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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Indexing Terms
  • Biographical Note
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Arrangement

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Sergeĭ Dmitrievich Sazonov Papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1914-1928
    Collection number: 65019
    Creator: Sazonov, Sergeĭ Dmitrievich, 1861-1927.
    Collection Size: 4 manuscript boxes, 1 leather briefcase 1.6 linear feet)
    Repository: Hoover Institution Archives
    Stanford, California 94305-6010
    Abstract: Clippings, correspondence, and writings relating to Russian political and foreign affairs in 1909-1917, Russian involvement in World War I, and the career of Sergeĭ Dmitrievich Sazonov as Russian foreign minister
    Language: The collection is in English, Russian, French, and German.

    Administrative Information


    Collection open for research.
    The Hoover Institution Archives only allows access to copies of audiovisual items. To listen to sound recordings or to view videos or films during your visit, please contact the Archives at least two working days before your arrival. We will then advise you of the accessibility of the material you wish to see or hear. Please note that not all audiovisual material is immediately accessible.

    Publication Rights

    For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Archives.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Sergeĭ Dmitrievich Sazonov Papers, [Box no.], Hoover Institution Archives.

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 1965.


    Materials may have been added to the collection since this finding aid was prepared. To determine if this has occurred, find the collection in Stanford University's online catalog Socrates at http://library.stanford.edu/webcat . Materials have been added to the collection if the number of boxes listed in Socrates is larger than the number of boxes listed in this finding aid.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Kolchak, Aleksandr Vasil'evich, 1873-1920
    Russia (Territory under White armies, 1918-1920) Vremennoe rossiiskoe pravitel'stvo (Kolchak)
    Russia--Foreign relations--1894-1917
    Russia--History--Nicholas II, 1894-1917
    Soviet Union--History--Revolution, 1917-1921

    Biographical Note

    Sergeĭ Dmitreivich Sazonov

    1861 July 29 (O.S.) Born, Riazan' Province, Russia
    1883 Entered Russian diplomatic service
    1904 Appointed counselor of Russian Embassy, London
    1909 Appointed assistant foreign minister
    1910 Appointed foreign minister of the Russian Empire
    1916 Resigned from his post
    1917 Appointed ambassador to London but unable to assume this post due to February revolution
    1919 Appointed foreign minister of the governments of Admiral A. V. Kolchak and General A. I. Denikin
    1927 Author, Vospominaniia and Fateful Years
    1927 December 24 Died, Nice, France

    Scope and Content of Collection

    This collection contains the papers of Sergeĭ Dmitrievich Sazonov, foreign minister of the Russian Empire from 1910 to 1916. Sazonov's memoirs in the Russian holograph original and English, French and German translations, constitute the bulk of the collection. Two bound volumes of clippings are devoted to the memoirs (excerpts and reviews) and two are devoted to Sazonov himself (mainly obituaries). The remainder of the collection consists of correspondence, biographical materials, and an office file devoted to the issue of Russia's claim to Constantinople and the Straits during the First World War.
    The Biographical file contains an appeal to Sazonov, Sazonov's address book, and clippings relating to Sazonov, mainly obituaries on his passing.
    The Correspondence includes a "general file" of sympathetic letters upon Sazonov's departure from the post of foreign minister in 1916.
    The Office file contains correspondence relating to the acquisition of Constantinople and the Straits during the First World War. This file is very similar to the Office file in the Nikolai Aleksandrovich Bazili collection and is very likely part and parcel of it, but since it has been used and cited by historians as part of the Sazonov collection, it is left here. Researchers should, however, be aware of closely related material in the Bazili papers.
    The Speeches and writings are primarily Sazonov's memoirs, including the original Russian manuscript in bound notebooks and partial and complete translations into English, French, and German (never published as a book). Two volumes of clippings include reviews and excerpts published in the periodical press. The original Russian manuscript contains material not included in the published edition (such as the final chapter). The designations "draft one" and "draft two" in reference to variant drafts of translations have been applied by the processor exclusively for the purpose of differentiating between drafts and do not reflect any original designations by the author or translator(s), which are absent.
    Writings by others consists of one writing: the World War I memoirs of Robert Wilton, entitled "Behind the Scenes in Russia." This typescript should not be confused with Wilton's published Russia's Agony (London: E. Arnold, 1918), the content of which is entirely different and relates specifically to the events of 1917.
    Memorabilia consists of Sazonov's leather briefcase, embossed "Ministr inostrannykh diel."
    These papers were acquired from Lascelle de Basily as part of her husband's, Nikolai Alexandrovich Bazili papers, but were distilled from that larger collection and organized into this separate collection.


    The collection is organized into six series: Biographical file, Correspondence, Office file, Speeches and writings, Writings by others, and Memorabilia.