Nicolas Nabokov Papers, 1907, 1950-1978

Nabokov, Nicolas, 1903-1978


46 boxes (19.25 linear ft.), 1 oversize folder, 5 oversize boxes.
Organized into two series: I. Correspondence, 1918, 1950-1978 (32 boxes, 1 oversize folder) and II. Works, 1907, 1933-1978 (14 boxes, 5 oversize flat boxes).
Correspondence, sheet music, original scores, financial and medical records, clippings, minutes and reports, brochures, and photographs document the life and work of Nicolas Nabokov from 1918 through his death in 1978.
The Correspondence Series comprises the bulk of the materials and consists mainly of incoming and copies of outgoing letters. These materials provide a good account of his movements, thoughts, and activities, particularly with music festivals in Israel, Edinburgh, and Berlin, as well as his work for the Congress for Cultural Freedom. Personal relationships with particular individuals are also well represented. Small amounts of correspondence document Nabokov's own family life, health, and musical work, but not in great depth relative to other topics.
The Works Series consists almost entirely of Nabokov's original musical scores. Included are manuscripts for Don Quixote, Job, Love's Labour's Lost, Symphonie, Lyrique, Rasputin's End, and Union Pacific. Also included are copies of works by Igor Stravinsky and several large files of clippings and notes related to perfomances of Nabokov's works and other topics of interest to Nabokov.
Russian born composer, organizer of music festivals; Secretary General of the Congress for Cultural Freedom.
Limited photocopies can be provided upon receipt of written authorization from the copyright holder.
Correspondence and music materials in English, Russian, German, and French. Newsclippings and printed materials in English, Russian, German, French, Italian, Spanish and Japanese.
An unpublished finding aid with folder level control, is available in the repository and at the URL below.

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