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Location: b, Harvard Depository
Call No.: MS Russ 140
Repository: Houghton Library
Title: Vladimir Nabokov family papers
Date(s): circa 1920-2000
Quantity: 18.92 linear feet (18 boxes)
Quantity: 4000.15408 Gigabytes (3 boxes)
Language of materials: In Russian and English.
Abstract: Personal correspondence, artwork, chess problems, draft compositions, digital and audiovisual materials, and laptops.
Special equipment or surrogate required; consult Houghton staff.
Born-digital material has been separated: Russ140BD
Vladimir Nabokov (1899-1977) was a Russian-American novelist, professor, entomologist (lepidopterist), and composer of chess problems. Vera Nabokov (1902-1991) was the editor and translator for her husband Vladimir.Dmitri Nabokov (1934-2012) was the only child of Vladimir and Vera. He studied literature and history at Harvard, graduating in 1955. In addition to translating and writing, Dmitri also sang opera professionally and raced cars competitively.
Collection is minimally processed. Materials are loosely arranged in seven series: Artwork, Chess Problems Belonging to Vladimir Nabokov, Correspondence, Dmitri Nabokov papers, Translations by Vladimir Nabokov, Model Trains and Cars, and Notes and Index Cards Belonging to Vladimir and Vera Nabokov.
Collection includes family correspondence (manuscript and typescript), sketches and paintings, chess problems, notebooks, index cards, drafts of his compositions, 103 model trains, two model cars, train tracks, circa one hundred floppy disks, and two laptops.
Includes audiovisual and/or digital media: floppy disks and laptops.