Thornton Family papers

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 206 MS 1072
  • Dates of Creation
  • Name of Creator
  • Language of Material
      English Russian
  • Physical Description
      304 ff., 3 vols, 1 painting, manuscript, typescript, printed, photographs, negatives, and a slide

Scope and Content

Comprises Thornton family letters and memoirs of Russia, letters between others, photographs of Thornton and many other British family members in Russia, and of their woollen mill, newspaper cuttings, and other printed material covering the last two centuries

Administrative / Biographical History

The Thornton family were members of the British community in pre-revolutionary Russia, resident in St. Petersburg/Petrograd

Access Information

Access is unrestricted

Acquisition Information

The gift of David Varley, February 1984; Josie Smith, April 1984; Irina Prehn, May 1986, March 1991; Michael Thornton, April and July 1988, February 1989, February 1992; P. Timothy Crook, October 1989; Elizabeth Brand, August 1990; Christine and Mark Varley, October and November 1993; Jennifer Stead, November 1993, February 1996


In English, Russian

Other Finding Aids

A more detailed listing of the contents is available in the Leeds Russian Archive online catalogue

Family Names