MEL'GUNOV, Sergei Petrovich, 1879-1956, Russian historian and migr

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Papers of Professor Sergei Petrovich Mel'gunov, [1910-1960], including a large amount of material relating to the Russian Revolutions and the Russian Civil War, notably handwritten and typewritten accounts of eyewitnesses and victims of the Bolshevik regime, [1918-1920], cuttings from various Russian newspapers, 1919-1921, papers and cuttings relating to trials and executions of opponents of the regime, 1921-1934, papers concerning the Cheka (and lists of Chekists), 1918-[1927], and the GPU, and other material relating to the period; and correspondence with Russian migrs and prominent people abroad and in Russia, including comments on contemporary political events and problems, notably letters from Yekaterina Dmitriyevna Kuskova, an early Russian Marxist who was exiled in 1922 for opposition to the Bolshevik government.

Administrative / Biographical History

Born in 1879; worked as Professor of History previous to the Russian Revolution; founded an anti-Bolshevik socialist party (Popular Socialist Party), 1919; sentenced to death, then reprieved, with the sentence commuted to imprisonment; expelled from the Soviet Union, 1920; settled in Prague, Berlin and Paris, where he continued his historical researches and published works on Russian history; became editor of several migr journals; died 1956. Publications: The Red Terror in Russia (JM Dent and Sons, London and Toronto, 1925); numerous publications in Russian.

Arrangement

Unsorted.

Conditions Governing Access

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Other Finding Aids

Summary boxlist available.

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

The condition of many of the documents is poor, and they require careful handling.

Archivist's Note

Sources: British Library On-Line Public Access Catalogue 97; Historical Manuscripts Commission National Register of Archives. Compiled by Sarah Aitchison as part of the RSLP AIM25 project.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright unknown. Some documents may be photocopied.

Custodial History

Bought from the family in 1961. A further deposit was made by the family in 1968.

Related Material

Mel'gunov's book collection forms part of the Library's Russian collection.

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