Jump to Content

Collection Guide
Collection Title:
Collection Number:
Get Items:
Register of the Mary Catherine Roberts papers
No online items No online items       Request items ↗
View entire collection guide What's This?
PDF (80.37 Kb) HTML
Search this collection
Collection Details
Table of contents What's This?
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Accruals
  • Location of Originals
  • Biography
  • Chronology
  • Scope and Content Note

  • Title: Mary Catherine Roberts papers
    Date (inclusive): 1918-1978
    Collection Number: 2001C37
    Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Archives
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 1 microfilm reel (0.15 linear feet)
    Abstract: Correspondence, clippings, photographs, and memorabilia, relating to American Red Cross relief work in Siberia during the Russian Civil War.
    Creator: Roberts, Mary Catherine, 1884-1978


    The collection is open for research; materials must be requested at least two business days in advance of intended use.

    Publication Rights

    For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Archives.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Mary Catherine Roberts papers, [Box no., Folder no. or title], Hoover Institution Archives.

    Acquisition Information

    Materials were acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 2001.


    Materials may have been added to the collection since this finding aid was prepared. To determine if this has occurred, find the collection in Stanford University's online catalog at https://searchworks.stanford.edu . Materials have been added to the collection if the number of boxes listed in the online catalog is larger than the number of boxes listed in this finding aid.

    Location of Originals

    Originals in: Museum of Russian Culture, San Francisco.


    Mary Roberts was born in England on 8 October 1884, trained there as a nurse, and subsequently emigrated to the United States. During the First World War, she joined the army medical services, and was sent to Siberia to serve with the American Red Cross in May 1919.
    The materials in her collection reflect her service in Vladivostok and include clippings, correspondence, bulletins and other material pertaining to Red Cross and YMCA work in Siberia in 1919-1920. Some of her letters and reports were published in the Washington state press.
    Following her return to the United States in 1920, she received a degree in public health from the University of Washington, and worked as a school nurse in Yakima county, Washington. She retired in 1960 and moved to Seattle, where she died on 3 June 1978.


    1884 (?) Born, England
    1919-1920 Nurse, Siberian Commission of the American Red Cross
    ? Received a degree in public health form the University of Washington
      County school nurse in Yakima
    1960 Retired and returned to Seattle
    1978 Died, Seattle

    Scope and Content Note

    Mary Catherine Roberts was a nurse with the Siberian Commission of the American Red Cross in 1919-1920. She spent several months in Vladivostok and Irkutsk, where the Red Cross gave relief to Russian refugees. This collection contains clippings about the activities of the American Red Cross in Siberia, the evacuation of Russian children from Vladivostok to Petrograd in 1920-1921, the execution of the Czar's family, and several issues of The Siberian See-Chas, a bulletin for the Members of the American Expeditionary Force in Siberia.
    Detailed processing and preservation microfilming for these materials were made possible by a generous grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and by matching funds from the Hoover Institution and Museum of Russian Culture. The grant also provides depositing a microfilm copy in the Hoover Institution Archives. The original materials remain in the Museum of Russian Culture, San Francisco as its property. A transfer table indicating corresponding box and reel numbers is available at the Hoover Institution Archives.
    The Hoover Institution assumes all responsibility for notifying users that they must comply with the copyright law of the United States (Title 17 United States Code) and Hoover Rules for the Use and Reproduction of Archival Materials.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    American National Red Cross.
    International relief.
    Russia (Federation)
    Siberia (Russia)--History--Revolution, 1917-1921.
    Soviet Union--History--Revolution, 1917-1921--Civilian relief.
    Soviet Union.
    United States--Foreign relations.