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Polievktov-Nikoladze Family Papers

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This collection derives from three generations of a prominent and historically important Russian-Georgian family. Among the members whose papers are well represented are: Niko Iakovlevich Nikoladze (1843-1928), a leading Georgian and Russian political activist, thinker, journalist, entrepreneur, and friend and follower of N.G. Chernyshevskii; Irakli Tsereteli (1881-1959), Nikoladze's nephew, a prominent Social Democratic deputy to the Second Imperial Duma, and a leading figure in the Petrograd Soviet and the Russian Provisional Government from March through September of 1917; Rusudana Nikolaevna Nikoladze (1884-1981), Nikoladze's elder daughter, a chemist and political activist whose diaries and correspondence are especially extensive; Nikoladze's two younger children, Tamara and George, and his grandchild, the physicist Nikolai (Nika) Polievktov-Nikoladze.

Also present are the papers of Rusudana's husband, Mikhail Aleksandrovich Polievktov (1872-1942), a well-known St. Petersburg historian, who was a student of S.F. Platonov and a life-long friend and colleague of the historian A.E. Presniakov. Notable among Polievktov's papers are the transcripts of interviews with key participants in the February Revolution, conducted from Spring through Fall of 1917 by a commission he and Presniakov organized.

The collection includes personal and professional correspondence, diaries, photographs, and other manuscript formats. Highlights were exhibited in the Fall 2012 at the Department of Rare Books and Special Collections. Digital exhibit - "From St. Petersburg to Notre Dame: The Miraculous Journey of the Polievktov-Nikoladze Family Papers Through a Century of War and Revolution". It is currently in process.