Research at Russian Archives (GARF)
You may know some of my work from the book series "The Russian Imperial Family: In Their Own Words". I have worked very hard in the past 5 years to bring you my own translations of the original words of the four Russian grand duchesses, who may never have had the chance to speak otherwise.
My book “The Diary of Olga Romanov: Royal Witness to the Russian Revolution” was released in 2013, while the book dedicated to the Tsar’s second daughter, “Tatiana Romanov, Daughter of the Last Tsar: Diaries and Letters, 1913–1918” which was released in late 2015.
In between, I had put together other books based on the imperial family's diaries and letters, including “Journal of a Russian Grand Duchess: Complete Annotated 1913 Diary of Olga Romanov, Eldest Daughter of the Last Tsar” and "Russia's Last Romanovs: In Their Own Words."
Despite these, there remain many, many documents written by the Grand Duchesses, as well as by members of their family, that have never before been translated and published.
Although "The Little Pair," the Grand Duchesses Maria and Anastasia have allowed me to speak for them in a book dedicated to them both, “Maria and Anastasia: The Youngest Romanov Grand Duchesses In Their Own Words”, I strongly believe that each them deserves her individual book, like their two elder sisters.
The State Archives of Russian Federation (GARF) are indeed holding many more documents written by all four grand duchesses, which have not been translated or published before, as well as a myriad of other primary source material which has remained untapped.
Unfortunately it is very expensive to purchase copies and scans from GARF, especially while operating from another country, in addition to having to pay extra to a third party in Moscow to obtain them. I am no longer able to afford to do this on my own, but would like to continue doing the translations while it is still possible.
Which was why I decided to start this campaign to fund the cost of copies of the material and a trip to the Russian archives. Traveling there myself would actually be cheaper than to pay someone in Moscow, and a lot more efficient. I would like to obtain as many copies of these primary documents as GARF will allow me, and later translate and publish them for you.
If you are able to contribute anything at all, any amount will help. Any contribution will get you a special mention on the Russian Imperial Family: The Romanovs In Their Own Words” Facebook page and upcoming website.
Contributions of $100 or more will in addition get you a mention in the next book (which I hope to be based on the diaries, letters and other writings of Grand Duchess Maria Nikolaevna), and any contribution of $200 or more will get you a special acknowledgement in the book as well as a free signed copy.
Of course I will try to acknowledge everyone's contribution, as none is too small.
Thank you so much in advance!
All the best,
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Romanov Family website: http://www.theromanovfamily.com/
For those of you who are not on Facebook, and have not seen these yet, please check out the Romanov related video "podcasts" I made during the trip, starting with "Znamenie".
And as always, thank you all for your continued support!
Helen I am so excited and happy for you. I hope someday to meet you and wish you safe travel. I have 2 family members portraits now hanging somewhere in Moscow and St. Petersburgh. I wish I knew who had them. Both are painted by Pavel Tchelichew.
Hey! Olga has the same birthday as my daughter Ruthie! 103 years later...
How can I order your book about Tatiana as Amazon UK has just cancelled my order?
I thought this was a picture of Olga pulling Alexei?