Register of the Konstantin Vasil'evich Semchevskii papers

Finding aid prepared by Anatol Shmelev
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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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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Konstantin Vasil'evich Semchevskii papers, [Box no., Folder no. or title], Hoover Institution Archives.

Acquisition Information

Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 2001.

Accruals

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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.
The Hoover Institution assumes all responsibility for notifying users that they must comply with the copyright law of the United States (Title 17 United States Code) and Hoover Rules for the Use and Reproduction of Archival Materials.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

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

 

BIOGRAPHICAL FILE 1917-1978

Reel 1

Clippings about or mentioning Semchevskii

Scope and Contents note

Museum of Russian Culture Box/Folder 1 : 1.
 

Family file - Semchevskaia, Elena V. (wife)

 

Clippings about or mentioning Semchevskaia

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Museum of Russian Culture Box/Folder 1 : 2.
 

Identity papers

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Museum of Russian Culture Box/Folder 1 : 3.
 

Letter of thanks

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Museum of Russian Culture Box/Folder 1 : 4.
 

Writings

Scope and Contents note

Museum of Russian Culture Box/Folder 1 : 5. Include letter to the editor and two short stories
 

Military service records

Scope and Contents note

Museum of Russian Culture Box/Folder 1 : 6. See also scrapbook.
 

Scrapbook

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Museum of Russian Culture Box/Folder 1 : 7. Includes photographs, military service records, and miscellaneous documents
 

Miscellany

Scope and Contents note

Museum of Russian Culture Box/Folder 1 : 8. Includes statement and other documents relating to Semchevskii's activities during and after the Second World War
 

CORRESPONDENCE 1947-1978

 

General 1957-1977 and undated

Scope and Contents note

Museum of Russian Culture Box/Folder 1 : 9.
 

Unidentified 1973-1977 and undated

Scope and Contents note

Museum of Russian Culture Box/Folder 1 : 10.
 

Andro de Lanzheron, Svetlana Romanovna 1976

Scope and Contents note

Museum of Russian Culture Box/Folder 1 : 11.
 

Aprelev, V. 1976-1978

Scope and Contents note

Museum of Russian Culture Box/Folder 1 : 12.
 

Armfel'dt, Vladimir 1976-1978 and undated

Scope and Contents note

Museum of Russian Culture Box/Folder 1 : 13.
 

Babushkin, Boris Alekseevich 1976-1977 and undated

Scope and Contents note

Museum of Russian Culture Box/Folder 1 : 14.
 

Barklai de Tolli 1958 and undated

Scope and Contents note

Museum of Russian Culture Box/Folder 1 : 15.
 

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

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Museum of Russian Culture Box/Folder 1 : 16.
 

Burman, V. 1976-1977

Scope and Contents note

Museum of Russian Culture Box/Folder 1 : 17.
 

Chagin, Gleb 1978

Scope and Contents note

Museum of Russian Culture Box/Folder 1 : 18.
 

Daragan, Ivan and Elena 1966-1973 and undated

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Museum of Russian Culture Box/Folder 1 : 19.
 

Derozhinskii, B. 1975

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Museum of Russian Culture Box/Folder 1 : 20.
 

Domershchikov, N. 1970

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Museum of Russian Culture Box/Folder 1 : 21.
 

Gattenberger, P. 1976

Scope and Contents note

Museum of Russian Culture Box/Folder 1 : 22. Includes associated correspondence with V. Sokolov, 1976
 

Gershel'man family 1975-1976 and undated

Scope and Contents note

Museum of Russian Culture Box/Folder 1 : 23.
 

Gonetskii, Nikolai undated

Scope and Contents note

Museum of Russian Culture Box/Folder 1 : 24.
 

Grekova, Liubov' Sergeevna 1975

Scope and Contents note

Museum of Russian Culture Box/Folder 1 : 25.
 

Il'ina, Ol'ga 1975 (?)

Scope and Contents note

Museum of Russian Culture Box/Folder 1 : 26.
 

Khitrovo, Mikhail Sergeevich 1966-1976

Scope and Contents note

Museum of Russian Culture Box/Folder 1 : 27.
 

Khitrovo, Vladimir Sergeevich 1961-1968 and undated

Scope and Contents note

Museum of Russian Culture Box/Folder 1 : 28.
 

Kiselevskii, Kirill, Vasil'evich 1970-1975

Scope and Contents note

Museum of Russian Culture Box/Folder 1 : 29.
 

Korbe, Nikolai Sergeevich 1977 and undated

Scope and Contents note

Museum of Russian Culture Box/Folder 1 : 30.
 

Koval'skii, V. 1969-1977

Scope and Contents note

Museum of Russian Culture Box/Folder 1 : 31.
 

Kurcheninov, Valerian Sergeevich 1975

Scope and Contents note

Museum of Russian Culture Box/Folder 1 : 32.
 

Lyons, Marvin 1973 and undated

Scope and Contents note

Museum of Russian Culture Box/Folder 1 : 33.
 

Magerovskii, Lev Florianovich 1975-1978

Scope and Contents note

Museum of Russian Culture Box/Folder 1 : 34. Includes associated correspondence
 

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

Scope and Contents note

Museum of Russian Culture Box/Folder 1 : 35.
 

Meshcherinov, Sergei Aleksandrovich 1969-1970

Scope and Contents note

Museum of Russian Culture Box/Folder 1 : 36.
 

Meyendorff, Georgii and Rita undated

Scope and Contents note

Museum of Russian Culture Box/Folder 1 : 37.
 

