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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Russ 143

Alekseĭ Remizov letters to Boris Ottokar Ungebaun with related papers


Alekseĭ Remizov correspondence, drawings, illustrations, calligraphy, and letters.


  • 1930-1963

Language of Materials

In Russian.

Conditions Governing Access

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


.33 linear feet (1 box)

The collection is predominantly composed of letters from Alekseĭ Remizov to Boris Ungebaun during his Paris exile years, with correspondence of other prominent literary figures, two scrapbooks of Remizov artistic and calligraphic material, and black and white photographs.

Biographical / Historical

Alekseĭ Mikhailovich Remizov was a Russian modernist writer and expert calligrapher who sought to revive this medieval art in Russia. Remizov was a student of Moscow University where he became involved in radical politics and spent 8 years in prison and Siberian exile. During his exile he developed an interest in Russian folklore which influenced his work which imitated medieval Russian folk tales.


Collection is minimally processed. Materials are loosely arranged in three series: Correspondence; Scrapbooks, drawings, illustrations, and calligraphic materials; and Photographs.

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

2016M-115. Purchased from the estate of Gabrielle Lorriman 2017 June.

2018M-089. Purchased from the estate of Gabrielle Lorriman 2018 January.

General note

Accession 2016M-115 was to be mergered with MS Russ 107 (hou02033), instead it was decided that accession 2016M-115 and 2018M-089 would become their own collection because of shared provenance.

Processing Information

Processed by Magdaline Lawhorn, 2018.

Remizov, Alekseĭ, 1877-1957. Alekseĭ Remizov letters to Boris Ottokar Ungebaun with related papers, 1920-1963 (MS Russ 143): Guide
Houghton Library, Harvard University.
2018 April 19
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