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   Mark Popovskii Papers, 1980-1986

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Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Mark Popovskii Papers; Box and Folder; Bakhmeteff Archive, Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

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Bib ID:4078435 View CLIO record
Creator(s):Popovskiĭ, Mark Aleksandrovich, 1922- .
Title:Mark Popovskii Papers, 1980-1986
Physical description:21 linear feet (48 document boxes).
Language(s):In English
Access: Names of interviewees are not to be cited or quoted. This collection is located on-site.  More information »



This collection is arranged into 15 series:

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Scope and Content

Papers of Mark Popovskii, including corrected and annotated photocopied typescripts of his books "Russkie muzhiki rasskazyvaiut" (the story of Tolstoy's peasant followers in the U.S.S.R. during the period 1918 to 1977) and "On, ona i sovetskaia vlast'" (English title: "Sex in the Soviet Union"). Also included are questionnaires and interviews with Soviet emigres regarding their opinions of contemporary sex customs in the Soviet Union.

Series I: Cataloged Correspondence

Series contains Popovskii's original correspondence with prominent Russian literary figures

Series II: Questionnaires

Part of research project Writers in Exile, these questionnaires were sent to Russian émigré writers residing in North America. Responses vary from brief fill-in answers to multi-page free-form letters. Many responces have marks by Popovskii on the margins.

Series III: Arranged Correspondence

Series contain Popovskii's business and personal correspondence, predominantly from his New York period (1978 - 2000). Enclosed photographs were separated into Photographsseries. Paper enclosures (news clippings, postcards, literary works) kept on file. 1980 - 1987 letters from friends and family in USSR are addressed to Efim Rabinovich - evidently a nickname for Popovskii in order to confuse the Soviet censure.

Subseries III.1: Prominent Individual Correspondents

Individual files of prominent correspondents ( friends and colleages of Mark Popovskii) arranged alphabetically by last name. Included into this subseries are individuals featured in Popovskii's writings, or individuals with large (over 10 items) body of correspondence. Also included is photocopy correspondence with notable Russian writers. Files contain incoming and copies of outgoing correspondence, arranged chronologically.

Subseries III.2: Publishers

Popovskii's business correspondence with periodicals and publishers. Arranged alphabetically by corporate name.

Subseries III.3: Family Correspondence

Subseries III.4: Correspondence by subject

Subseries III.5: Miscellaneous

Arranged alphabetically by author, then chronologically. Approx. date span: 1969 - 2000

Series IV: Writings

Typescripts and photocopies of typescripts for books, articles and lectures by Popovskii, book galleys, article clippings. Often with manuscript edits and notes by the author.

Subseries IV.1: Science and Ethics in USSR

Arranged Chronologically

Subseries IV.2: Voino-Iasenetskii

Subseries IV.3: Haffkine

Subseries IV.4: Tolstoy and Tolstovtsy

Arranged chronologically

Subseries IV.5: Religion

Arranged chronologically

Subseries IV.6: Sex in USSR

Subseries IV.7: Russians in America

Arranged chronologically

Subseries IV.8: Writers in Exile

Arranged chronologically

Subseries IV.9: Miscellaneous Writings

Series V: Research Materials

Subseries V.1: Tolstoy and Tolstovtsy

Mostly undated photostats, part of the materials is in oversized boxes.

Subseries V.2: Emigration

Clippings, notes, printed matter and other materials relating to emigration from the USSR, particularly to the Russian émigré community in the USA

Subseries V.3: Writers In Exile

Subseries V.4: Notable Individuals

Research materials on protagonists of Popovskii's books and articles. Alphabetical by name.

Subseries V.5: Love and Sex in USSR

Subseries V.6: General Subjects

Mostly news clippings

Series VI: Readers' Response

Readers private and open letters, and polemics in émigré periodicals regarding Popovskii's articles. Arranged chronologically.

Series VII: About Popovskii

Biographical information, personal documents, memorabilia, reviews of Popovskii's books and other materials regarding his life and works.

Series VIII: Diaries

Series IX: Writings by others

Series contains literary works by miscellaneous Russian authors. Mostly typescripts, often inscribed to Popovskii by authors.

Series X: Printed Materials

Subseries X.1: Periodicals

Subseries X.2: Miscellaneous Publications

Series XI: Photographs

Subseries XI.1: Correspondence

Photos removed from correspondence.

Subseries XI.1: Work Files

Photos removed from work files.

Series XII: Video

Duplicates stored as reference copies in Box 37

Series XIII: Books by Popovskii

Series XIV: Scrapbooks

Oversized Scrapbooks contain glued newspaper clippings of articles by/about Popovskii in miscellaneous émigré and Russian newspapers.

Series XV: Audio

Series consists of over 300 audio cassette tapes, primarily of interviews conducted by Popovskii. Also included are recording of lectures, radio broadcasts, and events

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Using the Collection


Access Restrictions

Names of interviewees are not to be cited or quoted.

This collection is located on-site.

Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Mark Popovskii Papers; Box and Folder; Bakhmeteff Archive, Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

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About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries. Rare Book and Manuscript Library; machine readable finding aid created by Columbia University Libraries Digital Library Program Division

Processing Information

Papers Processed 01/--/87 EJS

Machine readable finding aid generated from MARC-AMC source via XSLT conversion June 26, 2009 Finding aid written in English.
    2010-01-20 Legacy finding aid created from Pro Cite.

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Subject Headings

The subject headings listed below are found in this collection. Links below allow searches at Columbia University through the Archival Collections Portal and through CLIO, the catalog for Columbia University Libraries, as well as ArchiveGRID, a catalog that allows users to search the holdings of multiple research libraries and archives.

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Peasantry--Soviet Union.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Sex customs--Soviet Union.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Tolstoy, Leo, graf, 1828-1910--Appreciation--Soviet Union.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID

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History / Biographical Note

Biographical Note

Russian author who emigrated to the United States in 1977. Editor of journal "Strana i mir," and author of numerous books on scientific subjects including "The Vavilov Affair," "Manipulated Science," and "The Story of Dr. Haffkine.

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