Guide to the Michael Cherniavsky Papers, 1922-1973 AIS.1974.15

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Summary Information

Repository
ULS Archives Service Center
Title
Michael Cherniavsky Papers
Creator
Cherniavsky, Michael
Collection Number
AIS.1974.15
Date [inclusive]
1922-1973
Extent
6.9 linear feet (9 boxes)
Abstract
The collection contains the works of Dr. Michael Cherniavsky, including manuscripts, notes, articles, and lectures. Dr. Cherniavsky was professor of Russian medieval history with a specialty in 15th and 16th century Russian political theory.

Preferred Citation

Michael Cherniavsky Papers, 1922-1973, AIS.1974.15, Archives Service Center, University of Pittsburgh

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Biography

Dr. Michael Cherniavsky was born in Harbin, China, of Russian born parents and raised in Manchuria. He was educated at the University of California where he received a B.A. in 1946, an M.A. in 1947, and a Ph.D. in history in 1951. He became an instructor in history at Wesleyan in 1952 after having been a research assistant at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton; he joined the faculty of the University of Rochester as Associate Professor in 1964. In 1972, he was appointed Andrew W. Mellon Professor of History at the University of Pittsburgh. His field was Russian medieval history with a specialty in 15th and 16th century Russian political theory. Dr. Cherniavsky died in Pittsburgh in 1973.

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Scope and Content Notes

This manuscript collection contains the correspondence, unpublished and published writings, manuscripts of direct studies and some personal memorabilia of Dr. Cherniavsky. The correspondence includes letters to and from scholars and specialists in medieval and Russian history, including Norman Cantor, Ernst H. Kantorowicz, Theodor E. Mommsen, Marc Raeff, and George Vernadsky.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

ULS Archives Service Center, November 2004

University of Pittsburgh Library System
7500 Thomas Boulevard
Pittsburgh, PA, 15260
412-648-3232
archives-ref@mail.pitt.edu

Revision Description

 Converted from EAD Version 1.0 to EAD Version 2002 August 24, 2006

Access Restrictions

No restrictions.

Copyright

Permission for publication is given on behalf of the University of Pittsburgh as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Mrs. Michael Cherniavsky, February 17, 1974.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Carly Reed in November 2004.

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Related Materials

Separated Material

Published articles and books from the collection have been cataloged in the University Library System.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Princeton University. Institute for Advanced Study.
  • University of Pittsburgh. Dept. of History.
  • University of Rochester.
  • Wesleyan University (Middletown, Conn.).

Geographic Name(s)

  • Russia -- History -- 1533-1613
  • Russia -- History -- To 1533
  • Russia -- Politics and government -- 1533-1613
  • Russia -- Politics and government -- To 1533

Personal Name(s)

  • Cantor, Norman F. -- Correspondence
  • Cherniavsky, Michael
  • Giesey, Ralph E. -- Correspondence
  • Mommsen, Theodor Ernst, 1905-1958 -- Correspondence
  • Raeff, Marc -- Correspondence
  • Schorske, Carl E. -- Correspondence
  • Vernadsky, George, 1887-1973 -- Correspondence

Subject(s)

  • Historians
  • Personal papers

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Collection Inventory

Series  I. Correspondence, 1953-1974 

Scope and Content Notes

Correspondence, both written by and written to Dr. Cherniavsky, between the years of 1953-1974, is organized alphabetically by surname. The correspondence from Charles Halperin includes the first draft of Muscovite Ideology at the End of the Fourteenth Century: The Kulekovo Cycle, a carbon typescript of Halperin's dissertation, and a mimeographed article,  The Concept of the Russian Land from the 9th to the 14th Centuries.

  BoxFolder
A-B, 1953-1974 11
  Folder
C-G, 1952-1969 2
  Folder
Halperin, Charles 3
  Folder
H-J, 1960-1973 4
  Folder
K-L, 1958-1971 5
  Folder
M-P, 1954-1972 6
  Folder
Raeff, Marc, 1962-1969 7
  Folder
R-S, 1956-1973 8
  Folder
T-Y, 1956-1971 9
  Folder
Unidentified Correspondence 10

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Series  II. News Clips, 1958-1964 

Scope and Content Notes

This series includes articles on Michael Cherniavksy in Wesleyan University Alumnus,  Wesleyan Argus,  Campus Times (University of Rochester),  Rochester Contrast, and the University of Rochester  Rochester Review.

