Clarence J. Primm papers: 1918-1951
Summary Information
Title: Clarence J. Primm papers
Creator: Primm, Clarence J., 1886-1957
Dates: 1918-1951
Extent: 1 volume, 15 digital files (108 MB)
Papers of a soldier with the 339th Infantry in the Allied intervention in Russia, 1918-1919, the "Polar Bear Expedition."
Call number: 2009187 Aa 2
Language: The material is in English
Repository: Bentley Historical Library
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Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2113
Phone: 734-764-3482
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Finding aid created by Len Coombs, 2010

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

The collection was donated by Carol Primm, of Ocala, Florida, and Pete Stuntz, of Manitowoc, Wisconsin, in 2009 (Donor No. 10245).

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open for research.

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Preferred Citation:

item, folder title, box no., Clarence J. Primm papers, 1918-1951, Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan


Clarence J. Primm was born in South Dakota worked as an educator in MichiganWisconsin and Kansas and after retirement lived in Manitowoc, Wis. He served as First Lieutenant in Company M, 339th U.S. Infantry during the American intervention of Archangel, Russia. As a staff officer he was one of the last Americans to leave Archangel in September 1919.

Collection Scope and Content Note

Teh Primm Papers include a typed reminiscence (titled "Polar Bear Tales") with transcribed copies of letters written from Russia describing Primm's experiences. Also contains a digitized copy of the reminiscence and letters supplemented by photos and maps.

This collection contains digital reproductions; the original papers and/or photographs are owned by the donor. The digital items in this collection were digitized from originals by the individual donors before being received by the Bentley Historical Library. Preservation copies of these files with their original file names and CD-ROM file structures intact have been submitted to Deep Blue. Access copies of these digital files can be viewed by clicking on the links next to the individual folders in the Content List below.

Subject Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in the finding aid database and catalog of The Bentley Historical Library/University of Michigan. Researchers desiring additional information about related topics should search the catalog using these headings.

  • Soviet Union -- History -- Allied intervention, 1918-1920.
  • World War, 1914-1918.
  • Polar Bear Expedition.
  • Primm, Clarence J., 1886-1957.
  • United States. Army. Infantry, 339th.
  • Polar Bear Expedition (1918-1919)
Contents List
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Container / Location Title
Papers [series]
Box   1  
Volume: "Polar Bear Tales"

(Printed copy)

Digitized "Polar Bear Tales" (15 digital files)

(Note: The 15 PDF files that make up this folder have been merged into a single PDF file for the Access Site.)

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