Guide to the Natalia A. and Irina V. Roskina Papers

MSE/REE 0014


Collection Summary

Title: Natalia A. and Irina V. Roskina papers
Dates: 1927-2013
Collection No.: MSE/REE 0014
Creator: Roskina, Natalia Aleksandrovna (1927-1989)
Creator: Roskina, Irina Valentinovna (1948-)
Creator: Roskin, Aleksandr Iosifovich (1898-1941)
Extent: approx. 240 items; 3 containers; 1.5 linear feet
Language: Collection material in Russian
Repository: University of Notre Dame. Hesburgh Libraries, Department of Special Collections. 102 Hesburgh Library, Notre Dame, IN 46556
Abstract: The papers consist of manuscripts, letters, and miscellaneous items of Natalia A. Roskina and of her daughter, Irina V. Roskina, as well as 50 photographs of the two women and people they knew such as: Anna Akhmatova, Boris Pasternak, and Evgenii Rein.

Selected Search Terms

Russian literature--20th century
Russian literature--20th century--History and criticism
Russian literature--Jewish authors
Russia--Social life and customs--20th century
Russia--Intellectual life--20th century

Administrative Information

Restrictions: Transcriptions of the correspondence between Natalia A. Roskina and Irina V. Roskina are available in folder 33; however, access to the original letters is by permission only through 2024. For access during this period contact the curator of the collection.

Preferred Citation: [Identification of item], Natalia A. and Irina V. Roskina Papers, [Collection and folder no.], Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, Hesburgh Libraries of Notre Dame.

Acquisition and Processing Note: The Natalia A. and Irinia V. Roskina Papers were acquired by the Hesburgh Libraries in November 2013, from Ms. Irina Roskina of Jerusalem, Israel. The papers are arranged and described, following the inventory of Ms. Roskina, by Kenneth Kinslow. Finding aid 2014, by Kenneth Kinslow.

Biographical Note

Natalia Aleksandrovna Roskina (1927-1989) was born in Leningrad to Aleksandr Iosifovich Roskin and Nadezhda Davydovna Rabinovich. After being evacuated during the war, she went to Moscow and later graduated from the Philological Faculty of Lomonosov Moscow State University. She became a prominent Moscow literary scholar, writer, and memoirist. She was a close friend of many leading cultural figures and dissidents, including the writer Vasilii Grossman and the poets Anna Akhmatova and Nikolai Zabolotskii. Natalia's father, Aleksandr Iosifovich Roskin (1898-1941), was a noted writer and Chekhov scholar. The papers of Natalia Roskina are comprised of: (1) manuscripts of unpublished poems, stories, novellas, memoirs about major literary figures, and diaries (2) correspondence with family members and friends and (3) such miscellaneous items as bibliographies and obituaries.

Natalia's daughter, Irina Valentinovna Roskina (1948-), was born in Moscow. Her father was the psychiatrist, Valentin Vladimirovich Borinevich, and in 1971 she too graduated from the Philological Faculty of Lomonosov Moscow State University. She worked for Gosfilmofond (the state film archive) and pursued her literary interests by writing reviews and doing translations and abstracts. She emigrated to Israel in 1990. Her papers are comprised of: (1) unpublished essays, novellas, and memoirs of her mother and close family friends, including the poet and playwright Aleksandr Galich (2) correspondence with noted Russian cultural figures, including the poet Evgenii Rein, the political thinker Mikhail Agurskii, and the poet and literary critic Tat'iana Bek and (3) such miscellaneous items as letters of recommendation and a notebook of favorite quotations.

The Roskina papers include 50 rare photographs, some of which are inscribed, as well as books about Leonid Andreev and about poetric theory.

Scope and Content Note

The collection includes over 240 items. Among the manuscripts of both N. A. Roskina and I. V. Roskina are unpublished poems and stories as well as memoirs of such major literary figures as Anna Akhmatova, Kornei Chukovskii, and Samuil Marshak. The correspondence of both mother and daughter range from personal letters with family members to letters exchanged with leading cultural figures. Finally, there are 50 photographs portraying family and friends from the 1920s to the end of the 20th century.

Irina V. Roskina provided transcriptions and commentary, which are included in the appropriate folders and sections of the collection. She also provided digital copies and transcriptions of Natalia A. Roskina material, the originals of which are in the Russian State Archive of Literature and Art in Moscow, and digital copies of Aleksandr Galich material, the originals of which are in the archives in Bremen, Germany.

Arrangement Note

The collection consists of 8 series. The first 3 series relate to Natalia A. Roskina, while series 4 through 6 relate to her daughter, Irinia V. Roskina. The 7th series is comrpised of photographs which relate to both women and their friends and colleagues. The final series includes a few rare volumes of verse and literature.

Related Material

Researchers of the Roskina family may wish to consult the Russian State Archive of Literature and Art in Moscow as well as the archive and library at the University of Bremen in Germany. The manuscript collections of the Russian State Library are another important source of material.

See also such articles as the following: "Arkhivnye pisma Natali Roskinoi."

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