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Sergei Alekseyev Correspondence
Manuscripts Division
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1915-1987, (mostly 1964-1970)
2 boxes and 0.6 linear feet
Storage Note:
ReCAP (rcpxm): Box 1-2
Esperanto English Russian


Consists of correspondence, photographs, and emphera sent to Ina Tillman from her friend Sergei Alekseyev in the Soviet Union (Siberia). Tillman and Alekseyev were pen pals, and, as Esperantists, they used Esperanto to communicate with each other. The collection spans 1915 to 1987, with a bulk of the collection being their correspondence from 1964 to 1970.

Collection Description & Creator Information


Consists of 130 letters written in Esperanto from the 1960s sent between Sergei Alekseyev in the Soviet Union (Siberia) and Ina Schornstein Tillman in the United States (California). Also includes photos, postcards, Soviet newspaper clippings, and the manuscript of a play written by Lucretia Cole, a friend of Tillman, inspired by events described in Alekseyev's letters.


Materials are arranged in the order in which they were received with correspondence in chronological order.

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Collection History


Gift of Eugene Tillman on behalf of Ina Tillman in February 2022 (AM 2022-134).

Custodial History

The donation included digital surrogates of the collection.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Kate Mitchell in June 2022.

Finding aid written by Kate Mitchell in July 2022.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. No further duplication 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 Special Collections 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.

Credit this material:

Sergei Alekseyev Correspondence; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Firestone Library
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Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
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Storage Note:
ReCAP (rcpxm): Box 1-2