Finding Number (Click this to view full catalogue structure)MS126
TitleKerensky Family Papers
Extent14 boxes
Date[late 19th cent]-1991
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DescriptionPapers of the Kerensky family, a Russian emigre family.

This collection comprises papers of three generations of the Kerensky family: the Soviet Revolutionary politician, Alexander Kerensky (1881-1970), who served as Prime Minister of the Russian Provisional Government in 1917 and who escaped from the Bolsheviks and remained in exile until his death; his first wife, Olga Kerensky (1883-1975) who, following the overthrow of the Provisional Government and a short imprisonment, escaped from Russia, via Estonia to London in 1920; their sons. Oleg (1905-1984) and Gleb (1907-1990) who were both engineers; and Oleg's son, also Oleg (1930-1993), a ballet critic.

The collection comprises a wide range of quite disparate materials of personal, family, political and professional papers represented across the papers of these individual members of the family. The papers of Alexander Kerensky are largely of a political nature and include his writings and interviews with him and a small quantity of correspondence from his second wife, 1962-63. Olga Kerensky's papers principally comprise versions of her memoirs and extensive family and personal correspondence from Alexander Kerensky, written to her and her sons over a period of nearly 50 years, and from Katherine Breshko-Breshkovskaya, 1925-34. The papers of their sons, Oleg and Gleb Kerensky, largely represent their professional lives with the papers of Gleb being particularly strong in relation to his work as an engineer on hydro-electric projects and while there is no strong political element to their papers, both of them wrote about the October Revolution of 1917 and their father. The bulk of the papers of Oleg Kerensky junior relate to his professional work as arts journalist and broadcaster which include a fairly comprehensive record of his writings. His highly personal autobiography, written towards the end of his life, is currently closed for research access.
ArrangementThe collection has been arranged into five sub-fonds, reflecting the fact that it comprises the papers of five individual members of the Kerensky family; with a sixth fond added for miscellaneous papers of other individuals
Access ConditionsOne item is closed until 2031. This is indicated at file level.
Finding AidsA catalogue of this collection is available on the online archive catalogue. Click on the Finding Number to display the summary contents list of the catalogue and to view the full catalogue. A paper copy of this catalogue is also available for consultation at Special Collections.
Access StatusOpen
Administrative HistoryFull biographical histories of the individual members of the Kerensky family represented in this collection are included at sub-fonds level: Alexander Kerensky (1881-1970); Olga Kerensky (1883-1975); their sons, Oleg Kerensky (1905-1984), civil engineer; Gleb Kerensky (1907-1990), engineer; and grandson, Oleg Kerensky (1930-1993), ballet critic
AcquisitionDeposited by a member of the Kerensky family in February 1999
Related MaterialCadbury Research Library: Special Collections holds other archive collections relating to 20th century Russia including a collection of White Russian printed literature acquired by George Soloveytchik (MS19) and the papers of E. H. Carr, historian whose archive includes research and other materials relating to his monumental 14-volume 'A History of Soviet Russia' (EHC).

Cadbury Research Library: Special Collections also holds a Kerensky collection of books of and collected by Oleg Kerensky junior.
Associated MaterialsAn archive of Alexander Kerensky (1881-1970) is held by the University of Texas at Austin. This collection includes documents of the Socialist Revolutionary Party of 1917, as well as Kerensky's correspondence, manuscripts, diaries, files, clippings, poster


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