Elisabeth Debar Russian Railway Letter File, ca. 1890-1910
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Brief Description: Elisabeth Debar Russian Railway Letter File includes correspondence, transcription notes, and photocopies concerning a letter written ca. 1890-1910 by Elisabeth Debar to her sister, Clara, following a five day train trip from Paris to St. Petersburg via train which includes accounts of travelling in 3rd class, meeting fellow international travellers, delays between Berlin and St. Petersburg, the Grand Duchess Anastasia [Mikhailovna of Russia] being on the same train, and arrival in St. Petersburg. The file contains the original letter as well as supporting materials concerning rail travel in the late 19th-early 20th centuries; genealogical records and marriage records from Mairie du Havre and Prefecture de Paris; and transcriptions of the letter.
Held at:
University of Illinois Archives
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Urbana, IL 61820
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Record Series Number: 35/2/61
Created by: Debar, Elisabeth
Volume: 0.1 cubic feet
Acquired: 04/11/2000.
Biographical Note for Debar, Elisabeth :

Elisabeth Debar was born ca. 1860 in Le Havre, France, to Théodore and Anne Maria Debar. She had a sister, Clara, and two brothers, Pierre and Christino Théodore. Her letter suggest that she took a position as a governess or tutor for two children just outside of St. Petersburg in the late 19th-early 20th century.

Her sister, Clara Doublel (née Debar) was born July 16, 1858 in Le Havre, France to Théodore and Anne Maria Debar. She married Charles Doublel on January 26, 1882, and had two children, Alfred (born 1885) and Charlotte (born 1889).

Subject Index
Correspondence
France
Music -- Russia
Railroads
Languages of Materials
French [fre]
English [eng]