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George Walter papers, 1820s-1970s

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 feet (7 document boxes)
Language(s) English , Russian .
Access

This collection is located off-site. You will need to request this material at least three business days in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.

This collection has no restrictions.

Arrangement

Arrangement

This collection is arranged in eight series: Series I. Correspondence Series II. Manuscripts Series III. Documents Series IV. Books Series V. Newspapers Series VI. Maps Series VII. Realia Series VIII. Photocopies.

Description

Summary

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.

Using the Collection

Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Restrictions on Access

This collection is located off-site. You will need to request this material at least three business days in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.

This collection has no restrictions.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

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.

Accrual

No additions are expected

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

Papers processed by Marlow Davis (GSAS) 2017.

Finding aid written by Marlow Davis (GSAS) 2017.

Revision Description

2017-10-13 File created.

2019-05-20 EAD was imported spring 2019 as part of the ArchivesSpace Phase II migration.

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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Genre/Form

Heading "CUL Archives:"
"Portal"
"CUL Collections:"
"CLIO"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
"ArchivedGRID"
Correspondence Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Manuscripts (documents) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Maps (documents) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Newspapers Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Realia Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

Subject

Heading "CUL Archives:"
"Portal"
"CUL Collections:"
"CLIO"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
"ArchivedGRID"
German-American Mennonites -- 20th century Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Russian Americans -- 20th century Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Russian Emigres -- Tunisia -- 20th century Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Walter, George, 1899-1983 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical / Historical

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.