Alexander Pushkin (1799–1837)

Alexander Pushkin (1799–1837)

Alexander Pushkin (1799–1837) - the greatest national poet of the Russian people, prose writer, playwright, historian, publicist, founding father of the modern Russian literary language. The official of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, junior gentleman of the chamber (‘Kammerjunker’) of the Imperial Court, full member of the Russian Academy, member of the court circle of Emperor Nicholas I, N. M. Karamzin’s successor to the post of the Imperial historiographer.

The collection dedicated to Alexander Pushkin comprises electronic copies of books, articles, archive documents, thesis abstracts, video films, visual and other materials, which spotlight the poet’s life and oeuvre, as well as the state activities aimed at preserving his memory. The Presidential Library built the collection in 2015, which was declared the Year of Literature in the Russian Federation.

The collection is largely made up of articles from pre-revolutionary periodicals, which present the change in the attitude towards the poet and his oeuvre over time. Of particular interest are materials about the celebration of the centenary of the poet’s birth.

The collection also comprises a lot of materials focused on the 100th anniversary of Alexander Pushkin’s death, which was marked on a grand scale in 1937. In the Aesopian language of the Soviet politics it meant a dramatic turn towards restoring cultural succession with historical Russia and conservation of traditional values.

The collection is made up of materials from the holdings of the Moscow Regional State Research Library, the Russian State Library, the Mikhailovskoye Museum Reserve, the Children's Postcard Museum, the Tyumen Regional Research Library, the State Archive of Pskov Region and other collections.