The papers consist of correspondence, reports, writings, translations, and clippings, relating to European Student Relief
activities in Russia and other European countries, 1920-1925; and to social conditions, the educational system, and the status
of religion in Russia in the 1920s and 1930s. Includes the memoirs of E. T. Colton and 13 anti-religious Soviet posters. All
material is from 1917-1935, except for Colton's 1952 memoirs.
The European Student Relief program (ESR) was instituted in 1918 as a complement to the US-government-funded American Relief Administration (ARA) program, to provide European students, and later professors and technical workers, with food, clothing, and shoes,
and sometimes medical services, tuition aid, and textbooks, and other support for intellectual work. ESR relief work pursued
a limited scope, focusing on university-affiliated populations to support the reconstruction of war-torn Europe, and to build
goodwill between students in Europe and the U.S.
9 manuscript boxes, 1 oversize box
3.6 linear feet)
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Collection is open for research.