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Guide to the Vladimir Lifshits, Asya Genkina, and Lev Loseff Papers

MSE/REE 0016

 

Collection Summary

Title: Vladimir Lifshits, Asya Genkina, and Lev Loseff Papers
Dates: 1890s-2009 (bulk 1940-1990)
Collection No.: MSE/REE 0016
Creator: Lifshits, Vladimir (1913-1978)
Creator: Genkina, Asya (1908-1999)
Creator: Loseff, Lev (1937-2009)
Extent: Approx. 650 items; 7 containers; 3 linear feet
Language: Collection material in Russian
Repository: University of Notre Dame. Hesburgh Libraries, Rare Books and Special Collections. 102 Hesburgh Library, Notre Dame, IN 46556
Abstract: The papers consist of letters, manuscripts, and phototgraphs, as well as book and journal publications, related to Lifshits, Genkina, and Loseff. The collection also includes material of Irina Kichanova-Lifshits, Boris Semenov, and Mikahil Eremin.

Selected Search Terms

Russian literature--20th century
Children's literature, Russian--20th century
Russian poetry--20th century
Russian literature--Jewish authors
Russia--Intellectual life--20th century

Administrative Information

Restrictions: There are no access restrictions on this collection.

Preferred Citation: [Identification of item], Vladimir Lifshits, Asya Genkina, and Lev Loseff Papers, [Collection and folder no.], Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, Hesburgh Libraries of Notre Dame.

Acquisition and Processing Note: The Vladimir Lifshits, Asya Genkina, and Lev Loseff papers were purchased by the Hesburgh Libraries in 2013. Arranged and described 2014, by Kenneth Kinslow and Natalia Lyandres. Finding aid 2014, by Kenneth Kinslow.

Biographical Note

Vladimir Aleksandrovich Lifshits (1913-1978) was born in the city of Kharkov and spent his youth in Leningrad, where his family moved in 1926. In 1933 he graduated from the insitute of finance and economics at Leningrad State University; however, it was in the field of literature that he made his name as a Soviet poet and playwright. He wrote his first poems in the mid 1930s and published his first collection of verse enitled Dolina in 1936. He served as an officer during World War II, primarily in an infantry battalion on the Leningrad front, and was wounded in battle in September of 1944. In the late 1940s, fearing arrest because of the "struggle with cosmopolitanism" campaign, he moved with his second wife, Irina Kichanova, from Leningrad to Moscow. Eventually he settled in a Litfond (Literary Fund) apartment located near the Aeroport metro station, where he had such neighbors as Viktor Shklovsky and other literary figures. Although he wrote prose, satirical verse, plays, and song lyrics, he is known primarily for his books of children's poetry. He died in Moscow and was buried in Peredelkino. Asya Mikhailovna Genkina (1908-1999), the first wife of Vladimir Lifshits, was also a writer, who published children's books such as Moi Tovarishchi (1943) and Nash Dom (1946) and contributed pieces to such journals as Koster. She remarried, and after the death of her second husband, Ilia Veniaminovich Meizerov, she immigrated to the U.S. in 1977. Asya died in 1999 and is buried in Lebanon, New Hampshire

Lev Lifshits, the son of Vladimir and Asya, was born in Leningrad in 1937. In 1941 he and his mother were evacuated and spent most of the war in Omsk, returning to Leningrad in July of 1944. In 1954 he enrolled in the school of journalism of the Philological Faculty at Leningrad State University. He married fellow student Nina Mokhova in April of 1959, and after graduating that same year, went to the island of Sakhalin to work on a newspaper there. Upon returning to Leningrad, he began work as an editor for the children's periodical Koster and started his own literary career by writing poetry and plays for children. At this time he changed his name to Lev Loseff to avoid confusion with his father.

In 1976 Lev Loseff, his wife, and their two children, Dimitry and Maria, immigrated to the United States. He enrolled at the U. of Michigan as a Ph.D. candidate, while working as an editor at Ardis publishing. At this time he also began publishing poetry in Russian emigre journals such as Ekho, Kontinent, and Russkaia Mysl. In 1979, after defending his doctoral dissertation, he accepted a position in the Russian department at Dartmouth College. Over the next 25 plus years until his death in 2009, Lev Loseff published steadily. His poetry found success in both Russia and the United States, and his scholarly work and critical studies are highly regarded. With regard to the latter, Loseff has written extensively on his long-time friend and Nobel laureate, Joseph Brodsky, culminating in the book, Joseph Brodsky: a Literary Life.

Scope and Content Note

The papers include approximately 650 items, comprised primarily of letters, manuscripts, newspaper articles, photographs, and book and journal publications. Vladimir and Asya, and after them their son Lev, numbered many poets, artists, and literary figures among their friends and acquaintances: Daniil Kharms, Nikolai Zabolotsky, Boris Semenov, Vadim Shefner, Mikhail Krasilnikov, Sergei Kulle, Mikhail Eremin, Joseph Brodsky, Sergei Dovlatov, and Evgenii Rein. Vladimir Lifshits's second wife, Irina Kichanova, who was an artist in her own right, co-authored plays with her husband and wrote a book of memoirs. The papers reflect this rich, cultural context.

Arrangement Note

The collection consists of 4 series: letters; manuscripts; newspaper, journal, and book publications; and photographs. Each of the series is divided into subseries, and materials follow a roughly chronological order within each grouping. Many of the books from this collection have been cataloged separately; see folder 228 for a list, or consult the Notre Dame library catalog for individual titles (Vladimir Lifshits, Asya Genkina, and Lev Loseff Collection).

The first series entitled "correspondence" is divided into family correspondence and correspondence with friends and colleagues. The majority of the letters are letters written to Lev Loseff before he immigrated to the U.S. in 1976. "Manuscripts," the second series, is divided the same way. The bulk of the "family manuscripts" is comprised of Vladimir Lifshits's poetry, Lev Loseff's journal of 1974-75, just before he immigrated, and Irina Kichanova's book of reminiscences. The bulk of the "manuscripts of friends and colleagues" consists of Mikhail Eremin's Stikhotvoreniia later published by Hermitage (Tenafly, New Jersey) and the papers of Boris Fedorovich Semenov (1910-1992), artist, writer, and family friend. "Newspaper, journal, and book publications," the third series, revolves primarily around Vladimir Lifshits: articles about him, journal issues that include his works, and books written by him. With regard to the "photographs," the last series, the majority are phtographs printed from digital images, which the family generously shared with Notre Dame.

Related Material

Another important archive is the Loseff/Brodsky Collection at the Bakhmeteff Archive of Russian and East European History and Culture at Columbia University. The collection at Columbia is centered on Lev Loseff after immigration to the U. S., while the collection at Notre Dame is centered on Vladimir Lifshits, Asya Genkina, and Lev Loseff prior to immigration.

Container List

  • Series 1: Correspondence 
    • Subseries 1: Family Correspondence
       
      The bulk of the family correspondence is in the subseries below; however, in his journal of 1974-1975 Lev Loseff incorporated some other family letters. See folders 171 to 175.

      • Telegrams. Rebekka Belkina, 1941-1956. Folder 1 (MSE/REE 0016-1)
        3 telegrams, 3 pages.
        The first telegram dated 1941 is from Belkina in Moscow to her son Vladimir Lifshits in Leningrad, and the last dated 1956 is from Belkina to her grandson Lev Loseff in Leningrad.

      • Letter. Rebekka Belkina, Omsk, to Vladimir Lifshits, n.p., 1943 March 18. Folder 2 (MSE/REE 0016-2)
        ALS, 1 folded page.
        During the war Rebekka Belkina was in Omsk, helping to care for her grandson.

      • Postal Cards. Rebekka Belkina, Moscow, to Lev Loseff, 1949-1954. Folder 3 (MSE/REE 0016-3)
        11 APCsS.
        10 of the postal cards were sent to Leningrad and 1 to Yalta.

      • Letters. Rebekka Belkina, Moscow, to Lev Loseff, Leningrad, early 1950s?. Folder 4 (MSE/REE 0016-4)
        2 ALsS, 6 pages on 2 folded sheets.

      • Letters, Postal Cards. Rebekka Belkina, Moscow, to Lev Loseff, Leningrad, 1961. Folder 5 (MSE/REE 0016-5)
        2 ALsS, 2 APCsS.

      • Letter. Rebekka Belkina, Moscow, to Lev Loseff, Leningrad, 1960s?. Folder 6 (MSE/REE 0016-6)
        ALS, 2 pages.

      • Letter. Rebekka Belkina, Moscow, to Dimochka, 1960s?. Folder 7 (MSE/REE 0016-7)
        ALS, 2 pages.
        Dimochka, the recipient of this letter, is unidentified.

      • Postal Card. Asya Genkina, Omsk, to Vladimir Lifshits, Leningrad, 1941 October 18. Folder 8 (MSE/REE 0016-8)
        APCS.

      • Letters. Asya Genkina, Omsk, to Vladimir Lifshits, n.p., 1942. Folder 9 (MSE/REE 0016-9)
        ALsS, 8 pages.

      • Letter. Asya Genkina, Omsk, to Vladimir Lifshits, n.p., 1943 August 6. Folder 10 (MSE/REE 0016-10)
        AL, 2 pages.
        Part of the letter appears to be missing.

