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Subbotić-Pereplotchikov Family Papers, 1861-2002

Summary Information


The papers are comprised of correspondence, documents, writings, diaries, memoirs, photographs, printed material, and ephemera of Yugoslav diplomat Ivan Subbotić (1893-1973); his wife, a prominent scholar Anka Gođevac-Subbotić (1890-1983); their son-in-law Igor Pereplotchikov (1912-2002), and other family members.

At a Glance

Call No.: BA#0623
Bib ID 6436936 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Subbotić-Pereplotchikov family ; Gođevac-Subbotić, Anka, 1890-1983 ; Pereplotčikov, Ružica ; Soubbotitch, Ivan V., 1893-1973 ; Gođevac-Subbotić, Anka, 1890-1983
Title Subbotić-Pereplotchikov Family Papers, 1861-2002
Physical Description 11.5 linear feet (15 manuscript boxes, 2 flat boxes)
Language(s) English , Russian , German , Serbian .
Additional Description http://www.columbia.edu/cu/libraries/inside/projects/findingaids/scans/pdfs/Subbotic_Pereplotchikov.pdf

This collection is located on-site.

This collection has no restrictions.



This collection is arranged in two series.



The bulk of the collection consists of Ivan Subbotić's and Anka Gođevac-Subbotić's personal and professional correspondence (including correspondence with prime ministers, high-ranking politicians, and diplomats), documents, writings, and photographs; as well as Igor Pereplotchikov and Ružica Pereplotchikov's correspondence, documents, and photographs. There are also diaries, notebooks, memoirs, biographical and printed material, and ephemera. Personal records, genealogical materials, and photographs document the history of three prominent Serb families Subbotić, Gođevac, and Bajalovic (Dragoljub Bajalovic was Anka Gođevac-Subbotić's first husband)-- and the Pereplotchikov family, who fled from post-Revolutionary Russia to Yugoslavia.

Some of the significant materials represented in this collection are letters of Winston Churchill; Edward F. Halifax; Anthony Eden; Fiorello La Guardia; Petar II Karađorđević, King of Yugoslavia; Jacobo Stuart Fitz-James y Falcó, duque de Alba; Slobodan Jovanovic; Helen Percy, Duchess of Northumberland; Tomislav Karađorđević; Elizabeth Karađorđević; and ciphered diplomatic telegrams and letters from 1939; guest book with autographs of diplomats and members of European royal families from the period of 1935-1941, and an autograph of Nikita Khruschev on the program "Khrushchev at the Hotel Commodore;" photographs of Fyodor Chaliapin; Louis Félix Marie François Franchet d'Espérey; Slobodan Jovanovic; Jacobo Stuart Fitz-James y Falcó, duque de Alba; Kosta Pavlović; Petar II Karađorđević, King of Yugoslavia; Natalija, Queen, consort of Milan Obrenović, King of Serbia; Božidar Purić; Franklin Delano Roosevelt; Nicolae Titulescu; Aleksandra Kollontai; and the sessions of the Assembly of the League of Nations, 1935-1937.

Using the Collection

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Restrictions on Access

This collection is located on-site.

This collection has no restrictions.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. The RBML maintains ownership of the physical material only. Copyright remains with the creator and his/her heirs. The responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Subbotić-Pereplotchikov Family Papers, Box and Folder; Bakhmeteff Archive, Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University.


Materials may have been added to the collection since this finding aid was prepared. Contact rbml@columbia.edu for more information.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Source of acquisition--Igor Pereplotchikov. Method of acquisition--Gift. Date of acquisition--1999, 2000, 2003.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

Papers processed Katia Shraga in 2007.

Finding Aid, written by Katia Shraga in September 2007.

Revision Description

2020-01-02 Removed expired restriction on Folder 11 in Box 9. kws

Subject Headings

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Alba, Jacobo Stuart Fitz-James y Falcó, duque de, 1878-1953 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Ambassadors -- Yugoslavia -- Biography Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Balkan Peninsula -- History -- War of 1912-1913 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Chaliapin, Fyodor Ivanovich, 1873-1938 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Churchill, Winston, 1874-1965 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Eden, Anthony, Earl of Avon, 1897-1977 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Emigration and immigration -- Soviet Union -- 20th century Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Franchet d'Espérey, Louis Félix Marie François, 1856-1942 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Gođevac-Subbotić, Anka, 1890-1983 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Great Britain -- Foreign relations -- Yugoslavia Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Halifax, Edward Frederick Lindley Wood, Earl of, 1881-1959 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Jovanović, Slobodan Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Karađorđević, Tomislav, 1929-2000 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Khrushchev, Nikita Sergeevich, 1894-1971 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Kollontaĭ, A. (Aleksandra), 1872-1952 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
La Guardia, Fiorello H (Fiorello Henry), 1882-1947 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
League of Nations Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Natalija, Queen, consort of Milan Obrenović, King of Serbia, 1859-1941 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Northumberland, Helen Percy, Duchess of Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Old Believers -- New York (State) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Pavlović, Kosta St., 1905-1989 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Pereplotčikov, Ružica Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Petar Karađorđević, King of Yugoslavia, II , 1923-1970 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Purić , Božidar, 1891-1977 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Purić , Božidar, 1891-1977 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Roosevelt, Franklin D (Franklin Delano), 1882-1945 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Soubbotitch, Ivan V., 1893-1973 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Titulescu, Nicolae, 1882-1941 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
World War, 1914-1918 -- Serbia Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
World War, 1939-1945 -- Diplomatic history Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Yugoslavia -- Emigration and immigration -- 20th century Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Yugoslavia -- Foreign relations -- 1918-1945 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Yugoslavia -- Foreign relations -- Great Britain Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Yugoslavia -- History Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Yugoslavia -- History -- 1918-1945 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Yugoslavs -- United States Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical / Historical

