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November 30, 2010

Images from Major George H. Ryden's papers

Images from correspondence between the Russian Royal Family and an American Aid Worker

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Identification card for Major George H. Ryden, American Expeditionary Forces, 1919. (Biographical, AEF identification card; Box 1, George H. Ryden papers)

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Laissez-passer letter from General A. I. Denikin, commanding general of the South Russian Army, Ekaterinodar, February 17, 1920. (Correspondence, Letters of Introduction, Gen. Denikin; Box 1, George H. Ryden papers).

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Letter to Ryden from Russian plenipotentiary, Constantinople, December 3, 1920, informing him that he has been awarded the Order of St. Anna by General Wrangel. (Correspondence, Russian Plenipotentiary, 1920; Box 1, George H. Ryden papers)

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Letter, dated January 25, 1921, from a former Red Cross colleague of Ryden’s, signed simply Johnson, updating Ryden on current events in the Paris office and describing his desire to obtain a position with Herbert Hoover’s American Relief Administration. (Correspondence, Johnson, Mr.; Box 1, George H. Ryden papers)

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Letter from Grand Duchess Olga Alexandrovna to Ryden, April 3, 1924, discussing the sale of her watercolor paintings, which she enclosed in the letter. She offered to take them back if Ryden were unable to sell them but added that she had been able to sell them for £1 a piece. (Correspondence, Olga Alexandrovna, 1923-1924; Box 1, George H. Ryden papers)

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Letter from Grand Duchess Olga Alexandrovna to Ryden, September 7, 1926, in which she describes her husband’s job as a stable master on an estate run by a DanishAmerican businessman. Olga describes the joy she feels at being able to ride horses again and notes that her sons received a pony as a gift from the estate’s owner. (Correspondence, Olga Alexandrovna, 1926; Box 1, George H. Ryden papers)

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Letter from Grand Duchess Olga Alexandrovna to Ryden, September 7, 1926, in which she describes her husband’s job as a stable master on an estate run by a DanishAmerican businessman. Olga describes the joy she feels at being able to ride horses again and notes that her sons received a pony as a gift from the estate’s owner. (Correspondence, Olga Alexandrovna, 1926; Box 1, George H. Ryden papers)

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Examples of Olga’s artwork, as reproduced on postcards on which she wrote to Ryden. (Correspondence, Olga Alexandrovna, postcards; Box 1, George H. Ryden papers)

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Examples of Olga’s artwork, as reproduced on postcards on which she wrote to Ryden. (Correspondence, Olga Alexandrovna, postcards; Box 1, George H. Ryden papers)

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Letter from Ryden to G. C. Lonberg, an insurance salesman in Moline, Illinois, and a former college classmate of Ryden’s; describing his current circumstances in Russia, Ryden asks that his life insurance policy be reinstated. (Correspondence, Box 1, George H. Ryden papers)

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Portrait of George H. Ryden, undated, circa 1930s. (Photographs; Box 2, George H. Ryden papers)