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Aleksis Rannit papers

Call Number: GEN MSS 715

Scope and Contents

The papers consist chiefly of subject files maintained by Rannit, dating roughly from the 1950s to the 1980s. Some files (such as those on Lidiia Alekseeva and Vytautas Jonynas) consist entirely or chiefly of incoming correspondence, while others (such as that on M.K. Argus) also include drafts of writings, photographs and printed material by or about the subject. Among the most substantial files are those on Ants Oras and Marie Under, both of which include research material and personal and literary papers (of Oras, Under, and Artur Adson). Some files (such as those on Jacques Hnizdovsky, Vladimir Korvin-Piotrovskii, Dmitri Merinoff, and Andrei Sedykh) include papers that document Rannit's work for Yale University, particularly the acquisition of books, manuscripts and works of art. A few files (such as those on Evgenii Evtushenko and Vera Bulich) are purely subject files and do not include correspondence with the subject. Throughout the collection, correspondence includes some letters addressed to Tiina Vedro. Rannit's writings (filed under Rannit in Subject Files) include holograph and typescript drafts of his poems as well as notes on the translation of his poetry into various languages. His writings also include printed versions of his poems, works of art criticism, and other prose writings.


  • 1937-1985


Language of Materials

Materials in Estonian, Russian, English and other languages.

Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Box 44 contains restricted fragile material. For further information consult the appropriate curator.

Existence and Location of Copies

Portions of the collection are available on microfilm.

Conditions Governing Use

The Aleksis Rannit 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 Tatiana Rannit on the Edwin J. Beinecke Book Fund, 1987.


The collection is organized under three headings: Index to the Aleksis Rannit Papers, General Correspondence, and Subject Files.


17.21 Linear Feet (45 boxes)

Catalog Record

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

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The papers consist chiefly of subject files maintained by Rannit, dating roughly from the 1950s to the 1980s. The subject files include correspondence, writings, photographs, and printed material that document Aleksis Rannit's life and work as an art and literary critic and Curator of the Slavic and East European Collections for the Yale University Library.

Aleksis Rannit (1914-1985)

Alexis Rannit, Estonian poet and art critic, was born in Kallaste, Estonia in 1914. He emigrated to Germany in 1939, and to the United States in 1952. Rannit worked at the New York Public Library in the 1950s and became Curator of the Slavic and East European collections at the Yale University Library in 1961. Rannit's writings include poetry in Estonian and in English translation, and several works of literary and art criticism. Among his major publications are Akna raamistuses (1937), Käesurve (1945), Suletud avarust (1956), Kuiv hiilgus (1963), Kaljud (1969), Line (1970), Sõrmus (1972), Donum Estonicum: Poems in Translation (1976), Cantus Firmus (1978), and Helikeeli (1982).

Processing Information

The Aleksis Rannit Papers were formerly classed as Uncat MS Vault 483.

The arrangement of the subject files was refined in order to integrate all of the files into a single alphabetical listing.

Guide to the Aleksis Rannit Papers
by Lisa Conathan
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

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