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Russian Refugees Relief Association

Identity Statement

Held at: British Library of Political and Economic Science
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Full title: Russian Refugees Relief Association
Date(s): 1933-1969
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 16 boxes
Name of creator(s): Russian Refugees Relief Association


Administrative/Biographical history:

The Russian Refugees Relief Association was set up in 1946 to care for people forced to leave Russia and eastern Europe by the spread of Communism. As well as supporting refugees in the UK, the RRRA provided food parcels and other aid to Russians in Germany and Europe. The organisation generally acted to promote Russian issues and provide a service to those trying to locate family and friends. As the refugees in Britain became elderly, the Association purchased two houses in Earls Court, London, as hostels. They also provided a Russian language library. As its income gradually decreased, the Association's work was gradually superceded by other agencies, and it was wound up in 1968. Its assets were passed on to the Russian Benevolent Society.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of the Russian Refugees Relief Association, 1933-1969, including minutes of Officers Meetings, 1948-1956, and the Executive Committee, 1946-1968; papers of Annual General meetings, 1948-1969, including balance sheets, accounts, correspondence and Secretary's reports; financial material, 1947-1969, comprising balance sheets, ledgers, journals, cash books, petty cash books, wage books and bank statements; information on membership and refugees, 1947-1963, including membership and subscription lists, lists of inhabitants of the refugee hostels, and correspondence concerning medical regulations and donations; general correspondence, 1948-1965, with other Russian relief organisations, German refugee camps, the Home Office, London County Council, the British Council for Aid to Refugees, members and supports of the Association, and people searching for relatives, as well as financial and legal correspondence concerning administrative matters; miscellaneous material, 1933-1966, including legal papers concerning the hostels, personal notebooks and financial material, and manuscript notes in Russian on the history of the Association.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:
Russian and English

System of arrangement:

Arranged in sections as outlined in the Scope and Content.

Conditions governing access:


Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright unknown. Most documents may be photocopied.

Finding aids:

Printed handlist and on-line catalogue available.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Deposited by Thomson Quarrell, solicitors, via the British Records Association, in 1993.

Immediate source of acquisition:

Allied Materials

Related material:

National Register of Archives: Click here to view NRA record

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Sources: British Library of Political and Economic science Archives catalogue. Compiled by Sarah Aitchison as part of the RSLP AIM25 project.

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

Date(s) of descriptions:
Apr 2001

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