Irina Aleksander, born in St. Petersburg, Russia (ne Irina Ephimovna Kunina), was the author of plays, film scenarios, poetry, novels and short stories, and childrens stories. She received her education in her native city and in Zagreb, Yugoslavia, where she studied law. She began writing at age seven, appeared in print at age sixteen, and participated in many literary movements in Russia. Works include her play, Pushkin; novels, Douglas Tweed; Only Facts, Sir; Bosnian Symphony; The Running Tide; and a collection of short stories, The Red Fez. Her husband, Bozidar, was a distinguished Zagreb lawyer and member of one of the richest between-the-wars Croatian families. The Aleksanders were associates of the intelligentsia. They travelled and lived in a number of countries including Russia, Yugoslavia, Germany, Poland, France, the United States, and Switzerland. They shared a wide range of intellectual interests including literature, the arts, philosophy and history.
The collection consists of correspondence, photographs, manuscripts, and miscellaneous materials which reflect the Aleksanders association with a number of literary notables such as Anas Nin, Miroslav Krlea, Marijan and Zora Matkovi, Lon Pierre-Quint, Claude Aveline, and Evgenii Zamiatin. The Zamiatin materials include a corrected Russian typescript of his novel, We, published in 1924; letters and postcards in Russian to Irina Aleksander, 192837; and typescripts of his stories, plays, film outlines, notes, and essays. Zamiatin left Russia to live and write in exile in France.
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Identification of specific item, series, box, folder, Irina Kunina Aleksander Papers, 1937-1978. M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives, University Libraries, University at Albany, State University of New York (hereafter referred to as the Aleksander Papers).
|1||Blue 3-ring binder with 38 items of correspondence, two typed items, folder of clippings, two copies of the offprint, "Moskau Leningrad", one copy of an offprint||Undated|
|1||Typescript of "MH" (carbon)||Undated|
|1||Manuscript, Iz zapisei Tarkviniia Priska||Undated|
|1||Manuscript, Bich Bozhii||Undated|
|1||Manuscript, Bich Bozhii / 1-i variant||Undated|
|1||Manuscript, Le Fleau de Dieu : synopsis du film par Eug. Zamiatine [in French]||Undated|
|1||Manuscript, Untitled. Text begins: Ikh bylo semnadtsat' : burgund, gerul, vestgot, kalendonets||Undated|
29 p.Apparently typewritten notes on Atilla, with a brief explanation of marginal notes from Irina Alexander
|1||Manuscript, Der Floh : ein Spiel in vier Akten, von Jewgenij Zamjatin [Expose, in German]||Undated|
|1||Manuscript, Rozhdenie Ivana : p'esa v 7-mi kartinakh [outline of acts]||Undated|
|1||Manuscript, Sovetskie deti||Undated|
|1||Manuscript, Lettres russes [in French]||Undated|
|1||Manuscript, Anatol' Frans : nekrolog||Undated|
|1||Manuscript, O literature, revoliutsii i entropii||Undated|
|1||Manuscript, Rasskaz o samom glavnom||Undated|
|2||Notebook of photographs and miscellaneous items relating to Anas Nin and correspondence between Irina Aleksander-Kunina and Anas Nin||1943-1977|
Includes a 29-page typescript with corrections entitled, Marginalia to Anas Nins Diaries by Irina Aleksander-Kunina
|2||Notebook containing correspondence, photographs, and miscellaneous items related to Lon Pierre-Quint (pseudonym of Lopold Lon Steindecker), Jean-Pierre Selz (nephew of Steindecker), and Gina Lombroso-Ferrero||1938-1958|
Includes a 10-page memorial to Lombroso, Crnica, by Mme. Aleksander
|2||Notebook of correspondence between Mme. Aleksander and Claude Aveline, also with Pierre Vorms||1939-1968|
|2||Notebook of correspondence with numerous friends such as Leo Gershoy, John Hersey, Howard Fast, William Shirer, John Scott, Maurice Sandoz, Peter Viereck, and Bernard Guerney||1944-1978|
|2||Notebook of correspondence with numerous friends such as Rastko Petrovi, Mitzi and Ervin inko, Vojin Jelic, Marijan and Zora Matkovic, and J. Prout||1937-1968|
|2||Notebook of correspondence, photographs and miscellaneous materials relating to Miroslav Krlea and Marko Ristic||1938-1978|
|3||Typescript of poems by Rikki Jaipal||Undated|
|3||Folder of signed woodcuts||Undated|
|3||Record album Anas Nin, Let Me Read You My Own Stories as the Storytellers of Old||Undated|
|3||Record album in Russian||Undated|
|3||Portfolio poem Cook by Roy Fisher, with an original print by Ronald King||Undated|
|3||Chart of Russian characters||Undated|
|3||Naa Borba: 12 linorezov by Nikolaj Pirnat||1944|
|3||Domovi. Jece. Gozdovi. Na pragu svobode jeseni||1944|
|3||Kroz Narodno-Oslobodilacku Borbu: 16 linoreza by Branka Kovacevica||1944|
|3||Branko Kovacevic. Exhibition catalog||1971 March 22-April 30|
|3||Iz Mape U: nedovrena mapa linoreza by Marijan Detoni||1941-1942|
|3||Mi Pamtimo: 16 listova iz mape by Vanja Radaus||Undated|
1 is missing
|3||Three Sisters Anton Chekhov. Poster||Undated|