Register of the Konstantin Vasil'evich Semchevskii Papers

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Title: Konstantin Vasil'evich Semchevskii papers
Date (inclusive): 1917-1978
Collection Number: 2001C38
Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Archives
Language of Material: Russian
Physical Description: 2 microfilm reels (0.3 linear feet)
Abstract: Memoirs, other writings, correspondence, printed matter, and photographs, relating to the Russian Civil War in Siberia, and to Russian émigré affairs.
Creator: Semchevskii, Konstantin Vasil'evich, 1894-1978

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[Identification of item], Konstantin Vasil'evich Semchevskii Papers, [Box no.], Hoover Institution Archives.

Acquisition Information

Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 2001.

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Location of Originals

Originals in: Museum of Russian Culture, San Francisco.

Biography

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 February 1978.

Chronology

1894 May 6 Born, Russia
1913 Graduated, Corps de Pages, St. Petersburg, Russia
  Commissioned as a Sub-Lieutenant in the Life-Guard Horse Artillery
1918 Captain, Siberian Army
  Temporary chief of operations section, Siberian Army headquarters
1919 Instructor, military school, Vladivostok
1920 February Promoted to Colonel and appointed Quartermaster-General, Third Army, Siberia
1950 Arrived, United States
1978 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.
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 Museum of Russian Culture. The grant also provides depositing a microfilm copy in the Hoover Institution Archives. The original materials remain in the Museum of Russian Culture, San Francisco as its property. A transfer table indicating corresponding box and reel numbers is available at the Hoover Institution Archives.
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Subjects and Indexing Terms

Russia. Armiia--Officers
Russia.
Russians--United States.
Siberia (Russia)--History--Revolution, 1917-1921.
Soviet Union--History--Revolution, 1917-1921.
Soviet Union.
United States.

box 1

Biographical File, 1917-1978

Scope and Contents note

Clippings, family file relating to E. V. Semchevskaia (wife), military service records, scrapbook, and miscellany, arranged alphabetically by physical form
box 1-2

Correspondence, 1947-1978

Scope and Contents note

Cards and letters, arranged alphabetically by name of correspondent
box 2

Writings, 1948-1975

Scope and Contents note

Articles, letter to the editor and fragments of memoirs, arranged chronologically by title
box 2

Subject File, 1917-1978

Scope and Contents note

Clippings, correspondence, lists, writings and a diary, arranged alphabetically by subject
box 2

Photographs, n.d.

Scope and Contents note

Three prints and a color reproduction of a painting
Box 1

BIOGRAPHICAL FILE, 1917-1978

Box/Folder 1 : 1

Clippings about or mentioning Semchevskii

 

Family file - Semchevskaia, Elena V. (wife)

Box/Folder 1 : 2

Clippings about or mentioning Semchevskaia

Box/Folder 1 : 3

Identity papers

Box/Folder 1 : 4

Letter of thanks

Box/Folder 1 : 5

Writings.

Scope and Contents note

Include letter to the editor and two short stories
Box/Folder 1 : 6

Military service records.

General note

See also scrapbook
Box/Folder 1 : 7

Scrapbook.

Scope and Contents note

Includes photographs, military service records, and miscellaneous documents
Box/Folder 1 : 8

Miscellany.

Scope and Contents note

Includes statement and other documents relating to Semchevskii's activities during and after the Second World War
 

CORRESPONDENCE, 1947-1978

Box/Folder 1 : 9

General, 1957-1977 and undated

Box/Folder 1 : 10

Unidentified, 1973-1977 and undated

Box/Folder 1 : 11

Andro de Lanzheron, Svetlana Romanovna, 1976

Box/Folder 1 : 12

Aprelev, V., 1976-1978

Box/Folder 1 : 13

Armfel'dt, Vladimir, 1976-1978 and undated

Box/Folder 1 : 14

Babushkin, Boris Alekseevich, 1976-1977 and undated

Box/Folder 1 : 15

Barklai de Tolli, 1958 and undated

Box/Folder 1 : 16

Belosel'skii, Sergei, Prince, 1947-1954 and undated

Box/Folder 1 : 17

Burman, V., 1976-1977

Box/Folder 1 : 18

Chagin, Gleb, 1978

Box/Folder 1 : 19

Daragan, Ivan and Elena, 1966-1973 and undated

Box/Folder 1 : 20

Derozhinskii, B., 1975

Box/Folder 1 : 21

Domershchikov, N., 1970

Box/Folder 1 : 22

Gattenberger, P., 1976

Scope and Contents note

Includes associated correspondence with V. Sokolov, 1976
Box/Folder 1 : 23

Gershel'man family, 1975-1976 and undated

Box/Folder 1 : 24

Gonetskii, Nikolai, undated

Box/Folder 1 : 25

Grekova, Liubov' Sergeevna, 1975

Box/Folder 1 : 26

Il'ina, Ol'ga, 1975 (?)

