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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.

Harry and Helen and Robbie Urie, July 25, 1917.

Snapshot of Harry Byers, Helen Bawman (nee Byers) and an infant named Robbie Urie standing in front of house porch. Caption on verso reads: "Harry & Helen and Robbie Urie, July 25/1917. My home address 2505 Park Ave Kansas City Mo."

Byers, Harry J.

Helen and Sam D. Bawman.

Snapshot Helen (nee Byers) and Sam D. Bawman standing at the front porch of a house numbered 818. Letter on verso reads: "Dear Mother, what do you think of your little son in law he goes to church with me every Sunday. This picture was taken November 18th 1917 - Mrs. Sam D. Bawman."

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.


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.

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.

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.

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.


One United States passport for Harry J. Byers and his wife Violet Byers. In the passport Harry is described as being 6 feet tall, having light brown hair and blue eyes, and a tattoo on his right arm. The passport also includes a photograph of Harry and Violet and visa stamps from countries they visited including Russia, Poland, Germany and the United States.

United States of America

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.

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

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.

Group snapshot.

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

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.

Unidentified group.

Snapshot of members of the Byers family.

Back row: unidentified woman, unidentified man, Helen Bawman (nee Byers), unidentified man, Fred Byers and Marge Byers (nee Landwehr).

Front row: unidentified child, unidentified child, unidentified child

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.

Unidentified women outdoors.

Snapshot of two unidentified women standing outdoors near a barn. One woman is dressed in a man's suit and hat.

Byers, Harry J.

Violet Byers.

Side profile snapshot of Violet Byers from the neck down.

Byers, Harry J.

Printing plate.

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

Kitchener-Waterloo Record


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"

Postcard : cooperation holiday in the country.

One postcard of a cooperation holiday in the country. Image shows a painting of coloured print of a celebration with people gathered outside with signs and what appears to be a picture of Lenin. Verso is blank.

Postcard : Old Inn in Berlin.

One postcard reading "Alte Schanke OLD INN Weinhandlung inh. Erich Haupt. Berlin W8. Unted den Linden 16. Telefon Zentrum 2736." Image shows the interior of a pub. Verso is blank

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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