In the year of N.A. Nekrasov’s anniversary the biography of
N.S. Ashukin – writer, literary historian, publisher who was actively engaged in the study of the poet’s creative activity is presented for the first time. With the help of archival sources some facts of Ashukin’s biography are clarified; also in order to determine precisely the role of Ashukin in a literary process the information from diaries, letters, newspaper and magazine publications is used. The article discusses the most significant works of Ashukin and gives bibliographic review of materials related to his life and work.