Register of the Vera Cattell collection

Finding aid prepared by Olga Verhovskoy Dunlop
Hoover Institution Archives
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Title: Vera Cattell collection
Date (inclusive): 1767-1986
Collection Number: 2000C2
Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Archives
Language of Material: Russian
Physical Description: 5 manuscript boxes, 4 oversize boxes, 1 card file box (4.0 linear feet)
Abstract: Correspondence, reports, memoranda, printed matter, photographs, and memorabilia relating to aspects of Russian imperial and military history, the Russian Revolution and Civil War, and Russian émigrés in China and elsewhere.
Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
Collector: Cattell, Vera


Collection is open for research.
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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Vera Cattell Collection, [Box number], Hoover Institution Archives.

Acquisition Information

Materials were acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 2000.


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Scope and Content Note

This collection consists primarily of papers belonging to Grigorii Konstantinovich Bologov, chairman of the Russian Emigrants' Association of Shanghai, and concerns the evacuation and resettlement of White Russian refugees from China. The bulk of the series under that name relates to the emigrants' stay at a refugee camp on Tubobao Island in the Philippines under the auspices of the United Nations International Refugee Organization. It includes material about conditions in the camp, lists of refugees, and correspondence with American and Philippine camp authorities, as well as correspondence related to efforts to obtain permission for emigration to the United States, South America, and Australia. Of special interest is an extensive correspondence of Archbishop John of Shanghai and San Francisco. Also included are the founding documents and minutes of meetings of the Russian Emigrants' Association in Shanghai and Tubobao.
Of particular interest in the subject file are the correspondence and personal papers of Prince Iskander Riza Kuli Mirza, as well as printed copies of orders issued by him as Commander of the Ekaterinburg Garrison in 1918-1919, during the Russian Civil War. The file also contains the business papers and military medals of Leonid Vishnevetskii, his business partner.
The photograph file contains a large leatherbound album celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Imperial Guards Regiment (Sobstvennyi Ego Velichestva Konvoi), in which the prince served and which includes informal photographs of the Russian imperial family.
Furthermore, the collection contains the commission and passport papers of Karol de Perthees, royal cartographer to King Stanislaw August Poniatowski of Poland, to be found in the oversize file. Karol de Perthees was probably the most prominent 18th century Polish cartographer. He was born in Dresden, the capital of the Saxon-Polish monarchy, the illegitimate son of the Russian envoy in Dresden and later in Warsaw, baron Herman Kayserling. Perthees lived and worked in Warsaw from 1764 until 1798. After the third partition of Poland he moved to Wilno where he devoted his time to entomology. (He compiled 9 vols. of Insecta Polonica et Lithuanica.) Perthees' detailed maps of Poland, later reprinted in Berlin and Petersburg, were commonly used during Napoleon's invasion of Russia. He was married to Jozefa, the middle daughter of Bernardo Bellotto Canaletto, the court painter of King Stanislaw August.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Russia--History, Military.
Soviet Union--History--Revolution, 1917-1921.
Soviet Union.

Box 1-3

Russian Refugees from China File, 1937-1973

Scope and Contents note

Announcements, appeals, clippings, correspondence, financial records, founding documents, lists, memoranda, minutes of meetings, petitions, reports, personal papers, clippings and other printed matter related to the evacuation and resettlement of Russian refugees from China. Arranged alphabetically by subject


Box/Folder 1 : 1

Clippings, 1949

Box/Folder 1 : 2

Individual petitions for emigration, 1949-1951

Box/Folder 1 : 3

Lists of evacuees, 1949


Bologov, Grigorii (G. K. Bologoff), Chairman of the Russian Emigrants' Association



Box/Folder 1 : 4

General, 1949-1973


Bogen, E. (Special Delegate for Resettlement, IRO-UNEC, Tubobao, Philippines)

Box/Folder 1 : 5


Scope and Contents note

Includes instructions of American government agencies and International Refugee Organization, 1949-1951
Box/Folder 1 : 6

Resettlement in Germany, 1949

Box/Folder 1 : 7

Delovaia Komissiia Pomoshchi Tubobavtsam (Viktor Korostylev), 1949-1950


John (Maksimovich), Archbishop of Shanghai and San Francisco

General note

See John (Maksimovich), Archbishop of Shanghai and San Francisco/Correspondence
Box/Folder 1 : 8

Komissiia Po Okazaniiu Pomoshchi Pereseleniiu Russkikh Bezhentsev (Committee on Resettlement of Russian Refugees) (Viktor Borzov), 1949-1950

