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  • Title: Iosif Konstantinovich Okulich Papers
    Date (inclusive): 1894-1949
    Collection Number: 99050
    Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Archives
    Language of Material: Russian
    Physical Description: 7 microfilm reels (1.0 linear foot)
    Abstract: Diaries, correspondence, speeches and writings, printed matter, and photographs, relating to agriculture in Russia prior to World War I, White Russian relations with the United States during the Russian Revolution and Civil War, and Russian émigré affairs.
    Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
    General Physical Description note:
    Creator: Okulich, Iosif Konstantinovich, 1871-1949


    Collection is open for research.
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    Publication Rights

    For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Archives.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Iosif Konstantinovich Okulich Papers, [Box no.], Hoover Institution Archives.

    Acquisition Information

    Materials were acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 1999


    I. K. Okulich was born on 13 November 1871 (O.S.). He received his degree in agricultural engineering from the Swiss Polytechnic in Zürich in 1894. In 1896 he began government service in the Ministry of Agriculture, and was appointed the following year as Government Agronomist of the Tomskaia guberniia. In 1905 he was appointed head of the Agricultural Section of the Department of Agriculture in the same ministry, a post he had held as acting director since 1903. In 1906 he was appointed Acting Director of State Property for the Eniseiskaia guberniia (confirmed in this post in 1909), simultaneously serving as Vice-Inspector of the Forester's corps of the Irkutskaia guberniia. The years 1912-1913 he spent in the Balkans as a special agent of the Ministry of Trade and Industry, returning to the Ministry of Agriculture in 1913 as Assistant Director of the Department of Agriculture in charge of the Fishing and Game Hunting Section.
    With the onset of the First World War, Okulich became responsible for forage and food supplies for the army within his ministry. In 1916 he was appointed a member of the Council of the Ministry of Trade and Industry and the administrative secretary for the Chief Food Supply Committee (Glavnyi prodovol'stvennyi komitet). Sent on a mission to Siberia in 1917 to increase fuel supplies, he remained there until April 1918, when the Siberian Creamery Union directed him to Great Britain for the purposes of expanding trade. In 1919, he was appointed a special representative of the government of Admiral Kolchak, responsible for financial oversight in the United States, Great Britain and France. In 1920-1921 he continued in this role for the Priamur government, based in Vladivostok.
    Following the conclusion of the Civil War in Russia, he spent 1923-1926 in Yugoslavia involved in the timber export business, and then settled in Abbotsford, British Columbia, where he lived until his death on 21 January 1949. In Canada, Okulich devoted himself mainly to farming and journalistic work, writing often for the émigré press on agricultural, political, economic, and other issues concerning Russia and Siberia.


    1871 November 13 Born, Krasnoiarsk, Russia
    1895 Degree, agricultural engineering, Eidgenössisches Polytechnikum, Zurich
      Entered government service as Resettlement Specialist of the Office of the Irkutsk Governor-General
    1897 State Agronomist for the Tomsk region
    1903 Director of the Special and Technical Crops Section of Department of Agriculture
    1906 Manager of State Properties for the Enisei Region
    1911 Financial and trade attaché in the Balkans
    1914 Deputy Director of the Department of Agriculture for Hunting and Fishing
    1916 Member of the Council of the Ministry of Trade and Industry
    1918 Director of the Office of the Union of Siberian Creamery Associations in London
    1919 Special Financial Commissioner of the Russian Government for the U.S.A., England and France; Chief representative of the Union of Siberian Creamery Associations in America and Western Europe; Plenipotentiary of the Union of Siberian Credit Unions in North America
    1921 Plenipotentiary Representative of the Priamur Government in the U.S.
    1949 January 21 Died, Vancouver, B.C., Canada

    Scope and Content

    This collection consists of the personal papers, correspondence, speeches and writings and collected materials of Iosif K. Okulich.
    It contains materials pertaining to the development of Russian agriculture and the cooperative movement in Siberia (particularly in the first half of the 20th century), to the Russian Civil War in Siberia and the Far East, and to the resettlement of émigré Cossacks from China and Europe to Canada in the 1920s-1940s. Also significant are Okulich's articles and collected information about political developments in the Soviet Union and about the Slav question in the 1920s-1940s, and his involvement in émigré life and undertakings, as reflected in correspondence with well-known émigré figures, and support for a number of émigré causes, including the establishment of the Russkoe sel'sko-khoziaistvennoe obshchestvo and Museum of Russian Culture in San Francisco.
    Materials relating to family members who are better known under the anglicized surname Okulitch have retained this spelling.
    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 and copyright to them (with some exceptions) are the property of the Museum of Russian Culture, San Francisco. 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.

    Language Processing Information

    Mainly in Russian.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Russians in foreign countries.
    Soviet Union--Foreign relations--United States.
    Soviet Union--History--Allied intervention, 1918-1920.
    Soviet Union--History--Revolution, 1917-1921.
    Soviet Union.
    United States--Foreign relations--Soviet Union.
    United States--Foreign relations.