Location of Originals
Scope and Content Note
Title: Konstantin Vasil'evich Semchevskii papers
Date (inclusive): 1917-1978
Collection Number: 2001C38
Hoover Institution Archives
Language of Material:
2 microfilm reels
(0.3 linear feet)
Memoirs, other writings, correspondence, printed matter, and photographs, relating to the Russian Civil War in Siberia, and
to Russian émigré affairs.
Semchevskii, Konstantin Vasil'evich, 1894-1978
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[Identification of item], Konstantin Vasil'evich Semchevskii Papers, [Box no.], Hoover Institution Archives.
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Location of Originals
Originals in: Museum of Russian Culture, San Francisco.
Colonel K. V. Semchevskii was born on 6 May 1894 (O. S.) in Tiflis (Tbilisi). After graduating with honors from the Corps
de Pages in 1913, he was commissioned as a sub-lieutenant in the Life Guard Horse Artillery, with which he served until 1917.
In October of that year, he entered the General Staff Academy, where he studied through July 1918, when, with a group of fellow
officers, he escaped from Ekaterinburg to join Siberian White military units operating in the area. In August 1918 he was
appointed head of the operations section of the army staff in Omsk, and promoted to the rank of guards captain the following
month. In December 1918, he was appointed an instructor at an army school in Vladivostok. In November 1919, he assumed the
duties of chief of staff of the 1st Cavalry Division, taking command of its remnants to lead them out of encirclement in January
1920. The following month, Semchevskii was promoted to the rank of colonel and appointed quartermaster general of the 3rd
Army (from March 1920 - III Corps).
Along with his wife, Elena Vasil'evna Semchevskaia (a writer and poet), Semchevskii lived in China until emigrating to the
United States in 1950. He wrote his memoirs, primarily of life in the Corps de Pages, and maintained correspondence with many
of his fellow pages through the 1970s. He also taught at the Army Language School in Monterey, California, where he died in
|1894 May 6
||Graduated, Corps de Pages, St. Petersburg, Russia
||Commissioned as a Sub-Lieutenant in the Life-Guard Horse Artillery
||Captain, Siberian Army
||Temporary chief of operations section, Siberian Army headquarters
||Instructor, military school, Vladivostok
||Promoted to Colonel and appointed Quartermaster-General, Third Army, Siberia
||Arrived, United States
||Died, United States
Scope and Content Note
K. V. Semchevskii was a Russian army colonel and member of the association of graduates of the Corps de Pages and former officers
of the Guards Horse Artillery. Most of the correspondence (almost entirely with former comrades-in-arms), writings, and subject
file reflect his involvement in these organizations and general information on Russian military history. The SUBJECT FILE/Russia.
Armiia/General contains the diary of Gen. Bezobrazov for 1917-1924.
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Endowment for the Humanities and by matching funds from the Hoover Institution and Museum of Russian Culture. The grant also
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Culture, San Francisco as its property. A transfer table indicating corresponding box and reel numbers is available at the
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Subjects and Indexing Terms
Siberia (Russia)--History--Revolution, 1917-1921.
Soviet Union--History--Revolution, 1917-1921.