Bosanquet Family papers

Scope and Content

Comprises the correspondence, private and official, the consular documents, newspaper cuttings, picture postcards, and miscellaneous ephemera of Vivian Bosanquet (1872-1943) and his wife Dorothy (ne Moule; 1887-1962) in Russia during the period of the Revolution, and accounts of their experiences written by their son, Peter Bosanquet.

Vivian Bosanquet: (1-143) letters to parents & brother, Bisley, Rouen, Berlin, Odessa, Constantinople, St Petersburg, Kerch, Kiev, Nikolaev, Serres, Rio de Janeiro, Moscow, etc (143, 1894-1911); (144-162) letters to Dorothy Bosanquet, Copenhagen, Libau, Baltic Sea (HMS Cardiff & Caledon) (17, 1918-1919); (163) letter from A Deacon, Nikolaev (1907); (164-168) letters from H J Whiting to Mrs Bosanquet, Nikolaev, Odessa, Serres (5, 1905-1907); (169-170) "[Petrograd, September 1917-August 1918]" (incomplete private memoir) ([1918]).

Dorothy Bosanquet:(171-197) letters to parents, Petrograd, Finland, Tsarskoe Selo, Riga, Novgorod (25, 1915-1917); (198) letter to Vivian Bosanquet (1917); (199) letter from E. C. Alexander-Sinclair, HMS Cardiff (1918); (200) letter from Maud Bosanquet (1919); (201) diary, Riga, 1917; (202) "Riga and the Revolution".

Vivian Bosanquet: (203-206) consular passports etc, 1907-1911; (207-209) reports on Kishinev pogrom, agriculture and trade (1903-1911); (210-293) official correspondence, memoranda, telegrams, translations, minutes of meetings, dispatches, reports, etc, 1911, 1918-1919; (294-304) typed copies of German articles and declarations about the Baltic nobility, Estonia, etc (1918-[1919]); (305-313, 314q, 315-317, 318q-320q, 321-336, 337q-338q) cuttings from English and Danish newspapers chiefly about British-supported resistance to Bolsheviks in Baltic provinces (1918-1919); (339) Menu on postcard of Gr D Tat'iana Nikolaevna, 1916; (340) List of Russian aristocrats etc, nd; (341) Libava (Libau) jeweller's bill, 1918; (342) Riga opera programme, 1918; (343-344) Danish and English religious literature (1919); (345) Luggage receipt, 1919; (346-352) Russian and Baltic provinces paper money, 1916-1918; (353-361) Picture postcards of Helsinki, Novgorod, Olavinlinna, works by Raphael from Hermitage (0SE 294 & 2268), Russian prelate; (362) Peter Bosanquet "Life in a Turbulent Empire: The Experiences of Vivian and Dorothy Bosanquet in Russia, 1897 to 1918" (1996); (363) Peter Bosanquet "A Russian Odyssey: An Account of the Consular Experiences of Vivian and Dorothy Bosanquet, 1897-1932" (1998); (364) Negatives of the illustrations to 363; (365-366) Letters storage boxes.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Bosanquet family were members of the British diplomatic community in pre-revolutionary Russia.

Access Information

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Acquisition Information

The gift of Peter Bosanquet, March, July, and August 1998.


In Danish, English, French, German, Latvian, Portuguese, Russian, Turkish

Other Finding Aids

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

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