Correspondence from Svetlana Alliluyeva regarding one of her first homes in the U.S. after defecting from the U.S.S.R

Christmas Card and A.L.S. signed "Svetlana Alliluyeva"

Princeton, New Jersey: 1969-1970.

Price: $3,750.00


About the item

Envelope with 3 manuscript leaves; single manuscript leaf in the hand of Svetlana Alliluyeva; an envelope containing 3 photocopied leaves stapled at top left, as well as a single typescript letter; an envelope with a Christmas card written in the hand of Svetlana Alliluyeva on the outside of the envelope and inside the card. Correspondence from Svetlana Alliluyeva regarding one of her first homes in the U.S. after defecting from the U.S.S.R. Near fine collection of materials documenting a significant time in the life of Svetlana Alliluyeva.

Item #345769

Svetlana Alliluyeva (1926 - 2011) was the daughter of Soviet leader Joseph Stalin who, after defecting to the United States in 1967, briefly moved to Mill Neck, Long Island and then to Princeton, New Jersey where she lived for a year with her husband, architect and protégée of Frank Lloyd Wright, William Wesley Peters.

The property that she rented at 85 Elm Road in Princeton belonged to Dorothy Berliner Commins, a famed concert pianist and author who was the widow of Random House editor Saxe Commins. Included here is a photocopy of the original lease [dated December 20th 1968 - December 19th, 1968], a manuscript letter to Mrs. Commins from Alliluyeva apologizing for damages that occured at the property during her stay there [dated January 28th, 1969], A Christmas card to Mrs. Commins from Alliluyeva and Peters [1970], as well as a three page letter written from Peters' Scottsdale, Arizona home that discusses the American west and Svetlana's admiration of Native Americans.