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Inventory of the Louis P. Penningroth papers
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  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Accruals
  • Biographical/Historical Note
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Arrangement Statement

  • Title: Louis P. Penningroth papers
    Date (inclusive): 1911-1979
    Collection Number: 93043
    Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Archives
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 5 manuscript boxes (2.0 linear feet)
    Abstract: Correspondence, diaries, memoirs, financial records, reports, clippings, other printed matter, and photographs, relating to Young Men's Christian Association aid to Allied prisoners of war in Austria, especially juvenile Russian prisoners; aid to repatriated Russian prisoners at the end of World War I; release of American and British prisoners of war in Russia; and conditions in Russia during the Russian Civil War.
    Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
    Creator: Penningroth, Louis P.

    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], Louis P. Penningroth papers, [Box number], Hoover Institution Archives.

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 1993.

    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.

    Biographical/Historical Note

    Louis Phillip Penningroth was born in 1889. He was an American clergyman who served as a Young Men's Christian Association worker in Europe from 1915 to 1919. He was interested in providing aid to prisoners of war, especially juvenile prisoners. When he returned home after the war, he married Ethel Blythe, with whom he kept correspondence while in Europe. They had four children and lived in Iowa until Penningroth's death in 1973.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The collection is comprised of correspondence, diaries, memoirs, financial records, reports, clippings, other printed matter, and photographs relating to Young Men's Christian Association aid to Allied prisoners of war in Austria, especially juvenile Russian prisoners; aid to repatriated Russian prisoners at the end of World War I; release of American and British prisoners of war in Russia; and conditions in Russia during the Russian Civil War. Of particular note are photographs of Penningroth working in prison camps with prisoners; a personal diary and several account notebooks; Penningroth's manusript writings of his experiences; and personal letters to his future wife detailing his experiences in Europe.

    Arrangement Statement

    The collection is arranged in two series: Chronological file and Letters to Ethel Blythe

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    United States. Army. American Expeditionary Forces.
    Prisoners of war.
    Soviet Union--History--Allied intervention, 1918-1920.
    Soviet Union--History--Revolution, 1917-1921.
    World War, 1914-1918--Austria.
    World War, 1914-1918--Participation, Juvenile.
    World War, 1914-1918--Prisoners and prisons.
    World War, 1914-1918--War work.
    Young Men's Christian associations.