Research at Russian Archives (GARF)

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Dear Friends and Fellow Russian/Romanov History Enthusiasts!

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,

Helen Azar

Translator
Author
Librarian

Please join me on my Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/DiaryOfOlgaRomanovRoyalWitness

Romanov Family website:  http://www.theromanovfamily.com/ 



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Update 115
Posted by Helen Azar
3 months ago
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So I am back from Russia with lots of scanned archival treasures as planned. I figure that I can probably get about 3-4 books out of what I obtained, including of course Maria and Anastasia individual books.

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".
https://youtu.be/7ZOO2MGMYuI

And as always, thank you all for your continued support!
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Update 114
Posted by Helen Azar
3 months ago
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Just to update you guys: I have been working at GARF since Tuesday, going through many many Romanov family archives, and getting copies of lots of useful material for the upcoming Grand Duchess Marie book, as well as the GD Anastasia book. I am also hoping to get enough material for a future book on Grand Duke Michael Alexandrovich, another often neglected member of the family, as I want to eventually give him a chance to speak as well. The archives are closed on the weekend, which will give me a chance to visit some Romanov related places in Moscow, such as the Boyar Romanovs mansion on Varvarka, as well as Marfo-Mariinsky convent founded by Grand Duchess Elisabeth Feodorovna, where I hope to make some more video podcasts. Then Monday is back to the archives to review and copy the last of the materials I ordered. All in all I feel it has been a very productive trip, and I hope to bring you a lot of new, never before published material through my upcoming books and www.theromanovfamily.com website!
Postcard from "Isa" to Anastasia, 1912.
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Update 113
Posted by Helen Azar
3 months ago
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So finally made it to GARF, albeit less than an hour before closing. But did have time to register for a pass, and after many ultra bureaucratic shenanigans, I can now show up tomorrow at noon to look at documents! *They still have a rotary phone that you have to use to get a "propusk" (a pass). And you have to write a "zayavlenie" in Russian, to request to be allowed to use the reading room!
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Update 112
Posted by Helen Azar
3 months ago
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Hi all, for those of you who don't follow my FB page- I finally made it to Russia! You can follow my Youtube channel for daily video podcasts and Twitter Account for all the updates. Thank you all again so much for making this happen!
Znamenie podcast.
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The Alexander Palace being restored
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Martin Kalyniuk
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At last coming into consistent money again. I promise $100 every week until you reach the amount you need. Lord God repay you for this; for giving their voice back to two little girls who deserved to have one.

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Adele Chatelain
18 months ago
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Oh, how I wish my parents were still alive to read all of this, and your books! They started me on the 'Romanov' (magnificent) obsession. I can't wait to read your latest research.....

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Henri Räty
20 months ago
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Hopefully you archieve great success for your reasearch !

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Bill Ford
5 months ago

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.

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Heather Drinkwater
16 months ago

Hey! Olga has the same birthday as my daughter Ruthie! 103 years later...

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Lynn Smith
16 months ago

How can I order your book about Tatiana as Amazon UK has just cancelled my order?

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Elizabeth Pease
20 months ago

I thought this was a picture of Olga pulling Alexei?

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$4,875 of $4,500 goal

Raised by 72 people in 20 months
Created July 13, 2015
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$200
Ben Abajian
2 months ago

Thank you for all your dedication and work.

AB
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Adam Barnett
3 months ago
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Stay warm

AB
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Adam Barnett
4 months ago
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Good luck dealing with the Putin people.

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Jillian Armenante
7 months ago
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Excited for this work. I am Sandra Carson's friend who you helped with a translation a while back. Congrats!

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Pierre Hollis Taxis
10 months ago

Thank you!

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Martin Kalyniuk
12 months ago
$100
Martin Kalyniuk
12 months ago
MB
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Mary Breheny
12 months ago
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This payment of $90 plus my earlier donation of $10 bring my total contribution to $100. I look forward to the completed book.

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Sarai Porretta
13 months ago
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MB
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Mary Breheny
13 months ago
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Martin Kalyniuk
12 months ago
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1

At last coming into consistent money again. I promise $100 every week until you reach the amount you need. Lord God repay you for this; for giving their voice back to two little girls who deserved to have one.

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Adele Chatelain
18 months ago
1
1

Oh, how I wish my parents were still alive to read all of this, and your books! They started me on the 'Romanov' (magnificent) obsession. I can't wait to read your latest research.....

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Henri Räty
20 months ago
1
1

Hopefully you archieve great success for your reasearch !

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Bill Ford
5 months ago

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.

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Heather Drinkwater
16 months ago

Hey! Olga has the same birthday as my daughter Ruthie! 103 years later...

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Lynn Smith
16 months ago

How can I order your book about Tatiana as Amazon UK has just cancelled my order?

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Elizabeth Pease
20 months ago

I thought this was a picture of Olga pulling Alexei?

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