Box/Folder 1 : 9

Modest, Hieromonk, 1950-1952

Box/Folder 1 : 10

Rossiia, 1949

Box/Folder 1 : 11

Tinio, Capt., 1949

Box/Folder 1 : 12

Zaitsev, Pavel ( Russkaia Zhizn'), 1949

Box/Folder 1 : 13

Memorandum to American government, 1950

Box/Folder 1 : 14

Personal papers, undated



Box/Folder 1 : 15

"Possible Improvements of Legal Position of the Russian Emigrants," undated

Box/Folder 1 : 16

"Russian Emigrants' Association," undated

Box/Folder 1 : 17

"Russian Political Emigrants in China," undated

Box/Folder 1 : 18

"Ruinous Position of White Russian Emigrants in China," 1946

Box/Folder 1 : 19

"On Persons Twice Displaced" and "On Camp Conditions in Tubobao," 1949


China Realty Co., 1937

General note

Box/Folder 1 : 20

Diplomatic missions in Shanghai. List of personnel, 1948

Box/Folder 1 : 21

Federation of Russian Charitable Organizations in the United States. Minutes of meeting, 1948 April

General note

See also Bologov, Grigorii/Correspondence/Komissiia Po Okazaniiu Pomoshchi Pereseleniiu Russkikh Bezhentsev

I.R.O. Camp, Tubobao Island, Cuiuan, Samar, Philippines

General note

See also Bologov, Grigorii/Correspondence/Komissiia Po Okazaniiu Pomoshchi Pereseleniiu Russkikh Bezhentsev
Box/Folder 1 : 22

Correspondence, reports and clippings related to Senator William Knowland's visit to the camp, 1949

Box/Folder 1 : 23

Draft for constitution of Arbitration Board, undated


Lists of refugees

Box/Folder 1 : 24

Arrested for various misdemeanors, undated

Box/Folder 1 : 25

Members of R.E.A. Concert Band, undated

Box/Folder 2 : 1-2

Residents in the camp, 1949

Box/Folder 2 : 3

Medical documents, 1949

Box/Folder 2 : 4

Press release, 1950


John (Maksimovich), Archbishop of Shanghai and San Francisco

Box/Folder 2 : 5


Scope and Contents note

Includes newspaper interviews, 1949

Correspondence with Grigorii Bologov

Box/Folder 2 : 6

Incoming, 1950-1952



Box/Folder 2 : 7


Box/Folder 2 : 8


Box/Folder 2 : 9

Sermon, Christmas, 1949

Box/Folder 2 : 10

Komissiia Po Okazaniiu Pomoshchi Pereseleniiu Russkikh Bezhentsev (Committee on Resettlement of Russian Refugees). Announcements and forms, 1950

General note

See also Bologov, Grigorii/Correspondence/Komissiia Po Okazaniiu Pomoshchi Pereseleniiu Russkikh Bezhentsev
Box/Folder 2 : 11

Orthodox Church in China, Chancery. Announcements, directives, and correspondence, 1949-1950


Rossiiskaia Emigrantskaia Assotsiatsiia (Russian Emigrants' Association)

General note

See also Bologov, Grigorii/ Correspondence
Box/Folder 2 : 12

Address to John (Maksimovich), Archbishop of Shanghai and San Francisco, 1949

Box/Folder 2 : 13

Announcements, 1950


Appeals for aid in the resettlement of refugees

Scope and Contents note

Includes correspondence, reports, and printed matter

General, 1948-1952

Box/Folder 2 : 14


Box/Folder 2 : 15


Box/Folder 2 : 16


Box/Folder 2 : 17


Scope and Contents note

Includes correspondence of V. Reyer
Box/Folder 2 : 18

International Refugee Organization, Geneva, 1949

Scope and Contents note

Includes 3,000 signatures of camp residents
Box/Folder 2 : 19


Scope and Contents note

Report on refugee camp
Box/Folder 3 : 1


Scope and Contents note

Includes correspondence with president's office

United States

General note

See also Bologov/ Correspondence/Bogen, E.
Box/Folder 3 : 2


Box/Folder 3 : 3

List of refugees who applied for immigration into the U.S.


Roosevelt, Eleanor, 1949


Correspondence, reports, and minutes of meetings related to Grigorii Bologov's business travel

Box/Folder 3 : 4

Philippines, 1949


United States, 1950

Box/Folder 3 : 5


Box/Folder 3 : 6

List of contributors

Box/Folder 3 : 7

Donations file, 1950

Scope and Contents note

Box/Folder 3 : 8

Financial records, 1947-1950

Box/Folder 3 : 9

Letter of gratitude to the American people, undated

Box/Folder 3 : 10

Membership registration blanks and list of members, 1940-1949


Minutes of meetings, 1948-1950

Box/Folder 3 : 11


Box/Folder 3 : 12

Executive Committee


Printed matter

General note

Box/Folder 3 : 13

Replies to enquiries related to members, 1949-1950

Box/Folder 3 : 14-17

Statutes, founding documents and other material related to the organization in Shanghai, 1946-1949

Box/Folder 3 : 18

Russian Center of San Francisco. Miscellany, 1952

Box/Folder 3 : 19

St. Tikhon's Orphanage and Seminary of St. John the Baptist

Scope and Contents note

Includes correspondence between the Chancery of the Orthodox Church in China and the Tubobao Camp Administration, and a list of pupils and staff, 1949-1950
Box/Folder 3 : 20

