From St. Petersburg to Notre Dame: The Miraculous Journey of the Polievktov-Nikoladze Family Archive through a Century of War and Revolution


Location: Hesburgh Library

Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
102 Hesburgh Library, Special Collections

The Polievktov-Nikoladze Family Papers, acquired by the Hesburgh Libraries in 2006-09, derive from three generations of a prominent and historically significant Georgian family. The collection also includes the papers of Mikhail Polievktov, a leading historian of the St. Petersburg school of Russian history, notable among which are the transcriptions of interviews with leaders of the February Revolution, conducted in May 1917 by a commission he himself organized. The collection includes previously unexamined personal and professional correspondence, diaries, memoirs, photographs, and other manuscript formats.

Exhibit Lectures: Three speakers will come to campus in connection with this exhibit and give public talks in the Special Collections Room (room 102) of the Hesburgh Library.

Lecture: "Irakli Tsereteli and the February Revolution" -- Rex A. Wade, University Professor of Russian and Soviet History, George Mason University.
Thursday, September 20, 5 p.m. (exhibit opening and tour at 3 p.m.)

Lecture: "The Perils of Memory: Mikhail Polievktov, Self-Erasure, and the Writing of Russian History after 1917" -- Gary M. Hamburg, Otto M. Behr Professor of European History, Claremont McKenna College.
Tuesday, October 23, 5 p.m. (exhibit tour prior to the lecture at 4:30 p.m.)

Lecture: "Niko Nikoladze and the Georgian Revolutionary Intelligentsia at the Turn of the Twentieth Century" -- Ronald G. Suny, Charles Tilly Collegiate Professor of Social and Political History, University of Michigan.
Tuesday, November 6, 5 p.m. (exhibit tour prior to the lecture at 4:30 p.m.)

Exhibit Tours: Exhibit Tours will be offered at 4:30 p.m. before exhibit lectures on October 23 and November 6; and at 2 p.m. on Fridays before home football games: October 12, October 19, November 1, or by appointment.  Please contact Semion Lyandres, Associate Professor of History at