This article appeared in the Fall 1999 issue of The Journal of Ayn Rand Studies (Vol. 1, No. 1):  1-26.   For an introductory essay on how Chris Matthew Sciabarra discovered Ayn Rand's college transcript from the University of Leningrad, now St. Petersburg, see his article in the October 1999 issue of Liberty.  For reviews of this particular historical discussion, see essays by Scott Ryan and William Thomas.  (This article also cited by Don Parrish in his fascinating survey of "Ayn Rand Sites in Saint Petersburg.")  See also "In Search of the Rand Transcript", "The Rand Transcript, Revisited", and "The Rand Transcript Revealed".


By Chris Matthew Sciabarra

Abstract:  This essay discusses the major historical significance of the discovery and investigation of Ayn Rand's transcript from the University of St. Petersburg. The document provides evidence of Rand's study with some of the finest Russian scholars of the period, and helps to resolve certain paradoxes concerning Rand's relationship to the philosopher, N. O. Lossky. It also contributes to our understanding of those methods and ideas that may have influenced Rand's intellectual development.

This article is no longer available on this site; it is reprinted in the second expanded edition of Ayn Rand: The Russian Radical.

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