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   George Walter papers, 1820s-1970s

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Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); George Walter Papers; Box and Folder; Bakhmeteff Archive, Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

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Summary Information

Abstract

The papers are composed of the correspondence, diaries, newspapers, books and documents of the Russian-American émigré George Walter. The correspondence is primarily from the period 1919-33, and consists of letters sent to Walter by family and friends in various European locations, primarily Walter’s hometown of Mykolaiv, Russian Empire (now Ukraine).

At a Glance

Call No.:BA#0557
Bib ID:12892648 View CLIO record
Creator(s):Walter, George, 1899-1983
Title:George Walter papers, 1820s-1970s
Physical description:2.94 linear ft. (7 document boxes)
Language(s):English and Russian .
Access: This collection is located off-site. You will need to request this material at least twenty-four (24) hours in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room. This collection has no restrictions.  More information »

Arrangement

Arrangement

This collection is arranged in eight series:

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Description

Scope and Content

The bulk of the collection consists of correspondence addressed to George Walter in Kansas from friends and family in Europe from the late 1920s and early 1930s. A large part of the collection consists of newspapers and books collected by Walter in the early 1920s. There are also a number of documents relating to his immigration to the United States in the 1920s.

For preservation purposes, particularly fragile items have been stored in plastic. Color photocopies of the materials from this collection are held in boxes 6 and 7. Digitized versions of the materials from this collection are also available; please contact the curator for details.

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Using the Collection

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Access Restrictions

 This collection is located off-site. You will need to request this material at least twenty-four (24) hours in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.

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This collection has no restrictions.

Restrictions on Use

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. Permission to publish material from the collection must be requested from the Chair of the Bakhmeteff Committee. The RBML approves permission to publish that which it physically owns; the responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); George Walter Papers; Box and Folder; Bakhmeteff Archive, Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

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About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries. Rare Book and Manuscript Library; machine readable finding aid created by Columbia University Libraries Digital Library Program Division

Processing Information

Papers processed by Marlow Davis (GSAS) 2017

Finding aid written by Marlow Davis (GSAS) 2017

Machine readable finding aid generated from MARC-AMC source via XSLT conversion October 13, 2017 Finding aid written in English.
    2017-10-13 File created.

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Subject Headings

The subject headings listed below are found in this collection. Links below allow searches at Columbia University through the Archival Collections Portal and through CLIO, the catalog for Columbia University Libraries, as well as ArchiveGRID, a catalog that allows users to search the holdings of multiple research libraries and archives.

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CorrespondencePortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Manuscripts (Documents)PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Maps (Documents)PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
NewspapersPortalCLIOArchiveGRID
RealiaPortalCLIOArchiveGRID

Subjects

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German-American Mennonites--20th centuryPortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Russia--Emigration and Immigration--20th centuryPortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Russian Emigres--Tunisia--20th centuryPortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Russian-Americans--United States--20th centuryPortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Tunisia--History--20th centuryPortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Walter, George, 1899-1983PortalCLIOArchiveGRID

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History / Biographical Note

History

George Walter was born in a German-speaking Lutheran family in Mykolaiv, Russian Empire (now Ukraine). He learned French and Russian there prior to the Russian Revolution, which took place when he was 18 years old. Walter later acquired Arabic and English after leaving Russia for Tunisia and then the United States.

During World War I, Walter fought as part of the Russian Imperial Cavalry. He joined at age 15 but soon was injured by shrapnel in the chin. Walter’s parents were middle-class supporters of the Russian monarchy and both died shortly after the October Revolution. At that time, Walter went into hiding until he reached Tunisia, a French protectorate where elements of the White Russian Navy had fled. Walter moved to the United States in 1923 (pictured around this time) and settled in Hoisington, Kansas.

Walter received United States citizenship in 1929. He died in 1983.

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