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TitleLetters of Prince Vasily Alexandrovich Dolgorukov
Extent43 items
DescriptionLetters of Prince Vasily Alexandrovich Dolgorukov to his stepfather Count Pavel Konstantinovich Benckendorff. The letters describe conditions and events at the front during the First World War in Russia. The majority of the letters are written from the General Head Quarters of the Imperial Army however, there are a few written from the Royal residence at Tsarskoye Selo. A group photograph including Prince V.A. Dolgorukov is also included within the collection.
ArrangementThe letters are arranged chronologically.
Access ConditionsAccess to all registered researchers
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.

Summary transcripts of the letters in English and Russian are available at Special Collections along with a list and brief biographical details of people mentioned by Dolgorukov.
Access StatusOpen
Physical DescriptionIndividual letters bound in a volume.
Administrative HistoryPrince Vasily Alexandrovich Dolgorukov was stepson of Count P.K. Benckendorff and Major-General in Suite of his Imperial Majesty. As Marshal of the Court, Dolgorukov was assistant to his stepfather (one rank junior in the Court hierarchy). Very devoted to the Emperor, Dolgorukov accompanied the Imperial family to inprisonment in Tobolsk. He was separated from them when they were transferred to Ekaterinburg. Later, Dolgorukov together with General Count Tatishchev was also moved to Ekaterinburg but not allowed into Ipatiev House (where the Imperial family was imprisoned). Both were shot, as was the Empress's lady-in-waiting, Countess Anastasya Hendrikova. Count and Countess Beckendorff shared the Imperial family's detention at Tsarskoe Selo, but did not go to Tobolsk. They escaped to Estonia, where Count Beckendorff died in great poverty in 1921.

Reference: Finding aid to the Letters of Prince Vasily Alexandrovich Dolgorukov.
AcquisitionThis collection was purchased by the University Library as an addition to the papers of N.P.Shishkin, 11 March 1974 from Sotheby's.
Related MaterialUniversity of Birmingham Information Services, Special Collections Department also holds the Shishkin Papers which document the career of N.P. Shishkin in the diplomatic service of the Russian Imperial Government.


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