Finding Aid to the Simon Karlinsky papers BANC MSS 2010/177

Marjorie Bryer
The Bancroft Library
The Bancroft Library
University of California
Berkeley, CA 94720-6000

Contributing Institution: The Bancroft Library
Title: Simon Karlinsky papers
Creator: Karlinsky, Simon
Identifier/Call Number: BANC MSS 2010/177
Physical Description: 17.8 Linear Feet (12 cartons, 1 box, 2 oversize boxes)
Date (inclusive): 1924-2007
Abstract: The Simon Karlinsky papers document his career as a scholar and professor of Russian literature at the University of California, Berkeley, and offer insight into his life as a gay man. Major topics include émigré literature, gay culture, history and iterature in Russia, Nikolai Gogol, Vladimir Nabokov and Edmund Wilson, Valery Perleshin, Russian theater and drama, Gennady Trifonov, and Marina Tsvetaeva. The collection includes personal and professional correspondence; administrative materials from the university; writings; course materials; musical scores Karlinsky composed; and audiotapes.
Physical Location: Many of the Bancroft Library collections are stored offsite and advance notice may be required for use. For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the library's online catalog.
Language of Material: Materials are in English, Russian, French, German, Polish, and Italian.

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.


No future additions are expected.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The Simon Karlinsky papers were given to The Bancroft Library in 2010 by Peter Carleton, executor of the estate of Simon Karlinsky.

Alternate Forms Available

There are no alternative forms of this collection.


Simon Karlinsky was a distinguished scholar of Russian literature and member of the University of California, Berkeley Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, 1964-1991. Born in 1924 in the Russian émigré conclave of Harbin, Manchuria, Karlinsky and his family immigrated to the United States in 1938, settling in Los Angeles. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1944, then worked as an interpreter in Germany, and studied music in Paris and Berlin. After returning to the States, Karlinsky earned his BA in Slavic Languages and literature at UC Berkeley, his Master's at Harvard, and his Ph.D. at Berkeley in 1964. Karlinsky was openly gay; when he died in 2009, he was survived by his husband, humanistic counselor Peter Carleton.
Karlinsky taught and wrote about a wide variety of subjects. His scholarship included articles and books on émigré literature and Russian writers in exile in the West; the twentieth-century poet Marina Tsvetaeva; the history of the Russian theater and drama; Nikolai Gogol; gay history, literature, and homophobia in Russia; Anton Chekhov;, and the correspondence between Vladimir Nabokov and Edmund Wilson.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Access to audio-visual materials may be restricted due to technical limitations.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Simon Karlinsky papers, BANC MSS 2010/177, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

System of Arrangement

Arranged to the folder level.

Processing Information

Processed by Marjorie Bryer in 2021. Thanks to Liladhar Pendse, Ph.D., UC Berkeley Librarian for East European and Eurasian Studies, and for Latin American Studies, and Professor Roman Utkin, Wesleyan University, for their help translating some names and titles. Any errors in this finding aid are mine alone.

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Scope and Content Note

The Simon Karlinsky papers document his career as a scholar and professor of Russian literature at the University of California, Berkeley and offer insight into his life as a gay man. Major topics include Anton Chekhov; Sergei Diaghilev; émigré literature; gay culture, history and iterature in Russia; Nikolai Gogol; Vladimir Nabokov and Edmund Wilson; Valery Perleshin; Russian theater and drama; Pyotr Tchaikovsky; Gennady Trifonov; and Marina Tsvetaeva.
The collection has been divided into eight series: Correspondence; Administrative Materials; Notebooks and Personalia; Writings; The Nabokov-Wilson Letters; Course Materials; Musical Scores Composed by Karlinsky; and Audiovisual Materials.

