Register of the Iosif Konstantinovich Okulich Papers, 1894-1949

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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


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[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.
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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.



General Physical Description note: Box 1

Scope and Contents note

Personal papers, autobiographical essay, bibliography of works, educational and service records, identity documents, family correspondence and offprints of published articles by son, Vladimir J. Okulich. Arranged alphabetically by physical form

DIARIES, 1918-1930.

General Physical Description note: Box 1

Scope and Contents note

Bulk of entries from 1918 and 1919, but contains entries and clippings up to 1930


General Physical Description note: Box 1

Scope and Contents note

Arranged alphabetically by name of correspondent


General Physical Description note: Boxes 1-2

Scope and Contents note

Drafts and printed copies of articles, brochures, and books, arranged chronologically by title

SUBJECT FILE, 1918-1948.

General Physical Description note: Boxes 2-4

Scope and Contents note

Clippings, correspondence, memoranda, legal documents (contracts, powers of attorney, etc.), reports, and other material collected or produced by Okulich, primarily in the course of his official activities as representative of various governments and organizations during 1918-1922, as well as on Cossack resettlement in Canada (to 1946), arranged alphabetically by subject

PHOTOGRAPHS, 1894-1938.

General Physical Description note: Box 5

Scope and Contents note

Album and individual photographs of Okulich and others

SCRAPBOOKS, 1917-1949.

General Physical Description note: Boxes 5-7

Scope and Contents note

Large-format scrapbooks containing pasted-in personal and service papers (documents, photographs, etc.) and newspaper columns, arranged alphabetically by physical form of contents and chronologically within

Biographical File, 1894-1949.

General note

Box 1, Folder 1

Articles about or mentioning Okulich

Folder 2

Autobiographical essay

Folder 3




Folder 4

Konstantinov, Petr Filaretovich, 1948

Folder 5

Morozova, Olga, Includes letter of Vladimir Okulitch to same 1940.

Folder 6

Okulich, George, 1926 December 20

Folder 7

Okulitch, Vladimir, 1926-1930 and undated

Folder 8

Curriculum vitae

Folder 9

Educational records, 1894

Folder 10

Financial records

Folder 11

Materials collected by P. F. Konstantinov. Includes correspondence with Okulich family members

Folder 12

Official documents. Includes diplomatic passport, identity papers, letters of recommendation, powers of attorney and other records supporting Okulich in his official representative capacities, [1918]-1930

Folder 13

Service record, 1911

Folder 14

Subject file - Okulitch, Vladimir J. (son). Articles and offprints, 1937-1948

Folder 15



Diaries, 1918-1930.

Box 1, Folder 16

Includes some entries and clipping from 1929-1930


Correspondence, 1924-1949.

General note

Box 1, Folder 17


Folder 18

Unidentified, 1935-1946

Folder 19

Arsenii, Archbishop, Includes letter from Rev. Antonii (Vasil'ev) 1939.

Folder 20

Balakshin, A., 1948

Folder 21

Bensin, Basil M., See also SUBJECT FILE/Russkoe sel'sko-khoziastvennoe obshchestvo 1946.

Folder 22

Bogdanovich, V., 1939

Folder 23

Bologov, G. K., 1946-1947

Folder 24

Butenko, Vasilii Feodorovich, 1937-1939

Folder 25

Chavchavadze, Paul, Prince, 1942

Folder 26

Chazov, Sergei Stepanovich, 1948

Folder 27

Condrashoff, S., 1947

Folder 28

Conry, Joseph A., 1939-1940

Folder 29

Ditchev, P., 1934

Folder 30

Emel'ianov, Ivan Vasil'evich, See also SUBJECT FILE 1939.

Folder 31

Fallenberg, Nikolai Fedorovich, 1947

Folder 32

Frankfurt, Solomon L'vovich, 1940-1947

Folder 33

Grot, Elena Petrovna, 1947

Folder 34

Guins, George C., See also SCRAPBOOKS 1942-1946.

Folder 35

Haensel, Paul, See also SCRAPBOOKS 1946-1947.

Folder 36

Iankovets [Jankauskas?], P., 1931-1939

Folder 37

Ignat'ev, Pavel Nikolaevich, Count, 1935-1942

Folder 38

Karinskii, N., 1947

Folder 39

Konstantinov, Petr Filaretovich, See also SUBJECT FILE/Russkoe sel'sko-khoziastvennoe obshchestvo and SCRAPBOOKS 1946-1949.