Dr. Ivan Subbotić was a diplomat, permanent delegate of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia to the League of Nations in Geneva (1935-1939), royal minister extraordinary and plenipotentiary in London (1939-1941), Yugoslavia's representative to the American Red Cross, Doctor of Law, member of the prominent New York law firm of Coudert Brothers, professor of international comparative law at the New York Law School.

Ivan Subbotić was born in Belgrade on November 1, 1893, to a prominent Serbian family. His grandfather, Jovan, was a well-known poet and writer considered one of the most important Serbian authors. His father, Vojislav Subbotić, was a famous Belgrade surgeon and one of the founders of the Faculty of Medicine in Belgrade, where he taught as a professor. Subbotić received his elementary and secondary education in Belgrade, then studied in Vienna and at the University of Lausanne, where he earned a doctorate in law. As a 19-year-old student, he volunteered for the Serbian Army and served in the Balkan wars against Turkey and Bulgaria in 1912-1913 and against Austria-Hungary in World War I. He emerged from these wars with the rank of lieutenant of cavalry and several military decorations for bravery.

Upon graduation, Subbotić chose a diplomatic career and entered the Yugoslav Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He advanced quickly within the ministry and in the early 1930s became a Chief of the Political Department of the Yugoslav Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

After a meeting of the General Assembly of the League of Nations in Geneva in 1934, where Subbotić was one of the Yugoslav delegates, he learned and was the first to report about the preparations for the assassination of King Alexander during his visit to France.

Subbotić took the position of permanent delegate to the League of Nations in Geneva in 1935. In the spring of 1937, he was entrusted with secret negotiations with Italy on improving relations between the two countries. These negotiations resulted in the Italian-Yugoslav Political Agreement of March 25, 1937. In 1938, he was appointed the Royal Yugoslav Ambassador to the Court of St. James.

In 1941, the Yugoslav government in exile sent Subbotić as its delegate to the American Red Cross. After the fall of Yugoslavia, he decided to stay in the United States, but University diplomas earned in Europe were not recognized, so the 53-year-old Subbotić became a full-time student of law at Columbia University. After graduation, he found employment as a member of the prestigious law firm of Coudert Brothers as a specialist in matters of international law.

In 1951, he became a professor of international law at the New York Law School, and he kept this position for twenty years, until his death. Ivan Subbotić served as vice president of the American International Law Association and the Consular Law Association. He was named an honorary lecturer in international public law at the University of Belgrade and held Serbian, Yugoslav, and other decorations.

Ivan Subbotić died on March 23, 1973 in New York City and was buried in Zemun, Yugoslavia in the family crypt.

Dr. Anka Gođevac-Subbotić was a scholar of international law, professor, and well-known author. She was the first Serbian woman upon whom the title of Doctor of Laws was conferred. She was also an active member of Udruzenje srpskih pisadza i umetnika u inostranstvu (Society of Serbian Writers and Artists Abroad) and a winner of the Slobodan Jovanovic award for her book "Sa tri kontinenta."

Anka Gođevac-Subbotić was born in Knjazevec on December 1, 1890, to Dr. Milorad Gođevac and Katarine Adamovic. Gođevac-Subbotić studied law in Belgrade University and graduated in 1927 with honors. In 1932, she earned her doctorate. During her career, she served as Yugoslav delegate to the international conference in the Hague in 1930, a member of the Yugoslav delegation to the Balkan conference in Bucharest in 1932, and a member of the League of Nations' Committee for the Study of the Legal Status of Women in 1938-1939.

Anka Gođevac-Subbotić died June 11, 1983, and was buried in Zemun, Yugoslavia in the family tomb.

Igor Pereplotchikov (1912-2002), an engineer, was a husband of Ružica Bajalovic, the daughter of Anka Gođevac-Subbotić from her first marriage to Dragoljub Bajalovic.

Pereplotchikov was born in Kiev to a wealthy family of Old Believers. His family escaped the Revolution of 1917 and the Civil War ending up in Yugoslavia. During World War II, he was a prisoner of war and lived in Yugoslavia under the German occupation. After World War II, he and his wife managed to escape from Tito's Yugoslavia across the Austrian borders and reached the United States, where they were reunited with Ružica's mother, Anka Gođevac-Subbotić, and her stepfather, Ivan Subbotić. Igor's parents (Aleksandr and Jelena) and his sister (Lidija Shpis-Mirni), as well as Ružica's half sister (Marija Pesic) remained in Yugoslavia.

Igor Pereplotchikov died in 2002 and was buried in Jordanville, upstate New York, in the Russian Orthodox cemetery, alongside his wife Ružica.