      • Letters. Asya Genkina, Omsk, to Vladimir Lifshits, n.p., 1941-1943. Folder 11 (MSE/REE 0016-11)
        7 ALsS, 18 pages, with 2 envelopes.
        Letters are clearly from the Omsk period and often bear a specific day and month, but it is sometimes difficult to specify the year.

      • Letters. Asya Genkina, Omsk, to Vladimir Lifshits, n.p., 1941-1944. Folder 12 (MSE/REE 0016-12)
        3 ALsS, 6 pages.

      • Letters. Asya Genkina, Omsk, to Vladimir Lifshits, n.p., 1942-1944. Folder 13 (MSE/REE 0016-13)
        7 ALsS, 20 pages, with 1 envelope.
        Again, there are sometimes specific days and months on the letters, but the year is not indicated.

      • Letter. Asya Genkina, Omsk, to Vladimir Lifshits, n.p., 1944 May. Folder 14 (MSE/REE 0016-14)
        ALS, 2 pages, with envelope.

      • Letters. Asya Genkina to Lev Loseff, 1950s?. Folder 15 (MSE/REE 0016-15)
        4 ALsS, 10 pages.

      • Letter. Asya Genkina, Leningrad, to Lev Loseff, Yalta, 1956? August 1. Folder 16 (MSE/REE 0016-16)
        ALS, 4 pages.

      • Letters. Asya Genkina to Lev Loseff, 1957 July 2-7. Folder 17 (MSE/REE 0016-17)
        4 ALsS, 20 pages.

      • Letters. Asya Genkina, Leningrad, to Lev Loseff, n.p., 1957 July 12-28. Folder 18 (MSE/REE 0016-18)
        5 ALsS, 19 pages.
        Without envelopes, it is frequently difficult to determine where Lev Loseff, the recipient of the letters, is located. Internal evidence occasionally helps; for example, in the letter of July 20, it appears that he is in Kokchetav in northern Kazakhstan.

      • Letters. Asya Genkina to Lev Loseff, 1957 August. Folder 19 (MSE/REE 0016-19)
        6 ALsS, 1 telegram, 25 pages.
        Most of these letters are sent from Leningrad; however, the last letter dated August 31 and the telegram are sent from Kheibani near the Black Sea in Abkhazia to Kokchetav.

      • Letters. Asya Genkina to Lev Loseff, 1957 October. Folder 20 (MSE/REE 0016-20)
        ALsS, 8 pages.
        These letters or notes were sent to Lev Loseff when he was hospitalized in Leningrad. In one place Asya Genkina mentions the poet, Mikhail Krasilnikov.

      • Letter. Asya Genkina to Lev Loseff, 1957 October. Folder 21 (MSE/REE 0016-21)
        AL, 6 pages.
        This is another hospital letter or note from Asya to Lev; however, it appears incomplete.

      • Letters. Asya Genkina to Lev Loseff, 1957-1958. Folder 22 (MSE/REE 0016-22)
        7 ALsS, 20 pages.

      • Telegrams, Note Receipt. Asya Genkina, Leningrad, to Lev Loseff, Sochi, 1958 July-August. Folder 23 (MSE/REE 0016-23)
        3 telegrams, 3 pages, 1 talon.
        The "talon" system allowed a person to send money by post; the talon acted as a receipt and included a place for a note or short letter. Through the rest of this finding aid, "note receipt" will be used instead of "talon."

      • Letters. Asya Genkina to Lev Loseff, 1958.. Folder 24 (MSE/REE 0016-24)
        5 ALsS, 26 pages.
        One letter written from Pavlovsk and dated August 24, 1958 includes 2 small pressed flowers and a small newspaper clipping.

      • Letters, Note Receipt. Asya Genkina to Lev Loseff, 1959 July. Folder 25 (MSE/REE 0016-25)
        ALsS, 13 pages, 1 note receipt.
        Content of these letters centers around Lev's impending move to the island of Sakhalin in the Far East.

      • Letters. Asya Genkina to Lev Loseff, 1959 August. Folder 26 (MSE/REE 0016-26)
        ALsS, 15 pages.
        The second letter in the folder dated August 19 includes a copy of the poem "Zaveshchanie" by Nikolai Gumilev.

      • Letters. Asya Genkina to Lev Loseff, 1959 November. Folder 27 (MSE/REE 0016-27)
        7 ALsS, 36 pages.
        Most of these letters are sent from Leningrad to Lev in Okha in the norther portion of Sakhalin. In the 3rd letter of this group, dated November 12, 1959, a note from Nina Mokhova is inserted into Asya's letter; Lev and Nina had been married on April 20 of 1959.

      • Letters. Asya Genkina to Lev Loseff, 1959 December. Folder 28 (MSE/REE 0016-28)
        6 ALsS, 28 pages.
        The 4th letter of this group, dated December 17, 1959, is addressed to both Lev and Nina, who has joined her husband in Okha on the island of Sakhalin.

      • Letter. Asya Genkina to Lev Loseff, 1959?. Folder 29 (MSE/REE 0016-29)
        ALS, 6 pages.

      • Letters. Asya Genkina, Leningrad, to Lev Loseff and Nina Mokhova, Okha, 1960 February. Folder 30 (MSE/REE 0016-30)
        3 ALsS, 14 pages.

      • Letters, Note Receipt. Asya Genkina, Leningrad, to Lev Loseff and Nina Mokhova, Okha, 1960 March. Folder 31 (MSE/REE 0016-31)
        6 ALsS, 32 pages, 1 note receipt.

      • Letters. Asya Genkina, Leningrad, to Lev Loseff and Nina Mokhova, Okha, 1960 May 1-16. Folder 32 (MSE/REE 0016-32)
        5 ALsS, 22 pages.

      • Letters. Asya Genkina, Leningrad, to Lev Loseff and Nina Mokhova, Okha, 1960 May 19-31. Folder 33 (MSE/REE 0016-33)
        5 ALsS, 21 pages.

      • Letters. Asya Genkina to Lev Loseff and Nina Mokhova, 1960 June. Folder 34 (MSE/REE 0016-34)
        8 ALsS, 42 pages.
        Most of the letters are from Leningrad to Okha; however, there are a few exceptions; for example, in the letter dated June 28, Asya is writing from Kheibani, Abkhazia.

      • Letters. Asya Genkina to Lev Loseff and Nina Mokhova, 1960 July 4-11. Folder 35 (MSE/REE 0016-35)
        5 ALsS, 18 pages.
        The letter dated July 9 includes a newspaper clipping. The last letter appears to be missing the beginning.

      • Letters. Asya Genkina to Lev Loseff and Nina Mokhova, 1960 July 18-30. Folder 36 (MSE/REE 0016-36)
        6 ALsS, 18 pages.
        It would appear that all of these letters are from Leningrad to Okha in the north of Sakhalin.

      • Letters. Asya Genkina to Lev Loseff and Nina Mokhova, 1960 September-October. Folder 37 (MSE/REE 0016-37)
        4 ALsS, 18 pages.
        The 1st letter is from Yalta to Okha. With regard to the last letter in this group, it was begun on October 24 and finished on November 1; Asya occasionally begins a letter on one day, then continues or finishes it later.

      • Letters. Asya Genkina to Lev Loseff and Nina Mokhova, 1960 November-December. Folder 38 (MSE/REE 0016-38)
        6 ALsS, 16 pages.
        All letters in this group would appear to be from Leningrad to Okha.

      • Letters. Asya Genkina to Lev Loseff, 1960?. Folder 39 (MSE/REE 0016-39)
        5 ALsS, 10 pages.
        Most of the letters in this group appear to be from Leningrad to Okha; however, the last makes reference to the area near Kheibani. The last two letters appear to be incomplete.

      • Letter. Asya Genkina to Lev Loseff and Nina Mokhova, 1961 August 17. Folder 40 (MSE/REE 0016-40)
        ALS, 4 pages.
        This letter from Leningrad was probably sent to Lev and Nina in Iuzhno-Sakhalinsk, the administrative center in the south of the island. Nina was able to obtain a job in the editorial department of a locally produced children's TV show in Iuzhno-Sakhalinsk, and after 2 months, Lev was able to join her.

      • Letters. Asya Genkina, Kiev, to Lev Loseff and Nina Mokhova, Leningrad, 1964 July-August. Folder 41 (MSE/REE 0016-41)
        3 ALsS, 12 pages.
        Lev and Nina returned to Leningrad in November of 1961; Nina gave birth to their son Dimitry on July 15, 1963. These letters are dated after those 2 events.

      • Letter. Asya Genkina, Batumi, to Lev Loseff and Nina Mokhova, Leningrad, 1965 September 9. Folder 42 (MSE/REE 0016-42)
        ALS, 4 pages.

      • Letter. Asya Genkina to Lev Loseff and Nina Mokhova, Leningrad, 1965?. Folder 43 (MSE/REE 0016-43)
        ALS, 4 pages.
        The beginning of this letter appears to be missing. The letter may be related to that in Folder 42, which Asya sent from Batumi, a city located on the Black Sea in Georgia.

      • Letter. Asya Genkina, Leningrad, to Lev Loseff, n.p., 1968 August 15. Folder 44 (MSE/REE 0016-44)
        ALS, 2 pages.

