May 28, 2022

Photos of Lost Russian Crown Jewels Found In USGS Library

From RIA Novosti:

Long-lost photographs of four undocumented Russian crown jewels have been discovered in the rare books room of a US library, the US Geological Survey (USGS) said Tuesday.


Librarians discovered the four photographs in a 90-year-old unlabeled album at the USGS Library in Virginia, Richard Huffine, director of the USGS Libraries Program, told RIA Novosti on Tuesday.

Researchers described the discovery as “unique,” noting that the photographs were not included in “Russia’s Treasure of Diamonds and Precious Stones,” a book widely considered to be the most complete inventory of the Russian Crown Jewels.


The book had been shelved under the “minerals and gemstones” category, and librarians stumbled across it while searching for pre-1923 books to be digitized, Huffine said.

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See Also: Tracking the Story of the Russian Crown Jewels  (via USGS Library Blog)
More details about the find.

See Also: Additional Image via USGS

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