Kenneth A. Skellenger papers: 1918-1919
Summary Information
Title: Kenneth A. Skellenger papers
Creator: Skellenger, Kenneth A.
Dates: 1918-1919
Extent: 1 folder
Soldier from Detroit, Mich., member of Co. A, 339th U.S. Infantry who served in the Allied intervention in Russia, 1918-1920, the "Polar Bear Expedition." Collection includes diary, letter, memorabilia, and notes concerning his part in the Polar Bear Expedition.
Call number: 86637 Aa 1
Language: The materials are in English.
Repository: Bentley Historical Library
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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 the Polar Bear Association, in 1964 (Donor no.: 4145).

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open for research.

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Preferred Citation:

item, folder title, box no., Kenneth A. Skellenger papers, Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan


Resident of Detroit, Mich., served as private, Co. A, 339th Infantry.

Collection Scope and Content Note

The papers include a diary, July 1918-July 1919, describing the voyage to Archangel, his movements in Russia, his longing for home, and the voyage back to the United States. Also found in the diary are a transcript of an address by Americans to the Bolshevik soldiers and a statement describing an explosion at Shenkursk in January 1919. A separate journal, dated January-February 1919, describes fighting at Ust Padenga, Nizhnyaya Gora, and Vysokaya Gora, and includes a sketch map of the area. Also included are a letter describing army food and his longing for home, and a chronology of his military service, July 1918-April 1919.

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.
  • Skellenger, Kenneth A.
Contents List
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Container / Location Title
Papers [series]
Folder   1  
Diary, July 1918-July 1919 [access item]
Chronology of Skellenger's military service, July 1918-April 1919 [access item]
List with soldiers' names: Smith, West, Shannon, Van Slighter, Van Nocker, Ramsey, Goods, Skellenger [access item]
Certificate, in Russian [access item]
Letter, to Skellenger's brother, April 10, 1919 [access item]
Transcript of an address by Americans to the Bolshevik soldiers [access item]
Statement describing an explosion at Shenkursk, January 1919 [access item]
Journal, Jan.-Feb. 1919 [access item]