Overview of the Arthur H. Groten war stamps, 1914-1946

Finding aid prepared by Hoover Institution Archives Staff.
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Title: Arthur H. Groten war stamps
Date (inclusive): 1914-1946
Collection Number: 2003C32
Creator: Groten, Arthur H., collector.
Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Archives
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 5 manuscript boxes, 2 oversize boxes (2.8 linear feet)
Abstract: War stamps of the principal belligerent countries, relating to World War I, and to American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee relief to Russian refugees following World War II. Includes related catalogs.
Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives


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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Arthur H. Groten war stamps, [Box number], Hoover Institution Archives.

Acquisition Information

Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 2003.


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Scope and Content of Collection

This collection of documents, postcards and letters is connected with the work of the American Relief Administration. Herbert Hoover organized and directed the ARA, providing assistance to millions of displaced and hungry victims of World War I. The collection, consisting mostly of stamped postal requests and acknowledgements from individuals and private organizations assisting in the American aid effort, covers the entire period of the ARA's operation in Central and Eastern Europe, from its early 1919 start in Austria, Hungary and Poland, until the summer of 1923, the end of the American mission in Moscow. The materials illustrate the different communication channels used by the ARA as well as document the history of the various national mail services that facilitated ARA work in the region.

Biographical note

At the time of this donation in 2003, Arthur H. Groten, MD was a life member of the American Philatelic Society, a Fellow in the Royal Philatelic Society, London, and president of the Ephemera Society of America.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee.
International relief.
Poster Stamps.
World War, 1914-1918.
World War, 1939-1945--Civilian relief.
World War, 1939-1945--Refugees.
World War, 1939-1945--Soviet Union.