Preliminary Inventory of the Thomas James Orbison papers

Finding aid prepared by Hoover Institution Archives Staff
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Title: Thomas James Orbison papers
Date (inclusive): 1919-1922
Collection Number: XX107
Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Archives
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 3 manuscript boxes, 2 oversize boxes, 1 slide box, 1 oversize folder (3.3 linear feet)
Abstract: Diaries, writings, photographs, and memorabilia relating to relief work in Latvia at the end of World War I. Diaries and typescript also available on microfilm (3 reels).
Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
Creator: Orbison, Thomas J. (Thomas James), 1866-1938.


Collection is open for research.
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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Thomas James Orbison papers, [Box number], Hoover Institution Archives.

Acquisition Information

Materials acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives.


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Alternate Forms Available

Portions also available on microfilm: diary and "The Bermondt Affair" typescript (3 microfilm reels)

Biographical Note

Chief, Latvian Mission, American Relief Administration European Children's Fund, 1919-1920.

Scope and Content of Collection

Diaries, writings, photographs, and memorabilia relating to relief work in Latvia at the end of World War I.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

American Relief Administration. European Children's Fund.
International relief.
World War, 1914-1918--Civilian relief.
World War, 1914-1918--Latvia.
Slides (Photography)

Box/Folder 1 : 1

Typewritten copy of diary written by Dr. Orbison while serving with the American Relief Administration in Latvia, 1919-1920

Box/Folder 1 : 2

Manuscript copy of diary

Box/Folder 1 : 3

"The Bermondt Affair," typescript copy of article by Dr. Orbison

Box/Folder 1 : 4

"Review of Latvia and the Activity of the Latvian Children's Relief Association," typescript, 1921 February - 1922 June

Box/Folder 1 : 5

Children's letters and hand-painted pictures presented to Dr. Orbison by the "American Children Kitchen at No. 4 Dunamunde Str., Hagensberg"

Box/Folder 1 : 6

Felt-covered folder, with hand-painted and embroidered design on front cover, containing photographs and scroll thanking Dr. Orbison for the assistance rendered to the "poor Russian military families" in Riga, 1920 July 20

Box/Folder 1 : 7

Letter of gratitude to Dr. Orbison from Ulmanis, Prime Minister of Latvia, 1920 July 23

Box/Folder 2 : 1

Album of photographs with metal plate on cover inscribed to Dr. Orbison by people of Dvinsk (Donaburg, Latvia), 1920 July 23

Box/Folder 2 : 2

Gray leather album of photographs presented "by the Strand Section composed of very poor fishing communities (near Riga)," 1920 July 11

Box/Folder 2 : 3

Red buckram folio containing photographs, letters, and other mementos expressing thanks and gratitude from the people of Latvia

Box/Folder 3 : 1

"Children, Inc.," manuscript regarding Orbison's relief work in Latvia

Box 4

Oversize materials


Large album of photographs, hand-woven design and heavy metal plaque on front cover, presented to Dr. Orbison by the city of Courland (Latvia), where the first American Relief Administration feeding station was opened


Suede case with metal plaque, corners, and clasp, containing scroll of thanks and photographs, presented to Dr. Orbison by the people of Riga, 1920 July 24


Leather case with multi-colored, enameled metal corners and plaque on front cover, containing scroll expressing appreciation to Dr. Orbison from members of the dental profession of the Free Clinic for Children, Riga, Latvia

Slide cabinet


Scope and Contents note

5 slides depicting the covers of the albums in the collection.
Box 5, oversize folder

Incremental materials

Scope and Contents note

This addition to the collection has not yet been described. Please let the Hoover Institution Archives know if you would like to see this material described.