Publication Rights

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Subjects and Indexing Terms

Karlinsky, Simon -- Archives
University of California, Berkeley Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures -- Faculty
Russian literature--History and criticism.
Russian literature -- Study and teaching -- California -- Berkeley
Faculty papers
Gays' writings -- History and criticism
Lesbians' writings -- History and criticism


Series 1. Correspondence 1949-2007

Physical Description: Cartons 1-2; Carton 3, folders 1-34

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence is in English, Russian, German, French, and Polish. Correspondents include other gay authors, artists, and composers. Letters were arranged alphabetically by name; first names were used when last names were unknown. When correspondents could not be unidentified, letters were arranged chronologically, and sorted by language. Letters in English, German, and French were grouped together, and letters in Russian and Polish were combined. Karlinsky also kept files of correspondence about particular subjects. These were arranged alphabetically by topic. These files may contain writings, conference materials, and administrative records. Correspondents may appear in both the alphabetical and chronological files, and correspondence can be found in other series.
carton 1, folder 1

Alkire, Gil 1965-1999

carton 1, folder 2

Allard, Alfreda and Andy 1973-1988

carton 1, folder 3

Alyoshin, Samuil 1968-1991

carton 1, folder 4

Appel, Alfred, Jr. 1967-1977

carton 1, folder 5

Armstrong, Bob (Robert) 1959-1981

carton 1, folder 6

Arndt, Walter 1969-2007

carton 1, folder 7

"A" 1970-1999

carton 1, folder 8

Bebb, Blanche, includes Bird and Beckett Photographs 2003-2005

carton 1, folder 8A

Bentley, Eric 1983-1987

carton 1, folder 9-10

Berberova, Nina 1967-1984

carton 1, folder 11

Bethea, David M. 1979-1991

carton 1, folder 12

Blakeley, Allison 1977-1987

carton 1, folder 13

Blattel & Klein 1964-1965

carton 1, folder 14

Blum, David and Sara 1977-1982

carton 1, folder 15

Bob [Miscellaneous Correspondents Named Bob] 1966-2000

carton 1, folder 16

Bowers, Ken 1971-1973

carton 1, folder 17

Bowlt, John E. 1972-1994

carton 1, folder 18

Boyd, Brian 1983-1987

carton 1, folder 19

Brandt, Hans approximately 1988-1989

carton 1, folder 20

Brass, Mark 1974-1975

carton 1, folder 21

Brilliant, Teo Savory 1967-1970

carton 1, folder 22

Brodsky, Patricia Pollock (Pat) 1972-1981

carton 1, folder 23

Brown, Clarence (CB) 1965-1968

carton 1, folder 24

Brown, Malcolm 1977-1980

carton 1, folder 25

Brumfield, William (Bill) 1971-1987

carton 1, folder 26

"B" 1958-1996

carton 1, folder 27

Cady, Joe/Joe Mansen 1966-1977

Scope and Content Note

All letters are signed "Joe"; it appears that they are either from Joseph Cady or Joe Mansen [Manson?]
carton 1, folder 28