      • Letter. Asya Genkina to Lev Loseff, 1960?. Folder 45 (MSE/REE 0016-45)
        5 ALsS, 28 pages.

      • Letter. Asya Genkina, Rome, to Lev Loseff, Ann Arbor, MI, 1977 January 29-31. Folder 46 (MSE/REE 0016-46)
        2 ALsS, 8 pages.
        At the writing of these letter, Asya was in the process of emigrating from the USSR to the United States. Lev had already emigrated in 1976.

      • Letter. Asya Genkina to Lev Loseff, n.d. Folder 47 (MSE/REE 0016-47)
        ALS, 4 pages.
        From the contents of the letter, it appears that it was sent from the Crimea.

      • Note, Letter. Asya Genkina to Lev Loseff, n.d. Folder 48 (MSE/REE 0016-48)
        AN, AL, 4 pages.
        The letter is clearly incomplete.

      • Letter. Vladimir Lifshits to Asya Genkina, 1939?. Folder 49 (MSE/REE 0016-49)
        2 ALsS, 4 pages on 1 folded sheet and 1 postcard-sized letter.
        The one letter dated October 24, 1939 was sent from Belostok (Poland) to Leningrad. The postcard-sized letter dates from the same period or possibly a little later, after the beginning of the war.

      • Letter. Vladimir Lifshits, n.p., to Asya Genkina, Omsk, 1944 January 28. Folder 50 (MSE/REE 0016-50)
        ALS, 2 pages.
        Vladimir Lifshits was in the army at this time, and it is impossible to determine from where the letter was sent, while Asya and Lev had been evacuated to Omsk.

      • Letter. Vladimir Lifshits, n.p., to Lev Loseff, Omsk, 1944?. Folder 51 (MSE/REE 0016-51)
        ALS, 2 pages.
        Vladimir Lifshits printed part of this letter in order to make is easier for his young son to read.

      • Letter. Vladimir Lifshits, Koktebel (Crimea), to Lev Loseff, Leningrad, 1947 August 3. Folder 52 (MSE/REE 0016-52)
        ALS, 1 page.

      • Letter. Vladimir Lifshits, Leningrad?, to Lev Loseff, Koktebel (Crimea), 1948 July. Folder 53 (MSE/REE 0016-53)
        TLS, 1 page.
        At the end of the 1940s Vladimir Lifshits left Leningrad for Moscow; however, it appears that this letter was sent from Leningrad.

      • Letter. Vladimir Lifshits, Moscow, to Lev Loseff, Leningrad, 1953 March. Folder 54 (MSE/REE 0016-54)
        TLS, 2 pages.
        In this letter Vladimir Lifshits discusses his feelings about Joseph Stalin, who died on March 5, 1953.

      • Letter. Vladimir Lifshits, Moscow, to Lev Loseff, Leningrad, 1953 July 30. Folder 55 (MSE/REE 0016-55)
        TLS, 1 page.

      • Letter. Vladimir Lifshits, Moscow, to Lev Loseff, Leningrad, 1954 April 17. Folder 56 (MSE/REE 0016-56)
        TLS, 1 page.

      • Letter. Vladimir Lifshits, Moscow, to Lev Loseff, Leningrad, 1954?. Folder 57 (MSE/REE 0016-57)
        TLS, 2 pages.

      • Letters. Vladimir Lifshits, Moscow, to Lev Loseff, Leningrad, 1954-1955?. Folder 58 (MSE/REE 0016-58)
        TLS, 1 page; ALS, 2 pages.
        The autograph letter is clearly dated September 18, 1955; there is also a very short note at the end from Irina Kichanova.

      • Letters. Vladimir Lifshits, Moscow, to Lev Loseff, Leningrad, 1956. Folder 59 (MSE/REE 0016-59)
        3 TLsS, 4 pages.

      • Letter. Vladimir Lifshits, Sofia (Bulgaria), to Lev Loseff, Leningrad, 1956-1957?. Folder 60 (MSE/REE 0016-60)
        TLS, 2 pages.

      • Letter, Note Receipt. Vladimir Lifshits, Moscow, to Lev Loseff, Leningrad, 1958. Folder 61 (MSE/REE 0016-61)
        TLS, 2 pages; note receipt.

      • Letters. Vladimir Lifshits to Lev Loseff, 1959. Folder 62 (MSE/REE 0016-62)
        9 TLsS, 14 pages; ALS, 2 pages.
        In the letter of March 5 Vladimir suggests that Lev adopt a pseudonym if he pursues a career in literature. The letter of June 7 references Lev's decision to go to Sakhalin, and subsequent letters discuss the pros and cons of his wife Nina following him to the Far East.

      • Note Receipts. Vladimir Lifshits, Moscow, to Lev Loseff, Leningrad, 1959. Folder 63 (MSE/REE 0016-63)
        2 note receipts.

      • Letters. Vladimir Lifshits to Lev Loseff, 1960 January-April. Folder 64 (MSE/REE 0016-64)
        5 TLsS, 9 pages; 2 ALsS, 4 pages.
        The letters are written from Moscow to Okha in the north of Sakhalin until Vladimir moves to Maleevka--see the letter of February 26. During the time of these letters, Nina Mokhova is with Lev in Okha. The 1st letter in this group contains a clipping of a newspaper photo showing Vladimir Lifshits at the podium during a tribute to the "poet-revolutionary" Mayakovsky.

      • Letters. Vladimir Lifshits, Moscow, to Lev Loseff, Okha, 1960 May-October. Folder 65 (MSE/REE 0016-65)
        8 TLsS, 14 pages.
        In the letter dated October 7, Vladimir urges his son to write about Sakhalin. In the letter of October 18 Vladimir heartily approves his son's plan to apply for a transfer south to Iuzhno-Sakhalinsk.

      • Letters. Vladimir Lifshits, Moscow, to Lev Loseff, Leningrad, 1961 November-December. Folder 66 (MSE/REE 0016-66)
        3 TLsS, 4 pages.
        Lev and Nina returned to Leningrad in November of 1961.

      • Letters, Note Receipt. Vladimir Lifshits, Moscow, to Lev Loseff, Leningrad, 1962-1963. Folder 67 (MSE/REE 0016-67)
        3 TLsS, 5 pages, 1 note receipt, 1 TNS.
        From the letter dated April 20, 1962, it is clear that Lev is working for the children's periodical Koster. In the letter of November 18, 1963, Vladimir refers to his grandson Dimitry, who had been born on July 15 of that same year.

      • Letters, Note Receipt. Vladimir Lifshits, Moscow, to Lev Loseff, Leningrad, 1964. Folder 68 (MSE/REE 0016-68)
        9 TLsS, 12 pages, ALS, 1 page, 1 note receipt.
        In the letter dated November 9, 1964, as well as in the note on the note receipt with the same date, Vladimir offers congratulations on the birth of his granddaughter, Maria.

      • Letters. Vladimir Lifshits, Moscow, to Lev Loseff, Leningrad, 1965. Folder 69 (MSE/REE 0016-69)
        4 TLsS, 5 pages.

      • Letters. Vladimir Lifshits, Moscow, to Lev Loseff, Leningrad, 1966-1967. Folder 70 (MSE/REE 0016-70)
        5 TLsS, 6 pages.

      • Letters. Vladimir Lifshits to Lev Loseff, 1968-1969. Folder 71 (MSE/REE 0016-71)
        6 TLsS, 10 pages, ALS, 2 pages.
        Most of these letters were sent from Moscow to Leningrad; however, there are exceptions; for example, in the letter dated September 21, 1968, Lev is in the Crimea.

      • Correspondence. Vladimir Lifshits and Lev Loseff, 1968? July. Folder 72 (MSE/REE 0016-72)
        TLS, 2 pages; copy, 1 page.
        In the TLS Vladimir indicates to his son that he will be leaving for Latvia. Lev made a carbon copy of his reply in case his father missed the original letter.

      • Letters. Vladimir Lifshits to Lev Loseff, 1970-1971. Folder 73 (MSE/REE 0016-73)
        4 TLsS, 10 pages.
        In the letter dated January 8, 1971, written from Yalta, Vladimir inquires about his son's hospitalization.

      • Letters. Vladimir Lifshits to Lev Loseff, 1974. Folder 74 (MSE/REE 0016-74)
        2 TLsS, 2 pages.

      • Letter. Vladimir Lifshits to Lev Loseff, 1975 August 19. Folder 75 (MSE/REE 0016-75)
        TLS, 2 pages.

      • Letter. Vladimir Lifshits, Moscow, to Georgii K. Kholopov, Leningrad 1975. Folder 76 (MSE/REE 0016-76)
        TLS, 1 page.
        Vladimir Lifshits asks Kholopov, the main editor of Zvezda, for an evaluation of a book of his poems.

      • Letters. Lev Loseff, Omsk, to Vladimir Lifshits, n.p., 1941-1944. Folder 77 (MSE/REE 0016-77)
        8 ALsS, 13 pages, 2 APCsS.
        Lev Loseff prints several of the letters in his childish hand, while other letters he "dictates" to his mother Asya, who occasionally adds a note of her own. Lev sometimes adds a note to "Borinka," Boris Semenov, who was serving in the same unit on the Leningrad front.

