From the collection of the New York Public Library, Russia and Eastern Europe in Rare Photographs, 1860- 1945. A huge collection with thousands of images, photos and political cartoons, in more than 150 albums. Many were originally part of Romanov palace libraries nationalized by the Soviet government and sold abroad for hard currency.
Subjects include Russian Orthodox churches, monasteries, and ecclesiastical art; views of cities, as well as small provincial towns; secular architecture; tsarist- and Soviet-era political exiles; and the diverse peoples of the Russian Empire. A number of albums include portraits of the Tsar or the imperial family; state occasions, military maneuvers, and relaxation at the imperial hunting lodge are all depicted. Represented as well are military operations, particularly during the Russo-Turkish War of 1877-78. Russian Revolutionary-era photos are extensive, ranging from the immediate aftermath of the February Revolution, to the Stalinist period.