Carleton, Peter 1975-2000

carton 1, folder 29

Casper, Jurgen 1958-1985

carton 1, folder 30

Chinnov, Igor 1966-1977

carton 1, folder 31

Core, Philip, including "Staying Near" 1971-1972

carton 1, folder 32

Corn, Alfred (A.) and J.D. McClatchy (Sandy) 1973-1995

carton 1, folder 33

Cornwell, Neil 1976-1989

carton 1, folder 34

Crompton, Louis (Lou)   1978-1985

carton 1, folder 35

Curzon, Dan 1976-1980

carton 1, folder 36

Czerwinski, E.J. (Ed) 1968-1969

carton 1, folder 37

"C" approximately 1967-1999

carton 1, folder 38

Denneny, Michael/St. Martin's Press (Harper & Row/Winthrop Knowlton) 1980-1995

carton 1, folder 39

Derbyshire, William (Bill) approximately 1976-1980

carton 1, folder 40

"D" 1966-1998

carton 1, folder 41

Epp, George 1968-1970

carton 1, folder 42

Erica 1966, undated

carton 1, folder 43

Ewing, Jon approximately 1980

carton 1, folder 44

"E" 1966-2002

carton 1, folder 45

Fanger, Donald 1965-1979

carton 1, folder 46

Faryno, Jerzy 1973-1979

carton 1, folder 47

Feiler, Lily, includes paper on Tsvetaeva 1984-1986

carton 1, folder 48

Feuer, Kathryn B. 1966-1981

carton 1, folder 49

Field, Andrew 1967-1974

carton 1, folder 50

Flier, Michael S. 1984-2004

carton 1, folder 51

Folejewski, Zbigniew approximately 1973

carton 1, folder 52

"F" 1962-1998

carton 1, folder 53

Golden, John H. (JHG) 1962-1963

carton 1, folder 54

Gootman, D. 1986-1991

carton 1, folder 55

Gorzycki, Meg 1992-1993

carton 1, folder 56

Graves, Morris/Roy Leeper 1968-1976

carton 1, folder 57

Gustavson, Richard (Dick) 1967-1972

carton 1, folder 58

"G" 1966-1998

carton 1, folder 59

Haber, Edythe C. 1972-1985

carton 1, folder 60

Heldt, Barbara/Barbara Monter 1977-1986

carton 1, folder 61

[Hyslop, Ray] 1968

carton 1, folder 62

"H" 1967-1998

carton 1, folder 63

Inman, Bob 1973-1988

carton 1, folder 64

Ivask, George/Yuri Ivask 1968-1988

carton 1, folder 65

"I" 1967-1996

carton 1, folder 66

J. (First Initial) 1979, undated

carton 1, folder 67

Jacob 1976-1980

carton 1, folder 68

Jackson, Robert Louis 1970-1979

carton 1, folder 69

Jonge, Alex de 1979-1990

carton 1, folder 70

"J" 1963-1999

carton 1, folder 71

Kans, Eva Kagen 1967-1987

carton 1, folder 72

Kasack, Wolfgang 1975-1989

carton 1, folder 73

Katz, Michael 1975-1979

carton 1, folder 74

Kissel, Wolfgang 1982-1984

carton 1, folder 75

Kopper, John M. 1969-1993

carton 1, folder 76

Ktorova, Alla 1975-1981

carton 1, folder 77

Kusubova, Tatiana (Tanya) 1974-1975

carton 1, folder 78-79

"K" 1978-1979

carton 1, folder 80

Lee, Nicholas C. 1967-1977

carton 1, folder 81

Lehrman, Edgar H. 1965-1985

carton 1, folder 82

Letters to the Editor/Genrikh Gorchakov approximately 1993

carton 1, folder 83

Locke, Richard/Second Thoughts on August 1914 1973-1976

carton 1, folder 84

Lubin, Peter 1967-1973

carton 1, folder 85

"L" 1966-1998

carton 1, folder 86

Malmstead, John approximately 1969-1977

carton 1, folder 87-89

Markov, Vladimir 1958-1987

Scope and Content Note

Includes "Sincere Confessions, Reflections of a Russian Woman Living (and Waiting for Her Days) Outside Her Fatherland"
carton 2, folder 1

Maroth, Frederick - Diaghilev Era 1983-1984

carton 2, folder 2

McLean, Hugh 1966-2000

carton 2, folder 3

McVay, Gordon 1974-1984

carton 2, folder 4

Mycue, Ed 1976-1977

carton 2, folder 5

"M" 1959-2007

carton 2, folder 6

Nabokov, Vladimir and Vera 1963-1975

carton 2, folder 7

National Translation Center 1967-1969

carton 2, folder 8

"N" 1958-1998

carton 2, folder 9

O'Neill, Dennis 2000

carton 2, folder 10

Ormiston, Gary 1962-[1973]

