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Seton-Watson (George Hugh Nicholas) Collection

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0369 SET
Held at: School of Slavonic and East European Studies
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Full title: Seton-Watson (George Hugh Nicholas) Collection
Date(s): 1855-1980
Level of description: Collection (Fonds)
Extent: 6 boxes
Name of creator(s): Watson | George Hugh Nicholas Seton- | 1916-1984 | historian
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Administrative/Biographical history:

George Hugh Nicholas Seton-Watson (known as Hugh) (1916-1984) was the elder son of Robert William Seton-Watson, the first holder of the chair of Central European history at SSEES. On graduating from Oxford University, he travelled in Central and South Eastern Europe, studying the conditions of these countries and learning the languages. After World War Two and war service including three years with Special Forces in Cairo and Istanbul, he was able to embark on an academic career at Oxford University. Seton-Watson was appointed to the chair of Russian history at SSEES in 1951 and held this post until his retirement in 1983. He was also head of the History Department at SSEES from 1961 to 1976. Seton-Watson's interests extended beyond Russian history to also cover Eastern and Central Europe. He published twelve books and over 275 articles.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers on Hugh Seton-Watson's interests as an academic including papers on Bulgaria, Romania and Yugoslavia and correspondence on the future of SSEES, 1945-1975; papers re Seton-Watson family history, including books and pamphlets by George Seton, HSW's great-grandfather and papers on HSW's father R W Seton-Watson

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:
Mainly English, some Bulgarian, Czech, English, French, Romanian and Serbo-Croat

System of arrangement:

Papers arranged in two classes as described in Scope and Content.

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.

Finding aids:

Online catalogue available on the UCL Archives website.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Allied Materials

Related material:

The SSEES Library also holds the papers of Seton-Watson's father, Robert William Seton-Watson (1879-1951) (Ref SEW).

National Register of Archives: Click here to view NRA record

Publication note:

Description Notes

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 Jan 2003

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