Mikhailov, Mikhail Nikolaevich 1975

Scope and Contents note

Museum of Russian Culture Box/Folder 1 : 38.
 

Mikhalevskii, Sergei 1971-1978

Scope and Contents note

Museum of Russian Culture Box/Folder 1 : 39.
 

Miliutin, G. 1976

Scope and Contents note

Museum of Russian Culture Box/Folder 1 : 40.
 

Obruchev, Nikolai Sergeevich 1976-1977

Scope and Contents note

Museum of Russian Culture Box/Folder 1 : 41.
 

Olfer'ev, Fedor Sergeevich 1966-1968

Scope and Contents note

Museum of Russian Culture Box/Folder 1 : 42.
 

Onoshkovich-Iatsyna, Evgenii Nikolaevich 1969-1970

Scope and Contents note

Museum of Russian Culture Box/Folder 1 : 43.
 

Polianskii, A. 1976-1977

Scope and Contents note

Museum of Russian Culture Box/Folder 1 : 44.
 

Putiatin, Sergei undated

Scope and Contents note

Museum of Russian Culture Box/Folder 1 : 45.
 

Rerberg, Petr F. 1976-1977

Scope and Contents note

Museum of Russian Culture Box/Folder 1 : 46.
 

Rogozhin, A. 1947

Scope and Contents note

Museum of Russian Culture Box/Folder 1 : 47.
 

Romanenko, A. I. undated

Scope and Contents note

Museum of Russian Culture Box/Folder 1 : 48.
 

Sannikov, Sergei Aleksandrovich 1977

Scope and Contents note

Museum of Russian Culture Box/Folder 1 : 49.
 

Silin, Vladimir 1976 and undated

Scope and Contents note

Museum of Russian Culture Box/Folder 1 : 50.
 

Stenbok-Fermor, Ivan Ivanovich 1974-1977

Scope and Contents note

Museum of Russian Culture Box/Folder 1 : 51.
Reel 2

Stolypin, A. undated

Scope and Contents note

Museum of Russian Culture Box/Folder 2 : 1.
 

Timchenko-Ruban, Vladimir Nikolaevich 1975-1976

Scope and Contents note

Museum of Russian Culture Box/Folder 2 : 2.
 

Unkovskii family 1975 and undated

Scope and Contents note

Museum of Russian Culture Box/Folder 2 : 3.
 

Val'ter, Valerii Kirillovich 1966-1977 and undated

Scope and Contents note

Museum of Russian Culture Box/Folder 2 : 4.
 

Vasil'ev, Rostislav Mstislavovich 1973-1978 and undated

Scope and Contents note

Museum of Russian Culture Box/Folder 2 : 5.
 

Velikosel'skii, V. 1974-1975

Scope and Contents note

Museum of Russian Culture Box/Folder 2 : 6.
 

Vrangel', Karl 1975-1976

Scope and Contents note

Museum of Russian Culture Box/Folder 2 : 7.
 

Vuich, Nikolai Emmanuilovich 1975-1976

Scope and Contents note

Museum of Russian Culture Box/Folder 2 : 8.
 

Zhadvoin, Nikolai Leonidovich 1968-1977

Scope and Content note

Museum of Russian Culture Box/Folder 2 : 9.
 

Zhivkovich, Petr undated

Scope and Contents note

Museum of Russian Culture Box/Folder 2 : 10.
 

Zubov, Nikolai Nikolaevich 1970-1977 and undated

Scope and Contents note

Museum of Russian Culture Box/Folder 2 : 11.
 

WRITINGS 1948-1975

 

"Obshchimi usiliiami - spravilis'," 1948 January 12

Scope and Contents note

Museum of Russian Culture Box/Folder 2 : 12. Typescript. Includes related clippings
 

Untitled memoirs (fragments) 1964

 

Holograph

Scope and Contents note

Museum of Russian Culture Box/Folder 2 : 13.
 

Typescript

Scope and Contents note

Museum of Russian Culture Box/Folder 2 : 14.
 

Printed copy ( Sbornik Soiuza pazhei, ) 1964 February

Scope and Contents note

Museum of Russian Culture Box/Folder 2 : 15.
 

"Vladimir Vasil'evich Semchevskii," 1967 November 12

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Museum of Russian Culture Box/Folder 2 : 16. Typescript
 

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

Scope and Contents note

Museum of Russian Culture Box/Folder 2 : 17. Printed copy. Includes background materials
 

Letter to the editor, Russkaia zhizn' 1975

Scope and Contents note

Museum of Russian Culture Box/Folder 2 : 18. Printed copy
 

SUBJECT FILE 1917-1978

 

Russia. Armiia

 

General

Scope and Contents note

Museum of Russian Culture Box/Folder 2 : 19. Includes diary of Gen. Bezobrazov, 1917-1924, and other materials relating to the Konvoi and Konnogvardeiskoe ob"edinenie
 

Corps de Pages

Scope and Contents note

Museum of Russian Culture Box/Folder 2 : 20. 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
 

Leib-gvardii Konno-artilleriiskii polk

Scope and Contents note

Museum of Russian Culture Box/Folder 2 : 21. Includes lists of members of the regimental association abroad
 

Miscellany

Scope and Contents note

Museum of Russian Culture Box/Folder 2 : 22.
 

PHOTOGRAPHS undated

Scope and Contents note

Museum of Russian Culture Box/Folder 2 : 23. 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