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Prince Paul of Yugoslavia papers, 1757-1976

Summary Information

At a Glance

Call No.: BAR Ms Coll/Prince Paul
Bib ID 4077939 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Pavle, Prince of Yugoslavia, 1893-1976
Title Prince Paul of Yugoslavia papers, 1757-1976
Physical Description 5500 items (15 boxes; 2 oversized folders; 1 painting)
Language(s) Russian .

This collection has no restrictions.

This collection is located on-site.



The collection is arranged into six series.


Scope and Content

The collection consists primarily of correspondence and subject files, but also includes manuscripts, documents, photographs and printed materials. The correspondence spans six decades and includes letters received by Prince Paul prior to his accession, during his tenure as regent, and during 35 years of exile. Correspondents include Prince Paul's family; European politicians, such as Edvard Beneš, Neville Chamberlain, Anthony Eden, and Benito Mussolini; European royalty, including King Albert of Belgium, King Carol II of Rumania, Queen Elizabeth II, King George VI, and King Edward VIII of England; Yugoslav public figures, such as Milan Stojadinoviʹc, Dragiša Cvetkoviʹc, and Anton Korošec. Subject files pertain to the reign of Prince Paul. These materials -- correspondence, minutes of meetings, military regulations, speeches, consular and foreign legation reports, police reports, voting records, government decrees, et cetera -- were assembled by J. B. Hoptner while researching his book, "Yugoslavia in Crisis, 1934-1941" (1962). Among the manuscripts are Prince Paul's and Princess Olga's diaries and Prince Paul's notes on conversations with Hermann Göring, Hitler, Mussolini, and Eden. Also included are historical documents concerning Serbian and Yugoslav history and the Karageorgevich family; documents from the 18th and 19th centuries, such as a copy of the 1808 agreement between Kara George and the Serbian National Council.

Using the Collection

Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Access Restrictions

This collection has no restrictions.

This collection is located on-site.

Existence and Location of Copies

In 2006, the entire microfilm set was donated to the Serbian National Archives in Belgrade.

14 boxes were microfilmed: Available on 16 microfilm reels - 2005-1012 - 2005-1027.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

Papers Accessioned 1954.

Papers Accessioned 1964.

Papers Accessioned 1969.

Papers Accessioned 1978.

Papers Accessioned 1981.

Papers Processed 02/--/81.

Papers Accessioned 1970.

Correspondence Processed ejs 09/--/89.

Revision Description

2009-06-26 File created.

2019-05-20 EAD was imported spring 2019 as part of the ArchivesSpace Phase II migration.

Subject Headings

The subject headings listed below are found in this collection. Links below allow searches at Columbia University through the Archival Collections Portal and through CLIO, the catalog for Columbia University Libraries, as well as ArchiveGRID, a catalog that allows users to search the holdings of multiple research libraries and archives.

All links open new windows.


Heading "CUL Archives:"
"CUL Collections:"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
Decrees Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Diaries Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Photographic prints Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Speeches Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
minutes (administrative records) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID


Heading "CUL Archives:"
"CUL Collections:"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
Letters Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Nobility -- Europe Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Serbia -- Politics and government -- 1945- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
World War, 1939-1945 -- Yugoslavia Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Yugoslavia -- Foreign relations -- 1918-1945 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Yugoslavia -- Politics and government -- 1918-1945 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical sketch

Prince Paul Karageorgevich was Regent of Yugoslavia from 1934 to 1941.