Vane Ivanovic Archive

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Archive material relating to the life and work of Vane Ivanovic. Includes materials relating to his athletics career (including the Berlin 1936 and London 1948 Olympics), his work in shipping and as Consul of Monaco, and work with the Democratic Alternative movement campaigning for a united Yugoslavia. Please note that many of the documents are in Serbo-Croat.

Administrative / Biographical History

Vane Ivanovic was born into a family of shipping merchants. He studied at the University of Cambridge and later went on to become an Athlete, competing in the Berlin 1936 and London 1948 Olympics Games. He would later become an expert in spear-fishing. Taking over his family shipping firm, Ivanovic was instrumental in acquiring the Yugoslavian fleet for use by the allies during the Second World War. During the war he also acted for the Special Operations Executive. After the war he took up permanent residence in the UK and held some political and diplomatic posts, such as Ambassador to Monaco. He also actively campaigned for a united Yugoslavia.

Conditions Governing Access

Available to view by appointment. Please email Kingston University Archives and Special Collections to make an appointment. Due to the language difficulties with this collection we ask that all appointments are booked at least a week in advance to allow time to locate the items you need.

Related Material

Vane Ivanovic's library is listed separately (reference KUAS4). Detailed descriptions of the books in the Collection can be found on Kingston University's library catalogue