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Guide to the Joseph Brodsky papers from the archives of the Katilius family, 1966-1997 M1960
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  • Title: Joseph Brodsky papers from the archives of the Katilius family
    Identifier/Call Number: M1960
    Contributing Institution: Dept. of Special Collections & University Archives
    Language of Material: Russian
    Physical Description: 4.25 Linear feet (8 manuscript boxes and 1 legal half manuscript box)
    Date (inclusive): 1966-1997
    Abstract: Documents concerning Russian poet’s Joseph Brodsky’s (1940-1996) personality and his creative work from the family archives of his friends Ramunas Katilius and Elmira Katiliene.
    Physical Location: Special Collections and University Archives materials are stored offsite and must be paged 36-48 hours in advance. For more information on paging collections, see the department's website: http://library.stanford.edu/spc.
    Language of Materials note: Primarily in Russian. Additional material in Lithuanian, and some English.
    Creator: Brodsky, Joseph, 1940-1996
    Creator: Katiliene, Elmira
    Creator: Katilius, Ramunas

    Preferred Citation

    [identification of item], Joseph Brodsky papers from the archives of the Katilius family (M1960). Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.

    Publication Rights

    All requests to reproduce, publish, quote from, or otherwise use collection materials must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections and University Archives, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, California 94305-6064. Consent is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission from the copyright owner. Such permission must be obtained from the copyright owner, heir(s) or assigns. See: http://library.stanford.edu/depts/spc/pubserv/permissions.html.
    Restrictions also apply to digital representations of the original materials. Use of digital files is restricted to research and educational purposes.

    Acquisition Information

    This collection was purchased by Stanford University, Special Collections in June, 2013.


    This collection of Joseph Brodsky papers are from his friends Ramunas Katilius and Elmira Katiliene, who had a close friendship with Brodsky during the years 1966-1970.

    Processing Information note

    Processed by Elga Zalite, August 2013.

    Access to Collection

    The materials are open for research use. Audio-visual materials are not available in original format, and must be reformatted to a digital use copy.

    Scope and Contents

    The papers contain correspondence with the Katilius family; drafts (manuscript and typescript) of Joseph Brodsky’s poems (circa 70 items / circa 100 pages); a collection of poems compiled and typed by Joseph Brodsky himself (100 pages); Vladimir Maramzin’s samizdat collection (text hand-typed and distributed by hand to avoid censorship) of Joseph Brodsky’s poetry in 3 volumes (circa 900 pages); the poet’s drawings (12 items); and photographs (87 items). Ramunas Katilius and Elmira Katiliene have also collected a wide range of printed materials (including copies) about Joseph Brodsky’s public activities, his interviews for different journals, and articles on Joseph Brodsky’s relations with Lithuania.
    The main collection of Joseph Brodsky papers is at Yale, OCLC #702181668. Brodsky papers are also in St. Petersburg at the National Library of Russia.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Abaeva-Myers, Diana
    Antanaitis, Algirdas Titus
    Baryshnikov, Mikhail, 1948-
    Blekaitis, Jurgis
    Etkind, Efim, 1918-1999
    Golyshev, Viktor
    Maramzin, Vladimir, 1934-
    Martirosov, Sergei Mushegovich
    Misiunas, Audras
    Miłosz, Czesław
    Myers, Alan
    Proffer, Carl R.
    Proffer, Ellendea
    Rein, Evgenii
    Schilz, Veronique
    Sozzani-Brodsky, Maria
    Stoppard, Tom
    Šilbajoris, Rimvydas, 1926-2005
    Venclova, Tomas, 1937-
    Poets, Russian
    Russian poetry.