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George Vernadsky papers

Call Number: MS 520

Scope and Contents

The George Vernadsky Papers consist of manuscripts and typescripts for several of Vernadsky's published books and articles on Russian history. The papers also include phostats of documents used by Vernadsky in his research and writings. The materials represent only a small portion of Vernadsky's papers, the bulk of which are in the Bakhmeteff Archives in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library of Columbia University.

The papers, which include manuscripts, in chronological order, followed by the articles, which are also in chronological order. Manuscripts for Vernadsky's The History of Russia, a major work which was revised and reissued in several editions, comprise the majority of the papers. Included with the manuscripts for this title are research materials in the form of photostats of ancient Greek texts. At the end of the papers there is a manuscript for an autobiography of Vernadsky's life from his birth until 1917.


  • 1929-1969


Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gifts of George Vernadsky, Sergei Pushkarev, and Howard B. Gotlieb between 1957 and 1973.

Related Materials

George Vernadsky Papers, Bakhmeteff Archive, Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University.


7.25 Linear Feet (18 boxes)

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

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

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The papers consist of manuscript drafts of George Vernadsky's published books and articles on Russian history. Also included in the papers are photostats of documents used by Vernadsky in his research and writing.

Biographical / Historical

George Vernadsky was born in St. Petersburg, Russia, on August 20, 1887. He studied at Moscow University and received a Magister degree in Russian history from the University of St. Petersburg in 1917. He taught at universities in Russia and Czechoslovakia before emigrating to the United States and joining the Yale University faculty in 1927. He authored several volumes on the history of Russia. Vernadsky died on June 12, 1973 in New Haven, Connecticut.

Guide to the George Vernadsky Papers
Under Revision
compiled by Diane E. Kaplan and Laurie R. Cohen
September 1987
Description rules
Finding Aid Created In Accordance With Manuscripts And Archives Processing Manual
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Part of the Manuscripts and Archives Repository

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