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At a Glance
Scope and content
Orders, financial records, subject files, lists and service records of the Russian Expeditionary Forces. The collection pertains almost entirely to World War I, and there are limited materials on the Civil War in Russia and the emigration in Europe. The bulk of the collection consists of service records (posluzhnye spiski) and lists of soldiers from the 1st and 2nd Special Infantry (Osobye Pekhotnye) divisions. There are reports, plans, orders and financial records concerning these units in 1916-1919, chiefly in France. Files in the Civil War largely concern the northwestern front. Other files concern courts of honor (sud chesti) both in World War I and in the 1920s. Also in the collection is a book, I︠U︡.N. Danilov"Russkie Otri︠a︡dy na Frant︠s︡uzskom i Makedonskom Frontakh, 1916-18 g.".
Using the Collection
Rare Book and Manuscript Library
Conditions Governing 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.
Ownership and Custodial History
Purchase, 1961; gift of Association des officiers Russes, 1989.
About the Finding Aid / Processing Information
Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library
Papers Accessioned 1961.
Papers Processed 04/--/82.
Papers Processed ejs 1989.
History / Biographical Note
In 1916, at the insistence of France and England, Russia sent some army units to France and Macedonia; these units were eventually expanded to two divisions (about 50,000 men).