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Description found in Archives

Likacheff-Ragosine-Mathers collection [textual record (microform)] LI-RA-MA collection.

Collection consists of

Date(s)

1898-1922

Place of creation

Canada

89 microfilm reels negative and positive.

Scope and content

Collection consists of documents primarily in Russian, with another half dozen east-European languages frequently used. The collection contains a variety of administrative documents one would found in a consular office. Most of the documents are handwritten, or have a significant portion of their contents in handwritten form. The collection includes a large number of passports, approximately 4,000 in total, representing a wide variety of Russian internal and external passport applications and supporting documents such as verification of identity, citizenship, birth and baptismal records (approximately 11,400 files). There are military documents relating to military service in Russian or Canadian/British forces by Russian subjects. Other official documents include work permits, the correspondence of consular officers with other diplomatic officials in North America, Russia and elsewhere, including cables in cypher. Of particular interest are documents dealing with immigration, deportation and trade matters. Photographs are attached to most of the passports and to other documents in the collection (approx. 10,000). The collection was microfilmed on 16 mm film and listed as reels M-7591 to M-7672, M-8270 and M-8271 (84 reels).

Textual records: microform
Microfilm reel H-1975
90: Open
Textual records: microform
Microfilm reel M-7592
90: Open
Textual records: microform
Microfilm reel M-7598
90: Open
Textual records: microform
Microfilm reel M-7600
90: Open
Textual records: microform
Microfilm reel M-7603
90: Open
Textual records: microform
Microfilm reel M-7616
90: Open
Textual records: microform
Microfilm reel M-7619
90: Open
Textual records: microform
Microfilm reel M-7658
90: Open
Textual records: microform
Microfilm reel M-7625
90: Open
Textual records: microform
Microfilm reel M-7647
90: Open
Textual records: microform
Microfilm reel M-7645
90: Open
Textual records: microform
Microfilm reel M-7626
90: Open
Textual records: microform
Microfilm reel H-1974
90: Open
Textual records: microform
Microfilm reel M-7648
90: Open
Textual records: microform
Microfilm reel M-7649
90: Open
Textual records: microform
Microfilm reel M-7613
90: Open
Textual records: microform
Microfilm reel M-7659
90: Open
Textual records: microform
Microfilm reel M-7601
90: Open
Textual records: microform
Microfilm reel M-7612
90: Open
Textual records: microform
Microfilm reel M-7630
90: Open
Textual records: microform
Microfilm reel M-7664
90: Open
Textual records: microform
Microfilm reel M-7615
90: Open
Textual records: microform
Microfilm reel M-7614
90: Open
Textual records: microform
Microfilm reel M-7595
90: Open
Textual records: microform
Microfilm reel H-1971
90: Open
Textual records: microform
Microfilm reel M-7652
90: Open
Textual records: microform
Microfilm reel M-7611
90: Open
Textual records: microform
Microfilm reel M-7660
90: Open
Textual records: microform
Microfilm reel H-1972
90: Open
Textual records: microform
Microfilm reel M-7650
90: Open
Textual records: microform
Microfilm reel M-7661
90: Open
Textual records: microform
Microfilm reel M-7651
90: Open
Textual records: microform
Microfilm reel M-7623
90: Open
Textual records: microform
Microfilm reel M-7604
90: Open
Textual records: microform
Microfilm reel M-7605
90: Open
Textual records: microform
Microfilm reel M-7618
90: Open
Textual records: microform
Microfilm reel M-7620
90: Open
Textual records: microform
Microfilm reel M-7635
90: Open
Textual records: microform
Microfilm reel M-7656
90: Open
Textual records: microform
Microfilm reel M-7662
90: Open
Textual records: microform
Microfilm reel M-7671
90: Open
Textual records: microform
Microfilm reel M-7608
90: Open
Textual records: microform
Microfilm reel M-7636
90: Open
Textual records: microform
Microfilm reel M-7654
90: Open
Textual records: microform
Microfilm reel M-7594
90: Open
Textual records: microform
Microfilm reel M-7602
90: Open
Textual records: microform
Microfilm reel M-7617
90: Open
Textual records: microform
Microfilm reel M-7638
90: Open
Textual records: microform
Microfilm reel M-7657
90: Open
Textual records: microform
Microfilm reel M-7665
90: Open
Textual records: microform
Microfilm reel M-7621
90: Open
Textual records: microform
Microfilm reel M-7655
90: Open
Textual records: microform
Microfilm reel M-7672
90: Open
Textual records: microform
Microfilm reel M-7609
90: Open
Textual records: microform
Microfilm reel M-7663
90: Open
Textual records: microform
Microfilm reel M-7599
90: Open
Textual records: microform
Microfilm reel M-8271
90: Open
Textual records: microform
Microfilm reel M-7627
90: Open
Textual records: microform
Microfilm reel M-7632
90: Open
Textual records: microform
Microfilm reel M-7668
90: Open
Textual records: microform
Microfilm reel M-7641
90: Open
Textual records: microform
Microfilm reel M-7653
90: Open
Textual records: microform
Microfilm reel M-7596
90: Open
Textual records: microform
Microfilm reel M-7629
90: Open
Textual records: microform
Microfilm reel M-7633
90: Open
Textual records: microform
Microfilm reel M-7642
90: Open
Textual records: microform
Microfilm reel M-7631
90: Open
Textual records: microform
Microfilm reel M-7643
90: Open
Textual records: microform
Microfilm reel H-1973
90: Open
Textual records: microform
Microfilm reel M-7593
90: Open
Textual records: microform
Microfilm reel M-7607
90: Open
Textual records: microform
Microfilm reel M-7646
90: Open
Textual records: microform
Microfilm reel M-7597
90: Open
Textual records: microform
Microfilm reel M-7637
90: Open
Textual records: microform
Microfilm reel M-7640
90: Open
Textual records: microform
Microfilm reel M-7666
90: Open
Textual records: microform
Microfilm reel M-7639
90: Open
Textual records: microform
Microfilm reel M-7628
90: Open
Textual records: microform
Microfilm reel M-7591
90: Open
Textual records: microform
Microfilm reel M-7606
90: Open
Textual records: microform
Microfilm reel M-8270
90: Open
Textual records: microform
Microfilm reel M-7670
90: Open
Textual records: microform
Microfilm reel M-7610
90: Open
Textual records: microform
Microfilm reel M-7624
90: Open
Textual records: microform
Microfilm reel M-7667
90: Open
Textual records: microform
Microfilm reel M-7669
90: Open
Textual records: microform
Microfilm reel M-7644
90: Open
Textual records: microform
Microfilm reel M-7622
90: Open
Textual records: microform
Microfilm reel M-7634
90: Open
Textual records: microform
96: Restrictions vary
Microfilm reel
from H-1971 to H-1975
from M-7591 to M-7672
from M-8270 to M-8271
90: Open
Archival reference no.
Former archival reference no.

