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  • Title: A. V. (Anton Vasil'evich) Turkul papers
    Date (inclusive): 1911-1908
    Collection Number: 2007C51
    Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Library and Archives
    Language of Material: In Russian and English
    Physical Description: 3 manuscript boxes, 1 oversize box (2.6 Linear Feet)
    Abstract: The bulk of the papers of Turkel, a Major general in the White Russian army and commanding general of the Drozdovska´i`a strelkova´i`a divizi´i`a consist of correspondence with former comrades-in-arms relating to memories of the Civil War, as well as to émigré politics in the 1950s. The papers also include writings, printed matter, and photographs.
    Creator: Turkul, A. V. (Anton Vasilʹevich)
    Physical Location: Hoover Institution Library & Archives


    The collection is open for research; materials must be requested in advance via our reservation system. If there are audiovisual or digital media material in the collection, they must be reformatted before providing access.


    For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Library & Archives

    Acquisition Information

    Materials were acquired by the Hoover Institution Library & Archives in 2007. This collection was loaned for microfilming, with the originals returned to the donor.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], A. V. (Anton Vasil'evich) Turkul papers, [Box no., Folder no. or title], Hoover Institution Library & Archives

    Processing Information

    Original documents from the collection were loaned to be microfilmed and returned to Boris Parr in 2007. The original microfilmed materials (formally box 1) from the collection were returned from the donor in 2019 with additional collection materials. The collection was fully reprocessed with new description in 2022. The original container list for the microfilm can be served upon request.

    Biographical Chronology

    1892 December 11 Born, Russia
    1910 February 9 Entered military service, 56th Zhitomir Regiment
    1914 October 20 Promoted to ensign
    1916 September 19 Promoted to lieutenant
    1918 January 8 Joins Col. M. G. Drozdovskii's unit in Romania
    1919 May 14 Promoted to captain
    1919 July 4 Promoted to colonel
    1920 April 3 Promoted to major general
    1920 August 7 Appointed commander of the Drozdovskii Division
    1957 Died, Munich, Germany

    Scope and Content of Collection

    This collection of papers contains the service records of General Anton Vasil'evich Turkul covering the period of the Russian Civil War, in which Turkul commanded the Drozdovskii Division. The bulk of the papers consist of correspondence with former comrades-in-arms relating to memories of the Civil War, as well as to émigré politics in the 1950s. As editor of the journals Vlasovets and Dobrovolets, Turkul played a role in some of the political battles that took place among various groups, both military and civilian, in the emigration at that time (c. 1950-1957). Also of interest are materials relating to the construction of the monument "Дроздовский мемориал" at Sainte-Geneviève-des-Bois Russian Cemetery, Paris, France. The collection also includes thirty-eight prints of various scenes, from members of the Drozdovskii Division football club on Gallipoli in 1921 to anniversary banquets held in the 1930s-1960s. Some photographs are marked with names of participants on the reverse.


    The collection is organized into five series: Biographical File, Family File, Correspondence, Subject File, and Photographs.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Russia -- Emigration and immigration
    Soviet Union -- History -- Revolution, 1917-1921
    Russia (Territory under White armies, 1918-1920). Armii͡a
    Russia (Territory under White armies, 1918-1920). Dobrovolʹcheskai͡a armii͡a. Drozdovskai͡a strelkovai͡a divizii͡a