what material is offsite and retrieval policies and times.


2.5 linear feet (15 volumes and 1 box)
Contains literary papers of Volkonskaia including her poetry, drawings, correspondence, diary entries, and notes. Collection also includes compositions and drawings by other literary figures; Maria Aleksandrovna Vlasova's album of poetry and drawings, notebook, and other papers; correspondence of Czar Alexander I, Prince Aleksandr Nikitich Volkonskii, and others; documents such as safe-conduct passes; and miscellaneous material including financial papers, photographs, printed music, and other printed matter.

Biographical / Historical

Volkonskaia was a Russian princess and author, as well as an amateur singer who collected contemporary vocal compositions. Her birth date is most likely 1789 and not 1792.


Organized into the following series:
  1. I. fMS Russian 46: Album of letters
  2. II. MS Russian 46.1: Album of poetry
  3. III. MS Russian 46.2: Album of drawings
  4. IV. fMS Russian 46.3: Album of drawings
  5. V. MS Russian 46.4: Album given by Zinaida Volkonskaia to her nephew
  6. VI. fMS Russian 46.5: Illustrated Odessa poems
  7. VII. fMS Russian 46.6: Giornali scritti spirituali
  8. VIII. MS Russian 46.7: Notebook
  9. IX. MS Russian 46.8: Album of Maria Vlasova,
  10. X. MS Russian 46.9: Working notebook
  11. XI. fMS Russian 46.10: Poems and compositions by various authors
  12. A. Poems
  13. B. Compositions
  14. XII. fMS Russian 46.11: Letters
  15. XIII. MS Russian 46.12: Documents
  16. XIV. pfMS Russian 46.13: History of Russia by Fidele Bruni
  17. XV. fMS Russian 46.14: Miscellaneous manuscripts, printed music, and other material

Physical Location

Harvard Depository


Immediate Source of Acquisition

67M-152. Purchased with the Kilgour discretionary fund and with the assistance of the Friends of Harvard College Library from Barone Basilio Lemmerman, Rome, Italy; received: 1967 February 14.

General note

A portion of this collection is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. See access restrictions below for additional information.
Volkonskaia, Zinaida Aleksandrovna, kniaginia, 1792-1862. Zinaida Aleksandrovna Volkonskaia papers, 1809-1879: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library

Repository Details

Part of the Houghton Library Repository

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