Vladimir Nabokov

NABOKV-L post 0002317, Mon, 1 Sep 1997 12:08:32 -0700

VN's archive in the Berg Collection at the NYPL (fwd)
EDITOR's NOTE. NABOKV-L thanks Galya Diment (whose new book _Pniniad:
Vladimir Nabokov and Marc Szeftel_ [University of Washington Press] is
just out) for the information below on access to the Nabokov Archive at
the NYPL Berg Collection.

From: Galya Diment <galya@u.washington.edu>

I just came back from the NYC where I spent several days looking through a
part of the VN's archive at the NYPL. One needs to get a reader's pass to
work with it but no special permissions otherwise unless you also want to
photocopy some of the materials or, obviously, if you want to publish
them. Copying by hand is allowed. Stephen Crook, a Librarian in charge of
the Berg Collection, is himself a Nabokovian and a subscriber to the list.
He is very helpful, knowledgeable and friendly. His e-mail address is
scrook@nypl.org What struck me while going through the archive was how
rich and, in many ways, still "untapped" it is. It is located in Room 320
of the Library (while one obtains the reader's pass in Room 316). The
Special Collections are open Tuesday-Saturday until 5:45 (they open on
some days at 10 and on others at 11). Take Subway to 42nd and use the 5th
Ave exit -- it's literally right there. The address proper is NYPL, Fifth
Avenue and 42nd Street, New York, NY 10018. If you are there within the
next week or so, walk to the Museum of Modern Art on 5th and 53rd --
there is a great exhibit of the Stenberg brothers' constructivist posters
for early Soviet and Western movies.

Galya Diment