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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 portrait of Harry Byers and an unidentified man posing in a studio prop of an automobile. Byers is drinking something from a bottle. Caption on the verso reads: "Nikolskoye Nov. 20: 30. Holy smokes here we come 2 the 4 Horseman give us room. Now if I only had our radiator cap - I'd show you some speed. My American friend with me."

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.

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.

Helen Bawman.

Snapshot of Helen Bawman in front of a home with a carpet bag.

Byers, Harry J.

SAS Kansas City : plate 1157, January 3, 1928.

Group portrait of Harry Byers (front row, centre) with and what appears to be his Kansas Sweeney Tractor Machine Company class. There is a banner above the class that says "SAS Kansas City" [Sweeney Automobile School], and Harry Byers is holding a sign that says "Plate 1157 Jan. 3, 1928."

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.

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.

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.

Two unidentified men from behind.

Photograph of two unidentified men standing outdoors with their backs to the camera. Person on right is wearing a jumpsuit that reads: "Gats Service. HA. 7770. HA. 0825."

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.

Tiflis.

Snapshot of the skyline of Tiflis (Tbilisi) with the river in the foreground, and a cliff in the immediate left foreground.

Byers, Harry J.

Two unidentified men.

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

Byers, Harry J.

Plowhorses.

Photograph of a man plowing a field using four plowhorses.

Byers, Harry J.

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.

Group snapshot.

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

Byers, Harry J.

Tiflis.

Snapshot of a street in Tiflis (Tbilisi).

Byers, Harry J.

Group standing outside.

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

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.

No comments.

Snapshot of an unidentified man kneeling down by a boat on a dock, with a lighthouse in the distance.

Byers, Harry J.

Tiflis.

Snapshot of a busy square with large buildings, and a fortification on a hill in the background. Shows the city of Tiflis (Tbilisi).

Byers, Harry J.

We are ready for scuffeling now.

Snapshot of an unidentified woman on a horse hitched to a plough, with another unidentified woman holding the plough. There is a barn and farmland in the background.

Byers, Harry J.

Thelma & Don, taken February, 1932.

Snapshot of individuals identified on verso of photograph as Thelma [Boyers] and Don. They are standing on a sidewalk in a residential area.

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.

Rose and Jack.

Snapshot of 2 children identified as Rose and Jack, standing on a residential street.

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.

Three children with stroller.

Photograph of Alfred (centre) and Violet Roberts (at right) with an unidentified girl standing with a stroller.

Byers, Harry J.

Machine shop.

Snapshot of men working around machinery in a machine shop.

Byers, Harry J.

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