  Folder
News Clips, 1958-1964 11

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Series  III. Writings 

Scope and Content Notes

The writings are divided into manuscripts, including a copy of Dr. Cherniavsky's Masters Thesis and a summary of his dissertation, and various published articles.

Subseries  1. Manuscripts 

  BoxFolder
Tsar and People: Studies in Russian Myths, vol. 1 21
  Folder
Tsar and People: Studies in Russian Myths, vol. 2 2
  Folder
Tsar and People: Studies in Russian Myths, vol. 3 3
  BoxFolder
Tsar and People: Studies in Russian Myths, Carbon Typescript 31
  Folder
Masters Thesis, The History of the Soviet Opinion of the United State, 1936-1946..., University of California, 1946 2
  Folder
Unpublished summary of PhD thesis 3
  Folder
Corporal Hitler, General Winter, and the Russian Peasant 4

Subseries  2. Published Articles 

  Folder
The Charismatic Figure in History, in  Civ. Past and Present, v. 2 5
  Folder
Holy Russia: A Study in the History of an Idea, in  American Historical Review, v. 63, no. 3, April 1958 6
  Folder
Khan or Basileus: an Aspect of Russian Medieval Political Theory, in  Journal of the History of Ideas, v. 20, no. 4, October - December 1959 7
  Folder
The Reception of the Council of Florence in Moscow, in  Church History, v. 24, no. 4, December 1955 8

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Series  IV. Memorabilia 

Scope and Content Notes

This series includes two sketches, one of Dr. Cherniavsky and a child's sketch of "Michael fishing"; and three photographs, presumably of members of Dr. Cherniavsky's family.

  Folder
Memorabilia 9
  Folder
Photographs 10

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Series  V. Research 

Scope and Content Notes

This series contains records of some of Dr. Cherniavsky's research on Russian history. They are kept in letter boxes and slide cases within the larger boxes and include draft manuscripts, reprints of articles, lecture transcripts, and photographs.

  Box
Research Material 4-5

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Series  VI. Studies Directed by Michael Cherniavsky 

Scope and Content Notes

These are three dissertations for which Dr. Cherniavsky served as advisor.

  BoxFolder
Thesis: The Russian Generalist of 1730; Towards a Definition of the Aristocracy, Brenda M. Meehan, University of Rochester, 1970 61
  Folder
Thesis (Draft): Russian Revolutionary Emigration, Terrorism and the 'Political Struggle', Michael Brockhardt Millard, University of Rochester, 1972 2
  Folder
Thesis (Final draft): Millard, M.B. 3
  Folder
Thesis: The Shape of Time, An Essay on the Meaning of the Psychiatric Conceptions of Harry Steck Sullivan, Peter S. Rosenbaum, Wesleyan University 4

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Series  VII. Miscellaneous Publications 

Scope and Content Notes

This series contains theses of Matitiahu Mayzel, Thomas Esper, and Richard Wortman; and a paper by Ludolf Muller. Correspondence between Cherniavsky and Mayzel and Esper, discussing their dissertations and other research in the field of Russian history, can be found in Series I.

  BoxFolder
Thesis: The Russian General Staff During the Revolution, Matitiahu Mayzel, University of Rochester, 1972 71
  Folder
Thesis: Muscovite Russia 1505-1682, Thomas Esper 2
  Folder
Thesis: The Crisis of Russian Populism, Richard Wortman, Cambridge University Press, 1967 3
  Folder
Die drei Hauptargumente gegen die byzantenische These, Chapter III of  Zum Problem des Hierarchischen Stalus und der jurisdiktioneilen Abhangigkeit der russische Kirche, Loln Braunsfeld, 1959 4

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