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The Tyrkova-Williams Collection

The individual books and papers listed here are rare and, for the most part, seem not to be duplicated in other libraries. As a collection they give an insight into the social and political ideas of the White Movement during the Russian Civil War and in emigration.

This material was named after Ariadna Vladimirovna Tyrkova-Williams, a Russian journalist and leading member of the Constitutional Democrat (Kadet) Party. 

It was collected by her and her husband Harold Williams, also a journalist (and later Foreign Affairs Editor of The Times, in Russia mostly during 1919-1920, when they were with the British Military Mission to General Denikin. Mrs. Tyrkova-Williams remained active in the White Movement after the Civil War, was an organiser of the Russian Liberation Committee in London, edited the Committee's publications and, among other things, raised money for the relief of orphaned Russian children

The collection is located at the following shelfmark ranges:

The collection was deposited in the British Museum Library in 1937, together with a large group of manuscript material, consisting of the correspondence received by Mrs. Tyrkova-Williams (and to a small extent her husband) after 1919. The manuscripts are now preserved in The British Library Manuscript Collections.

The individual books and papers listed here are rare and, for the most part, seem not to be duplicated in other libraries. As a collection they give an insight into the social and political ideas of the White Movement during the Civil War and in emigration. Together with the manuscript collection, it is a memorial to the activity of an important figure in Russian political life prior to the Revolution and in the White Movement subsequently: Mrs. A.V. Tyrkova-Williams.

This material is for the most part in a very poor state of preservation. The paper had a high acid content and is now extremely brittle. Urgently required attention is being given to the collection which means that some items may not be available for consultation at present.

The British Library would like to thank Mr. George B. Morris for his expertise and considerable work in making this collection available.

The collection consists of:

  • About 125 books and brochures mainly published 1918-1921 in Russia, in territory occupied by the White forces (mostly on the Southern Front but the North-West Front and Siberia are also represented) and among Russian anti-Bolshevik émigrés (in Constantinople, Harbin [Kharbin], Belgrade, Paris, etc).

  • Over 300 leaflets issued by or under the aegis of the White forces and by Church authorities, containing orders, regulations, appeals, statements of political programmes, biographies and obituaries of White generals, and descriptions of the treatment of the Church in Soviet territories.

  • Texts of articles published or for publication in areas occupied by White forces.

  • Information bulletins of Russian news agencies in South Russia, Siberia, Belgrade, Constantinople, etc., and surveys of the foreign press mostly prepared by the White information and propaganda agency OSVAG.

For further information on Harold Williams (and Ariadna Tyrkova-Williams), visit The New Zealand Edge webpage about him

Contact

Katya Rogatchevskaia, Lead Curator, Russian Studies
European Studies
The British Library
96 Euston Road
London
NW1 2DB
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)20 7412 7587

E-mail: katya.rogatchevskaia@bl.uk

Peter W. Hellyer, Curator, Russian Studies
European Studies
The British Library
96 Euston Road
London
NW1 2DB
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)20 7412 7582

E-mail: peter.hellyer@bl.uk