Correspondence, reports, personal documents, photographs, and memorabilia, relating to relief activities in the Crimea during
the Russian Civil War. Includes correspondence with Grand Duchess Ol'ga Aleksandrovna.
George H. Ryden (1884-1941) was an American National Red Cross worker in Russia from 1918 to 1920. A native of Kansas City,
he interrupted his academic career to serve with the American Expeditionary Forces in Italy during World War I, was with the
Red Cross in the southern Russian city of Novorossiisk in 1920, seeking to aid refugees during the civil war that followed
the Russian Revolution. While there, he played a key role in helping the family of Grand Duchess Ol'ga Aleksandrovna, the
sister of the recently murdered Czar Nicholas II, escape to Turkey and subsequently to Europe. Ryden, a historian, later became
the state archivist of Delaware.
2 manuscript boxes
(0.8 Linear Feet)
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