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

  • Collection Summary

    Title: Vladimir Milanović Papers
    Dates: 1868-1972
    Collection Number: 70078
    Creator: Milanović, Vladimir J.
    Collection Size: 12 manuscript boxes, 1 oversize box (5.5 linear feet)
    Repository: Hoover Institution Archives
    Stanford, California 94305-6010
    Abstract: Contains writings, diaries, correspondence, notes, bulletins, printed matter, and photographs, relating to Yugoslav foreign relations, especially during World War II, postwar conditions in Yugoslavia, and Yugoslav émigré affairs. Includes memoirs entitled "Iz nedavne prošlosti" relating to Yugoslav relations with Germany and Bulgaria, 1939-1941, prior to the German invasion of Yugoslavia and draft notes for an English-Serbian dictionary. Also available on microfilm (18 reels).
    Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
    Languages: In Serbo-Croatian, English, French, Bulgarian, and Russian

    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], Vladimir Milanović Papers, [Box number], Hoover Institution Archives.

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 1970.


    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.

    Alternate form available

    Also available on microfilm (18 reels).

    Biographical Note

    1896 Born, Smederevo, Serbia
    1906-1914 Educated in Smederevo and Belgrade, Serbia
    1919 Received a diploma, specialized in diplomacy from the Ecole Libre des Science Politiques
    1922 Passed doctoral exams at the Faculté de Droit, Université de Paris, France
    1924 Royal Yugoslav second secretary at the embassy in
    1935 Royal Yugoslav ambassador in Sofia, Bulgaria
    1939-1940 Royal Yugoslav chargé d'affaires to Switzerland
    1940-1941 Royal Yugoslav ambassador in Sofia, Bulgaria
    1941-1944 Royal Yugoslav government-in-exile secretary general of the Foreign Ministry, London, United Kingdom
    1944 Royal Yugoslav government-in-exile delegate to the Allied Commission
    1944-1945 Royal Yugoslav government-in-exile ambassador to Belgium and Luxemburg
    1945-1972 Settled in London; active member of the Yugoslav émigré community
    1972 Died

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The papers relate to the foreign relations of Royal Yugoslavia, especially during World War II, Bulgarian internal and foreign affairs, the Macedonian issue, German aspirations in the Balkan region, postwar conditions in Yugoslavia, and Yugoslav émigré affairs. They include memoirs entitled "Iz nedavne prošlosti," describing Yugoslav relations with Germany and Bulgaria from 1939 to 1941, prior to the German invasion of Yugoslavia, and draft notes for an English-Serbian dictionary.
    Milanović's handwritten Diaries in Serbo-Croatian provide a private perspective on his daily routine and social life from 1938 to 1968. A Biographical file provides information on Milanović's family background, personal life, and career. Documents record the family inheritance from Smederevo and the death of Milanović's brother, Alekandar. The Correspondence includes exchanges with his close personal friends, Yugoslav émigré members, family members, particularly his nephew Milorad M. Drachkovitch (Drašković), and members of the Serbian Orthodox community in the United Kingdom.
    The Speeches and writings are comprised of draft fragments, books, articles, booklets, open letters, and notes on topics related to his memoir and a considerable number of handwritten notes on English and Serbian words in preparation for a draft of an English-Serbian dictionary. Speeches and writings by others contain Milorad M. Drachkovitch's writings addressing issues related to the political system in post-war Yugoslavia and writings by others reflecting on the events in Yugoslavia during World War II, as well as developments in post-war Yugoslavia.
    The Royal Yugoslav government office file consists of records Milanović collected during his diplomatic career with the Royal Yugoslav government, organised by posting. Embassy reports provide detailed information on the Royal Yugoslav government's diplomatic affairs in Bulgaria and Germany, and especially address Bulgarian politics, the Macedonian issue, and German aspirations in the Balkan region prior to World War II. Additional records document the émigrés who served the Royal Yugoslav government in London during World War II and were not able to return to Yugoslavia for political reasons.
    The Photographs depict Milanović's official engagements and events during his diplomatic career, his private social life, as well as family members and personal friends. The Oversize materials contain documents on Milanović's inheritance from Smederevo in Serbia, degrees, and employment certificates. Also included are materials from the Royal Yugoslav government embassy in Bulgaria transferring the office to the new ambassador, and inventory lists of the embassy offices in Sofia and Varna, Bulgaria.
    The Printed Matter consists of newspapers, journals, press releases, clippings and other materials providing daily news of developments in Yugoslavia and Europe during World War II, and the views and reflections on political and economic conditions in post-war Yugoslavia.


    The collection is organized into nine series: Diaries, Biographical file, Correspondence, Speeches and writings, Speeches and writings by others, Royal Yugoslav government-in-exile office file, Photographs, Printed matter and Oversized materials

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    World War, 1939-1945--Yugoslavia.
    World War, 1939-1945--Diplomatic history.
    Bulgaria--Foreign relations--Yugoslavia.
    Germany--Foreign relations--Yugoslavia.
    Yugoslavia--Foreign relations--Bulgaria.
    Yugoslavia--Foreign relations--Germany.
    Yugoslavia--Emigration and immigration.