Surinam. "Vestnik Russkikh v Surinami," 1952

Box/Folder 3 : 21

United States. Congress. House of Representatives, Report No. 2187, 81st Congress, 2nd Session, 1950 June 2

Box 4

Subject File, 1913-1931

Scope and Contents note

Correspondence and personal papers of Iskander Riza Kuli Mirza and Leonid Vishnevetskii; Russian paper money and government bonds; documents related to the Russian Revolution and Civil War. Arranged alphabetically by subject
Box/Folder 4 : 1

Bonds - Russia, 1915-1917

Box/Folder 4 : 2

Georgievskii Komitet Ego Imperatorskago Vysochestva Velikago Kniazia Mikhail Aleksandrovicha. Statutes and membership list, 1915-1916


Iskander Riza Kuli Mirza

General note

Box/Folder 4 : 3

Correspondence and clippings related to court case re inheritance, 1930-1931

Box/Folder 4 : 4

Personal papers, including military service records, 1913-1915

Box/Folder 4 : 5

Orders issued as Commander of Ekaterinburg Garrison, 1918-1919

Scope and Contents note

Printed sheets


Box/Folder 4 : 6

Mariia Feodorovna, Empress of Russia, 1913-1914

Box/Folder 4 : 7

Mikhail Aleksandrovich, Grand Duke, 1914-1915

Box/Folder 4 : 8

Paper money - Russia

Box/Folder 4 : 9

Petrogradskii Sovet Rabochikh i Soldatskikh Deputatov. Order No. 1, 1917 March 1

Scope and Contents note

Printed copy
Box/Folder 4 : 10

Sobstvennyi Ego Velichestva Konvoi (Imperial Guards Regiment). Orders, 1916 February

General note

Box/Folder 4 : 11

Tsarskoe Selo. Clipping, circa 1917

Box/Folder 4 : 12-13

Vishnevetskii, Leonid. Contracts and other documents related to platinum mining, 1903-1916

General note

See also Photographs and Memorabilia
Box 5-6

Photographs, 1929-1937

Scope and Contents note

72 prints related to Russia before the Revolution; 1 album of 22 postcards depicting uniforms of the Imperial Guard; 1 large leatherbound album celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Imperial Guards (Sobstvennyi Ego Velichestva Konvoi) and containing 100 prints depicting the regiment and the imperial family
Box/Folder 5 : 1

1 print depicting Saint John of Kronstadt, undated

Box/Folder 5 : 2

19 prints depicting Emperor Nicholas II, undated

Box/Folder 5 : 3

5 prints depicting Empress Alexandra, undated

Box/Folder 5 : 4

15 prints depicting Grand Duke Alexis, undated

Box/Folder 5 : 5

18 prints depicting the imperial family, undated

Box/Folder 5 : 6

6 prints depicting the imperial family in informal military settings, undated

Box/Folder 5 : 7

1 postcard depicting Emperor Nicholas II, commemorating his death, 1929

Box/Folder 5 : 8

1 print depicting Leonid Vishnevetskii, 1927

Box/Folder 5 : 9

4 prints depicting miscellaneous Russian subjects, undated

Box/Folder 5 : 10

1 print depicting the Declaration of Trust of the China Realty Co., 1937

Box/Folder 5 : 11

1 photograph copy of a Chinese document, undated

Box/Folder 5 : 12

Album of 22 postcards, illustrating uniforms of the Imperial Guard, undated

Box 6

Album celebrating the 100 th anniversary of the Imperial Guard (Sobstvennyi Ego Velichestva Konvoi)

Scope and Contents note

Includes 100 prints showing members of the regiment in dress uniform and on parade. Also includes formal and informal photographs of the imperial family, n.d.

Oversize File, 1767-1915

Box 7

1 print depicting the class of the Khristchanskii Soiuz Molodykh Liudei in Harbin, China, 1936


Printed matter

Box 7

Jiganoff, V. D., Russkie v Shankhae, undated

Box 8

Komitet po Sooruzheniiu Khrama Pamiatnika Moriakam Pogibshim v Voinu s Iaponiei v 1904-1905 gg., Khram Pamiatnik Moriakam Pogibshim v Voinu s Iaponiei v 1904-1905 gg

Scope and Contents note

Printed copy, 1915
Box 9

Personal papers of Karol de Perthees (1740-1812), royal cartographer/geographer to King Stanislaw August Poniatowski of Poland

Scope and Contents note

Includes his Commission as lieutenant in the Polish Crown artillery, signed by Count Aloisius Bruhl, 1767; a passport for travel to Elblag, East Prussia, signed by King Stanislaw August; his commission as colonel, signed by King Stanislaw August, 1783; extract from a register of the nobility of Wilno Guberniia confirming titles of the Perthees family, with wax seal of Emperor Alexander I, 1812

Watercolor depicting a rider (Iskander Riza Kuli Mirza?) on horseback, undated

Box 10

Memorabilia, 1920-1928

Scope and Contents note

Medals received by Leonid Vishnevetskii for service in the Polish Army, 1920-1928