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The Nabokov Museum Collection

The Nabokov Museum collection has an unusual history.

After the house and all the property of the Nabokov family was nationalized in 1917 almost everything was taken away by the new government to be either distributed between Soviet museums and libraries or sold to collectors abroad. Readers of Speak, Memory will remember how little the Nabokov family brought to exile with them.

By the 1990s no movable memorial items remained in the house. Museum collection was started from scratch. Fortunately, some items were preserved in the families of the people who once had some connection with the Nabokov family. We are grateful to all of them for sharing their family memorabilia with us.

A larger part of the collection came to us from abroad donated by the members of the Nabokov family, their relatives and friends. We are immensely grateful to Dmitri Nabokov, Terry Myers, Marina Ledkovsky, Ellendea Proffer, Horst Tappe, Lidia Matskevich,  Alexander Kolosov, Elena Filaretova,  Nokolay Formozov and other people without whom there would have been no museum. With years, more and more collection items were donated to us by our generous donors

Now the collection includes memorial items that once belonged to Vladimir Nabokov and his family, books from Vladimir Nabokov’s own library and his father’s library, photographs, a part of Vladimir Nabokov’s butterfly collection and much more.




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