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Harry Byers fonds.
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Address book.

One address book kept by Harry J. Byers. Includes lists of names and addresses of friends in North America as well as those met overseas. Also includes financial notes, Russian language translation notes, menus, etc.

Aerial farmscape.

Snapshot of an aerial view of farmland, possibly in Russia. Outbuildings, people and large farm machinery visible.

Byers, Harry J.

Byers family and carriage snapshot.

Snapshot showing members of the Byers family standing next to Fred and Marge Byers (nee Landwehr) seated in a horse drawn carriage.

From left to right: Andrew Byers, Caroline Byers (nee Graul), unidentifed [sister?], unidentified child, Fred Byers, Marge Byers.

Byers, Harry J.

Byers family portrait.

Byers family portrait.

Left to right: [Helen Bawman (nee Byers)?], unidentified man, unidentified woman, Caroline Byers (nee Graul), [Fred Byers?], unidentified woman, Andrew Byers.

Byers, Harry J.

Byers family snapshot.

Snapshot of members of the Byers family with Harry Byers at left.

Back row: Harry Byers, unidentified woman, unidentified man, [Helen Bawman (nee Byers)?], unidentified man, Fred Byers.

Front row: unidentified child, unidentified child, unidentified child.

Byers, Harry J.

Byers, Harry J. and Violet : photograph.

One snapshot of Harry J. Byers and Violet used for their passport. Verso reads "This is our pass port picture, I was sore at the bird who snapped this. Funny looking out fit. Vi looks funnier than me. Don't tell her I told you. PS Look at my chin. 1930"

Byers, Harry J. and group : photograph.

One snapshot of Harry J. Byers with a group of unidentified other men. Verso reads "Xmas Day [Verblude]. Harry Byers - instructor in Siberia."

Byers, Harry J.

Byers, Jim and Shirley : photograph.

One snapshot of Jim and Shirley Byers, children of Harry and Violet Byers. Verso reads " Jim 4 yrs & Shirley 3 yrs. Jim Jan 20/1942 Shirley April 3/1943. Harry & Violet Byers (parents)."

Child and dog.

Snapshot of a boy with a dog. The two are on the ground and the dog is drinking from a bowl.

Byers, Harry J.

Clark and his aunt in Illinois.

Snapshot of Clark [?] and his aunt. There is an explanation on the verso of the photograph. Explanation on verso reads: "This is Clark & his aunt in Illinois she was a sweet old lady just like ma - she's 84 yrs old."

Byers, Harry J.

Clark on horseback.

Snapshot of an Clark on horseback with [Harry Byers?] visible in the background.

Byers, Harry J.

Clark, Vivian and Dad, April 14 1930.

Snapshot of John Boyers and Clark, standing in front of a large brick building, with Vivian standing in the background, under one of the building's balconies.

Byers, Harry J.

Clipping : "With Tractor Instructor in Russia".

Contains a newspaper clipping of an article describing the experiences of a Mr. Thome, who was a tractor instructor in Russia. His experiences would be similar to those of Harry Byers. A handwritten note appears on the article that reads: "Here is a good laugh Old Mom".

Byers, Harry J.

Clipping.

One clipping from the Kitchener-Waterloo Record advertising a talk to be given by Harry J. Byers on his time in Russia.

Correspondence : Byers, Harry J. to Boyers, John

One item of correspondence from Harry J. Byers to John Boyers (his father in law) dated October 29, 1929. In the letter Harry mentions that he and Violet have recently married and their plans to head to Russia for work.

Correspondence to and from Harry Byers.

Contains 9 letters to Harry Byers, and 2 letters from Harry Byers. The letters to Harry Byers are from F.B. Sweeney of the Sweeney Automobile & Electrical School (2 letters, one of which mentions the death of Harry Byers' wife), Vadapalas, Zbarski (Chief Manager of Technical Supply Department) and Sergiev (Manager of Technical Department), Steponaitis, William Lewis Simms (Manager, International Harvesting Co.), H.L.L., Popoff (Manager of Foreign Bureau), and Charles E.B. Payne (American Vice Consul). The letters from Harry Byers are to Mr. Sweeney, both are resignation letters, but one is for March 25, 1927 and is an original, and the other is for July 19, 1929 and is a carbon copy.

Byers, Harry J.

Cows.

Snapshot of cows outside on a farm standing in hay.

Byers, Harry J.

Cunard Line menu.

One menu from the Cunard Line for a dinner held November 18, 1929. In attendance were Harry and Violet Byers as well as Mr and Mrs E. Poulson, Mr R. Robertson, Mr D. Lister and Mr J.M. Carlyle.

Cunard Line

Diary.

