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Leeds Russian Archive Collections


The Leeds Russian Archive, established in 1982, comprises around 650 collections of manuscripts, photographs, and other archival material related to Anglo-Russian contacts in the 19th and 20th centuries.

Leeds Russian Archive was awarded Designation status in 2005.

What's in the archive

Within the Russian Archive, you can find the papers of members of the British community in Russia, as well as travellers and diplomats, governesses and soldiers.

The Archive also contains papers from British professional and other organisations such as:

British Universities Association of Slavists and the National Association for Soviet and Eastern European Studies, which merged to form the British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies

Association of Teachers of Russia

Great Britain-USSR Association.

Those interested in Russian and Russian-emigre history, literature and culture, can find the private and literary papers of Russian writers such as Leonid Andreev (1871–1919) and Ivan Bunin (1870–1953), as well as the papers of the Russian railway engineer Yuri Lomonossoff (1876–1952), who occupied prominent positions under both the Tsarist and Bolshevik regimes.

The Archive also contains the archive of the Paris-based Russian refugee organisation Zemgor.

In addition, there are over 10,000 books, journals, newspapers and other printed matter supplementary to the main archival collection.


The University of Leeds is responsible for the Bunin, Bunina and Zurov Estates and their associated copyrights and intellectual property rights. This includes material held by individuals and repositories elsewhere.