carton 2, folder 11

"O" 1966-1997

carton 2, folder 12

Parker, Will approximately 1976-1981

carton 2, folder 13

Princeton University Press 1970-1983

carton 2, folder 14

Proffer, Carl/Ardis 1971-1976

carton 2, folder 15

"P" approximately 1969-2000

carton 2, folder 16

Rancour-Laferriere, David 1980-1986

carton 2, folder 17

Rannit, Aleksis 1969-1979

carton 2, folder 18

Richard (Miscellaneous Correspondents Named Richard) 1974-1986

carton 2, folder 19

Robinson, Harlow approximately 1978-1987

carton 2, folder 20

Ron approximately 1969-1970

carton 2, folder 21

Rorem, Ned 1978-1987

carton 2, folder 22

Rosenthal, Bernice Glatzer 1969-1983

carton 2, folder 23

"R" 1967-2000

carton 2, folder 24

H.S./A.S. 1966

carton 2, folder 25

Saunders, David 1981-1993

carton 2, folder 26

Schmidt, Paul 1968-1976

carton 2, folder 27

Senelick, Laurence 1966-1984

carton 2, folder 28

Setchkarev, Vsevolod (Setchkareff) 1962-1990

carton 2, folder 29

Simmons, Bob 1963-1966

carton 2, folder 30

Siskoe, John – Chekhov Project, includes Project Materials 1988-1990

carton 2, folder 31-32

Slavic and East European Journal; Slavic Review 1976-1978; 1976-1993

carton 2, folder 33

Smith, Snuffy 1989-1991

carton 2, folder 34

Steakley, Jim 1977-1978

carton 2, folder 35

Stripling, Jan 1972-1973

carton 2, folder 36

Struve, Gleb 1961-1978

carton 2, folder 37-38

"S" 1958-2000

carton 2, folder 39

Tulonen, Timo Kainen, including Affidavit approximately 1970-1978

carton 2, folder 40

"T" 1965-1991

carton 2, folder 41


carton 2, folder 42

University of California Press 1966-1983

carton 2, folder 43-44

Van Norman Baer, Nancy, includes Materials re: Symposium: Theatre in Revolution 1985-1991

carton 2, folder 45

Varan, Susie (Niece) approximately 1965-1977

carton 2, folder 46

Vitins, Ieva 1969-1983

carton 2, folder 47

"U-V" 1969-1993

carton 2, folder 48

[Walmsley], Everett 1974, undated

carton 2, folder 49

Webb, Bernard (Bernie) 1981-1983

carton 2, folder 50

White, Craig (CWW) 1969-1974

carton 2, folder 51

White, Edmund approximately 1973-1993

carton 2, folder 52

Whitfield, Francis J. (Frank) 1960-1996

carton 2, folder 53

Whitmore, George approximately 1974-1980

carton 2, folder 54

Wilbur, Richard 1972

carton 2, folder 55

Wood, Carl 1969-1974

carton 2, folder 56

"W" 1960-1996

carton 2, folder 57

Yancy, John approximately 1980

carton 2, folder 58

Yanovsky, B. (V.S.) 1977-1985

carton 2, folder 59

Young, Ian 1975-1977

carton 2, folder 60

Zientara, Jerry 1983-1989

carton 2, folder 61

Zinger, Oleg 1968-1980

carton 2, folder 62

"Y-Z" 1971-2000

carton 2, folder 63-65

Unidentified Correspondents - Correspondence in English, French, and German approximately 1957-2003

carton 2, folder 66-71

Unidentified Correspondents - Correspondence in Russian approximately 1955-2001

Scope and Content Note

A small amount of the correspondence is in Polish.

Correspondence re:

carton 3, folder 1

American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Exchange Program 1968

carton 3, folder 2

Berlin Trip, includes Correspondence with Peter Carleton 1988

carton 3, folder 3-4

"A Difficult Soul: Zinaida Gippus/Vladimir Zlobin" and "Valery Bryusov: Diaries and Memoirs," includes University of California Press Correspondence, Reviews, and Contracts 1975-1984

