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Natalia A. and Irina V. Roskina Papers

Identifier: MSE/REE 0014

Scope and Contents

The collection includes over 240 items. Among the manuscripts of both N. A. Roskina and I. V. Roskina are unpublished poems and stories as well as memoirs of such major literary figures as Anna Akhmatova, Kornei Chukovskii, and Samuil Marshak. The correspondence of both mother and daughter range from personal letters with family members to letters exchanged with leading cultural figures. Finally, there are 50 photographs portraying family and friends from the 1920s to the end of the 20th century.

Irina V. Roskina provided transcriptions and commentary, which are included in the appropriate folders and sections of the collection. She also provided digital copies and transcriptions of Natalia A. Roskina material, the originals of which are in the Russian State Archive of Literature and Art in Moscow, and digital copies of Aleksandr Galich material, the originals of which are in the archives in Bremen, Germany.


  • Creation: 1927-2013


Conditions Governing Access

Folders 27 through 32 are restricted until 2024. Transcriptions of these items are available in folder 33. For access to the orignal letters during this period contact the curator of the collection.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright status for collection materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Biographical / Historical

Natalia Aleksandrovna Roskina (1927-1989) was born in Leningrad to Aleksandr Iosifovich Roskin and Nadezhda Davydovna Rabinovich. After being evacuated during the war, she went to Moscow and later graduated from the Philological Faculty of Lomonosov Moscow State University. She became a prominent Moscow literary scholar, writer, and memoirist. She was a close friend of many leading cultural figures and dissidents, including the writer Vasilii Grossman and the poets Anna Akhmatova and Nikolai Zabolotskii. Natalia's father, Aleksandr Iosifovich Roskin (1898-1941), was a noted writer and Chekhov scholar. The papers of Natalia Roskina are comprised of: (1) manuscripts of unpublished poems, stories, novellas, memoirs about major literary figures, and diaries (2) correspondence with family members and friends and (3) such miscellaneous items as bibliographies and obituaries.

Natalia's daughter, Irina Valentinovna Roskina (1948-), was born in Moscow. Her father was the psychiatrist, Valentin Vladimirovich Borinevich, and in 1971 she too graduated from the Philological Faculty of Lomonosov Moscow State University. She worked for Gosfilmofond (the state film archive) and pursued her literary interests by writing reviews and doing translations and abstracts. She emigrated to Israel in 1990. Her papers are comprised of: (1) unpublished essays, novellas, and memoirs of her mother and close family friends, including the poet and playwright Aleksandr Galich (2) correspondence with noted Russian cultural figures, including the poet Evgenii Rein, the political thinker Mikhail Agurskii, and the poet and literary critic Tat'iana Bek and (3) such miscellaneous items as letters of recommendation and a notebook of favorite quotations.

The Roskina papers include 50 rare photographs, some of which are inscribed, as well as books about Leonid Andreev and about poetric theory.


1.5 Cubic Feet (3 containers; approximately 240 items.)

Language of Materials



The papers consist of manuscripts, letters, and miscellaneous items of Natalia A. Roskina and of her daughter, Irina V. Roskina, as well as 50 photographs of the two women and people they knew such as: Anna Akhmatova, Boris Pasternak, and Evgenii Rein.


The collection consists of 8 series. The first 3 series relate to Natalia A. Roskina, while series 4 through 6 relate to her daughter, Irinia V. Roskina. The 7th series is comrpised of photographs which relate to both women and their friends and colleagues. The final series includes a few rare volumes of verse and literature.

Related Materials

Researchers of the Roskina family may wish to consult the Russian State Archive of Literature and Art in Moscow as well as the archive and library at the University of Bremen in Germany. The manuscript collections of the Russian State Library are another important source of material.

See also such articles as the following: "Arkhivnye pisma Natali Roskinoi."

Natalia A. and Irina V. Roskina Papers
Kenneth Kinslow
February 2014
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Notre Dame Rare Books & Special Collections Repository

102 Hesburgh Library
Notre Dame IN 46556