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Basil N. Strandtman Papers

Identifier: GTM-000009

Scope and Contents note

The present collection includes personal correspondence and official documents pertaining to the life and career of Basil N. Strandtman, of the Imperial Russian Diplomatic corps to Yugoslavia (1911-1940); as well as correspondence from members of his family, including his wife, Xenia, and brother, Nikon.

Included are official documents from the Imperial Government of Russia regarding the military, civilian, and government service of the Strandtman family dating to 1800, as well as United States Government documents concerning aid given to Serbia during World War I and political relations between the two governments.

Photographs, postcards, and microfilm media are also included.


  • 1843 - 1963

Conditions Governing Access note

Most manuscripts collections at the Georgetown University Booth Family Center for Special Collections are open to researchers; however, restrictions may apply to some collections. Collections stored off site require a minimum of three days for retrieval. For use of all manuscripts collections, researchers are advised to contact the Booth Family Center for Special Collections in advance of any visit.

Conditions Governing Use

Researchers are solely responsible for determining the copyright status of the materials being used, establishing who the copyright owner is, locating the copyright owner, and obtaining permission for intended use.

Biographical note

Vassili (Basil) Nicholaevitch Strandtman (1877-1963) was born to parents, Major General Nikolai Karlovitch and Praskovia Vassilevna, and received a military education as a youth in the Corps des Pages. In 1901, following service in Her Majesty's Lancers, Strandtman entered the diplomatic corps, in which he would serve for the remainder of his professional career.

In 1914, Strandtman became Charge d'Affairs of the Russian Delegation in Belgrade, Serbia, and served in a diplomatic capacity during World War I. Following the war, Strandtman was appointed Minister to the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats, and Slovenes (SCS). In 1924, Strandtman's title was changed to Delegate in Charge of Russian Interests in the Kingdom of the SCS and he was head of the old Russian Red Cross Organization as Special Authorized Agent. By 1940, Strandtman retained only his post with the old Russian Red Cross and worked to secure aid for persons displaced and interned during World War II. Following the war, the Strandtman family moved to Geneva and again, in 1947, to the U.S. where they resided with Alice Dodge, daughter of a former U.S. Minister of the Kingdom of the SCS, Henry Percival Dodge.


6.75 Linear Feet (13 boxes )

Language of Materials



Gift of estate of Alice Dodge, through auspices of Henry Hull.

Basil N. Strandtman Papers
Michael Seyer, Georgetown University Library Booth Family Center for Special Collections, Washington, D.C.
June 2014
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Repository Details

Part of the Georgetown University Manuscripts Repository