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I︠U︡riĭ Terapiano papers

Call Number: GEN MSS 301

Scope and Contents

Terapiano's papers, dating from 1925 to 1965, reflect some of the breadth of his activities. Series I: Correspondence includes letters from many of the Russian emigration's leading poets and critics. Series II. Other Papers is a small collection of autographs by some of these writers. Series III. Konstantin Lupakov Papers contains materials to K. Lupakov, a relative of Terapiano, who translated I. A. Bunin and N. A. Teffi into French.


  • 1925-1965


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The materials are open for research.

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The IUrii Terapiano 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

Purchased from IUrii Terapiano.


0.4 Linear Feet (1 box)

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

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Letters from Russian émigré writers to Terapiano, accompanied by clippings, programs to literary events, and holograph manuscripts by Russian writers. In addition there are letters from émigré writers to Konstantin Lupakov and translations by Lupakov.


IUrii Konstantinovich Terapiano, a prominent poet and critic of the Russian emigration, was born in 1896 in the Crimea. In 1916 he graduated from Kiev University with a law degree, and proceeded into the army as an officer. After the October Revolution of 1917, Terapiano joined the White Army in their unsuccessful bid to overthrow the Bolsheviks. In 1922, Terapiano settled in Paris.

Over the next six decades Terapiano did much to define the style and taste of Russian émigré poetry, what became known as "the Parisian note". In 1925 he became a founding member of the Union of Young Poets and Writers. In 1926-1927 he was an editor of Novyi dom, and from 1927-1939 he participated in the poetry group "The Green Lamp". From 1926 to 1965 Terapiano published six books of poetry and one volume of collected poetry. His deep interest in Zoroastrianism resulted in a 1968 study Zoroaster.

In post-war years he was literary editor for the Paris newspaper La pensée russe and wrote for the New York-based Novoe russkoe slovo. He died in France in 1980.

Guide to the Iurii Terapiano Papers
Under Revision
by Robert Bird and Nicole Bouche
July 1997
Description rules
Beinecke Manuscript Unit Archival Processing Manual
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

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