      • Letters. Nina Mokhova, Leningrad, to Lev Loseff, Leningrad, 1957 October?. Folder 78 (MSE/REE 0016-78)
        5 ALsS, 14 pages.
        One letter is clearly dated October 4, 1957, and the rest, though undated, relate to this same period, a time when Lev was hospitalized.

      • Letters. Nina Mokhova to Lev Loseff, 1957-1958?. Folder 79 (MSE/REE 0016-79)
        5 ALsS, 16 pages.
        It is difficult to determine exactly where Nina and Lev are located in these letters. For example, in one, it appears that Lev is in Sochi, and in another Nina is participating in communal field work outside of Leningrad.

      • Letters. Nina Mokhova, Crimea, to Lev Loseff, Leningrad, 1957-1958?. Folder 80 (MSE/REE 0016-80)
        7 ALsS, 44 pages.
        In these letters Nina is writing from various places in the Crimea: Feodosia, Sudak, Koktebel, etc.

      • Letters. Nina Mokhova, Crimea, to Lev Loseff, Leningrad, 1957-1958?. Folder 81 (MSE/REE 0016-81)
        5 ALsS, 17 pages.
        Again, in these letters Nina is writing from various places in the Crimea; occasionally she is on board a train when she is writing.

      • Letter. Nina Mokhova, Crimea, to Asya Genkina, Leningrad, 1959 July 7. Folder 82 (MSE/REE 0016-82)
        ALS, 3 pages, with envelope.
        Nina and Lev married on April 20, 1959, so Nina here is writing to her mother-in-law.

      • Letter. Nina Mokhova, Crimea, to Lev Loseff, Leningrad, 1959 July 9. Folder 83 (MSE/REE 0016-83)
        ALS, 2 pages.

      • Letters. Nina Mokhova to Lev Loseff, 1959?. Folder 84 (MSE/REE 0016-84)
        4 ALsS, 17 pages.
        The last letter in this group appears to be incomplete.

      • Letters. Nina Mokhova, Leningrad, to Lev Loseff, Okha, 1959. Folder 85 (MSE/REE 0016-85)
        4 ALsS, 17 pages.
        Nina discusses the possiblity of her joining Lev on the island of Sakhalin.

      • Letters. Nina Mokhova, Leningrad, to Lev Loseff, Okha, 1959 Fall. Folder 86 (MSE/REE 0016-86)
        6 ALsS, 36 pages.
        One of the letters in this group may be incomplete, lacking the typical closing. In these letters Nina focuses on the pending move to Sakhalin.

      • Letters. Nina Mokhova to Lev Loseff, 1959?. Folder 87 (MSE/REE 0016-87)
        3 ALsS, 11 pages.

      • Letters. Nina Mokhova to Lev Loseff, late 1959?. Folder 88 (MSE/REE 0016-88)
        5 ALsS, 11 pages.
        Letters all seem to be from Fall of 1959 and sent from Leningrad to Okha.

      • Letters. Nina Mokhova to Lev Loseff, late 1959?. Folder 89 (MSE/REE 0016-89)
        3 ALsS, 18 pages.

      • Letters. Nina Mokhova to Lev Loseff, 1959 December?. Folder 90 (MSE/REE 0016-90)
        2 ALsS, 12 pages.

      • Letters. Nina Mokhova to Lev Loseff, late 1950s. Folder 91 (MSE/REE 0016-91)
        5 ALsS, 13 pages.
        It is difficult to specify a great deal about this group of letters aside from the fact that they date from the beginning of the relationship between Nina and Lev. Several are from Nina in Leningrad to Lev when he was in Bukhara in Uzbekistan for a summer.

      • Letters. Nina Mokhova to Lev Loseff, late 1950s. Folder 92 (MSE/REE 0016-92)
        4 ALsS, 12 pages.

      • Letters. Nina Mokhova to Lev Loseff, late 1950s. Folder 93 (MSE/REE 0016-93)
        5 ALsS, 20 pages.

      • Letters. Nina Mokhova to Lev Loseff, late 1950s. Folder 94 (MSE/REE 0016-94)
        7 ALsS, 15 pages.
        In this group of letters Nina is sometimes writing from Krasnodar and Tuapse near the Black Sea and from Sochi and Koktebel in the Crimea.

      • Letter. Nina Mokhova, Okha, to Asya Genkina, Sochi, 1960?. Folder 95 (MSE/REE 0016-95)
        ALS, 8 pages.

      • Letters. Nina Mokhova, Iuzhno-Sakhalinsk, to Lev Loseff, Okha, 1960?. Folder 96 (MSE/REE 0016-96)
        4 ALsS, 22 pages.
        In this group of letters Nina is writing from Iuzhno-Sakhalinsk where she was able to find a job in the editorial department of a locally produced children's TV show. After 2 months Lev was able to join her. Letters include 4 pages of typed poems.

      • Letters. Nina Mokhova, Crimea, to Lev Loseff, Leningrad, 1962 August?. Folder 97 (MSE/REE 0016-97)
        4 ALsS, 22 pages.
        Nina and Lev returned from the Far East and resumed their lives in Leningrad in November of 1961.

      • Letters. Nina Mokhova to Lev Loseff, 1963?. Folder 98 (MSE/REE 0016-98)
        2 ALsS, 4 pages.
        It would appear that Nina is pregnant with Dimitry, who was born on July 15, 1963.

      • Letters. Nina Mokhova, Leningrad, to Lev Loseff, Leningrad, 1963 July. Folder 99 (MSE/REE 0016-99)
        ALsS, 98 pages.
        These are letters or notes that Nina sent when she was hospitalized and giving birth. Written on small note pages (3 3/4" X 5 1/2"), she frequently dispenses with the conventional salutations and closings, and it is difficult to distinguish beginnings and endings.

      • Letters. Nina Mokhova, Leningrad, to Lev Loseff, Leningrad, 1963 July-August. Folder 100 (MSE/REE 0016-100)
        6 ALsS, 30 pages.
        These are letters or notes like those in folder 99, marking the end of Nina's stay in the hospital.

      • Letters. Nina Mokhova, Leningrad, to Lev Loseff, Leningrad, 1964 November. Folder 101 (MSE/REE 0016-101)
        7 ALsS, 19 pages.
        Nina is writing from the hospital upon giving birth to her daughter Maria, who was born on November 4, 1964.

      • Letters. Nina Mokhova to Lev Loseff, 1965?. Folder 102 (MSE/REE 0016-102)
        2 ALsS, 7 pages.

      • Letters. Nina Mokhova to Lev Loseff, 1965?. Folder 103 (MSE/REE 0016-103)
        2 ALsS, 11 pages.
        Nina sent the second of these 2 letters from Krasnovodsk on the Caspian sea.

      • Letters. Nina Mokhova to Lev Loseff, 1969?. Folder 104 (MSE/REE 0016-104)
        2 ALsS, 8 pages.

      • Letters. Nina Mokhova to Lev Loseff, 1974-1975?. Folder 105 (MSE/REE 0016-105)
        6 ALsS, 30 pages.
        Nina sends these letters from Uzkanaves, just north of Palanga in Lithuania, where she is vacationing with the children.

      • Letters. Nina Mokhova to Lev Loseff, 1974-1975?. Folder 106 (MSE/REE 0016-106)
        5 ALsS, 18 pages.
        Again, Nina sends these letters from Lithuania.

      • Letters. Nina Mokhova, Uzkanaves (Lithuania), to Lev Loseff, Leningrad, 1974-1975?. Folder 107 (MSE/REE 0016-107)
        4 ALsS, 30 pages.

      • Letters. Nina Mokhova to Lev Loseff, n.d. Folder 108 (MSE/REE 0016-108)
        3 ALsS, 24 pages.
        The first letter in this group includes a typed poem entitled "Night," and the last letter, written from Koktebel in the Crimea, has a reference to the poet, Yevgeny Rein.

      • Letters. Nina Mokhova to Lev Loseff, n.d. Folder 109 (MSE/REE 0016-109)
        7 ALsS, 27 pages, 1 AN.
        On the back of the note is a drawing of a village scene.

      • Letters. Dmitry, Maria Loseff to Lev Loseff, 1975?. Folder 110 (MSE/REE 0016-110)
        3 ALsS, 7 pages.
        Among these letters sent by the children to their father, two are from Dimitry and one from Maria. All are sent from Lithuania, and one is clearly dated June 14, 1975.

      • Postal Card. Irina Kichanova-Lifshits, Zhdanov, to Lev Loseff, Yalta, 1956 August 12. Folder 111 (MSE/REE 0016-111)
        APCS.
        Irina Kichanova was the second wife of Vladimir Lifshits and thus Lev's stepmother. The postal card contains a reference to the poet, Mikhail Eremin.

      • Letters. Irina Kichanova-Lifshits to Lev Loseff, 1971?. Folder 112 (MSE/REE 0016-112)
        2 ALsS, 3 pages.
        A family member probably marked these letters as dating from 1971; presumably they were sent from Moscow to Leningrad.

      • Letter. Irina Kichanova-Lifshits, Moscow, to Lev Loseff, Hanover (New Hampshire), 1984 August 6. Folder 113 (MSE/REE 0016-113)
        ALS, 2 pages, with envelope.

