N. A. Korf (1834–83): Designer of the Russian Elementary School Classroom

  • Charles E. Timberlake


When local government institutions — the zemstvos — were introduced into Ekaterinoslav province in 1866, Baron Nikolai Aleksandrovich Korf was ready to use them to apply on a larger scale some of the theories and practices he had used to educate his own children at home.2 Born into one of Russia’s most influential families (Modest Korf was his uncle),3 and educated at the prestigious Aleksandrov Lyceum in Tsarskoe Selo for a career in the tsarist civil service, he worked for one and a half years in a St Petersburg department of the Ministry of Justice after finishing at the Lyceum in 1854. But he abandoned a government service career in 1856 in favour of managing his own estate (‘Neskuchnoe’) in Aleksandrov county (uezd) in rural Ekaterinoslav province (now Zaporozh’e in Ukraine).4


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  1. 12.
    M. L. Peskovskii, Baron N. A. Korf: ego zhizn’ i obshchestvennaia deiatel’nost’ in the series Zhizn’ zamechatel’nykh liudei (St Petersburg, 1893) 40.Google Scholar
  2. 13.
    M. L. Peskovskii, Baron N. A. Korf v pis’makh k nemu raznykh lits (St Petersburg, 1895). These letters were originally published serially in Russkaia starina in 1894 (nos 4–11) and 1895 (no. 1).Google Scholar

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© International Council for Soviet and East European Studies, and Ben Eklof 1993

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