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Collection MS.BZ.010 - Nathalie P. Scheffer Research Papers, 1940-1965
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Reference code

US DDO-ICFA MS.BZ.010

Title

Nathalie P. Scheffer Research Papers, 1940-1965

Date(s)

  • 1940-1965 (Creation)

Level of description

Collection

Extent and medium

3 boxes of papers and photographs

Context area

Name of creator

Scheffer, Nathalie (1889-1981)

Biographical history

Scheffer was born Nathalie Petrovna Loukine in St. Petersburg, Russia in December 1889. She graduated from the Empress Catherine Institute. She married Prince Nicholas Sergeievich Wolkonsky (d. 1937), chamberlain to the Russian Czar, with whom she had two children, Peter and Dimitri. In 1930, she came to the United States with Wolkonsky and settled in Washington D.C. She later married Paul Scheffer (d. 1965), editor-in-chief of the Berliner Tageblatt and subsequently a Washington correspondent. Scheffer died on December 11, 1981.

Scheffer joined the Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection in 1945, as head of the Slavic Division, a position she held until her retirement in 1965. During her time at Dumbarton Oaks, Scheffer prepared a corpus of research notes on the iconography of the Virgin. In 1967, Scheffer published a monograph Русская православная икона [Russian Orthodox Icons] (Vashington, 1967). In addition to her work on Russian icons and ecclesiastical art, Scheffer published her memoirs under a pseudonym [Natalia Petrova, Twice born in Russia: My Life Before and in the Revolution (New York: W. Morrow & company, 1930)].

Archival history

This collection was the product of Scheffer’s employment as the Head of the Slavic Division in the Dumbarton Oaks Research Library from 1945 to 1965. After her retirement, Scheffer donated her materials to Dumbarton Oaks. However, due to the lack of documentation, it is difficult to determine the complete acquisition history for this collection.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

The papers were subsequently transferred to the Byzantine Photograph Collection, now known as the Image Collections and Fieldwork Archives (ICFA), and were later found in the former Curator’s office.

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Scope and content

The collection primarily contains research notes about Russian art and iconography arranged in one series, which is organized chronologically and alphabetically by theme. The collection includes an Index of Iconographic types of the Virgin Mary and examples of particular themes, such as the Virgin Galaktotrophousa, Virgin Hodegetria, and Virgin Orant. Additionally, the collection contains some correspondence about Russian icons and artifact evaluations.

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Accruals

System of arrangement

The contents in this collection are roughly arranged in chronological order and alphabetical order by theme.

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Conditions governing access

Access to the collection is unrestricted. It is available for research purposes. Appointment is required for access because researcher space is limited: http://www.doaks.org/icfa-appointment-request-form. For research queries, contact the staff of Image Collections and Fieldwork Archives (icfa@doaks.org).

Conditions governing reproduction

Duplication of materials in the collection may be governed by copyright and other restrictions.

Language of material

  • English
  • French
  • Russian

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US

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DDO-ICFA

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Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Status

Draft

Level of detail

Minimal

Dates of creation revision deletion

This record was created by Fani Gargova on July 22, 2013. This record was revised by Shalimar White on November 12, 2013.

Language(s)

  • English

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Archivist's note

Archival processing and finding aid were completed by Gerrianne Schaad, former ICFA Curator, and Laura Bang, former ICFA Archives Assistant, in October 2007. Finding was revised in December 2012 by Rona Razon, Archives Specialist and in September 2013 by Fani Gargova, Byzantine Research Associate.

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Research

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Preferred Citation: Nathalie P. Scheffer Research Papers, 1940-1965, MS.BZ.010, Image Collections and Fieldwork Archives, Dumbarton Oaks, Trustees for Harvard University, Washington, D.C.

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Photographs are for research purposes only.

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Under copyright

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