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Semen and Pavel I︠U︡shkevich papers

Call Number: GEN MSS 290

Scope and Contents

The Semen and Pavel IUshkevich Papers contain writings and correspondence by or relating to the IUshkevich brothers and their family as well as family photographs, and corrected typescripts of stories, plays and screenplays in Russian and in translation.


  • 1892 - 1985
  • Majority of material found within 1892 - 1930


Language of Materials

Materials in Russian, French, Yiddish, English, and German.

Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Restricted Fragile material in box 4 may only be consulted with permission of the appropriate curator. Preservation photocopies or photographic prints for reference use have been substituted in the main files.

Conditions Governing Use

The Semen and Pavel IUshkevich Papers are 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

Acquired by gift and purchase from Nina IUshkevich and Adolf Pavolvich IUshkevich, 1988-1991.


1.2 Linear Feet (4 boxes)

Catalog Record

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

Persistent URL


Writings and correspondence by or relating to the I︠U︡shkevich brothers and their family. Includes family photographs, and corrected typescripts of stories, plays and screenplays in Russian and in translation.


Semen IUshkevich was born in Odessa in 1868, educated in the Jewish schools of the city and studied pharmacy at the University of St. Vladimir in Kiev and medicine in Paris. He began writing in the late 1890s, focusing on realistic depictions of middle-class Jewish life in Russia. He was an early contributor to Znanie, but later turned to playwriting. Sometime between 1917 and 1920, he emigrated with his family, finally settling in Paris. He continued writing plays, novels, and film scripts until his death in 1927.

Pavel IUshkevich was born in Odessa on June 29 (July 11), 1873. While he concentrated in his studies in mathematics, he was active in Marxist political groups. He later studied at the Faculty of Sciences of the Sorbonne and the University of St. Petersburg, eventually working as a journalist, editor, translator, though eventually disdaining politics. An expanded account of his life can be found in the biographical notes in folder 57-59.

Guide to the Semen and Pavel Iushkevich Papers
Under Revision
by Beinecke Staff
April 1998
Description rules
Beinecke Manuscript Unit Archival Processing Manual
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

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