HELENE SCRIABINE (1906-1996)
1.75 linear feet
and audiovisual material
The papers (donor no. 231) were donated by Helene Scriabine in 1994 and succeeding years
The papers are open for research.
One audiocassette shelved in the audiocassette collection [AC252] and two videocassettes shelved in the videocassette collection [V37, V38].
Copyright has been transferred to the
Natalie S. Brody, 1995.
Helene Scriabine (Elena
Skrjabina), author and Professor Emerita of Russian at the
After the Germans invaded
As inhabitants of the French zone, Helene Scriabine
and her two sons escaped repatriation and remained in
Language Training Program at
Scriabine has published numerous books.
She is best known for her three wartime diaries and a memoir. The diaries are Siege and Survival: The Odyssey of a Leningrader (1971), an account
of the Leningrad siege and her flight to Pyatigorsk; After Leningrad: From the Caucasus to the Rhine (1978), about life in Pyatigorsk, her escape to Bendorf,
and the time there until the Allied evacuation in 1945; and The Allies on the Rhine, 1945-1950
(1980). The memoir, Coming of Age in the Russian Revolution: The Soviet Union at War
(1985) recounts her life from childhood in prerevolutionary
her son Yuri in 1963 during an earthquake in
Russian-language editions based on materials from her diaries and her memoir include Siege and Survival, published in France (1975) and entitled Years of Wandering; Coming of Age in the Russian Revolution (It Happened in Russia) published in the United States (1980); and Pages of Life, published in Russia in 1994.
Scriabine died in
Scope and Content Note
Helene Scriabine papers date from 1937
to 1993 and measure 1.75 linear
feet. The papers are
arranged in six series: Biographical
information, Book reviews and publicity, Correspondence, Diaries, Manuscripts,
and Photographs and visual materials.
The papers date almost entirely from the period since the 1960s, after
she moved to
The Biographical information series (1940-1996) includes documents,
passports, university records, biographies of Scriabine, and interviews
focusing on her life and her publications.
Information about her honorary degree from
Reviews and newspaper articles about Scriabine's diaries and memoirs comprise the Book reviews and publicity series (1963-1980). The series includes the German media coverage of Leningrader Tagebuch (1972), a one-volume German publication of Siege and Survival and After Leningrad; and of Les Faux Dieux (1963), Scriabine's doctoral dissertation, based on literature of the Russian and French authors Mikhail Zoshchenko and Marcel Ayme.
The Correspondence series (1951-1993) includes a chronological arrangement of letters from friends and colleagues as well as more extensive materials from the following correspondents: Almanac Press (1979-1982), which published Scriabine's Russian-language works in the United States; Marcel Ayme (1957-1967), the French author and subject of her doctoral dissertation; Dr. Karl Miltner (1974-1989), a German government official; Barry Morrow (1982-1983), film director and friend who has been interested in producing a TV film about Scriabine's wartime experience; Harrison Salisbury, who
wrote the introduction to three of Scriabine's books and is the author of The 900 Days: the Siege of Leningrad in which he used Scriabine's eyewitness account; and Albert Speer
Hitler's munitions director, to whom Scriabine wrote after reading his book, Spandau, and subsequently visited in
Scriabine's recent Diaries cover the years 1984-1991 and are in Russian.
The Manuscripts series (1987-1988) includes typescripts in French, German, Russian, and English of a short story, "Five Encounters," and drafts of sections of Scriabine's books.
The Photographs and visual materials series (1920s-1995) includes pictures of Scriabine's family and friends, many snapshots from receptions and publishers' parties honoring Scriabine, and posters of the Leningrad blockade.
Siege and Survival: The Odyssey of a Leningrader; After Leningrad: A Diary of Survival (paperback); The Allies on the Rhine; and Coming of Age in the Russian Revolution (paperback) are shelved in the printed works collection, along with Russian-language paperback editions of Siege and Survival; Coming of Age in the Russian Revolution; the short story, "Five Encounters;" and the 1994 Russian publication of Pages of Life.
Box no. Description
Documents, 1940-1980 (scattered)
Grinnell degree, 1987
Audiocassette [shelved in audiocassette collection: AC252]
Videocassettes [shelved in videocassette collection: V37-V38]
Speech, 1986 (VHS, 30 minutes)
Scriabine and Russian
Guest books, 1974, 1978, 1991
Travel diary, western
Newspaper clippings, 1970s,1980s, 1996
Book reviews and publicity
Allies on the
Leningrader Tagebuch, 1971-1973 [in German]
Newspaper clippings, 1971-1973
Reviews, 1972, 1973
Radio programs, 1972, 1973
Les Faux Dieux, 1963
Siege and Survival, 1971
1951, 1953, 1960-1979
1990-1993 and undated [in Russian]
Almanac Press, 1979-1982 [in Russian]
Ayme, Marcel, 1957-1967 [in French]
Miltner, Karl, 1974-1989 [in German]
Morrow, Barry, 1982-1983
Speer, Albert, 1977-1981 [in German]
Diaries [in Russian] [on loan to the donor]
"Five Encounters," 1987, 1988
French ["Jeune fille
sur les bords de la
Book drafts [in Russian]
Allies on the
Coming of Age
Siege and Survival
Photographs and visual materials, 1920s-1995
Publishers' parties, 1971, 1972, 1974
Scriabine with family and friends, 1970s, 1980s, 1995 and undated
Scriabine, 1950s to 1990s and undated
Painting of vase of flowers, undated [shelved in map case]