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School of Slavonic and East European Studies

Deacon Collection


Reference code(s): GB 0369 DEA

Held at: School of Slavonic and East European Studies

Title: Deacon Collection

Date(s): 1919-1920

Level of description: Collection (Fonds)

Extent: 1 envelope

Name of creator(s): Deacon | Olive Marjorie | 1891-1950


Administrative/Biographical history:

Olive Marjorie Deacon (1891-1950) was born in Scotland. During World War One she went to work at the Scottish Womens' Hospital in Belgrade, Serbia. After the hospital was closed Olive Deacon and three other aid workers under the auspices of the American Relief Administration Childrens' Fund went to Pec Montenegro to establish two orphanages. They left in 1920 after this had been accomplished.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers and photographs relating to Olive Deacon's child welfare work in Pec, Montenegro 1919-1920. Contents:
DEA/1 Correspondence and other papers relating to the Scottish Women's Hospital and orphanages in Pec (Nov 1919-Feb 1921)
DEA/2 Olive Deacon's typescript memoir 'Some Montenegrin experiences' and two diaries kept during her time at Pec (between 1919 and 1920)
DEA/3 Photographs and postcards (1919)


Language/scripts of material: English, German and Serbian

System of arrangement:

1 envelope

Conditions governing access:

Unrestricted access. Researchers wishing to consult the archives or seeking further information should contact UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES) Library, 16 Taviton Street, London WC1H 0BW.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copies, subject to the condition of the original, may be supplied for research use only. Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Librarian.

Physical characteristics:

Finding aids:

On-line summary guide available on the SSEES website and at UCL Archives



Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Not known


Related material:

The Seton-Watson Papers at SSEES (Ref SEW) also contain material on the Scottish Women's Hospitals' work in Serbia and on orphanages in the region.

Publication note:


Archivist's note: Revised by Alan Kucia as part of the RSLP AIM25 Project.

Rules or conventions: Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description ISAD(G), 2nd edition 2000 and National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions: Revised Feb 2002

Child welfare | Social welfare
War | International conflicts
World War One (1914-1918) | World wars (events) | Wars (events)

Personal names
Deacon | Olive Marjorie | 1891-1950 | nurse

Corporate names

Pec | Montenegro | Yugoslavia | Eastern Europe