Contents and Arrangement

Photographs, 1907-1979

1 box
Restrictions may apply. See Access Note.

Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

Primarily includes photographs of Osip and Nadezhda Mandelstam, both portrait and group photographs. Family members, including Osip's father, mother, and brother, Alexasndr Mandelstam, as well as friends and fellow poets, such as Marina Tsvetaeva, Anna Axmatova, and Maria Sergeyevna Petrovykh, are also represented. Some appear to be photographs that Brown took during his visits to Russia during the 1960s.

Most are photographic prints, many of which appear to have been part of a scrapbook; a few are acetate negatives. Some of the photographs were published in Brown's 1973 work, Mandelstam.

Collection History


No materials were separated during 2017 processing.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Faith Charlton in September 2017 with assistance from Julia English '19. Finding aid written by Faith Charlton in September 2017.

Some photographic negatives were treated during 2017 processing.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

Open for research. Student coursework is restricted until 2044 or 75 years from the date of creation (1969) (housed in box B-001080).

Conditions Governing Use

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to RBSC Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

For preservation reasons, original analog and digital media may not be read or played back in the reading room. Users may visually inspect physical media but may not remove it from its enclosure. All analog audiovisual media must be digitized to preservation-quality standards prior to use. Audiovisual digitization requests are processed by an approved third-party vendor. Please note, the transfer time required can be as little as several weeks to as long as several months and there may be financial costs associated with the process. Requests should be directed through the Ask Us Form.

Credit this material:

Photographs; Clarence Brown Papers, C1571, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (mss): Box B-001078