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The Paul J. Rainey Papers digital collection contains photographs and manuscript material mostly by Paul J. Rainey, an American traveler in eastern Russia who commented on the military situation at the time, shortly after the Bolshevik Revolution. In his “Asiatic Expedition” from June 1918 to February 1919, he described the presence and activities of American, Czech, and Japanese forces in the region, the fitness of the forces opposing the Bolsheviks, the state of the railroads and supply lines, troop movements, engagements, and related topics. The collection includes 38 original prints taken on his trip, a handwritten summary report and revised typed draft, an expense report, and later correspondence between Edmund Heller, a companion on the trip, and Grace Rainey Rogers, Rainey’s sister.
Finding Aid to the Paul J. Rainey Papers