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  • Title: Božidar Puric Papers
    Date (inclusive): 1891-1980
    Collection Number: 82038
    Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Archives
    Language of Material: In Serbo-Croatian, English and French.
    Physical Description: 15 manuscript boxes, 10 oversize boxes, 1 oversize folder (12.6 linear feet)
    Abstract: Writings, correspondence, diaries, reports, press releases, bulletins, clippings, pamphlets, and photographs, relating to pre-World War II Yugoslav diplomacy, resistance movements in Yugoslavia during the war, diplomatic activities of the Yugoslav government-in-exile, and postwar Serbian émigré affairs. Includes photographs of Serbian military activities during the Balkan Wars of 1912-1913. Also available on microfilm (22 reels).
    Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
    Creator: Puric, Božidar, 1891-1977


    Collection is open for research.
    The Hoover Institution Archives only allows access to copies of audiovisual items. To listen to sound recordings or to view videos or films during your visit, please contact the Archives at least two working days before your arrival. We will then advise you of the accessibility of the material you wish to see or hear. Please note that not all audiovisual material is immediately accessible.

    Publication Rights

    For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Archives.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Božidar Puric Papers, [Box number], Hoover Institution Archives.

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 1982.


    Materials may have been added to the collection since this finding aid was prepared. To determine if this has occurred, find the collection in Stanford University's online catalog at http://searchworks.stanford.edu/ . Materials have been added to the collection if the number of boxes listed in the online catalog is larger than the number of boxes listed in this finding aid.

    Related Materials

    Milan Gavrilovic papers, Hoover Institution Archives
    Konstantin Fotic papers, Hoover Institution Archives

    Biographical Note

    1891 Born, Belgrade, Serbia
    1912 Graduated from the Faculty of Law in Paris, France
    1916 Appointed clerk of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Yugoslav government-in-exile on Corfu, Greece
    1918 Doctoral thesis completed, Casuala rebus sic stantibus en droit international public
    1918-1919 Secretary of the Legation of the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes in Washington, D.C.
    1919-1920 Chargé d'Affaires of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia in Vladivostok, Russia
    1920-1922 Consul in San Francisco, California
    1922-1926 Consul in Chicago, Illinois
    1927 Head of Political Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
    1928-1929 Chargé d'Affaires of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia in Washington, D.C.
    1929-1932 Counsellor of Legation in London, Great Britain
    1932-1935 Under-Secretary for Foreign Affairs
    1935-1940 Envoy and Minister Plenipotentiary in Paris, France
    August 1943-July 1944 Prime Minster and Minister of Foreign Affairs, London, Great Britain
    1977 Died in Chicago, Illinois

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The collection contains writings, correspondence, diaries, dispatches, reports, press releases, bulletins, clippings, pamphlets, and photographs relating to pre-World War II Yugoslav diplomacy, resistance movements in Yugoslavia during the war, diplomatic activities of the Yugoslav government-in-exile, and postwar Serbian émigré affairs. It includes photographs of Serbian military activities during the Balkan Wars of 1912-1913.
    The Correspondence includes exchanges of letters with Royal Yugoslav government-in-exile political figures, individuals active in the Serbian and Yugoslavian émigré community, and family members. The correspondence reveals Puric's engagement in Serbian and Yugoslav émigré postwar politics. The Speeches and writings include a draft memoir, articles, and speeches written by Puric addressing the political situation and development in Yugoslavia prior to and during World War II. Speeches and writings by others cover topics such as the Communist Party role in Yugoslavia, partisan conflict, and views on the New Yugoslavia and Tito's politics.
    The Nikola Pašic material consists of a report, speech, and notes documenting Pašic's political and diplomatic career as prime minister of the Kingdom of Serbia and the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats, and Slovenes, as well as a leader of the People's Radical Party in Serbia.
    The Royal Yugoslav government office files are comprised of diplomatic correspondence and reports documenting the Royal Yugoslav government's foreign affairs and politics. Material on treaties and agreements provides an insider's view on diplomatic activities among European countries and the Balkan region in the period between 1927 and 1935. A considerable volume of material documents the Royal Yugoslav government-in-exile's political role during World War II, providing detail on the support of Yugoslav resistance movements and influence upon the creation of New Yugoslavia by the British government and other Allied countries.
    Materials in the Draža Mihailović files include original telegrams and daily reports exchanged by the government-in-exile and Draža Mihailović. They detail the situation in Yugoslavia and document the government-in-exile's political and financial involvement in Mihailović's resistance movement.
    The Serbian émigré affairs materials document the political engagement and aspirations of the Yugoslav émigré organizations to define the Royal Yugoslav government-in-exile's role in the creation of New Yugoslavia after World War II. The Printed Matter consists of newspapers, journals, clippings and other materials providing information on political developments in Yugoslavia and Europe at the end of World War II, and Yugoslav émigré community reflection on the political and economic condition in postwar Yugoslavia.
    The Photographs are comprised of images depicting family members and Puric's official and social gatherings; included are prints documenting the visits of Petar II, King of Yugoslavia to Slovenia. The Oversize materials contain albums that include photographs, certificates, and other materials documenting official and social engagements. Of particular interest are albums containing photographs of the Balkan Wars of 1912 and 1913 depicting Serbian soldiers resting and preparing for the battle.


    Also available on microfilm (22 reels).

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Balkan Peninsula--History--War of 1912-1913--Pictorial works.
    France--Foreign relations--Yugoslavia.
    Pictorial works.
    Serbia--Emigration and immigration.
    World War, 1939-1945--Diplomatic history.
    World War, 1939-1945--Governments in exile.
    World War, 1939-1945--Underground movements.
    World War, 1939-1945--Yugoslavia.
    Yugoslavia--Foreign relations--1918-1945.
    Yugoslavia--Foreign relations--France.
    Yugoslavia--History--Axis occupation, 1941-1945.