Guide to the Western Historical Manuscripts Collection, Bulletin nos. 6 and 7 (1952, 1957).
Arthur Mastick Hyde (1877-1947)
Gubernatorial papers, 1919–24, 32 ft.; and papers, 1886–1949, 477 folders. Governor of Missouri and U.S. secretary of agriculture. Correspondence, reports, and printed materials in the gubernatorial papers contain some items relating to Herbert Hoover's charges that the American Committee for Russian Famine Relief was communistic. The second collection, containing his papers as secretary of agriculture under Hoover, includes data on wheat production in the USSR and on Soviet efforts to manipulate grain prices in the 1920s–1930s. (NUCMC 60–2334)
Duke Needham Parry (1893-1932)
Papers, 1923–24, ca. 1 ft. Foreign correspondent for the International News Service. Correspondence, unpublished articles, and clippings from his tour in Japan, including some items about Russo-Japanese relations. (NUCMC 68–1347)
Fred H. Walden
In Stockholm in 1791, he witnessed a naval battle between Russian and Swedish ships. 1 letter, photostat, describes the engagement.
Fred Morris Dearing (1879-1963)
Papers, 1897–1961, 1,624 folders, 28 vols. Diplomat. He served with the U.S. foreign service in Russia, 1916–17. Unpublished memoirs detail his work on the embassy staff. He records his impressions of Petrograd and Moscow, travels through Russia, the embassy's administration, war relief efforts, the situation of the Jews, a projected Russian-American trade treaty, and the decline of the Russian government. Personalities mentioned in the memoirs include Nicholas II, the Empress Alexandra, G. Rasputin, Sergei D. Sazonov (Sagonoff), A. D. Protopopoff, and the American Ambassador David R. Francis. The papers are completely closed during the lifetime of Dearing's son, Donn. Unpublished finding aid (NUCMC 61–2834).
George N. Peek (1873-1943)
Papers, 1911–47, 10 boxes, 3,088 folders. Public servant, special adviser to President Franklin D. Roosevelt on foreign trade, 1934–35, and president of the Export-Import Bank of Washington, 1934–35. His correspondence, particularly with Boris Said in 1934–35, concerns, in part, Russian-American trade, the Russian economy (especially oil and steel industry), and Roosevelt's reaction to the breakdown of trade negotiations with Russia. (NUCMC 60–2466)
Papers, 1861–62, 4 folders. Secretary to the American legation in St. Petersburg, summer of 1861. His uncle, Cassius M. Clay, minister to Russia, headed the legation. His journal for 1861–62, photostat, 68 pp., covers most of his stay in Russia. He gives impressions of the capital and its surroundings, the Peterhof summer palace, and an industrial exhibit; assesses Russian craftsmanship and manufacture; and comments on the manners, customs, and conditions of life of the Russian people. The journal includes observations on Prince A. M. Gorchakov, the Russian foreign minister, and of the Due de Montebello, the French ambassador. The description of Alexander II is long and favorable. Also, a letter, 24 July 1861, from William Seward informing Green Clay of his appointment to the St. Petersburg post. Unpublished description.
Olive Gilbreath McLorn (b. 1883)
Letters, 1915–34, 47 folders. Letters she received from William L. Cazalet, a British businessman living in Russia. Primarily love letters but also including impressions of World War I, the Russian Revolution, and British refugees and creditors of Russia. Restricted.
William Benjamin Smith (1850-1934)
Papers, 1876?-1933, 22 folders. Educator and philosopher. He spoke out for recognition of the new Soviet government in 1918. Autobiography, addresses, etc. (NUCMC 60–2641)