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   Catherine Post Collection, 1900-1986.

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[Collection Name]. Rare Book and Manuscript Library. Columbia University.

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Summary Information

At a Glance

Bib ID:4078451 View CLIO record
Creator(s):Post, Catherine, 1899-
Title:Catherine Post Collection, 1900-1986.
Physical description:1.5 linear feet (2 boxes; 4 oversized folders; 1 glass plate photogpaph)
Language(s): In Russian and English.
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Arrangement

Arrangement

Selected materials cataloged; remainder arranged by subject.

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Description

Scope and Content

The collection consists of manuscripts, photographs, original watercolors, clippings and printed materials. The collection primarily concerns Ms. Post's family in Russia before the Revolution and in the emigration in France and the U.S.A. and to Boris Bakhmeteff who was the ambassador of the Russian provisional government to the United States, later chairman of the Lyon Match company in Long Island City where Ms. Post worked for many years. Materials relating to Boris Bakhmeteff include photographs of his family in Tbilisi, photographs of the opening of the Russian embassy in Washington D.C. in 1917 and a large file of obituaries. Memorabilia of Ms. Post's family begin chronologically with photographs of her grandfather, Nikolaĭ Fedorovich Bekker. Bekker's daughter Vera was an accomplished amateur artist and examples of her original water colors and poems are included, along with reproductions of paintings by her husband Iosif Krachkovskiĭ who was a popular Petersburg society painter around the turn of the century. Their son, Dmitriĭ Krachkovskiĭ wrote under the pen name Klenovskiĭ and was a popular poet in the emigration who published many books of verse, some of which are included in the collection. Also included is Klenovskiĭ's bound manuscript entitled "Stihotvorennii︠a︡", his autograph poems, photocopies of manuscripts, photographs and clippings.

Nikolaĭ Bekker's son Nicolas Becker (de Becquère) was a successful artist both in St. Petersburg and on the French Riviera where he painted portraits of the European aristocracy. Reproductions of his paintings are included along with manuscripts of his poems, and miscellaneous biographical information. Materials not relating to the Bakhmeteff or Bekker families include the typescript memoirs of a self-taught Russian peasant named Alekseĭ Savisko who moved to the U.S.A. in 1957 and became a farmer in Maine. The memoirs entitled "Otvet khuliteliam proshlogo Rossii" (In Answer to the Degraders of Russia) describe his family and work on farms and factories in the Ukraine before the Revolution. Savisko defends the tsarist government against its critics and praises its treatment of peasants and workers. Miscellaneous items include a photograph of Nicholas II inspecting the Viborg Regiment, an embroidered collar from the Obshchestovo Pooshchrenii︠a︡ kustarnoĭ promyshlenosti (Home Craft Art Industry) in St. Petersburg, an anonymous watercolor stage design, a small collection of Russian postcards, and examples of Russian currency from the tsarist and provisional governments.

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Using the Collection

RBML

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[Collection Name]. Rare Book and Manuscript Library. Columbia University.

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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

Collection Processed 05/--/88 ejs d-b-coll-15

Machine readable finding aid generated from MARC-AMC source via XSLT conversion June 26, 2009 Finding aid written in English.
    2009-06-26 File created.

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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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Klenovskiĭ, Dmitriĭ I., 1892-PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Krachkovskai︠a︡, Vera Nikolaevna, 1868-1953.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Savisko, Alekseĭ.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID

Genre/Form

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Bonds (financial instruments)PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
CurrencyPortalCLIOArchiveGRID
MemoirsPortalCLIOArchiveGRID
PhotoprintsPortalCLIOArchiveGRID
PostcardsPortalCLIOArchiveGRID

Subjects

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Bakhmeteff, Boris Aleksandrovich, 1880-1951.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Becker, Nicolas, 1877-1962.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Bekker, Nikolaĭ Fedorovich, 1841-1925.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Krachkovskiĭ, Iosif Evstafeevich, 1892-1976.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Nicholas II, Emperor of Russia, 1868-1918.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID

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History / Biographical Note

History

Ms. Post was assistant to the production manager of the Lyon Match Company, Mr. Serge Bazavoff, the brother-in-law of the company's chairman, and former Russian ambassador, Boris Bakhmeteff.

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