White Russian printed literature

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Printed material of or acquired by George Soloveytchik (b 1902), financier, journalist and author, relating to his activities in and support of the British movement against Bolshevism during the Russian civil war and his membership of associated societies, clubs and committees. It also includes publicity material and publications (such as press releases, pamphlets, circulars) newspaper cuttings, and photographs

Administrative / Biographical History

George Soloveytchik was born on 14 Marc 1902 in Petrograd and lived in Russia until 1919 when he came to England with his mother after the death of his father. They lived in Kensington Gate, London. In October 1919 he entered Queen's College, Oxford to read Modern History and he graduated with a BA in Jun 1922.

The records of Queen's College, Oxford provide some additional personal details. He was educated at St Catherine's School and the Reformed School in Petrograd. His family was Jewish and the Provost's Entrance Book describes him as a "very secular Jew". His father and grandfather, who were involved in social reform and politics, owned a large bank in Russia which was nationalised by the Bolsheviks.

According to the Queen"s College  Register of 1937, he was living at 12 Cavendish Mansions, Langham Street, London and had been employed as head of the Finance Department of Messrs Spurling, Skinner, Tudor and Co. He was still living at that address in 1950 but the  Register of 1957 prints his name in an appendix, indicating that his address was unknown and that he had possibly died.

Reference: Much of the above biographical information was supplied by the Keeper of the Archives, Queen"s College, Oxford

He wrote a number of books, including  The Financier. The life of Ivar Kreuger (Peter Davies, London, 1933);  Leu & Co. 1755-1955. Two centuries of history in the life of a Swiss bank (Zurich, 1955);  Peace and Chaos? (MacDonald & Co., London, 1944; new edition, Percival Marshall, London, 1949);  Potemkin. A picture of Catherine's Russia (Thornton Butterworth, London, 1938);  Russia in Perspective (MacDonald & Co., London, 1946);  Switzerland in Perspective (London, Oxford University Press, 1954)

Reference: University of Birmingham, Special Collections Department, Online Archive Catalogue  (http://calmview.bham.ac.uk/). Accessed May 2002.

Arrangement

The collection is arranged in the following categories: 1. Printed and other materials of Committees, Societies and Clubs 2. Other publications and printed materials 3. Miscellaneous.

Conditions Governing Access

Open. Access to all registered researchers.

Other Finding Aids

A catalogue is available in electronic format on the University of Birmingham Special Collections website: http://calmview.bham.ac.uk/ A paper catalogue to file and item level is available in the Special Collections Department.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to make any published use of any material from the collection must be sought in advance in writing from the University Archivist, Special Collections. Identification of copyright holders of unpublished material is often difficult. Special Collections will assist where possible with identifying copyright owners, but responsibility for ensuring copyright clearance rests with the user of the material.