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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.

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.

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.

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.

Lawson [Byers?] placing roses on William Byers' grave.

Snapshot of a young child identified as Lawson, placing flowers on William Byers' grave. Explanation on verso reads: "This is Lawson putting the bunch of roses he had for his christining [sic] on his Uncle Will's grave. The words on the stone are 'In loving memory of Wm C. Byers born August 1, 1885, died August 13, 1921', the circle 'Woodmen of the World' his lodge."

Byers, Harry J.

Ralph Fischer, Martin Diegel, Harry J.

Snapshot of three men loading a shotgun. The men are identified on the verso of the photograph as Ralph Fischer, Martin Diegel, and Harry J. [Byers] (at right).

Byers, Harry J.

Two unidentified men.

Snapshot of [Fred Byers] and an unidentified ma standing outdoors wearing suits and boater hats.

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.

Group snapshot.

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

Byers, Harry J.

Traveling salesman.

Snapshot of 2 unidentified children standing beside a dog, with two horses, a cart, and a car in the background.

Byers, Harry J.

Mickey's team, 1956 & 1957.

Group portrait of a boy's hockey team. Not clear whether "Mickey" is in the photograph, or is a supporter of this team.

Byers, Harry J.

Unidentified street scene.

Snapshot of an unidentified street scene showing building facades, people, and cars. Possibly somewhere in Russia.

Byers, Harry J.

Me, age 31, Roy age 37.

Snapshot of a couple standing in a park. Shadow of photographer visible at bottom right.

Byers, Harry J.

This is Patricia.

Snapshot of Patricia Gentry standing on a sidewalk, with a road and lamppost behind her.

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.

Unidentified people fishing.

Snapshot of a group of unidentified people sitting on a river bank fishing. There is a car on the riverbank, and one man is also standing fishing in the water.

Byers, Harry J.

Sagoss and two door knob cooks.

Snapshot of 3 unidentified individuals standing in front of a wharf and pier, with a boat docked and a lighthouse in the distance.

Byers, Harry J.

Unidentified child on chair.

Snapshot of a young girl sitting in a chair on a sidewalk in a residential neighbourhood holding a doll.

Byers, Harry J.

Lizzie Nebel and Annie Holman.

Snapshot of two women identified on the back of the photograph as Lizzie Nebel and Annie Holman, holding bouquets of flowers.

Byers, Harry J.

Aerial farmscape.

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

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.

Two unidentified boys and their dogs.

Snapshot of 2 unidentified boys and their dog and puppies, sitting on a lawn with a house behind them. Caption on verso reads: "This is our house & the little neighbor boys and their dogs."

Byers, Harry J.

Jackie Bawman holding a parasol.

Snapshot of Jackie Bawman holding a parasol, standing in a yard with a house behind her. Caption on verso reads: "To [sic] bad she moved in this picture April 16, 1931."

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.

Reverend Huegli.

Snapshot of Reverend Huegli holding books with a car, house, road, and tree visible behind him. Caption on verso reads: "Rev. Huegli. Taken at Logan church July 1929."

Byers, Harry J.

Two unidentified children in their first communion clothes.

Snapshot of 2 unidentified children wearing first communion clothing, and holding candles on a lawn in front of a house. Letter on verso reads: "To Kate, this is our youngest boy and the oldest
girl in their first communion suits they both went last fall, George
and Mary."

Byers, Harry J.

Clark on horseback.

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

Byers, Harry J.


Materials relating to the personal life of Harry J. Byers. Includes correspondence, ephemera, clippings, etc.

Byers, Harry J.

Postcard : Les rivales.

One postcard with the painting "rivals" by Nikolay Kasatkin. Verso reads "Dear Mother, May 13, this picture is so real I just had to send it. It looks just exactly like the village we lived in the far east & the women are just almost real. I'm feeling better mother, will be moving again in about 2 weeks. Violie will write in a few days. We send love. H &V" The letter is addressed to Mrs. Albert Scherbarth, West Monkton, Ontario, Canada.

Printing plate.

One printing plate used in the Kitchener-Waterloo Record of St. Basil's Cathedral.

Kitchener-Waterloo Record


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.


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.

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.


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

Valentine card.

One die cut valentine card of a woman holding a suitcase reading "ay ban gude girrul wit lotsa it, yu betcha."

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"

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.

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