Folder 40

Krutovskii, Vladimir Mikhailovich, 1924-1936

Folder 41

Lavrent'ev, Konstantin Ivanovich, 1938-1939

Folder 42

Mel'gunov, Sergei Petrovich, 1948

Folder 43

Mel'nikov, Nikolai Mikhailovich, 1925

Folder 44

Mollov, Ianaki S., 1934

Folder 45

Novikov, Viktor Kirillovich, 1946-1947

Folder 46

Pistohlkorz, Eugen von, 1946

Folder 47

Rogozinskaia, V., 1940

Folder 48

Sedakov, Boris Vasil'evich, 1938

Folder 49

Seiatel' [periodical], 1948

Folder 50

Serebrennikov, Ivan Innokent'evich, 1938-1939

Folder 51

Shendrikov, I., See also SUBJECT FILE 1948.

Folder 52

Sirotkin, Vasilii Vasil'evich, 1938-1940

Folder 53

Sokharev, V., 1938-1940

Folder 54

Struve, Petr Berngardovich, 1925

Folder 55

Winterstein, Ernest Ivanovich, 1939-1940

Folder 56

Zaitsev, Pavel Ivanovich, 1948-1949

Folder 57

Zarotschenzeff, Mikhail Trofimovich, 1939

Folder 58

Zarubezhnyi soiuz russkikh voennykh invalidov, 1930-1940


Speeches And Writings, 1906-1948.

General note



Box 1, Folder 59


Folder 60

Newspaper columns, 1921-1939

Folder 61

"Chistye sorta i uluchshennye sorta, vyvedennye selektsiei iz russkikh pshenits," Holograph n.d.

Folder 62

"O svobodie soviesti v Sov. Rossii," Typescript (fragment) n.d.

Folder 63

Etude sur la fabrication du beurre en Sibérie occidentale, Milano, Printed copy. Introduction contains Okulich's signature as likely compiler 1906.

Box 2, Folder 1

Sel'sko-khoziaistvennyi kredit v Bolgarii, St. Petersburg, Printed copy 1911.

Folder 2

Liesnoe khoziaistvo i torgovlia liesom v Bolgarii i Serbii, Printed copy 1914.

Folder 3

Sovremennye politiko-ekonomicheskie voprosy Sibiri, Printed copy 1917.

Folder 4

Zaprosy vnieshnei torgovli Sibiri, Printed copy 1918.

Folder 5

"Agriculture in Siberia," World Agriculture, Autumn. Printed copy 1921

Folder 6

Vysshee sel'sko-khoziaistvennoe obrazovanie v S. Amerike, Praga, Printed copy 1922.

Folder 7

"Sibirskii Dal'nii Vostok i liesnaia torgovlia Tikhago okeana," Trudy pervago s"ezda russkikh dieiatelei sel'skago khoziaistva, 1924. Printed copy. For Czech translation, entitled Sibirsky Dalny Vychod a lesni obchod Ticheho Oceanu, Praga, see SCRAPBOOKS/General/"Materialy I. K. Okulicha" 1924,

Folder 8

"General A. N. Pepeliaev," Kazach'i dumy, Typescript 1924 February 15.

Folder 9-10

"Molochnoe delo," 1928. Holograph and typescript. Includes background notes, clippings and illustrations. Also includes printed material from second edition, Molochnoe delo: Rukovodstvo dlia sel'skih khoziaev, St. Petersburg, and correspondence regarding proposed publication, 1933 1914,

Folder 11

"Ob ustroenii Sibiri," Vol'naia Sibir', 1930. Includes article under same title from an unidentified periodical, Printed copy 1931 August 31.

Folder 12

"Vzaimootnoshenie Sibiri k Rossii [sic]," Vestnik Obshchestva Sibiriakov v Chekhoslovatskoi respublike, Printed copy 1931 August 1.

Folder 13

"Vivat Akademia: Proekt organizatsii Akademii sel'sko-khoziaistvennoi promyshlennosti v Sibiri," Holograph and typescript 1940 August.

Folder 14

"Karpatskaia Rus'," Russkii natsional'nyi kalendar', Printed copy 1945.

Folder 15

"General A. I. Denikin i evrei," Typescript 1946 May 10.

Folder 16

"Griadushchee budushchee," Obshchekazachii zhurnal, Printed copy 1947.

Folder 17

"Ispytaniia emigranta," Russkaia zhizn', 1947. Typescript (missing first page), and printed copy 1931 December 1,

Folder 18

"Krepostnoe krest'anstvo," Russkii natsional'nyi kalendar', Printed copy 1947.

Folder 19

"Uspeshnaia sovetskaia rabota," Russkii natsional'nyi kalendar', Printed copy 1948.

Folder 20

"Zakat nauki v Sov. Soiuze," Typescript 1948 November 10.

