Collection CA LI-RA-MA collectio - Likacheff-Ragosine-Mathers collection

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CA 643 CA LI-RA-MA collectio


Likacheff-Ragosine-Mathers collection


  • 1898-1922 (Creation)

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89 microfilm reels negative and positive.

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Likacheff, A.S.

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Ragosine, K.

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Mathers, H.I.

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The Canadian section is a collection of documents created in the Imperial Russian Consular offices in Montreal, Vancouver, and Halifax by consuls, the last of whom were A.S. Likacheff, K. Ragosine, and H.I. Mathers (LI-RA-MA). In 1917, with the fall of the Czarist government in Russia, the Canadian Government offered to pay the salaries of these consuls because it highly valued and needed their expertise, and skills in dealing with the sizeable number of Slavic immigrants who had by that time, settled in Canada. One could, in fact, construe that these officials were then in Canadian Government service. Their activity came to an end in the early 1920's, at which time their papers were entrusted to other senior Russian diplomats opposed to the new Soviet regime, who were stationed in Washington, D.C., United States.

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Collection consists of documents primarily in Russian, with another half dozen east-European languages frequently used. The collection contains a variety of administrative documents one would found in a consular office. Most of the documents are handwritten, or have a significant portion of their contents in handwritten form. The collection includes a large number of passports, approximately 4,000 in total, representing a wide variety of Russian internal and external passport applications and supporting documents such as verification of identity, citizenship, birth and baptismal records (approximately 11,400 files). There are military documents relating to military service in Russian or Canadian/British forces by Russian subjects. Other official documents include work permits, the correspondence of consular officers with other diplomatic officials in North America, Russia and elsewhere, including cables in cypher. Of particular interest are documents dealing with immigration, deportation and trade matters. Photographs are attached to most of the passports and to other documents in the collection (approx. 10,000). The collection was microfilmed on 16 mm film and listed as reels M-7591 to M-7672, M-8270 and M-8271 (84 reels).

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Andrei Zamoiski, FUB

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