The Russkii Obshche-voinskii soiuz (ROVS) Papers, 1919 - 1986

Descriptive Identification

Repository
Foundation of Russian History,
1407 Robinson Road
Jordanville, NY 13361
Extent
7.5 cubic feet (10 manuscript boxes, 8 index card boxes)
Creator
Russkiĭ Obshche-Voinskiĭ Soi︠u︡z.
Language
RussianEnglishFrench
Abstract
These papers consist of select records of the Russkii obshche-voinskii soiuz, ROVS, the Russian All-military union. Formed by General Petr N. Vrangel’ in 1924, ROVS managed to preserve the military structure of the demilitarized White Army in exile, while integrating its members into civilian life. ROVS played an important role in redefining the White Army’s ideology, and provided essential support to its members in emigration. These records include detailed lists of ROVS members, correspondence, circulars, orders, and reports.

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Administrative Information

Access Restriction

This collection is open for research according to the regulations of the Foundation of Russian History.

Use Restriction

Permission to quote (publish) from unpublished or previously published material must be obtained as described in the regulations of the Foundation of Russian History.

Biographical/Historical Commentary

These papers consist of select records of the Russkii obshche-voinskii soiuz, ROVS, the Russian All-military union. Formed by General Petr N. Vrangel’ in 1924, ROVS managed to preserve the military structure of the demilitarized White Army in exile, while integrating its members into civilian life. ROVS played an important role in redefining the White Army’s ideology, and provided essential support to its members in emigration

Scope and Content

These records include detailed lists of ROVS members, correspondence, circulars, orders, and reports. Included are documents that predate the formation of the Russkii obshche-voinskii soiuz, such as circulars and orders of the White Army under General Denikin, and orders of the Russian Army under General Vrangel’s command. Of particular importance is a collection of eight boxes of index cards, dating to 1924-1925, which provides personal information of members of the Gallipoli veteran’s association, included the numbers of distributed commemorative Gallipoli crosses.

Detailed processing and preservation microfilming for these materials were made possible by a generous grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and by matching funds from the Hoover Institution and the Holy Trinity Seminary. The grant also provides depositing a microfilm copy in the Hoover Institution Archives. The original materials remain in the Holy Trinity Seminary Archives as its property. A transfer table indicating corresponding box and reel numbers is appended to this register. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in these materials do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.