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Harry Byers fonds.
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Personal Papers

Series consists of personal papers created and accumulated by Harry Byers. Includes epehemera, clippings, certifcates, correspondence, a passport, employment and education information, and a diary detailing Byers' time working in Russia.

Byers, Harry J.

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.

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.

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.

Teaching : examination questions and answers.

Contains 2 sets of examination questions with their correct answers, one relating to mechanics and one relating to combines, and a partial teaching schedule for a 24 day course designed for tractor and combine operators, possibly used in Russia.

Byers, Harry J.

Passport, Canadian.

Contains 1 Canadian Passport belonging to Harry John Byers and his four children. Includes a photograph of Harry Byers holding his infant, Shirley Marie Byers. The passport was valid for the United States of America, was issued on August 3, 1943, and expired on August 3, 1945.

Byers, Harry J.

United States Army records.

Contains an original ms. copy of Harry Byers' Honorable Discharge from the Army of the United States, a ts. copy of his Honorable Discharge, and a ts. copy of Harry Byers' Enlistment Record, including his enlistment details and honorable discharge details.

Byers, Harry J.

Photographs

Series consists of photographs created and accumulated by Harry Byers. Includes five loose photographs, as well as those from a family album. The photographs show Harry Byers and his family and friends, as well as those detailing his time working in Russia.

Byers, Harry J.

Loose photographs.

File consist of loose photographs of Harry Byers with family, friends and colleagues during his time as a mechanic in the United States and in Russia.

Byers, Harry J.

Nikolskoye Nov. 20, 1930.

File consists of 1 snapshot of [Harry Byers' wife Violet] lying in a hotel room bed. Caption on the verso reads: "Nikolskoye Nov. 20, 1930. Sweet Suite Patient: My girl was real sick this day, taken in our room at Hotel."

Byers, Harry J.

Photograph Album.

File consists of a photograph album containgin 266 photographs. The photographs have been removed from the album and are listed separately in the following records.

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.

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.

November 19, 1930 : Nikolsk far east.

Snapshot of the interior of a church with a service in progress. Includes Harry Byers (second from right), two children and an unidentified men at an altar. Photo taken in Nikolsk (Ussuriysk)

Byers, Harry J.

May 28, 1944.

Snapshot of 4 unidentified children and 1 unidentified woman sitting on the back of a pickup truck, with a barn in the background.

Byers, Harry J.

May 28, 1944.

Snapshot of Harry Byers and an unidentified child, with a tree, automobile and barn in the background.

Byers, Harry J.

My sweetie.

Snapshot of Harry Byers leaning on an SAS [Sweeney Automobile School] airplane.

Byers, Harry J.

Nov. 20, 1930 : Nikolsk, U.S.S.R.

Snapshot of Harry Byers (at right) with an unidentified man, standing at the altar in a church in Russia. Taken in the city of Nikolsk (Ussuriysk)

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.

Grandma Byers.

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

Byers, Harry J.

Mother, Ted and Warren.

Snapshot of Caroline Byers (nee Graul), Fred Byers and Warren Byers, standing in front of a house numbered 502.

Byers, Harry J.

Mother, Marge, and Warren.

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

Byers, Harry J.

Nov. 18, 1929.

Snapshot of Harry (at left) and Violet Byers (second from left) with 5 other unidentified individuals strolling across the deck of a ship, arm in arm.

Byers, Harry J.

Vladivostok, Oct. 30, 1930.

Snapshot of Violet and Harry Byers (center) with an unidentified man and woman standing on a dock in a harbour with a ship behind them.

Byers, Harry J.

One Russian, three Americans.

Snapshot of Harry Byers (at left), 1 unidentified woman, and 2 unidentified men, at a dinner table with bread and wine on it.

Byers, Harry J.

Xmas day 1929, Verblude.

Group snapshot of Harry (bottom row, fourth from left) and Violet Byers (bottom row, third from right) with several unidentified individuals standing outside in the snow on Christmas day.

Byers, Harry J.

Luckless fisherman.

Photograph of [Harry Byers] (at left), holding a fishing rod, and 2 unidentified individuals packing a truck after a fishing trip.

Byers, Harry J.

May 27th, 1937.

Snapshot of Caroline Byers (nee Graul) with and an unidentified man and woman posing in a garden.

Byers, Harry J.

Harry and Marge Byers.

Snapshot of Harry Byers with arm around Marge (nee Landwehr) Byers, standing in front of a porch, with Fred Byers and an unidentified child in the background.

Byers, Harry J.

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.

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