Diary maintained by Harry J. Byers during his time in Russia from 1930-1931. The diary is titled "Mile stones a five year diary", is ring-bound, and has ca. 202 one-sided leaves, with two days per leaf. The diary includes daily entries detailing general activities, conditions in Russia, places Harry and Violie Byers stayed, meals, sickness and health, agricultural details, how the Grain Trust Russian Five Year Plan was going, details of social activities and events, notes from friends, lists of books read while in Russia, and lists of names and addresses of acquaintances. Some entries are written by Harry's wife violet and a few include words in Russian.

Diary.

Contains a photocopy of Harry Byers' diary from 1930-1931, while in Russia. The diary is titled "Mile stones a five year diary", is ring-bound, and has ca. 202 one-sided leaves, with two days per leaf. The diary includes daily entries detailing general activities, conditions in Russia, places Harry and hist wife Violet Byers stayed, meals, sickness and health, agricultural details, how the Grain Trust Russian Five Year Plan was going, details of social activities and events, notes from friends, lists of books read while in Russia, and lists of names and addresses of acquaintances. Byers mentions Violie quite often, and some entries are written by her.

Byers, Harry J.

Don outside of a house, holding a pipe.

Snapshot of Don holding a pipe with a house visible in the background. Caption on verso reads: "This is Dons [sic] picture I took of him Sunday and I told him I was going to send it to Vi and Jack he said all rite [sic] he sure thinks lots of me he is afel [sic] good harted [sic] I think he is nice looking dont [sic] you."

Byers, Harry J.

Ephemera.

Contains a Kansas automobile license, an application for an automobile license, an insurance dividend notice, a business card, and a dance ticket.

Byers, Harry J.

Farmland.

Snapshot of farmland with farm machinery in the foreground and buildings in the background.

Byers, Harry J.

Glen[n] Mac McCourt sitting in a high chair.

Snapshot of Glenn Mac McCourt sitting in a high chair beside a brick building, with a snowy landscape behind him. Caption on verso reads: "Glen Mac McCourt age - 5 mths 3 weeks."

Byers, Harry J.

Glenn Mac McCourt.

Snapshot of a Glenn Mac McCourt, standing in a yard, with a house behind him. Caption on verso reads: "Glenn Mac McCourt age 3 yrs - a real boy."

Byers, Harry J.

Grandma Byers.

Photograph of Caroline Byers (nee Graul), Marge Byers (nee Landwehr), and Warren, standing in a backyard.

Byers, Harry J.

Group at Swope Park.

Snapshot of Violet Byers and two unidentified men behind a picnic sign at Swope Park in Kansas City, Missouri.

Byers, Harry J.

Group of people in the Court of the Little Theatre.

Informal group portrait of 7 unidentified individuals sitting by a fountain in a court. Caption on verso reads: "Note your big sis taken in the Court of the Little Theatre first of its kind in America and in the Old French Quarters a beautiful court, April 19 - 1930."

Byers, Harry J.

Group snapshot.

Snapshot of an unknown group with a dog outside of a home.

Byers, Harry J.

Group standing in front of a Russian train.

Informal group portrait of 2 men identified as Kelly and Showen, 2 other unidentified men, and 1 unidentified woman. Letter on verso reads: "This we had taken just as we were leaving for Vladivostok after spending the 4th of July here. The fellow between Kelly & Showen works in the Cater [?] office here & thats Kellys flame he's holding onto. Bud."

Byers, Harry J.

Group standing outside.

Snapshot of a large group of unidentified people (likely Russians) standing outside near tents.

Byers, Harry J.

Hamburg-Amerika Linie farewell dinner programme.

One programme for a farewell dinner aboard the S.S. New York of the Hamburg-Amerika Line held Thursday, October 15, 1931. The programme lists the menu and musical entertainment and has been signed by others on the ship.

Hamburg-Amerika Linie

Harry Byers fishing.

Snapshot of Harry Byers beside a stream, with a fishing pole and a small fish on the end of it.

Byers, Harry J.

Harry Byers fonds : 1992 accrual.

Materials relating to the professional and personal life of Harry J. Byers. Includes biographical documents, including his passport and WW1 papers, ephemera, clippings and correspondence as well as approximately 270 photographs of Harry Byers and his family. Also included are photographs from Byers' time living in Russia, and a diary recounting the two years he was there.

Byers, Harry J.

Harry Byers fonds : 2018 accrual.

Materials relating to the personal and professional life of Harry J. Byers. Includes photographs, coins, artefacts, correspondence, ephemera and more. Most of the items relate to Byers' time working in Russia from 1930-1931.

Byers, Harry J.

Harry Byers holding a chicken in front of a portrait studio backdrop.

Consists of 2 portraits of Harry Byers holding a chicken in front of a backdrop in a Russian portrait studio. One of the portraits has a letter on the verso that reads: "Dear Old Pap. I've done gone Native. I look like Hell. But I'm feeling good. If all goes well with this god dam food. I'll stick my time you can bet on that. But when we dine, then I'll get fat. April 1, 1931 - USSR."

Byers, Harry J.

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