carton 3, folder 5

Flayderman 1967-1968

carton 3, folder 6

Gay Sunshine article, "Russia's Gay literature and History" 1976-1990

carton 3, folder 7-10

Gays and Lesbians 1974-1988

carton 3, folder 11

Modern Language Association 1968-1971

carton 3, folder 12

Essay on Nikolai Morshen/Correspondence with Nikolai Marchenko 1974-1980

carton 3, folder 13

Music 1953-1955

carton 3, folder 14

Nabokov 1966-1976

carton 3, folder 15-19

Nabokov-Wilson Book

Scope and Content Note

Includes copies of letters that date back to 1942.
carton 3, folder 20

New Chekhov Project 1983-1998

carton 3, folder 21

Philological Association of the Pacific Coast 1963-1965

carton 3, folder 22

Politics 1975-1981

carton 3, folder 23

Publications 1969-1978

carton 3, folder 24

"Russian Drama" 1983-1985

carton 3, folder 25

Valentina Tivotorsky approximately 1949-1958

carton 3, folder 26-33

Marina Tsvetaeva and Tsvetaea Book 1960-1989

carton 3, folder 34

Ukranian Studies 1974-1975


Series 2. Administrative Materials 1942-1992

Physical Description: Carton 3, folders 35-37; Carton 4, folders 1-6

Scope and Content Note

Includes administrative materials, bio-bibliographies, correspondence, and personnel materials related to the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures and the University of California. There is some overlap with individuals who have their own files and/or letters in the Correspondence Series.
carton 3, folder 35-37

Biographical, includes Personal Notes, Sabbaticals 1942-1998

carton 4, folder 1

Bio-Bibliographies 1979-1990

carton 4, folder 2-5

Departmental (Slavic Languages and Literature) and University-Wide Correspondence and Personnel Materials 1942, 1960-1988

carton 4, folder 6

Faculty Research Grants approximately 1983-1992


Series 3. Notebooks and Personalia approximately 1961-1993

Physical Description: Carton 4, folders 7-32; Carton 5, folders 1-6


Original order was maintained.

Scope and Content Note

Approximately 32 notebooks that date back at least to Karlinsky's student days at Berkeley and Harvard. Most are in languages besides English (primarily Russian). They contain a mix of personal, professional and school notes; addresses and appointments; and creative writing and illustrations. There are also several travel diaries and a folder with a couple of photographs and personal papers re: Karlinsky's family in Israel.
carton 4, folder 7-8

Off-Campus Lectures -- Chekhov and Nabokov/Lecture Notes -- Russian Literature

carton 4, folder 9


carton 4, folder 10

Notes, including "On Homosexuality"

carton 4, folder 11

Greece-Turkey Travel Book 1993

carton 4, folder 12-13, 16, 20-24

Student Notebooks -- Harvard and University of California, Berkeley

carton 4, folder 14-15, 17-18

Lecture Notes, including Slavic 108 1993, undated

carton 4, folder 19

Address Book

carton 4, folder 25-26

1967, 1978, undated

carton 4, folder 27

In German, Russian

carton 4, folder 28

Illustrations and Writings

carton 4, folder 29

[cmuscu] 1924

carton 4, folder 30

[School] 1928

carton 4, folder 30-32


carton 5, folder 1

Includes Diario Nabokoviana [1969]

carton 5, folder 2-5

Lecture or Student Notes in Russian

carton 5, folder 6

Personalia/Photographs approximately 1961-1976


Series 4. Writings 1943-2005

Physical Description: Carton 5, folder 7-29; Cartons 6-9; Carton 10, folders 1-28


Original order was maintained.

Scope and Content Note

Includes articles; bibliographies; book reviews; conference presentations; correspondence; notes; notebooks; publications; and subject file materials. There is also correspondence related to publications and requests for schoarly articles and reviews from Karlinsky. There is overlap with the Correspondence Series, but most of the letters here are professional ones from colleagues and publishers. Original folder titles were retained.
carton 5, folder 7-9

Bibliographies, including Post-Dissertation [illegible] approximately 1963-1990

carton 5, folder 10-16

Autobiography approximately 1995

carton 5, folder 17-72

Published Articles, Lectures, Drafts, Student Papers, Symposium Materials, and Fragments approximately 1943-2002


In alphabetical order (roughly).

