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RefNo ANG
Title Anglo-Russian Society Collection
Date1 1892-1936
StorageSite UCL SSEES
Level Collection
Extent 2 boxes
AdminHistory The Anglo-Russian Literary Society was founded in London in 1893 by Edward A Cazalet with its work being conducted from the Imperial Institute, London. It was one of the earliest British organisations to promote cultural relations with Russia. Membership was open to both Britons and Russians. The Society's objects were promoting the study of Russian language and literature, the formation of a library of Russian books and periodicals, the holding of monthly meetings and the promotion of friendly relations between Britain and Russia. The Society's monthly lectures were published in the Proceedings of the Society which appeared quarterly. Tsar Nicholas II became a patron of the Society in 1894 and Tsarina Alexandra in 1897. After 1917 the Society lost many of its Russian members and its imperial patronage.


At the end of 1922 the Society moved from the Imperial Institute to the School of Slavonic Studies, King's College (later SSEES), its library of some 1,500 volumes was transferred to the School and the School's Director, Sir Bernard Pares became secretary of the Society. In September 1930 the Society was renamed the Anglo-Russian Society. It is not clear when the Society was wound up. It was probably in 1934 as the last membership subscription records are from that year although the last records date to 1936.

CustodialHistory The Society's archives were transferred to the School of Slavonic Studies with the Library.
FindingAids On-line catalogue available on the School's website.
Description Records of the Anglo-Russian Society (formerly the Anglo-Russian Literary Society), 1892-1936, comprising:


Regulation pamphlet 1893, containing constitution, lists of officers and members of the Society, and paper by Dr John Pollen on "The Russian Language and Literature"; membership lists, 1904-1921; subscription records, 1910-1934; account book, 1930-1934; receipt books, 1931-1934; bank book, 1932-1935; bank statements 1935-1936; correspondence 1895-1935 (mainly 1922-1935), mainly on payment of subscriptions and arrangement of speakers for the Society's meetings; library catalogue, 1906; volume of press cuttings relating to the Society, 1892-1897; manuscript translation of William Shakespeare's play "Romeo and Juliet", text by Professor Delius - translator Anatolia Kremleva.

Repository GB 0369
AccessStatus Open
AccessConditions Unrestricted access. Researchers wishing to consult the archives or seeking further information should contact UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies Library, 16 Taviton Street, London, WC1H 0BW.
ReproductionConditions Photocopies/photographs/microfilm are supplied for private research only at the Archivist's discretion. Please note that material may be unsuitable for copying on conservation grounds, and that photographs cannot be photocopied in any circumstances. Researchers who wish to publish material must seek copyright permission from the copyright owner.
CatalogueStatus Catalogued
Arrangement 14 files, as described in Description field.
Language English
Russian
RelatedMaterial See also: Dorothy Galton Collection (GAL) for a history of the Society.
Term Russian literature
National literatures
European literature
CorporateKey Anglo-Russian Society; 1893-1935

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