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Nicolas Nabokov papers

Call Number: GEN MSS 1154

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)

Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

Persistent URL

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.

Processing Information

Collections are processed to a variety of levels, depending on the work necessary to make them usable, their perceived research value, the availability of staff, and competing priorities. The library attempts to provide a basic level of preservation and access for all collections as they are acquired, and does more extensive processing of higher priority collections as time and resources permit.

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.

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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