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  • Collection Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biographical Note
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms

  • Collection Summary

    Title: Wayne S. Vucinich Collection
    Dates: 1881-1994
    Collection Number: 80068
    Collector: Vucinich, Wayne S.
    Collection Size: 5 manuscript boxes (2.0 linear feet)
    Repository: Hoover Institution Archives
    Stanford, California 94305-6010
    Abstract: The collection contains reports, minutes, dispatches, and translations of and extracts from dispatches, relating to conditions in Yugoslavia, Bulgaria, and other areas of the Balkans and Eastern Europe before and during World War II, and especially to World War II resistance movements. Issuing agencies include the United States Office of Strategic Services Research and Analysis Branch, the United States Department of State, and Allied occupation authorities in Bulgaria.
    Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
    Languages: English, Serbo-Croatian, Slovenian, Bulgarian, and German

    Administrative Information


    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], Wayne S. Vucinich Collection, [Box number], Hoover Institution Archives.

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 1980.


    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

    Wayne S. Vucinich collection, 1926-1995, Special Collections and University Archives, Stanford University

    Biographical Note

    1913 Born in Butte, Montana
    1918-1928 After his parents' death, Vucinich lived in his parents' village of Orah, near Bileće, in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Yugoslavia
    1929 Returned to America to live with his godfather's family in Wilmington, California
    1936 BA, University of California Berkeley, History and Slavic language
    1936-1937 MA, University of California Berkeley, dissertation on Serbian foreign policy 1903-1909
    1937-1938 Doctoral research at the Charles University in Prague, Czechoslovakia
    1939 Returned to UC Berkeley after the Munich crisis interrupted his research; appointed teaching assistant in the Department of History
    1941 PhD, University of California Berkeley, dissertation on Serbian political and diplomatic history in the decade preceeding World War I
    1942 Married Sara 'Sally'; joined the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), Research and Analysis Branch
    1943 Sent to OSS headquarters in Bari, Italy; assigned to research the Balkans
    1944 Served as a liaison officer, interpreter, and Balkan expert attached to the Allied Control Council in Sofia, Bulgaria
    1945-1946 Continued work on Balkan affairs for the U.S. State Department in Washington, DC
    1946 Instructor, Western civilization and East European history at Stanford University
    1950 Cleared and confirmed as a "Loyal American" at a hearing before the Naval Security Board
    1954 Author, Serbia between East and West: The Events of 1903-1908, Stanford University Press
    1955 Received the American Historical Association's George Louis Beer prize
    1956 Promoted to full professor at Stanford University
    1972-1985 Named director of the Center for Russian and Eastern European Studies, Stanford University
    1974-1977 Curator of the Russian and East European Collection at the Hoover Institution
    1977 Appointed the Robert and Florence McDonnell Professor of Eastern European Studies at Stanford, a chair established for him
    1978 Formally retired
    1981-1982 Served as president of the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies, which established the Vucinich Book Prize in his honor in 1982
    2005 Died in Menlo Park, California
    Vucinich, Wayne S., Memories of My Childhood in Yugoslavia, edited by Larry Wolff, The Society for the Promotion of Science and Scholarship, Inc., Palo Alto, California, 2007
    Wayne S. Vucinich (1913-2005)- A professor between Herzegovina and California by Ivo Banac, Published in Dani (Sarajevo), 29 April 2005
    Wayne S. Vucinich, Father of East European Studies, Died at 91. http://www.i-newswire.com/wayne-s-vucinich-father-of-east/a17703
    Memorial Resolution, Wayne S. Vucinich. http://facultysenate.stanford.edu/memorial_resolutions/Vucinich_Wayne_SenD6020.pdf

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The collection is comprised of reports, minutes, telegrams, notes, translations of and extracts from dispatches relating to the Austrian administration of Bosnia-Herzegovina prior World War I, and World War II in Yugoslavia and Bulgaria, particularly resistance movements in Yugoslavia and the exiled Yugoslav government.
    The Bosnia-Herzegovina materials provide records of the Austrian administration of Bosnia and Herzegovina, including the crisis in 1881-1882, and political tensions in 1913-1914.
    The World War II in Yugoslavia files provide documentation on the politics of the Royal Yugoslav government in exile and its active role in the Yugoslav resistance movement and the formation of a new Yugoslavia, as well as Allied countries' diplomatic activities during wartime
    The United States Department of State situation reports summarize information concerning domestic political and economic developments and international affairs in the Balkans and Central and Eastern Europe during and after World War II.
    The Bulgaria materials provide detailed information on Bulgarian political life and Bulgarian government between 1944 and 1946 in reports from the United States Office of Strategic Services Research and Analysis Branch, the United States Department of State, and Allied occupation authorities in Bulgaria.
    The Balkans in the 1990s materials document the international community's concerns on issues during the 1990s surrounding the referendum on independence in Bosnia-Herzegovina in 1992, the events in Dr. Mirtin Horvat Hospital, Rovinj, and the leadership of the Serbian Orthodox church in Serbia.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Secret service--United States.
    World War, 1939-1945--Balkan Peninsula.
    World War, 1939-1945--Europe, Eastern.
    World War, 1939-1945--Secret service.
    World War, 1939-1945--Underground movements.
    World War, 1939-1945--Yugoslavia.
    Yugoslavia--History--Axis occupation, 1941-1945.
    Bosnia and Herzegovina, 1903-1908.
    World War, 1939-1945--Bulgaria.
    United States. Office of Strategic Services. Research and Analysis Branch.
    United States. Dept. of State.