Scope and Content of Collection
Title: Konstantin Fotić Papers
Collection Number: 69030
Creator: Fotić, Konstantin, 1891-1959.
61 manuscript boxes, 3 oversize boxes
(27 linear feet)
Hoover Institution Archives .
Stanford, California 94305-6010
Abstract: The papers contain office and personal correspondence, reports, writings, speeches, clippings, and printed matter, documenting
the politics of the Royal Yugoslav government in exile during World War II, Yugoslav-American relations, and the post-war
Serbian and Yugoslav émigré community organizations. Additionally, documents provide detailed information on Serbian and Yugoslav
prisoners of war and their immigration to the Dominican Republic and an extensive volume of speeches and writings reflecting
Fotić's views on Tito, New Yugoslavia, and communism.
Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
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[Identification of item], Konstantin Fotić Papers, [Box number], Hoover Institution Archives.
Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 1982.
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of boxes listed in this finding aid.
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Žarko Rista Popović papers, Hoover Institution Archives
Konstantin Fotic (1891-1959) was born in Šabac, Serbia. His professional career was in diplomacy, serving the Royal Yugoslav
government as minister and ambassador to the United States, 1935-1944. Fotić was the last Yugoslav ambassador to the United
States before the coalition of New Yugoslav government was formed in 1944.
As an influential political figure in the Royal Yugoslav government, Fotić's later professional career was devoted to Serbian
émigrés' call for freedom and democracy for the Serbian people in Yugoslavia. He was an active member of the Serbian émigré
community in the United States and served as the president of the Serbian Central National Committee.
Fotić was a political writer and lecturer, writing numerous articles and books expressing his views on the situation in Yugoslavia
during World War II, particularly in regard to post-war communism in Yugoslavia and Tito's regime.
Scope and Content of Collection
The papers contain office and personal correspondence, reports, writings, speeches, clippings, and printed matter, documenting
the politics of the Royal Yugoslav government in exile during World War II, the state of Yugoslav-American relations, and
the Serbian and Yugoslav émigré community.
The majority of Fotić's papers consist of office and personal correspondence collected during his diplomatic career as a Royal
Yugoslav secretary and ambassador to the United States. The
Office files are comprised of diplomatic correspondence, telegrams, reports, and clippings documenting the politics of the Royal Yugoslav
government during World War II, Yugoslav-American relations, and the role of Petar II, King of Yugoslavia. Materials also
document the part played by Allied countries in the creation of the new Yugoslavia. Fotić's exchanges of letters with Nikola
Tesla, a Yugoslav inventor in the United States, indicating the Royal Yugoslav government support of Tesla's research, are
of particular interest.
A considerable number of Fotić's writings and speeches reflect his views on the situation in Yugoslavia during World War II,
and post-war communism in Yugoslavia and Tito's regime.
Serbian Central National Committee (SCNO) file documents Fotić's active role in Serbian émigré organizations, and their call for freedom and democracy for the Serbian people
in Yugoslavia. Extensive correspondence within the émigré community and its organizations document issues related to the political
and economic situation in Yugoslavia under Tito's government, Serbian contributions to the Allied victory in World War II,
and the communist dominated government. Among these are open letters addressed to the U.S. president and the General Assembly
of the United Nations. The papers also include a Serbian National Federation file documenting the largest Serbian émigré organization's
political views concerning émigré defense committees, Serbian prisoners of war, and refugees.
Yugoslav displaced persons and prisoners of war file consists of correspondence, detailed reports, lists of prisoners of war, clippings and photographs. Documents reveal the
role that SCNO and the international refugee organization played in organizing the immigration of Serbian and Yugoslav prisoners
of war to the Dominican Republic.
Subject file includes documents on the Serbian Orthodox Church's involvement in Serbian émigré organizations, materials describing Draža
Mihailović's capture and trial, including the Committee for Fair Trial for Draža Mihailović report, and a petition to President
Truman, as well as material on Petar II, King of Yugoslavia, documenting his finances and role in émigré politics.
Tatjana Fotić materials include correspondence of his wife with friends and the Serbian and Yugoslav émigré community. The material reveals Mrs.
Fotić's professional academic work and her active role in organizing the United Yugoslav relief fund, particularly the knitting
project to provide Yugoslav prisoners of war and refugees with warm clothing.
Printed matter documents political developments in Yugoslavia and Europe at the end of World War II and Yugoslav émigrés' views on post-war
The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
World War, 1939-1945--Yugoslavia.
Yugoslavia--Emigration and immigration.
United States--Foreign relations--Yugoslavia.
Yugoslavia--Foreign relations--United States.
Yugoslavia--History--Axis occupation, 1941-1945.