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  • Collection Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biographical/Historical Note
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms

  • Collection Summary

    Title: Price family papers
    Dates: 1793-2004
    Date (bulk): (bulk 1856-2004)
    Collection Number: 82061
    Creator: Price family.
    Collection Size: 17 manuscript boxes, 1 oversize box (8 linear feet)
    Repository: Hoover Institution Archives
    Stanford, California 94305-6010
    Abstract: The Price family papers are comprised of correspondence, writings, diaries, orders, memoranda, genealogical material, printed matter, notes, photographs, and memorabilia, documenting several generations of the Price family. Due to the diverse careers of the family and their residence in different countries, the collection provides an international account of events spanning from Victorian England to the late 20th century United States. Material relates to missionary work in Madagascar, 1875-1882; German prisoners of war in Siberia during World War I; the Russian Revolution; social conditions in China; Allied secret service and radio propaganda activities in World War II; and London during the Blitz.
    Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
    Languages: English, German, Russian, and Malagasy

    Administrative Information

    Access

    Collection is open for research.
    The Hoover Institution Archives only allows access to copies of audiovisual items. To listen to sound recordings or to view videos or films during your visit, please contact the Archives at least two working days before your arrival. We will then advise you of the accessibility of the material you wish to see or hear. Please note that not all audiovisual material is immediately accessible.

    Publication Rights

    For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Archives.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Price family papers, [Box number], Hoover Institution Archives.

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 1982.

    Accruals

    Materials may have been added to the collection since this finding aid was prepared. To determine if this has occurred, find the collection in Stanford University's online catalog at http://searchworks.stanford.edu/ . Materials have been added to the collection if the number of boxes listed in the online catalog is larger than the number of boxes listed in this finding aid.

    Related Materials

    Malagasy subject collection, 1902-1998. Hoover Institution Archives
    Carl Bartram photograph collection, 1944-1995. Hoover Institution Archives
    Marvin R. Edwards papers, 1942-2004. Hoover Institution Archives
    Imprisonment in Siberia, ca. 1920. Hoover Institution Archives
    Kreisverband Jena records, 1917-1976. Hoover Institution Archives
    Shtab photographs, 1916. Hoover Institution Archives
    Joyce N. Laxalt album, 1914-1917. Hoover Institution Archives
    Hereward Thimbleby Price papers, Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan

