Michigan Historical Collections
Bentley Historical Library
University of Michigan

Finding Aid for
Walter F. Dundon papers,1929 and 1969.

Finding aid prepared by:
Len Coombs

Summary Information
Title: Walter F. Dundon papers
Creator: Dundon, Walter F., 1890-
Inclusive dates: 1929 and 1969.
Extent: 2 folders
Soldier from Frankfurt, Mich., member of Co. M, 339th U.S. Infantry who served in the Allied intervention in Russia, 1918-1920, the "Polar Bear Expedition." Collection includes diary and reminiscences relating to his trip to Russia in 1929 to recover the bodies of members of the Archangel Expedition killed and buried in the Soviet Union.

Call number: 86529 Aa 1
Language: The materials are in English.
Repository: Bentley Historical Library University of Michigan

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

The collection was donated by Walter F. Dundon, of Frankfort, Michigan, in 1969 (Donor no.: 4767) and by Mrs. Hilda D. Lyon, of Fort Scott, Kansas, in 1971 (Donor no.: 5134).

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation:

item, folder title, box no., Walter F. Dundon papers, Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan


Resident of Frankfort, Mich., served as sergeant, Co. M, 339th Infantry, and was a member of the Michigan and United States commissions sent to Russia in 1929 to locate and return bodies of American dead.

Collection Scope and Content Note

The papers contain a diary, July-Oct. 1929, describing the search for bodies, memories of the Russian people about the American soldiers, living conditions, and his memories of the area; and a typescript reminiscence, 1969, describing his mission, problems with the Russian authorities, the return of the bodies, and the reinterment ceremony at White Chapel Memorial Park Cemetery.

Subject Terms

    • Dundon, Walter F., 1890-
    • Soviet Union--History--Allied Intervention, 1918-1920.
    • World War, 1914-1918.
    • Polar Bear Expedition.
    • Diaries.
    Contents List
       Container / Location    Title
    Papers [series]:
    Folder   1  
    Diary,  1929 (86529.0001) (1 item)
    Folder   2  
    Reminiscence,  1969 (86529.0002) (1 item)