Correspondence, speeches and writings, and printed matter, relating to Russian émigré lawyers in the United States, and to
resettlement of Russian refugees in the United States.
Konstantin Nikolaevich Nikolaev was born on April 12, 1884, in Kiev, Russia. A graduate of the Law Department of Kiev University
of St. Vladimir, Nikolaev worked as an attorney in Kiev until 1918. In 1920 he immigrated to Warsaw, Poland, where he served
as legal adviser to the Orthodox Church and held other diocesan assignments. In 1933, Nikolaev was exiled to Belgrade, Serbia,
where he continued to advise church hierarchy on legal affairs. In this capacity, he worked closely with Patriarch Varnava
(Rusich) of the Serbian Orthodox Church and Metropolitan Anastasii (Gribanovskii) of the Russian Orthodox Church outside Russia.
Leaving Belgrade in 1944, Nikolaev spent the next two years in Germany involved in defense of human rights, especially concerning
Russian refugees. In 1946 he founded the Union of Former Russian Jurists in Germany, reestablishing this organization in the
United States after his arrival there in 1950. As chair of this organization, Nikolaev continued his efforts on behalf of
the Russian émigré community.