Catalogue of papers of Stephen Clissold (1913-1982), 1940-1982

Bodleian Library, University of Oxford

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Papers of Stephen Clissold (1913-1982), 1940-1982, n.d.

Clissold's papers concerning Yugoslavian affairs. Some of the material is written in Serbo-Croat.

Shelfmarks: MSS. Eng. c. 2683-2692, c. 2695, c. 2713
Extent: 12 shelfmarks

Biographical History

Stephen Clissold (1913-82) was a British Council official, research officer on Latin American affairs in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and writer on Yugoslavian affairs.


Given by his widow, Jeanne Clissold, 1991.

Preferred Form of Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Library [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. Eng. c. 2683, fols. 1-2].

Personal names (NCA Rules)

Clissold | Stephen | 1913-1982 | public servant and writer

Corporate names (NCA Rules)

British Council -- Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Place names (NCA Rules)

Great Britain

Descriptive List

Typescript copies
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 2683
Extent: i + 215 leaves

Scope and Content:

Typescript copies of

  • (fols. 1-26) official reports relating to British activities in Yugoslavia, 1940-1945
  • (fols. 27-86) 'Reports on Jugoslav personalities', n.d.
  • (fols. 87-169) cyclostyled copy of 'Yugoslav personalities, section 1, emigrés (political)', 1944
  • (fols. 170-215) Clissold's manuscript and typescript notes on Yugoslav individuals, n.d

Miscellaneous papers
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 2684
Extent: 134 leaves

Scope and Content:


  • (fols. 1v-18) photostat copies of Yugoslav Communist Party documents, 1942-1943, with (fols. 17-18) a photocopy of a letter from Tito to the Yugoslav Communist Party, Serbia, 1943
  • (fols. 19-22) typescript reports by Professor Draganovic, n.d., and Monsieur Krek, 1944-1945
  • (fols. 93-126) papers relating to Slovenia, 1944, n.d.
  • (fols. 127-134) draft official report by Clissold on 'Aims and methods of the Yugoslav Communist Party', 1946

Working papers relating to Whirlwind (London, 1949), Clissold's fictionalised life of Tito
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 2685
Extent: 4 items

Typescript of Whirlwind
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 2686
Extent: 528 leaves

'Rough MS. dealing with Yugoslavian developments, 1945-8'
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 2687
Extent: 193 leaves

Correspondence and papers
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 2688
Extent: 166 leaves

Scope and Content:


  • (fols. (1-26) notes used in revision of 'Introduction to Yugoslav Soviet Documents' with letters from Elisabeth Barker and E. H. Carr, 1973
  • (fols. 27-56) miscellaneous correspondence on Yugoslavia, 1970, 1974-1982
  • (fols. 57-166) papers and correspondence relating to the Anglo-Yugoslav colloquium, 1978

Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 2689
Extent: 151 leaves

Scope and Content:

Papers relating to

  • (fols. 1-64) wartime atrocities and postwar terrorism, 1978-1979
  • (fols. 65-78) war criminals, 1947, n.d.
  • (fols. 79-119) notes of war criminal trials held during 1966-1978
  • (fols. 120-151) photocopy of article 'US policy towards Yugoslavia' by Ivan Babic (New York, 1979), annotated by Clissold

Miscellaneous papers
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 2690
Extent: 123 leaves

Scope and Content:


  • (fols. 1-30) letter, 1982, papers and press cuttings relating to Yugoslavia, 1978-1979, 1982, n.d.
  • (fols. 31-109) typescripts of article by Clissold on 'Kopinc, the comintern and the Kerestinec affairs: a little known chapter in the wartime history of the Yugoslavian communist party', 1982
  • (fols. 110-113) notes by Clissold on 'Tito's early negotiations with the Germans re exchange of prisoners', n.d.
  • (fol. 114) list of Yugoslav groups and factions in the Argentine, n.d.
  • (fols. 115-123) notes on communist designs and strategies in Latin America, n.d.

Working papers for Clissold's book on Milovan Djilas, published as Djilas, the progress of a revolutionary (London, 1983)
Shelfmark: MSS. Eng. c. 2691-2
Extent: 275, 359 leaves

Typescript of Djilas, the progress of a revolutionary
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 2713
Extent: vi + 481 pages

Scope and Content:

This copy includes material which does not appear in the published version

Papers relating to the South Slav Journal, 1972-1981
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 2695
Extent: 103 leaves

Scope and Content:

With (fols. 30-103) draft article by Stephen Clissold, 'Yugoslav relations with the SU', 1975. (This material was a later donation by Mrs. Clissold)

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13 January 2014