Collection UQFL336 - Thomas Poole and Eric Fried Papers

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Thomas Poole and Eric Fried Papers


  • [1920s]-[ca.1995] (Creation)

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34 boxes.

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Biographical history

Dr Tom Poole was a member of the History Department, University of Queensland, for 27 years until his retirement in 2001. He specialised in Soviet and Russian history.

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Biographical history

Eric Fried was a member of the Russian Department, University of Queensland, before embarking on a business career in Russia.

Archival history

Collection previously titled as: Papers of Thomas Poole and Eric Fried, [1920s]-[ca.1995]
Collection alternatively titled as: Thomas Poole and Eric Fried Collection.

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Scope and content

Papers primarily concern Russian-Australian relations, 1803-1946, and cover initial Russian contacts with Australian colonists in the nineteeenth century, consular/diplomatic relations, involvement of Russian political radicals in Queensland politics before and after World War 1, formation of the Communist Party of Australia, and Russian immigration to Australia. Includes copies of official documents from Russian, Finnish, British and Australian archives; journal articles, early Russian-language newspapers, memoirs, travel accounts, private correspondence, drafts of published works, photographs. Documents are in Russian and English.

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Papers grouped in subject folders.

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Conditions governing access

Unrestricted access, except for Box 8, Folder 11, which is restricted. Application for access to restricted material can be submitted to the Fryer Librarian for consideration.

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  • English

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Publication note

Material from this collection has been cited in:

Govor, E and Windle K (2023) 'The dreamer and the destroyer : two unconventional Tolstoians and their impact in Australia' in Tolstoi : art and influence, Brill.

Windle K (2023) ‘Ekho Avstralii : Australia's First Russian Newspaper and Its Revolutionary Reverberations’, The Slavonic and East European review (1928), 101(1):64–90, doi:10.1353/see.2023.a897285.

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Dates of creation revision deletion

Migrated from LMS: April 2019, P.A.




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