      • Letter. Irina Kichanova-Lifshits, Moscow, to Lev Loseff, Hanover (New Hampshire), 1987 February 20. Folder 114 (MSE/REE 0016-114)
        AL, 1 page, with envelope.

      • Correspondence: Irina Kichanova-Lifshits and Lev Loseff, 1987 August. Folder 115 (MSE/REE 0016-115)
        ALS, 2 pages, with envelope; 1 copy, 2 pages.
        Irina, writing from Yeysk (near the Sea of Azov), includes a bibliographic citation to a posthumously published book of verse, Neveroiatnaia riadom by Vladimir Lifshits. We have a copy of Lev's reply, written from Hanover, New Hampshire.

      • Letter. Irina Kichanova-Lifshits, Moscow, to Lev Loseff, Hanover (New Hampshire), 1988 January 12. Folder 116 (MSE/REE 0016-116)
        ALS, 1 page, with envelope.

      • Letters. Irina Kichanova-Lifshits, Moscow, to Lev Loseff, Hanover (New Hampshire), 1988. Folder 117 (MSE/REE 0016-117)
        TLS, TL, 3 pages.

      • Letters. Ilya V. Meizerov to Lev Loseff, 1954-1959. Folder 118 (MSE/REE 0016-118)
        3 ALsS, 5 pages.
        Ilya V. Meizerov was Asya Genkina's second husband and thus Lev's stepfather.

      • Letters. Ilya V. Meizerov, Prague, to Asya Genkina, Leningrad, 1960 May-June. Folder 119 (MSE/REE 0016-119)
        3 ALsS, 5 pages.
        One letter includes a clipping of a "Punch" cartoon.

    • Subseries 2: Correspondence with Friends and Colleagues
       
      The bulk of the correspondence with friends and colleagues is in the subseries below; however, in his journal of 1974-1975 Lev Loseff incorporated letters from Kazis and Milda Saja, Sergei Dovlatov, Mikhail Eremin, and others. See folders 171 to 175.

      • Letters. Alexander Asarkan to Lev Loseff, 1983. Folder 120 (MSE/REE 0016-120)
        ALS, TLS with envelope, 2 pages.
        The letters are sent to Lev in Hanover (NH), the TLS from Chicago (IL) and the ALS from SUNY in Oswego (NY).

      • Letters. Igor Efimov to Lev Loseff, 1982-1986. Folder 121 (MSE/REE 0016-121)
        TLsS, 2 pages.
        Igor Efimov was a writer, who together with his wife Marina founded Hermitage Publishers. The earlier letter has to do with proof sheets for the publication of the verses of Mikhail Yeremin, while the 1986 letter is a proposal for a book about "literary Leningrad."

      • Letters. Marina Efimova to Lev Loseff, 1986. Folder 122 (MSE/REE 0016-122)
        TLS, ALS, 3 pages.
        Marina's letter has to do with the publication of Mikhail Yeremin's verses.

      • Letter. Mikhail Eremin, Moscow, to Lev Loseff, Hanover (New Hampshire), 1978 January 14. Folder 123 (MSE/REE 0016-123)
        TLS, 4 pages.
        Mikhail Eremin, the Russian poet, was a close friend of Lev Loseff. Loseff was closely involved in the publication of Eremin's book, Stikhotvoreniia, Hermitage in 1986.

      • Telegram. Mikhail Eremin, Moscow, to Lev Loseff, Hanover (New Hampshire), 1979 July 24. Folder 124 (MSE/REE 0016-124)
        Telegram, 1 page.

      • Letters. Mikhail Eremin, Moscow, to Lev Loseff, Hanover (New Hampshire), 1979-1980. Folder 125 (MSE/REE 0016-125)
        4 TLsS, 8 pages; photocopy, 3 pages.
        The letters have to do primarily with proofreading the poems and making changes. Eremin frequently sends multiple copies of his changes.

      • Letters. Mikhail Eremin to Lev Loseff, Hanover (New Hampshire), 1980-1981. Folder 126 (MSE/REE 0016-126)
        4 TLsS, 6 pages, with 1 envelope; 3 photocopies, 7 pages; .
        Eremin sends these letters and changes from various places. The only envelope in this group shows that it was sent from France.

      • Letters. Mikhail Eremin to Lev Loseff, Hanover (New Hampshire), 1982-1983. Folder 127 (MSE/REE 0016-127)
        3 TLsS, 23 pages; 1 photocopied letter, 12 pages.
        The letter of October of 1983 includes a drawing. Photocopied material is frequently used for further edits.

      • Letters. Mikhail Eremin to Lev Loseff, Hanover (New Hampshire), 1986-1987. Folder 128 (MSE/REE 0016-128)
        3 TLsS (photocopies), 6 pages.
        The photocopied letter for January 1987 contains a birthday greeting for Lev dated July of that year.

      • Letters. Mikhail Eremin to Lev Loseff, Hanover (New Hampshire), n.d. Folder 129 (MSE/REE 0016-129)
        TL, AN, photocopy, 3 pages in all.
        The photocopy duplicates the typed letter, the note, as well as an earlier telegram (see folder 155).

      • Letters. Tim Guldimann to Lev Loseff, 1983, ?. Folder 130 (MSE/REE 0016-130)
        2 APCsS, 1 envelope.
        The first item is dated and was sent from Geneva (Switzerland) to Hanover (NH), while the second clearly accompanied poems which have since been lost. It is difficult to establish the second item's date and the place from which it was sent.

      • Letters. Natalia Krotova to Lev Loseff, 1970-1975?. Folder 131 (MSE/REE 0016-131)
        2 TLsS, 3 pages.
        Natalia Krotova was Lev Loseff's secretary at Koster.

      • Letters. Sergei Kulle to Lev Loseff, 1958-1959. Folder 132 (MSE/REE 0016-132)
        3 ALsS, 10 pages.
        Sergei Kulle was a Russian poet, as well as an old friend of Lev Loseff's.

      • Letters. Sergei Kulle to Lev Loseff, Nina Mokhova, late 1960s. Folder 133 (MSE/REE 0016-133)
        ALS, 4 pages, APCS.
        The postal card is addressed to Nina, congratulating her on her son's birthday.

      • Letters. Yuri Mihailov to Lev Loseff, 1970-1975. Folder 134 (MSE/REE 0016-134)
        2 TLs, 2 pages.
        Yuri Mikhailov was a close friend and colleague of Lev Loseff's at Koster.

      • Letter. Naum Nim to Lev Loseff, 1997 March 13. Folder 135 (MSE/REE 0016-135)
        Email copy, 3 pages.
        Naum Nim from the newspaper Vechernii Klub writes in reference to Vladimir Lifshits's poems in Stikhi iz Bloknota.

      • Letter. Evgeniia Putilova to Lev Loseff, 2000. Folder 136 (MSE/REE 0016-136)
        ALS, 2 pages.
        Evgeniia Putilova, a co-editor of Russkaia poeziia detiam writes in reference to re-publishing some of Vladimir Lifshits's poems.

      • Letter. Evgenii Rein to Lev Loseff, n.d. Folder 137 (MSE/REE 0016-137)
        APCS, APC.
        Evgenii Rein is an important contemporary Russian poet.

      • Letters. Kazis Saja to Lev Loseff and family, 1974-1975. Folder 138 (MSE/REE 0016-138)
        ALS, 3 pages, APCS.
        Kazis Saja was a Lithuanian writer who became a good friend of Lev Loseff.

      • Letters. Boris Semenov, n.p., to Lev Loseff, Omsk, 1943. Folder 139 (MSE/REE 0016-139)
        ALS, 4 pages; TL, 2 pages; 2 APCsS.
        Boris Semenov was primarily an artist, who was a close friend of the entire family. At this time like Vladimir Lifshits, he was in the military on the Leningrad front.

      • Letters. Boris Semenov, Moscow, to Lev Loseff, Leningrad, 1958 July. Folder 140 (MSE/REE 0016-140)
        ALsS, 2 pages.
        The second letter appears to have been written from Peredelkino, just to the southwest of Moscow.

      • Letters. Boris Semenov to Lev Loseff, 1959. Folder 141 (MSE/REE 0016-141)
        TLS, 1 page; 3 ALsS, 6 pages.
        The last 3 letters of this group were sent to Lev in Okha. The last letter includes a newspaper clipping of a poem entitled "To Mother."

      • Letters. Boris Semenov to Lev Loseff, Okha, 1960 January. Folder 142 (MSE/REE 0016-142)
        3 ALsS, 6 pages.
        The last letter in this group, dated January 24, 1960, includes a small engraving.

      • Letters. Boris Semenov to Lev Loseff, Okha, 1960 February. Folder 143 (MSE/REE 0016-143)
        5 ALsS, 10 pages.
        Letters sometimes have small pictures or text glued where the margin allows.

      • Letters. Boris Semenov to Lev Loseff, Okha, 1960 March-April. Folder 144 (MSE/REE 0016-144)
        5 ALsS, 8 pages, APCS.
        The letter dated April 15 has a note written in the upper right- hand corner; Semenov indicates that it is the "ending of the previous letter."

      • Letters. Boris Semenov to Lev Loseff, Okha, 1960 June-August. Folder 145 (MSE/REE 0016-145)
        4 ALsS, 7 pages.

