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MS Russ 136

Castañé, José María, collector. José María Castañé collection of Sergei Smirnov photographs, circa 1944-1991 (MS Russ 136): Guide

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Descriptive Summary

Location: b
Call No.: MS Russ 136
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Castañé, José María
Creator: Smirnov, Sergei Ivanovich, 1923-2016
Title: José María Castañé collection of Sergei Smirnov photographs
Date(s): circa 1944-1999
Quantity: 1.15 linear feet (4 flat boxes)
Language of materials: Russian
Abstract: Photographs from the personal collection of Sergei Smirnov, chief photographer for the newspaper Izvestia.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

2014M-120. Gift of José María Castañé and the Fundación José María Castañé, 2015.

Processing Information:

Processed by Michael Austin and Irina Klyagin, 2017.

Conditions Governing Access:

Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation:

José María Castañé Collection of Sergei Smirnov Photographs, Circa 1944-1991 (MS Russ 136). Harvard University, Houghton Library.

Biographical / Historical

José María Castañé is a Spanish businessman and patron of the arts. His collection of artifacts and documents relating to the major conflicts of the 20th century, of which the photographs by Smirnov form one part, was compiled over some 25 years. A substantial portion of the Castañé Collection was donated to Harvard University's Houghton Library in 2015.


Arranged alphabetically by subject or title, thereunder chronologically.

Scope and Contents

Consists of black and white photographs of Soviet officials, their families, and members of their circles in informal settings, performing ceremonial functions, and interacting with foreign leaders. The bulk portray Nikita Khrushchev and Leonid Brezhnev; Yuri Andropov, Konstantin Chernenko, and Mikhail Gorbachev are also portrayed.

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Additional Index Terms

Castañé, José María
Smirnov, Sergei Ivanovich, 1923-2016