Donald A. and Helen O. Lowrie Papers, 1911, 1916-29, 1939-44, 1946-65
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Brief Description: Papers of Donald Alexander Lowrie (1889-1974), YMCA secretary from Ohio who served in Russian and Eastern Europe (1916-32), and Helen Ogden Lowrie (1887-), YWCA secretary (1917-24), including correspondence (1911, 1916-25, 1927, 1929), diaries (1916-17, 1921-22), manuscripts, photographs and clippings related to International YMCA work with Austro-Hungarian prisoners of war at Tomsk (1916-17), service to Russian soldiers at Odessa (1917-18) YMCA and YWCA work in Moscow (1918), service with the American military at Archangel (1918-19), prisoners of war exchange at Narva (1921), American Relief and Nansenholfe relief missions to Moscow (1921-22) and work with Russian students in Czechoslovakia (1922-25). Letters and diaries contain comments on living conditions in Russia, YMCA and YWCA programs, World War I, the Russian Orthodox Church, prisoners of war, Russian Revolution, Bolsheviks, YWCA work with Russian in Constantinople (1921), famine relief and individuals such as John R. Mott, Rasputin and Bela Kun. The series contains copies of Lowrie letters from Marseilles and Geneva relating to refugees, YMCA relief work, detention camps, German conscription of labor in France, deportation of Jews and aid for prisoners of war (1941-44). The series includes family photographs (1953-62) of Russia and Europe (1957) and New York State (1957-62).
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University of Illinois Archives
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Record Series Number: 15/35/53
Created by: Lowrie, Donald A. (Donald Alexander) (1889-1974)
Volume: 1.6 cubic feet
Acquired: 9/27/1982; 10/25/1983; 12/26/1984; 3/27/86
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Arrangement: Chronological
Subject Index
Archangel, Russia
Czechoslovakia - History and Geography
Estonia - History and Geography
Hungary - History and Geography
Istanbul, Turkey
Moscow, Russia
Paris, France
Prisoners of War
Russian History
Russian Orthodox Church
Russian Revolution
Union of Soviet Socialist Republics - Politics and Government
World War I - Diplomacy and Politics
World War I - Hospitals, Medicine and Mortality
World War I - Intelligence, Morale and Propaganda
World War I - Military Operations
World War II - Intelligence, Morale and Propaganda
Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA)
Young Women's Christian Association
Genres/Forms of Material
Languages of Materials
English [eng]