      • Letters. Boris Semenov to Lev Loseff, 1960 September. Folder 146 (MSE/REE 0016-146)
        2 ALsS, 6 pages.
        These letters were sent to Lev in Okha; at this time Boris Semenov was travelling to Yalta as well as to London.

      • Letters. Boris Semenov to Lev Loseff, 1960 October. Folder 147 (MSE/REE 0016-147)
        5 ALsS, 12 pages; APCS.
        The letter dated October 18 includes 4 photographs; the letter dated October 31 includes 1 photo, 1 engraving, and 1 drawing.

      • Letter. Boris Semenov, n.p., to Lev Loseff, Leningrad, 1963 October 22. Folder 148 (MSE/REE 0016-148)
        ALS, 1 page.

      • Letter. Boris Semenov, n.p., to Lev Loseff, Leningrad, 1975 December 28. Folder 149 (MSE/REE 0016-149)
        APCS.
        Boris Semenov sends Lev a new year's greeting. The post card appears to be hand-drawn.

      • Letter. Lev Loseff, Hanover (New Hampshire), to Boris Semenov, Ashdod (Israel), 1991 May 2. Folder 150 (MSE/REE 0016-150)
        TL, 2 pages; photocopy, page of notes.
        Folder includes a photocopy of a letter from Boris Semenov to Mikhail Belomlinskii an editor at Novoe Russkoe Slovo. This photocopied letter as well as a page of notes were stapled to the letter from Lev Loseff to Boris.

      • Letter. Boris Semenov, Ashdod (Israel), to Lev Loseff, Hanover (New Hampshire), 1991 May 30. Folder 151 (MSE/REE 0016-151)
        ALS, 1 page; 2 photographs, with envelope.
        Boris's letter is written on the back of a photograph of his children; envelope included photographs of a statue of Mao Zedong and the equestrian statue of Alexander III.

      • Letter. Boris Semenov, Ashdod (Israel), to Lev Loseff, Hanover (New Hampshire), 1992. Folder 152 (MSE/REE 0016-152)
        3 ALsS, 6 pages; APCS, with 2 envelopes.
        The postcard dated May 26, 1992 is accompanied by a ruble bank note and a family photograph.

      • Letter. Boris Semenov, Ashdod (Israel), to Asya Genkina, Hanover (New Hampshire), 1991-1992?. Folder 153 (MSE/REE 0016-153)
        ALS, 2 pages; APCS.
        Letter is an "aerogramme."

      • Letter. Boris Semenov, Ashdod (Israel), to Lev Loseff, Hanover (New Hampshire), 1991-1992?. Folder 154 (MSE/REE 0016-154)
        4 ALsS, 8 pages, 3 envelopes.
        The first letter in this group contains an old photograph of Boris's son Misha. The last letter contains a drawing, and one of the letters is an "aerogramme."

      • Letter. Boris Semenov to Lev Loseff, n.d. Folder 155 (MSE/REE 0016-155)
        ALS, 1 page.

      • Letter. Boris Semenov to Lev Loseff, n.d. Folder 156 (MSE/REE 0016-156)
        ALS, 2 pages.
        In this letter to Lev, Boris includes a letter he received from Vladimir Lifshits.

      • Letter. Olga Semenova to Lev Loseff, 1963-1964? Folder 157 (MSE/REE 0016-157)
        ALS, 1 page.
        Olga Semenova, or Olia Baba, was the mother of Boris Semenov and a close friend of the Lifshits/Loseff family.

      • Letter. Iudif Semenova to Lev Loseff, 1990 October 2. Folder 158 (MSE/REE 0016-158)
        ALS, 3 pages, with address label.
        Iudif, or Iuka, the wife of Boris, supplies names and dates of family members, with regard to possible immigration to the US, which was never realized.

      • Letter. Iudif Semenova, Ashdod (Israel), to Lev Loseff, Hanover (New Hampshire) 1992 November 30. Folder 159 (MSE/REE 0016-159)
        ALS, 4 pages, with envelope.
        Iudif here refers to the papers of Boris Semenov, who has passed away.

      • Letters. Vadim Shefner, n.p., to Asya Genkina, Omsk, Leningrad, 1943-1944. Folder 160 (MSE/REE 0016-160)
        ALS, 2 pages, APCS.
        Vadim Shefner was a writer of both prose and poetry. At the time of these letters, he was serving as a war correspondent on the Leningrad front. The postcard was sent to Asya in Omsk, but by August 28, 1944, the date of the letter, she should have been back in Leningrad.

      • Letter. Andrei Zuev, Sevastopol, to Nina Mokhova, Leningrad, 1958? Folder 161 (MSE/REE 0016-161)
        ALS, 1 page.
        The sender, Andrei Zuev, has not been identified.

      • Letters. Miscellaneous friends to Lev Loseff and family, Leningrad, 1970-1975? Folder 162 (MSE/REE 0016-162)
        ALS, 2 pages; 5 APCsS.
        The senders have not been identified; one new year's greeting is clearly dated as 1975, and the other items in this folder appear to be roughly from the same period, just prior to the family's immigration to the US.

  • Series 2: Manuscripts 
    • Subseries 1: Family Manuscripts
       
      • Guestbook of Asya Genkina and Vladimir Lifshits, 1938-1945. Folder 163 (MSE/REE 0016-163)
        Notebook, 96 pages.
        The guestbook, known as the "krasnaia tetrad," is filled with notes, sketches, and poems by Vadim Shefner, Aleksandr Gitovich, Boris Semenov, Boris Lebedev, Pavel Shubin, Elena Serebrovskaya, and many others. On the back end papers Semenov drew a sketch of Lev Loseff at 7 months of age.

      • Vladimir Lifshits. Journal, 1943. Folder 164 (MSE/REE 0016-164)
        Notebook, 70 pages.
        21 of the 70 pages are filled covering February 3 to November 28 of 1943 on the Leningrad front.

      • Vladimir Lifshits. Journal, n.d. Folder 165 (MSE/REE 0016-165)
        TMs, 38 pages.
        These are transcripts of the hand-written journal for 1943. There are 2 copies, each one being 19 pages. Each copy ends with a 28-line poem that is not in the journal; at the end of the poem is the year 1944 and Leningrad front.

      • Vladimir Lifshits. Poems, 1944-1975. Folder 166 (MSE/REE 0016-166)
        TMs, 4 pages; photocopy, 3 pages.
        This diverse group of 3 poems includes the poem appended to the 1943 journal transcriptions, designated as being written in 1944 on the Leningrad front. Photocopies include that of the poem "Proshchanie" or "Farewell," as well as an incomplete poem about Lev.

      • Vladimir Lifshits. Poems, 1934-1978. Folder 167 (MSE/REE 0016-167)
        TMs, 63 pages.
        Pages include notations and previously unpublished poems. This appears to be a manuscript for Izbrannye Stikhi, which was published by Sovetskii Pisatel in Moscow in 1974.

      • Vladimir Lifshits. Poems, 1934-1978. Folder 168 (MSE/REE 0016-168)
        TMs, 122 pages.
        Typescript for Izbrannye Stikhi. Table of contents shows the cycles or parts that appeared in the published Izbrannye Stikhi or Selected Poems: Before the War, the War, After the War, James Clifford, Translations, and Poems of the Last Years.

      • Vladimir Lifshits. Poems, n.d. Folder 169 (MSE/REE 0016-169)
        TMs, 120 pages.
        Folder is entitled "Poems of the Last Years with Notes"; some of these poems were published posthumously: Neveroiatnoe Riadom (Moscow: Pravda, 1980).

      • Vladimir Lifshits. Poems, n.d. Folder 170 (MSE/REE 0016-170)
        TMs, 51 pages.
        Folder includes another group of "Poems of the Last Years."

      • Lev Loseff. Journal, 1974 January 1-1974 April 18. Folder 171 (MSE/REE 0016-171)
        AMs, 50 pages.
        This is the first part of a journal that Lev Loseff kept during the years 1974 to 1975. In addition to the text of the journal, Lev included various letters, documents, playbills, and newspaper clippings, which are taped or glued to pages of the journal.

        This segment of 50 pages inclludes the following letters: Sergei Dovlatov to Lev Loseff, 2 ALsS, 1974 January-April (pp. 22, 46); Vladimir Lifshits to Lev Loseff, 2 TLsS, 1974 April (pp. 48, 50); Josef Mlejnek to Lev Loseff, ALS, 1974 January 14 (p. 26); Kazis and Milda Saja to Lev Loseff, 2 ALsS, 1974 January (pp. 12, 14).

      • Lev Loseff. Journal, 1974 April 19-1974 October 13. Folder 172 (MSE/REE 0016-172)
        AMs, pages 51-100.
        This folder includes the following letters: Sergei Dovlatov to Lev Loseff, 3 ALsS, 1 TLS, 1974 April-June (pp. 54, 64, 70, 76); Vladimir Lifshits to Lev Loseff, 4 TLsS, 1974 May-August (pp. 60, 74,78, 84); Kazis and Milda Saja to Lev Loseff, 2 ALsS, 1974 April-June (pp. 54, 66).