Box/Folder 1 : 27

Khitrovo, Mikhail Sergeevich, 1966-1976

Box/Folder 1 : 28

Khitrovo, Vladimir Sergeevich, 1961-1968 and undated

Box/Folder 1 : 29

Kiselevskii, Kirill, Vasil'evich, 1970-1975

Box/Folder 1 : 30

Korbe, Nikolai Sergeevich, 1977 and undated

Box/Folder 1 : 31

Koval'skii, V., 1969-1977

Box/Folder 1 : 32

Kurcheninov, Valerian Sergeevich, 1975

Box/Folder 1 : 33

Lyons, Marvin, 1973 and undated

Box/Folder 1 : 34

Magerovskii, Lev Florianovich, 1975-1978

Scope and Contents note

Includes associated correspondence
Box/Folder 1 : 35

Maksheev, L. and Maksheeva, A., 1966-1969

Box/Folder 1 : 36

Meshcherinov, Sergei Aleksandrovich, 1969-1970

Box/Folder 1 : 37

Meyendorff, Georgii and Rita, undated

Box/Folder 1 : 38

Mikhailov, Mikhail Nikolaevich, 1975

Box/Folder 1 : 39

Mikhalevskii, Sergei, 1971-1978

Box/Folder 1 : 40

Miliutin, G., 1976

Box/Folder 1 : 41

Obruchev, Nikolai Sergeevich, 1976-1977

Box/Folder 1 : 42

Olfer'ev, Fedor Sergeevich, 1966-1968

Box/Folder 1 : 43

Onoshkovich-Iatsyna, Evgenii Nikolaevich, 1969-1970

Box/Folder 1 : 44

Polianskii, A., 1976-1977

Box/Folder 1 : 45

Putiatin, Sergei, undated

Box/Folder 1 : 46

Rerberg, Petr F., 1976-1977

Box/Folder 1 : 47

Rogozhin, A., 1947

Box/Folder 1 : 48

Romanenko, A. I., undated

Box/Folder 1 : 49

Sannikov, Sergei Aleksandrovich, 1977

Box/Folder 1 : 50

Silin, Vladimir, 1976 and undated

Box/Folder 1 : 51

Stenbok-Fermor, Ivan Ivanovich, 1974-1977

Box/Folder 2 : 1

Stolypin, A., undated

Box/Folder 2 : 2

Timchenko-Ruban, Vladimir Nikolaevich, 1975-1976

Box/Folder 2 : 3

Unkovskii family, 1975 and undated

Box/Folder 2 : 4

Val'ter, Valerii Kirillovich, 1966-1977 and undated

Box/Folder 2 : 5

Vasil'ev, Rostislav Mstislavovich, 1973-1978 and undated

Box/Folder 2 : 6

Velikosel'skii, V., 1974-1975

Box/Folder 2 : 7

Vrangel', Karl, 1975-1976

Box/Folder 2 : 8

Vuich, Nikolai Emmanuilovich, 1975-1976

Box/Folder 2 : 9

Zhadvoin, Nikolai Leonidovich, 1968-1977

Box/Folder 2 : 10

Zhivkovich, Petr, undated

Box/Folder 1 : 11

Zubov, Nikolai Nikolaevich, 1970-1977 and undated

 

WRITINGS, 1948-1975

Box/Folder 2 : 12

"Obshchimi usiliiami - spravilis'," . 1948 January 12

Scope and Contents note

Typescript. Includes related clippings
 

Untitled memoirs (fragments) [1964]

Box/Folder 2 : 13

Holograph

Box/Folder 2 : 14

Typescript

Box/Folder 2 : 15

Printed copy ( Sbornik Soiuza pazhei, ) 1964 February

Box/Folder 2 : 16

"Vladimir Vasil'evich Semchevskii," . 1967 November 12

Scope and Contents note

Typescript
Box/Folder 2 : 17

"Russkaia armiia v romane Solzhenitsyna 'Avgust Chetyrnadtsatogo'," Russkaia zhizn', 1972 March 7

Scope and Contents note

Printed copy. Includes background materials
Box/Folder 2 : 18

Letter to the editor, Russkaia zhizn', 1975

Scope and Contents note

Printed copy
 

SUBJECT FILE, 1917-1978

 

Russia. Armiia

Box/Folder 2 : 19

General.

Scope and Contents note

Includes diary of Gen. Bezobrazov, 1917-1924, and other materials relating to the Konvoi and Konnogvardeiskoe ob"edinenie
Box/Folder 2 : 20

Corps de Pages.

Scope and Contents note

Includes financial records relating to mutual aid of Pages abroad, lists of former pages in emigration, and a typed memoir of the Corps de Pages by P. P. Gudim-Levkovich
Box/Folder 2 : 21

Leib-gvardii Konno-artilleriiskii polk.

Scope and Contents note

Includes lists of members of the regimental association abroad
Box/Folder 2 : 22

Miscellany

Box/Folder 2 : 23

PHOTOGRAPHS, n.d.

Scope and Contents note

One color reproduction of a painting depicting a Russian military unit, and three prints depicting Semchevskii and friend, a group of officers, and an unidentified interior