Nicolas Nabokov papers
Scope and Contents
Contains correspondence, musical scores, writings, datebooks, research, personal papers, ephemera, and other papers by or relating to the life and work of Nicolas Nabokov.
- 1927 - 1999
Language of Materials
In French, Russian, English, and German.
Conditions Governing Access
The materials are open for research.
Conditions Governing Use
The Nicolas Nabokov Papers is the physical property of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. For further information, consult the appropriate curator.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Purchased from Dominique Nabokov on the Edith and Richard French Fund and the Edwin J. Beinecke Book Fund, 2004 and 2016.
Organized into two groupings: I: 2004 Acquisitions, 1920-1999. II. September 2016 Acquisition, circa 1950-1978.
51.56 Linear Feet (40 boxes)
Nicolas Nabokov (1903-1978)
Nicolas Nabokov was a Russian-born composer and writer. He was first cousin of Russian-American author Vladimir Nabokov. Nabokov was married four times, the last of which was to photographer Dominique Nabokov. He taught at numerous institions including Wells College and the Peabody Conservatory. Nabokov also organized music and cultural festivals in his role as the Secretary General of the Congress for Cultural Freedom.
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Former call numbers: Uncat Mss 618 and Uncat Mss 716. In 2014, the collection received a baseline level of processing, including partial rehousing and minimal organization. The collection was reclassed under one call number, materials were organized into series, and containers were renumbered in a single sequence. Most folder titles were based on information provided by the creator or vendor, while some were assigned by Library staff. Folder titles were not verified against contents.
Information included in the Description of Papers note and Collection Contents section is drawn from information supplied with the collection and from an initial survey of the contents.
This finding aid may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.
- Ballets -- Scores
- Boulez, Pierre, 1925-2016
- Collaer, Paul, 1891-1989
- Composers -- United States
- Composers -- United States -- 20th Century
- Désormière, Roger, 1898-1963
- Furtwängler, Wilhelm, 1886-1954
- Khachaturi͡an, Aram, 1903-1978
- Markevitch, Igor, 1912-1983
- Nabokov, Dominique
- Nabokov, Nicolas, 1903-1978
- Nabokov, Vladimir Vladimirovich, 1899-1977
- Operas -- 20th Century
- Oratorios -- Scores
- Prokofiev, Lina, 1897-1989
- Stravinsky, Igor, 1882-1971
- Thomson, Virgil, 1896-1989
- Guide to the Nicolas Nabokov Papers
- by Karen Spicher and Beinecke Staff
- 2014 October
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English.
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