Textual records: A finding aid was produced in 1983 which lists the archival material of the collection by volume. The nominal list is a card catatogue in the Reference Room of the National Archives, and is also available on 16 mm reels H-1971 to H-1975. MSS1441 (Electronic)

Additional name(s)

Biography / Administrative history

From the mid-nineteenth century to the early twentieth century - years of massive immigration to Canada and the United States - the Imperial Russian Government, which included eastern Poland and Finland, as well as most of the former USSR, maintained consulates throughout North America. With the outbreak of the Russian Revolution, the consulates were closed, and their records subsequently passed from one temporary storage to another, many being lost, damaged, or destroyed in the process. Some had been given to the Hoover Institute for War, Peace and Revolution (United States). Eventually the remainder were placed in the custody of the National Archives and Records Administration of the United States Government. The collection is organized into American and Canadian sections.

The Canadian section is a collection of documents created in the Imperial Russian Consular offices in Montreal, Vancouver, and Halifax by consuls, the last of whom were A.S. Likacheff, K. Ragosine, and H.I. Mathers (LI-RA-MA). In 1917, with the fall of the Czarist government in Russia, the Canadian Government offered to pay the salaries of these consuls because it highly valued and needed their expertise, and skills in dealing with the sizeable number of Slavic immigrants who had by that time, settled in Canada. One could, in fact, construe that these officials were then in Canadian Government service. Their activity came to an end in the early 1920's, at which time their papers were entrusted to other senior Russian diplomats opposed to the new Soviet regime, who were stationed in Washington, D.C., United States.

Additional information

Custodial history
Material was loaned to the National Archives of Canada in 1979 for organization and microfilming. The original material was returned to Washington, D.C., and later sent to the Soviet Union by the National Archives and Records Administration of the United States.

Location of originals note
The originals are in the Russian Archives.

Subject heading

1. Russians - Canada, 1898-1922 Murmansk-Arkangelsk Railroad, [1898-1922]
2. Russia - Emigration and immigration, 1898-1922 Port of Vancouver, [1903-1920]
3. Canada. Canadian Armed Forces - Recruiting, enlistment, etc, 1900-1922 Vancouver Board of Trade, [1903-1920]
4. Russian Canadians, 1898-1922.
5. Draft - Canada, [191-]
6. World War, 1914-1918.
7. Russo-Japanese War, 1904-1905.
8. Slavs - Evacuation and relocation - Canada, [191-]
9. World War, 1914-1918 - Canada - Security, [191-]
10. Russia - Commerce, 1900-1920.
11. Canada - Commerce, 1900-1920.
12. Commerce. Siberia (Russia)
13. Shipwrecks, [1900-1920]
14. Refugees, Political, [1904-1920]
15. Russia - Politics and government, [1903-1920]
16. Diplomatic and consular service, Russian - Canada, [1898-1922]
17. Relations Canada Russia.
18. Russia - Relations - Canada, [1903-1920]

Private

Other system control no.