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MS Russ 92

Dimitrii Pavlovich, Grand Duke of Russia. Dimitrii Pavlovich, Grand Duke of Russia diaries and personal record books, 1915-1940: Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

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Descriptive Summary

Location: MS, b, f
Call No.: MS Russ 92
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Dimitrii Pavlovich, Grand Duke of Russia.
Title: Dimitrii Pavlovich, Grand Duke of Russia diaries and personal record books,
Date(s): 1915-1940,
Date(s): (bulk) 1915-1921.
Quantity: 1 collection (3 linear feet (45 volumes and 1 box)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in Russian; some in English and French.
Abstract: Diaries and other personal record books of Dimitrii Pavlovich, Grand Duke of Russia.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

65M-229. Deposited by Paul R. Ilyinsky [deceased 2004], Thomas Emery's Sons, Inc., Carew Tower, Cincinnati 1, Ohio; received: 1966 May 18.

Processing Information:

Processed by: Bonnie B. Salt
Part of the MS Storage project, 2008-2009.

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.


Permission to publish should be sought from heirs of Paul R. Ilyinsky. If the male line dies out, literary rights revert to Harvard University.

Existence and Location of Copies:

On microfilm: film 91-965.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Dimitrii Pavlovich, Grand Duke of Russia Diaries and Personal Record Books, 1915-1940 (MS Russ 92). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

Grand Duke Dimitrii Pavlovich of Russia (1891-1942), a Russian Grand Duke of the Imperial House of Romanov, was one of the few Romanovs to escape murder by the Bolsheviks after the Russian Revolution. He was the second child and only son of Grand Duke Pavel Aleksandrovich Romanov and Alexandra von Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glucksburg, Princess of Greece and Denmark; was a grandson of Tsar Alexander II of Russia; and a first cousin of Tsar Nicholas II of Russia. Dimitri and his sister Maria were primarily raised by their aunt and uncle, Grand Duke Sergei Alexandrovich of Russia and his wife Elizabeth, the elder sister of Tsarina Alexandra, as their mother had died at his birth. He is known for being involved in the murder of the mystic faith healer, Grigori Rasputin. After Rasputin's murder in late 1916, Dimitri Pavlovich was sent away to the Persian front, consequently escaping execution by the Bolsheviks. Later he escaped to London. In 1927 he married American heiress, Anna Audrey Emery, and they had a son, Prince Pavel [Paul] Romanov-Ilyinsky (1928-2004), who later became the Mayor of Palm Beach, Florida. They were divorced in 1937. He died in Switzerland in 1942.


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Scope and Contents

Includes printed diaries with autograph manuscript entries from 1917-1921, 1935, and 1938-1940. Text in diaries is primarily in Russian, but a few entries are in English. Includes some clippings, photographs, and ephemera. Also with additional bound personal record books with autograph manuscript entries, including: a visitors' book from 1920-1934; a notebook containing a list of books read, begun in 1918; and two address books, one begun in 1918 and one in 1940. Loose materials have been removed to folders.

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