    Biographical/Historical Note

    Charles Thomas Price (1847-1933) was educated at Cheshunt College, Cambridge. He was ordained as a Congregational minister on January 25, 1875, and married Mary Anne (Polly) Thimbleby on February 28. The couple sailed for Madagascar on March 25, 1875, where Charles Price served as a missionary for six years, and where his sons Egbert and Hereward were born. He was widowed and remarried in 1901 to Annie Beatrice Hill. After returning to England in 1882, he ministered to several congregations including: Lenham in Kent (1883-1890), Buckingham (1890-1901), Ross-on-Wye (1901-1910), and East Grinstead (1910-1914). His last congregation was at Reigate in Surrey (1916-1925), where he died in 1933.
    Hereward Thimbleby Price was born in Madagascar in 1880. He studied at Oxford, where he received his B.A. and M.A. and worked on the Oxford English Dictionary. He moved to Germany in 1904, where he taught English at the Universities of Kiel and Bonn, and studied under Bülbring for his Ph.D. While in Bonn he met Elisabeth (Liese) Prym (1884-1971), who became his wife in 1911. Their son Arnold was born in 1912. Drafted into the German army in 1915, Hereward Price was captured on the eastern front by Russia and sent to a prisoner of war camp in Siberia. After his escape, he traveled across Russia to China, where he worked briefly at the Anglo-Chinese College of Tientsin before returning to his family in England via Japan and Canada. Hereward moved to the United States and became a professor of English at the University of Michigan in 1929. He became a distinguished scholar of Shakespeare, and died in 1964.
    Egbert Thimbleby Price (Bret) was the son of Charles, brother of Hereward. He was born in June of 1876. He was educated at the Eltham School and Silcontes School in Wakefield. He began working at the Hearts of Oak Benefit Society in 1892, transferred to Barclay's Bank in 1895, and worked for a succession of banks and businesses until 1923. During this period he traveled widely, spending time in Berlin and South America. From 1923-1925 he lived in London, then returned to the business world until 1936 by buying a partnership in Sedgwick and Co. of Colombo. After his return to England, he worked in publications for the Institute of Sociology (1936-1938), as Editor of the Digest of Charities (1938-1940), at the Censor in the Foreign Office (1940-1946), and at the Post Office Savings Department (1946-1949). He died July 5, 1949.
    Arnold Hereward Price was born in Bonn, Germany, on July 1, 1912. He came to the United States after finishing high school in Germany in 1933. Joining his parents in Ann Arbor, he became a specialist in Modern European History at the University of Michigan, receiving his A.B. in 1935, his M.A. in 1936. He married Alice Price in 1938, and from 1939 to 1941 acted as assistant supervisor of the University's archaeological laboratory in Detroit. After the lab shut down, he worked for the department of English as a research assistant on the Early Modern English Proverb Dictionary (1941-1942), and received his Ph.D. in 1942. Arnold Price then moved to Washington D.C., where he worked for the Library of Congress, specializing in Central Europe. In 1943, he left the Library of Congress and began his service with the Army, in the Office of Strategic Services, which lasted until 1946. At the conclusion of World War II, Arnold Price transferred to the Department of State until 1960. He returned to the Library of Congress from 1960 to 1979 as an area specialist for Central Europe, then performed bibliographic work for the American Historical Association until 1991. In addition to his professional duties, Arnold Price also lectured at the University of New Mexico (1947-1948) and American University (1948, 1959), and was section editor of the American Historical Review from 1961 through the 1980s. He was divorced from Alice in 1970, remarried Elizabeth Beitz, was widowed in 1986, and remarried again in 1991 to Dana Dinkins.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The Price family papers are comprised of correspondence, writings, diaries, orders, memoranda, genealogical material, printed matter, notes, photographs, and memorabilia, documenting several generations of the Price family. Due to the diverse careers of the family and their residence in different countries, the collection provides an international account of events spanning from Victorian England to the late 20th century United States. Material relates to missionary work in Madagascar, 1875-1882; German prisoners of war in Siberia during World War I; the Russian Revolution; social conditions in China; Allied secret service and radio propaganda activities in World War II; and London during the Blitz.
    The collection is arranged into series by family member. The first series documents the life of Charles T. Price: his studies, missionary work, return to England, and retirement. It also contains a small amount of correspondence dated during World War I concerning his son Hereward. The second series depicts Hereward Price's service in the German army during World War I, his sojourn in a Russian POW camp, and his subsequent travels through Siberia and China on his way home. The Egbert Price series contains correspondence with his brother Hereward and his sister Dorothea (children of Charles T. Price), describing conditions in London during World War II. The fourth series encompasses Arnold Price's work during World War II with the Office of Strategic Services, the State Department, his research interests, and his efforts to compile genealogical information about the Price and Prym families. The photographs series contains material relating to all of the family members, including photographs of the Price family, their friends, travels, and the mission in Madagascar.

    Arrangement

    The collection is organized into five series: Charles T. Price papers, 1856-1989; Hereward T. Price papers, 1900-1999; Egbert T. Price papers, 1917-1950; Arnold H. Price papers, 1793-2004; and Photographs, 1860-2001.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    United States. Office of Strategic Services.
    United States. Dept. of State.
    Germany. Heer.
    Missions--Madagascar.
    Prisoners of war.
    World War, 1914-1918--Prisoners and prisons.
    World War, 1914-1918--Russia.
    World War, 1939-1945--Secret service.
    Secret service--United States.
    World War, 1939-1945--Propaganda.
    Propaganda, American.
    China--Social conditions.
    Siberia (Russia)--History--Revolution, 1917-1921.
    United States--Foreign relations.
    Missionaries.
    Price, Charles T. (Charles Thomas)
    Price, Hereward Thimbleby, 1880-1964.
    Price, Arnold Hereward, 1912-