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VTB donates four collections of archive documents to State Literature Museum

27 October 2010

VTB has donated unique archive documents of great Russian writers to the State Literature Museum. The exhibition starts on 28 October at 28 Petrovka Ul. and will be open up to 1 December 2010.

The unique archive includes M.A. Bulgakov’s (1891-1940) collection of documents compiled by a collector and bibliophile E.F. Tsipelzon. One of the most interesting items of this collection is Bulgakov’s autograph on a white shabby cuff.

For the centenary of V.P. Nekrasov birth (1911-1987), an author of a famous novel “In the trenches of Stalingrad”, the Bank acquired the documents survived in Kiev, where the author lived most part of his life, including the letters Nekrasov wrote to his mother from the frontline.

Besides, VTB donated to the museum a manuscript and photo portrait of A. Bely (1880-1934). These are previously unknown comments by A. Bely to his letters sent to A. Block dated 1903 and a 20-page autograph printed on large sheets dated 5 December 1926. Some time ago the documents were brought to France from Russia and now they came back to Moscow again. This acquisition is more than relevant for Moscow, as in 2010 it celebrates A. Block and A. Bely ‘s 130th anniversary, a double jubilee of the two authors.

The most extensive VTB purchasing was L.Z. Kopelev’s and R.D. Orlova’s family archive donated to the State Literature Museum. The collection includes creative manuscripts, letters, portraits and photographs, personal belongings as well as a collection of books bearing presentation inscriptions of such famous authors as Solzhenitsyn, Sakharov, Okudjava, Voinovich, Iskander, Akhmadulina, Yevtushenko and Voznesensky.

“This priceless present given by VTB will expand the opportunities for theorists of literature studying the creative heritage of Russian writers and provides the museum visitors with a good chance to more deeply understand the plots of the authors’ main works,”said Marina Gomozkova, Director of the museum.

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