Scope and Content Note

In English, French, and German; contains some correspondence. Subjects and genres include Alexander Blok; Andre Platonov; Baratynsky; beginnings of the novel in Russia; music and ballet; Pushkin and Chateaubriand; special issue of California Slavic Studies; Chekhov; Russian romantic fiction; autobiographical writings and fiction; Sergei Diaghilev; Mikhail Kuzmin; Dostoyevsky; Erik Satie; gay Russian literature and culture, gay literary criticism, gay and lesbian Russian poets; Tiutchev and Tolstoy; Nabokov; Nikolaj Gumilev and Théophile Gautier; Reply to John Lauritsen and David Thorstad; Stravinsky; Gennady Trifonov; Paul Tallement; Tchaikovsky; Lermontov and Gogol; "Voyage in a Truck"; Middlebury and other public lectures; newspaper articles; poetry; and photocopied articles, letters, poems, and quotes (in Russian).
box 1, folder 1

Typescript in Russian; and Russian Fragments

carton 6, folder 1-2

Mostly Requests for Karlinsky to Write Book Reviews 1967-1974

carton 6, folder 3-6

Reviews by Karlinsky and Reviews of His Books approximately 1966-1987

Scope and Content Note

In English and Russian
carton 6, folder 7-11

Conferences, including Correspondence, Drafts, Papers approximately 1979-1992

carton 6, folder 12-13

Chekhov, includes Correspondence, Writings, Conference and Subject File Material approximately 1978-1998

carton 6, folder 14

Nabokov – Nice, France Conference Papers/Talks Given approximately 1991-1992

carton 6, folder 15-16

Poplavskii, includes Correspondence approximately 1968-1974

carton 6, folder 17

Columbia Encyclopedia Contributions 1973-1990

carton 6, folder 18-29

Publications (1979)-Publications (1985) 1972-1985

Scope and Content Note

Folders marked "Publications" contain materials related to writings that were published (roughly) in the years designated on each folder. This includes correspondence from publishers and colleagues, drafts, and publications. There is overlap with correspondents in Series 1 and with other publication files.


Original order was maintained.
carton 7, folder 1-12

Publications (1986)-Publications (1991) 1983-1991

carton 7, folder 13-15

Publications Correspondence (1992-1993) 1991-1993

Scope and Content Note

Includes Administrative Materials, Drafts, Publications
carton 7, folder 16-28

Published Articles approximately 1950-1974

Scope and Content Note

Karlinsky organized these chronologically. Examples of his folder titles include "Opublikovannyye Stat'i do kontsa 1967 ogo goda" ("The published articles until the end of year 1967"), and "Opublikovannyye Stat'i nachalo 1968 do kontsa 1969" ("The published articles from the beginning of year 1968 until the end of year 1969"). Files include correspondence, typescripts, and published articles, and materials are in Russian, English, French, and German.
carton 8, folder 1-5

Published Articles 1975-1980

Scope and Content Note

Includes correspondence, typescripts and published articles in Russian and English.
carton 8, folder 6-11

Publications Correspondence 1959-1997

carton 8, folder 12-14

"Requested Opinions" approximately 1983-1996

carton 8, folder 13-20

Chekhov 1970-1996

Scope and Content Note

Orignal folder titles were retained. Files include the Chekhov Book, correspondence and reviews; the Oxford Chekhov (The Transmutation of a Master); selected reviews for Princeton University Press; book reviews; the Chekhov Project: Michael Berman; and Chekhov Paperback.
carton 8, folder 21

Diaghilev, Sergei -- Public & Private, Christopher Street; New York Times Book Review 1979-1980

carton 8, folder 22-26

Drama Book (Russian Drama from Its Beginnings to the Age of Pushkin) 1970-1988

Scope and Content Note

Includes reactions, correspondence, reviews, and a chapter.
carton 8, folder 27-30