Folder 21

"Muki bolgarskogo naroda, II," Russkaia zhizn', Typescript 1948 December 26.


Subject File, 1918-1948

Box 2, Folder 22


Folder 23


Folder 24

Cossacks. "Pereselenie kazakov," Includes correspondence and printed matter relating to Okulich's activities in assisting the emigration of Cossacks from China and Europe (primarily Yugoslavia and Czechoslovakia) to Canada 1923-1946.

Box 3, Folder 1

Denikin, Anton Ivanovich

Folder 2

Krivoshein, A. V.

Folder 3

Merkulov, Spiridon D.

Folder 4-8

Russia (Territory under White Armies, Consists of correspondence, clippings and printed matter produced or collected in the course of activities as financial representative of the All-Russian Government (Omsk) and as representative of Priamur Government in the U.S., 1919-1922. Includes correspondence with A. G. Sobolev regarding conditions in the Russian Far East and the activities of the Priamur government, 1920-1922, V. L. Burtsev, A. V. Krivoshein, A. A. Bublikov, I. G. Znamenskii, S. A. Ughet, B. A. Bakhmeteff and others 1918-1920).


Russkoe sel'sko-khoziaistvennoe obshchestvo. Consists mainly of correspondence

Box 4, Folder 1

Bensin, Basil M., Includes related correspondence, notably with I. V. Emel'ianov and P. F. Konstantinov, as well as a typed draft of Bensin's "K istorii vozniknoveniia i razvitii nauki agroekologii," 1939 1939-1940.

Folder 2

Konstantinov, Petr Filaretovich, Includes related correspondence with other figures connected with the above organization 1937-1942.

Folder 3

Soiuz Sibirskikh kreditnykh soiuzov. Includes correspondence and official documents, 1920

Folder 4-8

Soiuz sibirskikh maslodel'nykh artelei (subsequently Siberian Agricultural Union). Consists of correspondence, clippings, instructions, legal documents, financial records and other materials relating to the activities of the Soiuz sibirskikh maslodel'nykh artelei (Union of Siberian Creamery Associations) and to Okulich as its representative abroad, Includes materials relating to Okulich's activities in London and France in 1918 and in the United States up to 1924 (liquidation of Boston office of the Siberian Agricultural Union), as well as materials on the Civil War in Russia. Also includes correspondence with I. V. Emel'ianov, A. A. Balakshin, A. N. Chmutin, I. N. and S. N. Shendrikov and others 1918-1924.

Folder 9

Sovet upolnomochennykh organizatsii Avtonomnoi Sibiri. Correspondence, 1930-1936

Folder 10



Photographs, 1894-1938

Box 5, Folder 1

Two photographs of Okulich and one group photograph of the members of the Russkii sel'sko-khoziaistvennyi soiuz, 1938

Folder 2

Photo album, entitled "Upravlenie gosudarstvennymi imushchestvami Eniseiskoi gubernii, g.," consisting of photographs of people and places connected with Okulich's government service 1910


Scrapbooks, 1917-1949.

General note

This series contains a variety of material from each of the above series, pasted into scrapbooks with little regard for order. Some scrapbooks, composed entirely of newspaper clippings, proceed in a generally accurate chronological progression, which is reflected in the order followed below, but most include clippings from earlier or later periods (roughly from 1921). May also include articles by others about Okulich or mentioning him, as well as background clippings

Newspaper columns

Box 5, Folder 3


Folder 4


Box 6, Folder 1

Includes photograph of the Okulich summer house in Finland, 1915, and a letter to George C. Guins, 1942 1935-1944.

Folder 2


Folder 3


Folder 4



Personal materials, including photographs, correspondence, official documents, biographical materials and writings by or about Okulich


General - "Materialy I. K. Okulicha"

Box 7, Folder 1

Subtitled "K poezdke I. K. Okulich goda." Consists of map of Murman region and photographs detailing Okulich's visit to the area 1914

Folder 2

Includes his Sibirsky Dalny Vychod a lesni obchod Ticheho Oceanu, Prague, typed autobiographical essay and biographies of children, power of attorney from eastern Russian Cossack hosts and Union of Agronomists and Cooperative Workers of Siberia, 1919, correspondence with A. V. Kolchak, 1919, V. L. Burtsev, 1921, Baroness M. D. Vrangel, 1933, and a large number of his newspaper columns, c. 1940s 1924,

Folder 3

Includes correspondence, notably with Paul Haensel, D. P. Prianishnikov, 1932-1947, identity papers and service documents, articles by or about Okulich 1937-1938,

Folder 4

Konstantinov, P. F., "Petrovka i petrovtsy," Russkaia zhizn', 1945 December 27-29