      • Lev Loseff. Journal, 1974 October 14-1975 February 2. Folder 173 (MSE/REE 0016-173)
        AMs, pages 101-150.
        Folder includes 2 playbills that may have come loose from pages 101 to 150. Folder also includes the following letters: Mikhail Eremin to Lev Loseff, 2 TLsS, 1974 November (pp. 112, 122); Kazis Saja to Lev Loseff, ALS, 1974 November 16 (p. 118)

      • Lev Loseff. Journal, 1975 February 3-1975 May 27. Folder 174 (MSE/REE 0016-174)
        AMs, pages 151-200.
        Folder includes the following letters: Vladimir Lifshits to Lev Loseff, 3 TLsS, 1975 March-May (pp. 168, 176, 186); Kazis and Milda Saja to Lev Loseff, 2 TLsS, 1975 March-April (pp. 170, 182).

        A thin notebook of 16 pages was inserted between pages 188 and 189. This notebook or tetrad itself contains several inserted notes and drawings. Also on page 188 the last journal entry is for Tuesday, May 27, 1975. The notebook as well as pages 189 through 218 (in folder 175) diverge from the usual journal entries. Pages 189 to 218 are comprised of notes on reading, a draft of a letter to Joseph Brodsky, and miscellaneous matters. The next "regular" entry for May 28, 1975 appears on page 221.

      • Lev Loseff. Journal, 1975 May 27-1975 December 3. Folder 175 (MSE/REE 0016-175)
        AMs, pages 201-262.
        Folder includes the following letters: Vladimir Lifshits to Lev Loseff, ALS, TLS, 1974 October (p. 203); Lev Loseff to Nina Mokhova, 2 TLsS, 1974 June (pp. 231-234.)

      • Lev Loseff. Journal, 1957, 1960, 1961. Folder 176 (MSE/REE 0016-176)
        AMs, 68 pages; 2 ALsS, 4 pages.
        Lev Loseff filled 51 of 52 pages of a notebook, which covers the summer of 1957 in Kazan and Kazakhstan. There are also 16 more loose diary pages from 1960 and 1961. Finally, the folder also includes 2 letters addressed to friends and comrades discussing Arab-Israeli tension.

      • Irina Kichanova-Lifshits. Manuscript for a book of reminiscences entitled: Prosti menia za to, chto ia zhivu, 1980. Folder 177 (MSE/REE 0016-177)
        TMs, 101 pages.
        Irina Kichanova, the second wife of Vladimir Lifshits, moved freely in various artistic circles. She herself was an artist/illustrator and co-authored together with her husband a number of children's plays.

      • Irina Kichanova-Lifshits. Manuscript for a book of reminiscences entitled: Prosti menia za to, chto ia zhivu, 1980. Folder 178 (MSE/REE 0016-178)
        TMs, 99 pages.
        This is the second part of the manuscript of Prosti menia za to, chto ia zhivu, which was published in New York in 1982 by Chalidze Publications.

      • Asya Genkina. Notes on the children, 1965-1969. Folder 179 (MSE/REE 0016-179)
        AD, 3 pages on 1 folded sheet.
        This document was found in the guestbook or "krasnaia tetrad'" (see folder 163); the notes cover Lev Loseff's children, Dimitry and Maria.

    • Subseries 2: Manuscripts of Friends and Colleagues
       
      • Mikhail Eremin. Partial galley proofs for "Stikhotvoreniia," n.d. Folder 180 (MSE/REE 0016-180)
        Galley proofs, 100 pages; photocopies, 2 pages.
        Stikhotvoreniia was eventually published by Hermitage, located in Tenafly, New Jersey.

      • Mikhail Eremin. Photocopies of partial galley proofs for "Stikhotvoreniia," n.d. Folder 181 (MSE/REE 0016-181)
        101 pages of photocopied galley proofs.

      • Lev Loseff. Photocopies of galley proofs for the afterword of Eremin's "Stikhotvoreniia," n.d. Folder 182 (MSE/REE 0016-182)
        17 pages of photocopied galley proofs; TMs, 10 pages; AMs, 5 pages.
        Folder includes 2 pages of commentary by Joseph Brodsky.

      • Mikhail Eremin. Poems, n.d. Folder 183 (MSE/REE 0016-183)
        Photocopies, 5 pages.
        Folder includes 2 pages of poems and 3 pages of translations.

      • Mikhail Eremin. Corrections and changes for "Stikhotvoreniia," n.d. Folder 184 (MSE/REE 0016-184)
        TMs, 15 pages; photocopies, 1 page.

      • Mikhail Eremin. Material for "Stikhotvoreniia," n.d. Folder 185 (MSE/REE 0016-185)
        AMs, 3 pages; photocopies, 2 pages; 1 drawing.

      • Mikhail Eremin. Material for Greek words used in "Stikhotvoreniia," n.d. Folder 186 (MSE/REE 0016-186)
        Photocopies, 9 pages.

      • Mikhail Eremin. Material for "Stikhotvoreniia," n.d. Folder 187 (MSE/REE 0016-187)
        Photocopies, 16 pages; photocopies of galleys, 5 pages; TM, 2 pages.
        The photocopies of the galley proofs have pencilled in corrections.

      • Mikhail Eremin. Material for "Stikhotvoreniia," n.d. Folder 188 (MSE/REE 0016-188)
        AMs, 42 pages on paper of various sizes.
        Folder includes an envelope with notes, some of which are taped together.

      • Mikhail Eremin. Material for "Stikhotvoreniia," n.d. Folder 189 (MSE/REE 0016-189)
        TMs and photocopies, 20 pages.
        Material in this folder was marked "last additions." Last item (page 20) is a signed letter to the publishers from Mikhail Eremin.

      • Mikhail Eremin. Material for "Stikhotvoreniia," 1986. Folder 190 (MSE/REE 0016-190)
        Galley proofs, 35 pages; photocopies, 52 pages.

      • Mikhail Eremin. Galley proofs for "Stikhotvoreniia," 1986. Folder 191 (MSE/REE 0016-191)
        Galley proofs, 98 pages.
        Most of the galleys are photocopies, but the copies are interspersed with a few originals.

      • Mikhail Eremin. Final galley proofs for "Stikhotvoreniia," 1986. Folder 192 (MSE/REE 0016-192)
        Photocopies of galley proofs, 147 pages.
        Folder includes an envelope with notes about a projected cover design. Photocopies are in 3 separate groups: cover design (9 pages); main text (127 pages); afterword (11 pages).

      • Boris Semenov. Article entitled "Kharms in America," 1991 May. Folder 193 (MSE/REE 0016-193)
        AMsS, 13 pages.
        Folder includes a 1982 newspaper article that Semenov had written on Kharms for Neva, as well as a catalog for a 1988 exhibit of Semenov's illustrations, which include Kharms. On the back of the newspaper article, Boris Semenov has written a letter to Asya Genkina. It's clear that the manuscript et al. was sent from Ashdod (Israel) to Hanover (NH), where Asya was living with Lev.

      • Boris Semenov. "Kharms in America," n.d. Folder 194 (MSE/REE 0016-194)
        TMs, 10 pages; photocopies, 20 pages.
        Folder includes 3 copies of the article, "Kharms in America."

      • Boris Semenov. Article entitled: "Shagi," 1991 November. Folder 195 (MSE/REE 0016-195)
        Computer printout of TMs, 9 pages; photocopies of TLs, 2 pages.
        "Shagi" or "Steps" is Lev Loseff's edited version of Semenov's article on Kharms. Folder includes a letter from Lev Loseff to Boris Semenov as well as a letter to the editor of Novoe Russkoe Slovo, where Loseff hoped to place the article.

      • Boris Semenov. Article entitled: "Chto Pamiat' Sokhranila," 1991. Folder 196 (MSE/REE 0016-196)
        Photocopy of AMS, 10 pages; photocopy of TMS, 2 pages.
        Semenov's article is about the Russian artist, Nathan Altman (1889-1970). Folder includes a short introductory note to the article by Lev Loseff.

      • Boris Semenov. Recollections entitled: "Boevaia Krasnoarmeiskaia," n.d. Folder 197 (MSE/REE 0016-197)
        Photocopy of TMS, 31 pages.
        Semenov's recollections of war on the Leningrad front is subtitled: "from an old notebook."

      • Boris Semenov. Ms. material relating to the blockade of Leningrad, n.d. Folder 198 (MSE/REE 0016-198)
        AMs, 17 leaves on paper of various sizes.

      • Boris Semenov. Ms. material relating to biography, 1940-1984. Folder 199 (MSE/REE 0016-199)
        AMs, 4 pages; TMs, 11 pages.
        Material relates to Semenov's theatre work as well as to his work with the publisher "Detgiz." The first part with regard to the theatre dates from a 1984 request for a list of important works, and the TMs on Detgiz is dated June 14, 1940; however, the manuscript is incomplete.

      • Boris Semenov. Ms. material, n.d. Folder 200 (MSE/REE 0016-200)
        AMs, 17 leaves.
        Some of the leaves are filled on both front and back, but the majority are not.

      • Boris Semenov. Ms. material, n.d. Folder 201 (MSE/REE 0016-201)
        AMs, 78 leaves.
        The leaves are of various sizes, and some are filled on both front and back. Subject matter is diverse.

      • Boris Semenov. "Leshkiny Ostroty," 1940-1945. Folder 202 (MSE/REE 0016-202)
        AMs, 9 pages.
        Semenov began keeping this memento for Lev Loseff, who was also a contributor to the "book." The item was found in the guestbook or "krasnaia tetrad'" (see folder 163).