Gogol Book (The Sexual Labyrinth of Nikolai Gogol), includes Rough Draft Manuscript, Correspondence approximately 1975-1986

carton 9, folder 1-3

The Sexual Labyrinth of Nikolai Gogol 1974-1991

Scope and Content Note

Includes correspondence,typescripts, responses, and reviews.
carton 9, folder 4

I.L. Questionnaire – in Russian

carton 9, folder 5

Kuzmin, Gumilev and Tsvetayeva as Neo-Romantic Playwrights (Russian Theatre in the Age of Modernism) 1987-1989

carton 9, folder 6-8

Nabokov -- Articles, Reviews, French Translations 1967-1995

Scope and Content Note

In English, French, and Russian. Folder 6 contains several different folders of articles.
box 1, folder 2-6

Pereleŝin, Valerij (Valery Perleshin/V.F. Salatko-Petryshche) approximately 1983-2005

Scope and Content Note

Includes correspondence, book reviews, writings, subject file material
carton 9, folder 9

Poplavsky, Boris/Poplavsky Trots/Yuri Odarchenko/Morshen/Georgii Ivanov

carton 9, folder 10

Pushkin Re-Englished and Pushkin Bio approximately 1982

carton 9, folder 11

The Operatic Drama of Ravel [in Russian]

carton 9, folder 12

Stravinsky Conference 1982-1987

carton 9, folder 13-17

Tchaikovsky 1981-1996

Scope and Content Note

Includes Should We Retire Tchaikovsky?/Tchaikovsky Controversy; correspondence; article by Malcolm Brown; subject file material; typescripts; reviews; publications by Karlinsky and others.
box 1, folder 7

Notes, including Gay Literary Criticism from a Personal Perspective

carton 9, folder 18-21

Russia's Gay Literature and Culture approximately 1983-1990

Scope and Content Note

Includes articles for the Advocate; correspondence and drafts re: Russia's Gay Literature and Culture (in Hidden from History:Reclaiming the Gay and Lesbian Past); and notes and articles on various LGBT topics, such as AIDS, Homophobia, and Out Write and Gay Studies conferences.
carton 9, folder 22-25

Russia's Gay Poets, Russia's Gay History, Russia's Gay Liberation approximately 1974-1989

Scope and Content Note

Includes correspondence, drafts, subject file material
carton 9, folder 26-32

Trifonov, Gennady approximately 1977-1987

Scope and Content Note

Includes Russia's Gay Poets and L' Affaire G. Trifonov; The Case of Gennady Trifonov; and files labeled "More Trifonov." All files contain correspondence, drafts, publications, and subject file materials.
carton 9, folder 33-37

Tri-Quarterly Issue Project and Tri-Quarterly Project II, [The Bitter Air of Exile] 1971-1992

Scope and Content Note

Includes correspondence with Alfred Appel, Jr., Paul Schmidt, and many others.
carton 10, folder 1-3

The Bitter Air of Exile (TQ Paperback)/Tri-Quarterly Project II, Recent Material 1973-1979

Scope and Content Note

Primarily correspondence and reviews.
carton 10, folder 4-28

Tsvetaeva, Marina (Cvetaeva) 1963-1991

Scope and Content Note

Includes material re: Karlinksy's biography, "Marina Tsvetaeva: the woman, her world, and her poetry"; and other writings about, and conferences on, Tsvetaeva. There is correspondence; acceptance letters; royalties; reviews (including ones from foreign-language newspapers); a copy of the typescript; a notebook; French translations; articles in English and Russian; subject file materials; correspondence re: Tsvetaeva and Xenia [Stravinskaya]; and folders labeled "New Tsvetaeva Book."

