The six Romanov Family Albums held at the Beinecke Library represent a unique survival from the last years of Russian Imperial dynasty. Taken between 1907 and 1915, the hundreds of pictures contained in these albums date from the first flowering of popular photography, when new breakthroughs in technology put cameras into the hands of amateurs, who were able to capture impromptu moments of everyday life on a massive scale. The “snapshots” in the Romanov albums record such moments in the private life not just of any family, but of one of Europe’s oldest and most prestigious ruling houses. Rescued by the Tsarina’s friend and intimate confidante, Anna Vyrubova, the albums are indeed a truly remarkable survival. Over the years, scholars have learned much from the photographs, but many of their secrets still await discovery.
Browse a selection of the albums on Flickr and add tags and notes to the photographs and albums pages.
To learn more about the Romanov Collection at the Beinecke, explore our catalog record.