      • Miscellaneous Documents, 1941-1950. Folder 203 (MSE/REE 0016-203)
        ADs, 5 pages.
        This folder includes 3 medical certificates for Lev Loseff, a receipt, and 2 unidentified pages from the Omsk period of 1941-1944.

  • Series 3: Newspaper, Journal, and Book Publications 
    • Subseries 1: Newspaper Articles
       
      • Irina Kichanova-Lifshits. Excerpts from Prosti menia za to, chto ia zhivu. 1995 June-July. Folder 204 (MSE/REE 0016-204)
        Newspaper, 10 pages.
        The newspaper publishing the excerpts is the Philadelphia edition of Novoe Russkoe Slovo.

      • Article on Vladimir Lifshits, 1997 April 17. Folder 205 (MSE/REE 0016-205)
        Newspaper, 4 pages.
        The newspaper publishing the article is Vechernii Klyb (Moscow).

      • Miscellaneous articles, 1993-1997. Folder 206 (MSE/REE 0016-206)
        Newspaper, 10 pages.
        Folder includes an ad for the children's play "Alenushka i soldat" by Lifshits and Kichanova in Buratino and an article on Vladimir Lifshits in Novoe Russkoe Slovo.

      • Miscellaneous articles, n.d. Folder 207 (MSE/REE 0016-207)
        5 articles and 2 small clippings.
        Folder includes an article by Asya Genkina on boarding schools, an article entitled "Satire and Humor," one about the children's periodical Koster, an article from Neva with comments by Boris Semenov, and a short article in English about war poetry.

    • Subseries 2: Journal Articles and Book Publications
       
      • Ëzh. Children's periodical, 1935 March. Folder 208 (MSE/REE 0016-208)
        32 pages, illus.
        Besides the March 1935 issue, folder includes several loose pages from other issues of the 1930s.

      • Chizh. Children's periodical, 1937-1940. Folder 209 (MSE/REE 0016-209)
        4 issues, illus., some loose, some missing pages.
        Issue 1 for 1939 has a poem by Vladimir Lifshits (see page 3), and Issue 12 for 1940 has a story illustrated by Boris Semenov (see page 15).

      • Molodye poety Sovetskoi Rossii: russkaia poeziia, 1940-1942, 1943. Folder 210 (MSE/REE 0016-210)
        Book, 114 pages.
        This book published by the Association of Russian Writers includes poems by Vladimir Lifshits on pages 57 to 62.

      • Vladimir Lifshits. Poem from Zarevo nad zalivom, 1945. Folder 211 (MSE/REE 0016-211)
        Photocopies, 6 pages.
        Folder includes a photocopy of a poem entitled "Master Vorob'ev" and subtitled "Leningradskaia Skazka"; the poem is dedicated to Boris Semenov.

      • Koster. Children's periodical, 1944. Folder 212 (MSE/REE 0016-212)
        2 issues, illus.
        The July-August issue includes a poem by Vladimir Lifshits (see page 8).

      • Koster. Children's periodical, 1945. Folder 213 (MSE/REE 0016-213)
        3 issues, illus.
        All 3 issues feature poems by Asya Genkina and stories which are illustrated by Boris Semenov.

      • Koster. Children's periodical, 1946 February-July. Folder 214 (MSE/REE 0016-214)
        3 issues, illus.
        Two of the issues feature stories written by Vladimir Lifshits and illustrated by Boris Semenov. Issue 7 has a photograph of Vladimir Lifshits with a reference to several of his works on page 12, and on page 20 there is a poem written by Asya Genkina.

      • Koster. Children's periodical, 1946 September-December. Folder 215 (MSE/REE 0016-215)
        3 issues, illus., covers missing from 2 issues.
        Two of the issues feature stories written by Vladimir Lifshits, and issue 12 has a poem by Asya Genkina.

      • Koster. Children's periodical, 1947 September-December. Folder 216 (MSE/REE 0016-216)
        4 issues, illus.
        The March 1947 issue features a story illustrated by Boris Semenov.

      • Smeshinki. Children's book, 1962. Folder 217 (MSE/REE 0016-217)
        4 "removable" stories/poems, 24 cm X 38 cm., illus.
        Book is inscribed by the author to his son; one of the stories or poems is missing.

      • Vladimir Lifshits. Article entitled "James Clifford," 1964 July. Folder 218 (MSE/REE 0016-218)
        Issue, 128 pages.
        The journal Nash Sovremennik included on pages 56 to 61 the poems of James Clifford with an introduction by Vladimir Lifshits.

      • Murzilka. Children's periodical, 1972 August. Folder 219 (MSE/REE 0016-219)
        Issue, 30 pages.
        Issue includes a poem by Vladimir Lifshits entitled "Shcheniata" or "Puppies" (sse page 16).

      • Murzilka. Children's periodical, 1973 February. Folder 220 (MSE/REE 0016-220)
        Issue, 30 pages.
        Issue includes a poem by Vladimir Lifshits entitled "Ezdim, plavaem, letaem" or "We ride, we sail, we fly" (see page 13).

      • Murzilka. Children's periodical, 1973 December. Folder 221 (MSE/REE 0016-221)
        Issue, 30 pages.
        Issue includes a poem by Vladimir Lifshits entitled "Tovarishchi" or "Comrades" (sse page 16).

      • Articles published on the death of Vladimir Lifshits, 1978. Folder 222 (MSE/REE 0016-222)
        1 clipping, 1 photocopy.
        The 2 articles are from the magazines Ogonek and Krokodil.

      • Vladimir Lifshits. Poem, 1978 December. Folder 223 (MSE/REE 0016-223)
        Issue, 160 pages.
        On page 52 of this issue of Nauka i zhizn, Lifshits's poem entitled "K voprosu o dolgoletii" or "To the question of longevity" was published.

      • Vladimir Lifshits. Poems, 1988 December. Folder 224 (MSE/REE 0016-224)
        Issue, 240 pages; photocpies, 7 pages 97-103.
        The poems "Proshchanie," "K voprosu o dolgoletii," "Dolzhnik" and "Co" were published on pages 97-103 in Znamia, along with a commentary by K. Vanshenkina. Besides the journal issue, folder includes a photocopy of the article.

      • Journal article and book excerpt on Vladimir Lifshits, 1986, 1989. Folder 225 (MSE/REE 0016-225)
        Photocopies, 21 pages.
        The article was written by Iurii Kolker and appeared in Kontinent, issue number 48 (1986), and the book is entitled Kniga o Parodii by V. L. Novikov (Moscow: Sovetskii Pisatel, 1989).

      • Ilia Lifshits. Fragmenty: Stikhi raznykh let, 1997. Folder 226 (MSE/REE 0016-226)
        Book, 40 pages, plus 3 more poems stapled in the back; TLS.
        Ilia Lifshits, the younger brother of Vladimir, emigrated to Israel where his book of poems was published in Kiriat-Gat. The book is accompanied by a letter addressed to both Lev and Nina.

      • Journal article on Vladimir Lifshits, 2004 March-April. Folder 227 (MSE/REE 0016-227)
        Journal issue, 72 pages.
        On pages 28 to 32, an article by Matvei Kitov appeared in Novyi Kosmopolit, an emigre journal published in Boston.

      • List of Book Publications, 1936-1988. Folder 228 (MSE/REE 0016-228)
        List, 3 pages.
        89 books from this collection have been cataloged and can be located through the online catalog. The majority of them are children's books and books of poetry written by Vladimir Lifshits. Many of them are autographed or inscribed.

  • Series 4: Photographs 
    • Subseries 1: Photographs from the Collection
       
      • Published Half-tone Photograph. Vladimir Lifshits, 1941. Folder 229 (MSE/REE 0016-229)
        Half-tone, 2 X 4 in.
        Leaf with 3 half-tones torn from an unidentified book or journal; top photo on recto shows Lifshits with other writers: Saianov, Prokofev, Forsh, and Tikhonov.

      • Photograph. Vladimir Lifshits, Boris Semenov, and others, 1943 April. Folder 230 (MSE/REE 0016-230)
        1 b/w print, 5.75 X 10 in.
        Lifshits and Semenov with Vladimir Ivanov and Veniamin Fomin at Ust Uzhora on the Leningrad front. The photograph was done by Nikolai Khandogin.

      • Photographs. Grave site of Vladimir Lifshits and Irina Kichanova, 1978-1999. Folder 231 (MSE/REE 0016-231)
        5 colored prints, various sizes.
        The 2 smaller prints show Vladimir's grave stone, one of which shows Irina Kichanova in the foreground. The 3 larger prints are from much later after Kichanova has passed away, and her name and dates have been added to the grave stone.

    • Subseries 2: Photographs printed from Digital Images
       
      • Prints from digital images. Vladimir Lifshits, Lev Loseff, family and friends, 1890s-2009. Folder 232 (MSE/REE 0016-232)
        32 prints, various sizes. 6 colored, the rest b/w or half-tones.
        The prints span over a century, the earliest showing Asya Genkina's parents and the latest the memorial dinner in honor of Lev Loseff, who passed away in 2009. For access to the actual digital images, please contact the curator of this collection.