Series 5. The Nabakov-Wilson Letters approximately 1950-2000

Physical Description: Carton 10, folders 29-31; Carton 11, folders 1-26

Scope and Content Note

Materials related to Karlinsky's 1979 book, "The Nabokov-Wilson Letters: Correspondence between Vladimir Nabokov and Edmund Wilson, 1940-1971." Original folder titles and order were maintained.
carton 10, folder 29-31

Proofs [1979]

carton 11, folder 1

Proofs [1979]

carton 11, folder 2-4

Revise Queries; and Instructions with Queries; New Letters

carton 11, folder 5

Excerpts, New York Times 1979

carton 11, folder 6

Letters, Newly Typed, with Notes approximately 1950-1964

carton 11, folder 7

Old Typescript

carton 11, folder 8

Notes, Footnotes, Correspondence with Vera Nabokov and re: the Book 1978-2000

carton 11, folder 9

New Printout (for Germany) 1993

carton 11, folder 10-13

Manuscript/Annotated Typescript

carton 11, folder 14-16

Reviews, including French Edition; Correspondence, including Letters from Vera Nabokov 1979-1988

carton 11, folder 17

Vladimir Nabokov Lectures on Russian Literature 1981-1987

carton 11, folder 18

Correspondence re: Konstantin Nabokov 1981-1987

carton 11, folder 19-20

Nabokov-Related Correspondence with Brian Boyd/Correspondence re: Boyd's Nabokov Book 1979-1991

carton 11, folder 21

Correspondence, including Dimitri Nabokov 1980-1989

carton 11, folder 22-26

Initial Response – Financial Records and Correspondence approximately 1979-1981

Scope and Content Note

Includes letters from reviewers (such as Philip Howerton, John Updike), and from Vera and Dmitri Nabokov

Series 6. Course Materials approximately 1965-1988

Physical Description: Carton 11, folders 27-35; Carton 12, folders 1-20; and Box 1, folders 8-10


Carton 11 includes materials re: Romanticism to Realism and Chekhov; Carton 12 includes materials re: Gogol; Tolstoy; Russian Drama; 18th, 19th, and 20th Century Poetry; Russian Romanticism; Chekhov Seminars; Verbalist and Surrealist Trends; and unidentified course and lecture notes; Box 1 includes materials re: Chekhov, Gogol, and Pushkin.

Scope and Content Note

Lectures, notes, and syllabi. Includes the following courses: Slavic 45/46 (Romaticism to Realism); Slavic 133/134 (Chekhov); Slavic 134 C (Chekhov); Slavic 134G (Gogol); Slavic 134/181 (Pushkin); Slavic 134B (Tolstoy); Slavic 135 (Russian Drama); Slavic 187/188 (Russian Poetry, 18th-20th Century); Slavic 231/242 (18th C.? – in Russian); Slavic 245A (Russian Romanticism); Slavic 280 (Chekhov Seminar); Slavic 287 (Verbalist and Surrealist Trends); and Slavic 290 (Pushkin).
oversize_box 1-2

Series 7 Musical Scores Composed by Karlinsky approximately 1952-1955, 1984

Scope and Content Note

Also includes a few notebooks with compositions, and "something for Simon to try at his harpsichord," from Joe K[illegible]. At least one piece, Souvenir, was performed publicly, and the collection includes programs from those performances.

Series 8. Audiovisual Materials 1967-1998

Physical Description: Carton 12

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Access to audio-visual materials may be restricted due to technical limitations.

Scope and Content Note

Includes the following audiocassette tapes:
Proms 98' Interval: Tchaikovsky's Pathetique, BBC Radio 3, Simon Karlinsky, Henry Zajaczkowski, and Richard Taruskin, contributors, 04/09/98
Russian: Interview w/ Prof. S. Karlinski [sic], for L. Foster/USSR Div.
Gay Spirit Dub, November 6, 1997
Includes the following open reel audiotapes:
Interview w/ Prof. Karlinsky, San Francisco, Voice of America/USSR Division/Iraida Vandellos, 10/10/1971, includes note from Vandellos
Interview w/ Mr. Karlinsky, Voice of America/USSR Division/Iraida Vandellos, 4/3/1967, approx. 20 minutes
Gay Academic Union Conference, panel on Gay Men and Literature at NYU: Merrill Miller z9Chair), Karlinsky (Gogol), Edmund White (Ronald Furbank), Richard Howard (Hart Crane), November 29-30, 1974, 61 minutes, 6 seconds