Aleksandr Butakov papers, 1869-1914  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Butakov, Aleksandr, 1881-1914
Aleksandr Butakov papers
1869-1914 (inclusive)
0.23 cubic feet (1 box)
Collection Number
6080 (Accession No. 6080-001)
Personal papers, photographs, war communiques, and correspondence of Aleksandr Butakov, a Russian naval officer during World War I.
University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections
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Russian, English

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Aleksandr Butakov was born in 1881 to Vera Vassilevna Davu(y)doff and Rear Admiral Ivan Ivanovich Butakov, and was one of the last of the famous Butakov marine officer dynasty. Tsar Alexander III served as Aleksandr Butakov's godfather at his christening. Aleksandr grew up in St. Petersburg. In 1902 he graduated from the Marine Corps. His title was Naval Officer, Senior Lietenant Aleksandr Ivanovich Butakov, commander of the 4th company. He served on the Imperial yacht Standhart, and was one of the closest Naval officers to the Imperial Family. Aleksandr was one of Tsar Nicholas II's favorite walking companions, referenced frequently in the Tsar's diary. Alexander was married to Aina Ottovna Lindholm, daugher of famous Swedish shipbuilder, Otto Lindholm. Aleksandr and Aina had one son, Nikita born May 9, 1908. In December 14, 1914, during World War I, Butakov was killed during military action near Vyschegrod, Germany. He was deeply mourned by the Royal Family, the Empress Alexandra sending a telegram of grief and sympathy to Aleksandr's wife, Aina Butakova. The Tsar, his daughters GD Olga Nikolaevna and GD Tatiania Nolaevna, as well as The Dowager Empress Maria Fedorovna, the Dowager Queen of Greece, and two sisters of the Tsar all attended Aleksandr's funeral in St. Petersburg. He was survived by his wife, Aina Lindholm Butakova and his son, Nikita Butakov who emigrated from Vladivostok to Hong Kong, and later to San Francisco. By 1930, they were living in New York City where Nikita worked as a bank teller and where Aina died in 1971. Nikita died in Spokane, Washington in 1974.

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Personal papers, photographs, war communiques, and correspondence of Aleksandr Butakov, a Russian naval officer during World War I.

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Container(s) Description Dates
1/1 Field report
Official report outlining the battle of December 16, 1914 near Vyshchegrod
1/2 Field communiques book
Aleksandr Butakov's reports from the field between August and December of 1914; Most are reports to Butakov's superior officer(s)
1/2 Passport 1907
1/3 Service record and enrollment in nobility
1/4 Marriage certificate
Certificate shows that Aleksandr Butakov and Aina Lindholm were married in Tokyo in 1907
1/5 Field report
Report on the death of Aleksandr Butakov in battle dated December 16, 1914
1/6 Medical report
Report from the field on the injuries and death of Sr. Lt. Butakov dated December 15, 1914
1/7 Testimony of birth
Document providing testimony of the birth of Aleksandr Butakov
1/8 Marriage certificate
Copy of marriage certificate with signatures of witnesses dated January 8, 1907
1/9 Birth certificate
Certificate of Nikita Butakov's birth on May 28, 1908
1/10 Membership certificate
Aina Butakov, widow of Aleksandr Butakov, receives certificate of membership in the gentry class
1/11 Letter from Aleksandr Butakov to his son Nikita 1914
1/12 Marriage certificate 1907
1/13 Condolence telegram
Telegram from Tsarina Aleksandra (wife of Tsar Nikolai) expressing condolences on the death in battle of Aleksandr Butakov
circa 1914
1/14 Article
McClure Newspaper Syndicate article written by Aina Butakov (sp. Butakoff) in English about how she rescued and kept hidden from the Red Army the Tsar's son, Alexi's, spaniel.
1/15 Certificate of induction into nobility
Certificate of induction into nobility of Aleksandr Butakov
1/16 Enrollment of Aina Butakov and son, Nikita, into the rolls of the gentry in Kostroma 1915
1/17 Death certificate
Certificate of death of Aleksandr Butakov in battle and payment to widow
1/18 Birth certificate of Aleksandr Butakov 1881

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Battles--Russia
  • Men--Russia
  • Personal Names :
  • Butakov, Aleksandr, 1881-1914--Archives
  • Butakov, Aleksandr, 1881-1914--Family
  • Corporate Names :
  • Russia. Voennyĭ flot--Officers
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Ephemera
  • Personal correspondence
  • Records (Documents)

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  • Subject Terms :
  • Personal Papers/Corporate Records (University of Washington)