Hoover Acquires the Diaries of Vera Ziloti

Thursday, April 11, 2019
Vera Ziloti diaries

Hoover has acquired the diaries (in fourteen books, covering 1920–23 and 1930–40) of Vera Pavlovna Ziloti, wife of pianist Alexander Siloti. Containing poignant reflections on Russian émigré life in New York City, the diaries provide insight into not only the topics of musical, theatrical, and cultural life, but also international politics and war. The couple’s discussions and correspondence with high-status members of Russian émigré and international society (including Igor Stravinsky, Serge Koussevitzky, and Pablo Casals) are well documented throughout the diaries, making them a treausre trove for researchers.