Register of the Sergeĭ Dmitrievich Sazonov Papers, 1914-1928

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Register of the Sergeĭ Dmitrievich Sazonov Papers, 1914-1928

Hoover Institution Archives

Stanford University

Stanford, California

Contact Information

  • Hoover Institution Archives
  • Stanford University
  • Stanford, California 94305-6010
  • Phone: (650) 723-3563
  • Fax: (650) 725-3445
  • Email: archives@hoover.stanford.edu
© 1999, 2011 Hoover Institution Archives. All rights reserved.

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

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Collection open for research.
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Preferred Citation

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

Acquisition Information

Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 1965.

Accruals

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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
Statesmen--Russia

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.

Arrangement

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

Collection Contents

Box: 1

Biographical file, 1916-1928.

Scope and Content Note

Address book, appeal, and clippings, arranged alphabetically by physical form
Box/Folder: 1 : 1

Address book, undated.

Scope and Content Note

Also includes notes and drafts of writings
Box/Folder: 1 : 2

Appeal to Sazonov by Mayor of Moscow Chelnokov, 1917 January 19

Box: 1

Clippings, 1916-1928

Box/Folder: 1 : 3

General, 1916-1924

Box/Folder: 1 : 4

Obituaries and death notices, 1927-1928

Scope and Content Note

(two bound volumes)
Box/Folder: 1

Correspondence, 1915-1926.

Scope and Content Note

Arranged alphabetically by name of correspondent and chronologically therein
Box/Folder: 1 : 5

General, 1916 July.

Scope and Content Note

Letters of sympathy to Sazonov on his resignation, 1916 July
Box/Folder: 1 : 6

Andries, E., 1926 March 11

Box/Folder: 1 : 7

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 1924-1925 and undated

Box/Folder: 1 : 8

Gamm, A., 1926 April 20.

Scope and Content Note

See also Speeches and writings/Vospominaniia/Typescript/German
Box/Folder: 1 : 9

Golovin, Nikolai Nikolaevich, 1920

Scope and Content Note

Includes letter from Sidney B. Fay to General Nikolai Nikolaevich Golovin, 1920, and answers from Sazonov to Fay's questions about Russian foreign policy in the summer of 1914
Box/Folder: 1 : 10

Guchkov, Aleksandr Ivanovich, 1919 September 13

Box/Folder: 1 : 11

Keller, M., 1919 March 14

Box/Folder: 1 : 12

Oudard, Serge, 1926

Box/Folder: 1 : 13

Persiani, Ivan Alksandrovich, 1921 February 18

Box/Folder: 1 : 14

Schilling, Maurice (Shilling, Mavrikii Fabianovich), 1923 March 4

Box/Folder: 1 : 15

Shebunin, A. F., 1920

Box/Folder: 1 : 16

Strashnenko, Vladimir Aristarkhovich, 1915 April 28

Box/Folder: 1 : 17

Verlag für Kulturpolitik, 1926 April 1.

Scope and Content Note

See also Speeches and writings/Vospominaniia/Typescript/German
Box/Folder: 1 : 18

Office file, 1914-1917.

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence of diplomatic, naval and military officials relating to Russia's interest in Constantinople and the Straits during World War I, arranged by subject. See also the Nikolai Aleksandrovich Bazili papers for related material
Box/Folder: 1

Speeches and writings, 1924-1928.

Scope and Content Note

Statement and memoirs, arranged chronologically
Box/Folder: 1 : 19

Sazonov's Statement, London Times, 1924 May 11.

Scope and Content Note

Clipping. Includes lengthier clipping from New York Times entitled "Sazonov Denies Russia Caused the World War," same date
Box/Folder: 1

Vospominaniia, 1927

Scope and Content Note

(also published in English as Fateful Years, 1909-1916, and in French as Les années fatales)
Box/Folder: 1 : 20-21

Holograph (in Russian)

Box: 1

Typescript

Box/Folder: 1 : 22

Russian (partial)

Box: 1

English (Fateful Years, 1909-1916)

Box/Folder: 2 : 1-2

Draft one

Box/Folder: 2 : 3-5

Draft two

Box/Folder: 2 : 6

Incomplete draft

Box: 3

French (Les années fatales)

Box/Folder: 3 : 1-2

Draft one

Box/Folder: 3 : 3-4

Draft two

Box: 3

German (untitled). Includes correspondence with A. Gamm and Verlag für Kulturpolitik inserted in draft

Box/Folder: 3 : 5

Draft one

Box/Folder: 3 : 6

Draft two

Box/Folder: 3 : 7

Proofs

Box/Folder: 4 : 1

Clippings, 1927-1928.

Scope and Content Note

Includes excerpts, reviews, and mentions in press
Box/Folder: 4 : 2

Writings by others, undated.

Scope and Content Note

Robert Wilton, "Behind the Scenes in Russia"
Vault

Memorabilia, undated.

Scope and Content Note

Sazonov's leather briefcase, embossed "Ministr inostrannykh diel"