Inventory of the George Herbert Ryden papers

Finding aid prepared by Sally DeBauche
Hoover Institution Archives
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Title: George Herbert Ryden papers
Date (inclusive): 1915-1941
Collection Number: 2010C51
Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Archives
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 2 manuscript boxes (0.8 linear feet)
Abstract: Correspondence, reports, personal documents, photographs, and memorabilia, relating to relief activities in the Crimea during the Russian Civil War. Includes correspondence with Grand Duchess Ol'ga Aleksandrovna.
Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
Creator: Ryden, George Herbert, 1884-1941

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], George Herbert Ryden papers, [Box number], Hoover Institution Archives.

Acquisition Information

Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 2010.

Accruals

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Biographical Note

George H. Ryden (1884-1941) was an American National Red Cross worker in Russia from 1918 to 1920. A native of Kansas City, he interrupted his academic career to serve with the American Expeditionary Forces in Italy during World War I, was with the Red Cross in the southern Russian city of Novorossisk in 1920, seeking to aid refugees during the civil war that followed the Russian Revolution. While there, he played a key role in helping the family of Grand Duchess Olga Alexandrovna, the sister of the recently murdered Czar Nicholas II, escape to Turkey and subsequently to Europe. Ryden, a historian, later became the state archivist of Delaware.

Scope and Content of Collection

Correspondence, reports, personal documents, photographs, and memorabilia, relating to Red Cross relief activities in the Crimea during the Russian Civil War. Includes correspondence with Grand Duchess Ol'ga Aleksandrovna.
The twenty-three letters and postcards from the Grand Duchess were written from Denmark between 1923 and 1929. Several of these postcards contain reproductions of her paintings, which Ryden helped sell in the United States during the 1920s and 1930s.
In addition to the correspondence with Olga Alexandrovna, Ryden's papers contain a variety of documents pertaining to Red Cross operations in the Crimea and southern Russia, including correspondence, reports of visits to orphanages and hospitals, and financial records. Ryden and his colleagues received a number of honors from White Russian Army commanders, and his papers contain documents concerning honors and medals that he and his colleagues were awarded, including Ryden's honorary membership in the Kuban Cossacks, and medals that were bestowed on him by Generals Denikin and Wrangel. Following his service with the Red Cross, Ryden visited Denmark in 1921 to meet once again with Olga Alexandrovna, as well as with her mother, the empress dowager Mariia Feodorovna, who expressed her gratitude to Ryden with an inscribed photograph that read "In gratitude for what you did for my daughter," and signed simply "Marie."
Ryden's academic career and interest in history are also represented in correspondence with the acadmic insitutions that he attended, student transcripts, and certificates of membership from various state historical societies.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

American National Red Cross.
Ol'ga Aleksandrovna, Grand Duchess of Russia, 1882-1960.
International relief.
Soviet Union--History--Revolution, 1917-1921--Civilian relief.

 

Academic Career File 1915-1924

Box/Folder 1 : 1

Correspondence 1915-1924

 

Biographical File 1918-1957, undated

Box/Folder 1 : 2

Business Cards undated

Box/Folder 1 : 3

American Expeditionary Forces identification card 1919

Box/Folder 1 : 4

Delaware Historical Markers Commission membership certificate 1923, 1931

Box/Folder 1 : 5

Pennsylvania Historical Society membership certificate 1924

Box/Folder 1 : 7

Passports 1924, 1933

Box/Folder 1 : 8

Newspaper clippings 1938-1957

Box/Folder 1 : 46

Kansas City Southern Railway Co. letter of recommendation 1918

Box/Folder 2 : 5

"Honorary Cossack," certification 1920

 

YMCA Italy File 1918

Box/Folder 1 : 6

Letters of introduction 1918

 

Ol'ga Alexandrovna Materials 1923-2008

Box/Folder 1 : 9

Correspondence 1923-1929

Box/Folder 1 : 10

Correspondence 1923-1941, 1960

Box/Folder 1 : 11

Postcards with artwork 1929-1932

Box/Folder 1 : 12

Newspaper clippings 1957-2008

Box/Folder 1 : 13

Receipts for sale of paintings 1925-1930

 

Correspondence 1919-1941

Box/Folder 1 : 17

"May" 1941

Box/Folder 1 : 16

General Boris Shoulgin 1920

Box/Folder 1 : 18

A. Staritzky

Box/Folder 1 : 15

Baroness Olga Wrangel 1920, 1924

Box/Folder 1 : 14

Russian Embassy in Paris 1919

Box/Folder 1 : 19

Russian Plenipotentiary, Constantinople 1920

 

American Red Cross Materials 1919-1921, undated

 

Correspondence 1919-1922

Box/Folder 1 : 24

Max Ferrand 1920

Box/Folder 1 : 25

Burris Jenkins 1920

Box/Folder 1 : 44

Johnson 1922

Box/Folder 1 : 22

Leonid Lenko-Popovsky 1920

Box/Folder 1 : 26

Horace Morrison 1920

Box/Folder 1 : 27

R. E. Olds 1920

Box/Folder 1 : 29

Charles Smith 1920

Box/Folder 1 : 43

Leon K. Wiese 1922

Box/Folder 1 : 28

Rockefeller Foundation 1920

Box/Folder 1 : 30

Insurance Policies 1920

Box/Folder 1 : 31

Personal Finances 1920

Box/Folder 1 : 32

Social Initiatives 1920

Box/Folder 1 : 37

Russian Red Cross 1919

Box/Folder 2 : 9

1920 1920

Box/Folder 1 : 20

Decorations Awarded to Staff by Russian Military 1920

Box/Folder 1 : 23

"An Account of the Evacuation of Crimea," Leon K. Wiese 1920

Box/Folder 1 : 42

"An Account of the Evacuation of Crimea," G. H. Ryden 1921

Box/Folder 1 : 34

Letters of Introduction undated

Box/Folder 1 : 36

Memorandum 1920

Box/Folder 1 : 38

"An Account of General Denikine's Speech at Ekaterinodar" 1920

Box/Folder 1 : 39

"General Holman's Proclamation to all the Athamen of Territories, Districts, and Villages and to all Cossacks of the Kuban and Don" 1920

Box/Folder 1 : 40

Reports on meetings with Russian officials 1920

Box/Folder 1 : 41

Reports on visits to hospitals and orphanages 1920

Box/Folder 1 : 33

Notebook undated

Box/Folder 2 : 6

Blank stationary undated

 

Russian Red Cross Materials 1920

Box/Folder 1 : 21

Letters of introduction 1920

Box/Folder 1 : 35

Letter in recognition of Ryden's service 1920

 

Delaware Materials 1938-1941

Box/Folder 1 : 45

Swedish history materials 1938, 1941

 

Russian Army Materials 1919

Box/Folder 1 : 47

Letter of introduction 1919

 

Photographs undated

Box/Folder 2 : 3

Portraits of Ryden undated

Box/Folder 2 : 10

Portraits of General Baron Wrangel and Maria Feodorovna undated

Box/Folder 2 : 1

Appointments Committee for Russian Scientific and Literary Men report 1921

Box/Folder 2 : 2

"Significance of Crimea," speech notes 1921

Box/Folder 2 : 4

"Panorama of Sebastopol," report 1920

Box/Folder 2 : 8

Business cards, ephemera undated

Box/Folder 2 : 11

Medals undated