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Russian World War I Soldier's Memoirs and Photographs Available in the Special Collections Dept

11-Sep-2013 Newsletter article

Next summer marks the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I, the first war fought on a large, global scale. The grandfather of former ISU Executive Vice President and Provost Dr. Elizabeth "Betsy" Hoffman, Andrew Kalpaschnikoff, fought in the Russian Army during this time. His accounts of the Great War and other experiences were recently donated to the Special Collections Department and are ready for research.

Andrew Kalpaschnikoff grew up in Imperial Russia's upper class, was employed by the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs as Ambassador to the United States, and later joined the Russian Army during World War I. While in service, he was named Director of the Russian Red Cross, which explains the many Red Cross-related photographs within his materials. After the Bolshevik Revolution, Kalpaschnikoff was arrested and imprisoned by the Communists, escaped, and returned to the United States. Afterward, he wrote a book entitled A Prisoner of Trotsky's (1920), a later copy of which can be found in the Special Collections (call number DK265.7 K25 2009x).

Kalpaschnikoff's materials are located within the Elizabeth Hoffman Papers, RS 13/1/26. These materials include photographs, photograph albums, and undated memoirs. The photographs include images of battleground sites, wounded soldiers, and Red Cross stations. The albums can be viewed online: http://www.add.lib.iastate.edu/spcl/scrapbooks/Hoffman_1/ http://www.add.lib.iastate.edu/spcl/scrapbooks/Hoffman_2/A

A further description of the series and the Elizabeth "Betsy" Hoffman Papers (RS 13/1/26) can be found online: http://www.add.lib.iastate.edu/spcl/arch/rgrp/13-1-26.html#Series2

Collections of other World War I materials can also be found in the Special Collections Department. A selection of these are listed here: http://www.add.lib.iastate.edu/spcl/collections/MSsubject.html#wwI

If you have questions regarding the collection, please contact the Special Collections Department, Iowa State University Library at 515-294-4216, archives@iastate.edu or visit our website at http://www.lib.iastate.edu/spcl/index.html.

Russian Red Cross workers and a patient during World War I (photographs from Box 15, Scrapbook 1; image number 20 in the online digital copy).
Russian Red Cross workers and a patient during World War I
(photographs from Box 15, Scrapbook 1; image number 20 in the online digital copy).

Russian World War I soldiers in the battlefield and trenches (photographs from Box 15, Scrapbook 2; image number 36 in the online digital copy).
Russian World War I soldiers in the battlefield and trenches
(photographs from Box 15, Scrapbook 2; image number 36 in the online digital copy).

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