Item #45542 Archive of Russian émigré Anthropologist, Photographer, Teacher. Over 600 images & 1000 card entries & 45 artifacts. Eugene A. Golomshtok, Eugenii Alexandrovich.
Archive of Russian émigré Anthropologist, Photographer, Teacher. Over 600 images & 1000 card entries & 45 artifacts.
Archive of Russian émigré Anthropologist, Photographer, Teacher. Over 600 images & 1000 card entries & 45 artifacts.
Archive of Russian émigré Anthropologist, Photographer, Teacher. Over 600 images & 1000 card entries & 45 artifacts.
Archive of Russian émigré Anthropologist, Photographer, Teacher. Over 600 images & 1000 card entries & 45 artifacts.

Archive of Russian émigré Anthropologist, Photographer, Teacher. Over 600 images & 1000 card entries & 45 artifacts.

Most items very good but see details for thorough description of condition. Adventures in Photography, p. 13. Biographical Directory of Anthropologists before 1920: 1290. University of Pennsylvania: Penn Museum Archives Item #1059. Item #45542

Eugene Golomshtok (born Eugenii Alexandrovich Golomshtok, Russia, 1897-1950) was a Russian émigré anthropologist, photographer, and authority on permafrost. He studied archaeology with Bruno Adler in Russia before he received his MA from University of California at Berkeley in 1923, where he was also the photographer of Phoebe Hearst Museum of Anthropology, studied under Speck at the University of Pennsylvania Museum in the late 1920 where is he received his Ph.D. in 1935. In 1933 he was one of a few young anthropologists who were allowed to travel and study in Leningrad, and was part of a joint team of the University of Pennsylvania and the State Academy for the History of Material Culture, Leningrad excavating Esske-Kermen, one of the 'cave cities' in the Crimea which had been identified with Douros, the old capital of the Goths. He taught courses in the Anthropology and Archaeology of Siberia at Columbia University.

Golomshtok's photographs can be found in a number of Museums. In 1938, he published his 1935 dissertation, a highly praised survey 'The Old Stone Age in European Russia' which he hoped would be of interest to the who did not read Russian. At the time of his early death he was engaged in a study of permafrost and at work on the compilation of an Arctic Encyclopedia for naval use (The Encyclopedia Arctica was a proposed 20-volume reference work on the northern arctic and subarctic regions, funded from 1947-1951).

The archive relates to the many facets of his career: photographer, teacher, and researcher in anthropology, ethnography, folklore, the Russian and Arctic regions.


I. Glass Slides: 319 glass slides, some original, though most are likely taken from Russian books and publications, concerning Russian anthropology.

The collection includes general views of a variety of locations, such as Altai and Afanasievo, as well as a series of regional maps. Additionally, there are many slides depicting regional pottery and other artifacts, burial sites, and Neolithic fishing tools. Slides are divided into groups: one numbered 1-233 (*with 16 missing*); 25 named slides, 31 unlabeled, 33 split into Roman Numeral derived categories, 15 with silvercasing, and 8 duplicates.

Three sets of notes on index cards are included. The first provides notes for slides numbered 84-103, and the second references the maps, people, pottery, homes, trees, and roads. The third set is an unlabeled reference.

II. Photographs:
Seven small black and white images (2 copies of each), primarily of artifacts.

III. Film Negatives
Over 300 35mm black and white negatives divided between ten packs. The collection contains several original images of landmarks and people, but most of the content is derived from books or exhibits; a number of which are in the slide series.

IV. Card Catalogs:: 5 Boxes, 4 containing bibliographies, and the other a Yakut glossary.

(1) "Arctic Institute Bibliography Permafrost": Contains over 200 entries, typed & alphabetized, on the topic of permafrost, and its impact on infrastructure, economics, seismology, and surveying.

(2) "Arctic Institute Suggestions": Contains more than 300 typed & handwritten entries. Includes notes on paper with additional titles, as well as printed call slips from the New York Public Library, and one from the Library of Congress.

(3) Unlabeled: Alphabetized bibliography containing over 200 entries for titles pertaining to regional ethnography and folklore. Includes a Slavic translation card, and unsorted slips.

(4) "Arctic Institute Completed Entries" Contains over 100 duplicate entries from the box labeled "Arctic Institute Bibliography Permafrost.”

(5) "Yakut Glossary": Hundreds of terms and idioms, handwritten, including ceremonial language and geographical details.

V. Lecture Notes: Approximately 70 loose large index cards, covering the topics of "Good Spirits of the Earth," Shamanism, the Yakut, and Abasy (Evil Spirits).

VI. Manuscript Typed [Incomplete]: Contains pp. 24-39 with Appendix to III (pp. 17-33). "Story of the Shamanistic Call" (as told by Spiridon Gerassimov, a shaman of Mastax Ulus). The appendix includes five separate Shamanstic tales, with the last one being told by V.N. Alexander of the Sunar Ulus.

VII. Artifacts:
(1) 14 [porcelain or glass?] beads mounted on a cloth-covered board.
(2) 6 pieces of fasteners and clasps, mounted to cloth-covered board.
(3) 25 loose pieces consisting of rivets (4 are matching), buttons, and other incomplete components, many ornamental. Includes one rounded piece that feels like granite, and one heavier piece with a sculpted ram head.

VIII. Publications
1. Golomshtok, Eugenii, Alexandrovich. “The Old Stone Age in European Russia.” A Dissertation in Anthropology presented to the faculty of the Graduate School in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy. [University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 1938]. Loss to spine, moderate soiling to wrappers, dampstained (DS) & browned contents.

2. Griaznov, M.P. & Golomshtok, Eugene A. “The Pazirik Burial of Altai” [Reprinted from the “American Journal of Archaeology” (Volume XXXVII, 1933, No. 1)]. 7 copies, light to moderate soiling, most DS, one front wrapper removed.

IX. Miscellaneous Ephemera
1. Course Schedule. Columbia University in the City of New York. University Extension Department of Anthropology. “Afternoon and Evening Courses in Anthropology For Graduate and Undergraduate Credit, 1938-1939.” Minor soiling along folds. Lists courses taught by Golomshtok.
2. Admission Tickets to lectures at the University Museum, Philadelphia Pa. Including Vilhajalmur Stefansson, Kirsopp Lake.

X. Books, Periodicals, Offprints
Approximately 75 items, most in good condition. many fair to poor with dampstaining at edges, browned, a few completely disbound.

(1) English: 26 titles of which 5 are books concerning the Western U.S. including: James Owen Dorsey. "The Cegiha Language" The remainder are offprints.

(2) French: 8 periodicals and offprints.

(3) Russian: 1 book and 40 periodicals and offprints including: Sbornik state v chest grafini Praskov i Sergeevny Uvarovo (Collection of Articles in honor of Countess P.S. Uvarova ) Moscow, 1916 and two issues of “Taiga i Tundra” (Forests and Swamp Lands [of North Siberia]).

(4) Polish: 1 periodical.

Price: $2,850.00