Scope and arrangement
The Elizabeth Reynolds Hapgood Papers consist of correspondence, contracts, writings, translations, lecture notes, clippings, photographs, and scrapbooks. The strength of the collection lies in the voluminous correspondence, including letters from Stanislavsky's contemporaries in the Russian theater, especially the Moscow Art Theatre. Although there is considerable correspondence from Stanislavsky's son Igor Alexeiff, there is very little correspondence from Stanislavsky himself.
In addition, the Russian language documents contain correspondence with Tolstoy's family. Letters from Stanislavsky's and Tolstoy's families give insight and understanding to the life of Soviets in exile after the revolution. Members of these families left Russian and settled in countries such as France, Italy, Germany and the United States.
The Elizabeth Reynolds Hapgood papers are arranged in two series:
- 1915-1973.82 linear feet (2 boxes
The papers include correspondence with Maria Lilina (wife of Konstantin Stanislavsky), Igor Alexeiff (Konstantin Stanislavsky's son), Alexandra Sagatsky-Tolstoy (Granddaughter to Leo Tolstoy and ex-wife to Igor Alexeiff), Andrei Dostoyevsky (Russian writer and Grandson to Feodor Dostoyevsky) and Alexandr Sanin (veteran director of the Moscow Art Theatre).
In addition, Elizabeth Hapgood had a very interesting and enriching correspondence with Sergei Alexandrovich Vasiliev. As her teacher in Russian culture and literature, he discussed numerous topis within these letters. For example, discussed in his letters the daily life in Russian schools, the last visit that Sergei's father had with Leo Tolstoy before his death, and the role of terrorism in Russian politics (as it connected with Russian terrorist Vera Finger.
- 1867-19701 box
The Elizabeth Reynolds Hapgood Scrapbooks consist primarily of clippings, including articles by and about Mrs. Hapgood, correspondence, manuscripts by various authors, programs, and a deed from 1867.
The scrapbook, for convenience sake, was divided up into four folders.