Research at Russian Archives (GARF)

$4,885 of $4,500 goal

Raised by 74 people in 35 months
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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For those of you who didnt have the chance to see it yet, this is the cover of the first Maria Nikilaevna book, to be available on Amazon next week.
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The first book based on Grand Duchess Maria Nikolaevna's 1913 diary is scheduled to be released next week! Once again I would like to thank those who made this possible. Four additional books will come out of my trip to the Russian archives, which was done with YOUR help!
This is the acknowledgment page from Maria Nikolaevna book:
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Just wanted to thank everyone once again for a very successful fund raiser. As most of you already know, I used the money to travel to Russia in December, where I obtained enough material from the archives for several Romanov books. I am currently working on 3 books, which will hopefully be released in the next year.
As usual, I will be sharing some of my translations and document scans on the www.theromanovfamily.com website, so keep an eye out!
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Martin Kalyniuk
27 months ago
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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
33 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
35 months ago
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Hopefully you archieve great success for your reasearch !

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Pierre Hollis Taxis
8 months ago

Available now! https://www.amazon.com/dp/1546657487/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1507338656&sr=1-1&keywords=1913+Diary+of+Grand+Duchess+Maria+Nikolaevna

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Pierre Hollis Taxis
8 months ago

That's great news!

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Bill Ford
21 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
31 months ago

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

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Lynn Smith
31 months ago

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

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Elizabeth Pease
35 months ago

I thought this was a picture of Olga pulling Alexei?

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Irene Johnson
7 months ago

Some have no shame and honor no one but themselves. While they’re at it they take secret trips and post smiling pics a few weeks after the fact.

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Edward Winn
7 months ago

There is a thing such as shame. In honor of the recently departed.

BA
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Ben Abajian
17 months ago
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Thank you for all your dedication and work.

AB
$100
Adam Barnett
18 months ago
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Stay warm

AB
$50
Adam Barnett
19 months ago
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Good luck dealing with the Putin people.

$25
Jillian Armenante
22 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
26 months ago

Thank you!

MB
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Mary Breheny
28 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.

Martin Kalyniuk
27 months ago
1
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
33 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
35 months ago
1
1

Hopefully you archieve great success for your reasearch !

+ Read More
Pierre Hollis Taxis
8 months ago

Available now! https://www.amazon.com/dp/1546657487/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1507338656&sr=1-1&keywords=1913+Diary+of+Grand+Duchess+Maria+Nikolaevna

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Pierre Hollis Taxis
8 months ago

That's great news!

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Bill Ford
21 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.

+ Read More
Heather Drinkwater
31 months ago

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

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Lynn Smith
31 months ago

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

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Elizabeth Pease
35 months ago

I thought this was a picture of Olga pulling Alexei?

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