Silver Parrish diary: 1918-1919
Summary Information
Title: Silver Parrish diary
Creator: Parrish, Silver.
Dates: 1918-1919
Extent: 1 folder
Soldier from Bay City, Mich., member of Co. B, 339th U.S. Infantry who served in the Allied intervention in Russia, 1918-1920, the "Polar Bear Expedition." Collection includes diaries which give an account of his service in Russia with the Polar Bear expedition, including sympathetic references to the Bolsheviks.
Call number: 86616 Aa 1
Language: The materials are in English.
Repository: Bentley Historical Library
1150 Beal Ave.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2113
Phone: 734-764-3482
Fax: 734-936-1333
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Finding aid prepared by: Len Coombs

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

The collection was donated by Silver Parrish, of Bay City, Michigan, in 1963 (Donor no.: 4047).

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open for research.

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Preferred Citation:

item, folder title, box no., Silver Parrish diary, Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan


Resident of Bay City, Mich., served as sergeant, Co. B, 339th Infantry.

Collection Scope and Content Note

The diary, Sept. 1918-April 1919, a photocopy, describes his sympathy for the Russian people and the Bolshevik cause, his impressions of Russian life, housing, crops, food, and marriage, as well as fighting at Seltso, Sept. and Oct. 1918, and Toulgas, Oct. 1918. He also describes the difficulties in which he found himself in March 1919, when he drew up a petition protesting the presence of American troops in Russia after the end of the war. A transcript of the petition is included. The original of the diary is owned by Parrish.

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.
  • Diaries.
  • Parrish, Silver.
Contents List
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Container / Location Title
Diary [series]
Folder   1  
Sept. 1918-April 1919 (1 items, 57 pages) [access item]