Archives Center, National Museum of American History

Guide to the Russian Easter Egg Patterns

Summary
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.0778
Creators:
National Museum of American History (U.S.). Division of Cultural History
Dates:
1888-1896
Languages:
English
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Physical Description:
0.15 Cubic feet
1 box
Repository:

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
Collection consists of 172 Russian egg patterns, a popular craft among immigrants from Russia and the Ukraine. The egg patterns are drawn in ink on 3 2" x 5" paper with color combinations of red, green, yellow, black, purple, brown, blue, and burnt orange. The collection is arranged into one series by pattern numbers from 1 to 172.

Arrangement
Arrangement
Collection is arranged into one series.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Egg painting was a popular craft for immigrants from Russia and Ukraine, and is still popular among people of Russian descent.

Administration
Author
Anne Holcomb
Immediate Source of Acquisiton
Immediate source of acquisition unknown.
Processing Information
Collection processed by Anne Holcomb, 2002.
Ownership and Custodial History
This collection has been in the Smithsonian since the late 19th Century, when a small museum in Russia traded it to the Smithsonian for some musical instrument-related objects (it is unclear what objects). Transferred to the Archives Centert from the Department of Cultural History, 2001.

Using the Collection
Restrictions on Access
Collection is open for researchand access on site by appointment.
Preferred Citation
Russian Easter Egg Patterns, 1888-1896, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Terms Governing Use and Reproduction
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Paintings Genre Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Easter eggs -- Russia Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Watercolors Genre Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Immigrants Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Egg decoration Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
P.O. Box 37012
Suite 1100, MRC 601
Washington, D.C. 20013-7012
archivescenter@si.edu