Inventory of the Louis P. Penningroth papers

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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.

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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

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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.

 

Chronological file, 1911-1979

Box/Folder: 1 : 1

Diary, 1911

Box/Folder 1 : 2

Young Men's Christian Association, United States of America, 1914-1915

Box/Folder: 1 : 3

Booklets and notebooks, 1914-1916

Box/Folder 1 : 4

Expense statements and correspondence, 1916

Box/Folder: 1 : 5

Photographs of prison camps, 1916-1917

Box/Folder 1 : 6

Manuscripts, 1916-1917

Box/Folder 1 : 7

Printed material, 1916-1917

Box/Folder 1 : 8

Guide for Young Men's Christian Association Secretaries, 1917 February 24

 

Correspondence

Box/Folder 1 : 9

1917 January-May

Box/Folder 1 : 10

1917 June

Box/Folder 1 : 11

1917 July

Box/Folder 1 : 12

1917 August

Box/Folder 1 : 13

1917 October

Box/Folder 1 : 14

1917 November-December

Box/Folder: 2 : 1

1918 January-March

Box/Folder: 2 : 2

1918 April-May

Box/Folder: 2 : 3

1918 June-August

Box/Folder: 2 : 4

1918 September

Box/Folder: 2 : 5

1918 October

Box/Folder: 2 : 6

1918 November-December

Box/Folder: 2 : 7

Photographs of Penningroth, prisoners, and Penningroth's time in Europe, circa 1918

Box/Folder: 2 : 8

Writings by Penningroth about helping Russian prisoners of war who had returned to Russia, 1918 June-October

Box/Folder: 2 : 9

Russian Constitution, 1918 July 10

Box/Folder: 2 : 10

United States prisoners of war in Camp Rastatt, Germany, 1918 November

Box/Folder: 2 : 11

Report of Young Men's Christian Association work done for Allied prisoners of war passing through Denmark, 1918-1919

Box/Folder: 2 : 12

Russian prisoners of war in Germany and other countries, 1918-1919

Box/Folder: 2 : 13

Writings about Russia, 1918-1920

Box/Folder: 2 : 14

Proposed Young Men's Christian Association programs, 1919

Box/Folder: 2 : 15

Russia, 1919

Box/Folder: 2 : 16

Finances, 1919

Box/Folder: 2 : 17

"Required Records", 1919 January 29

Scope and Contents note

Includes correspondence regarding YMCA war prisoner's aid program
 

Correspondence

Box/Folder: 2 : 18

1919 January

Box/Folder: 2 : 19

1919 February 1-15

Box/Folder: 3 : 1

1919 February 16-28

Box/Folder: 3 : 2

1919 March 1-9

Box/Folder: 3 : 3

1919 March 10-31

Box/Folder: 3 : 4

1919 April 1-17

Box/Folder: 3 : 5

1919 April 18-30

Box/Folder: 3 : 6

1919 May

Box/Folder: 3 : 7

1919 June

Box/Folder: 3 : 8

1919 July-December

Box/Folder: 3 : 9

"Trip to Russia," writings by Penningroth of rescuing American and British prisoners of war, 1919 March-April

Box/Folder: 3 : 10

Records and portrait photographs of released American prisoners, 1919 April

Box/Folder: 3 : 11

Released British prisoners, 1919 April

Box/Folder: 3 : 12-13

Conditions in Russia, reports and photographs, 1919

Box/Folder: 4 : 1

Russian relief organizations, 1921

Box/Folder: 4 : 2

Correspondence, 1920-1922

Box/Folder: 4 : 3

Clippings about Russia, 1921-1925

Box/Folder: 4 : 4

Newspapers, 1926

Box/Folder: 4 : 5

The Russian Review, 1926

Box/Folder: 4 : 6

"Russian Story," typescript draft by Penningroth and related newspaper clippings, 1932

Box/Folder: 4 : 7

Maps, undated

Scope and Contents note

Includes map of Russia and map of the main prison camps in Germany and Austria
Box/Folder: 4 : 8

Correspondence, undated

Box/Folder: 4 : 9

Notebooks and clippings, undated

Box/Folder: 4 : 10

Miscellaneous, 1915-1979

 

Letters to Ethel Blythe, 1917-1919

Scope and Contents note

Includes original letters and typescript copies
Box/Folder: 4 : 11

1917 November-December 10

Box/Folder: 4 : 12

1917 December 11-31

Box/Folder: 4 : 13

1918 January

Box/Folder: 5 : 1

1918 February

Box/Folder: 5 : 2

1918 March

Box/Folder: 5 : 3

1918 April

Box/Folder: 5 : 4

1918 May

Box/Folder: 5 : 5

1918 June-July

Box/Folder: 5 : 6

1918 August-September

Box/Folder: 5 : 7

1918 October

Box/Folder: 5 : 8

1918 November

Box/Folder: 5 : 9

1918 December

Box/Folder: 5 : 10

1919 January-February

Box/Folder: 5 : 11

1919 March

Box/Folder: 5 : 12

1919 April-May

Box/Folder: 5 : 13

1919 June