Scope and Content of Collection
Title: Sergeĭ Dmitrievich Sazonov Papers,
Date (inclusive): 1914-1928
Collection number: 65019
Sazonov, Sergeĭ Dmitrievich, 1861-1927.
4 manuscript boxes, 1 leather briefcase
1.6 linear feet)
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
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[Identification of item], Sergeĭ Dmitrievich Sazonov Papers, [Box no.], Hoover Institution
Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 1965.
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listed in this finding aid.
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--History--Nicholas II, 1894-1917
Soviet Union--History--Revolution, 1917-1921
Sergeĭ Dmitreivich Sazonov
|1861 July 29 (O.S.)
||Born, Riazan' Province, Russia
||Entered Russian diplomatic service
||Appointed counselor of Russian Embassy, London
||Appointed assistant foreign minister
||Appointed foreign minister of the Russian Empire
||Resigned from his post
||Appointed ambassador to London but unable to assume this post due to February revolution
||Appointed foreign minister of the governments of Admiral A. V. Kolchak and General A. I. Denikin
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.
Biographical file contains an appeal to Sazonov, Sazonov's address book, and clippings relating to Sazonov, mainly obituaries on his passing.
Correspondence includes a "general file" of sympathetic letters upon Sazonov's departure from the post of foreign minister in 1916.
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.
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.