James B. Sibley papers: 1918-1919
Summary Information
Title: James B. Sibley papers
Creator: Sibley, James B.
Dates: 1918-1919
Extent: 2 boxes, 2 folders
Soldier from Detroit, Mich., member of Co. E, 339th U.S. Infantry who served in the Allied intervention in Russia, 1918-1920, the "Polar Bear Expedition." Collection includes diary of service in Russia, Nov.7, 1918-Jan.14, 1919 and other war-related papers.
Call number: 86638 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
e-mail: bentley.ref@umich.edu
Home Page: http://www.bentley.umich.edu/
Finding aid prepared by: Len Coombs

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

The collection was donated by James B. Sibley, of Caseville, Michigan, in 1965 (Donor no.: 4267), and by Joanne Hill, of Gladstone, Michigan, in 2009 (Donor no.: 10200.

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open for research, however, the artifacts are available for staff use only.

To protect fragile audiovisual recordings (such as audio cassettes, film reels, and VHS tapes), the Bentley Historical Library has a policy of converting them to digital formats by a professional vendor whenever a researcher requests access. For more information, please see: http://bentley.umich.edu/research/duplication/.

Preferred Citation:

item, folder title, box no., James B. Sibley papers, Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan


Resident of Detroit, Mich., served as corporal, Co. E, 339th Infantry.

Collection Scope and Content Note

The papers include a diary, Nov. 1918-Jan. 1919, describing daily life, monotony, the weather, and fighting at Kodish, Dec. 1918. Also included are newspaper clippings, miscellanea, and photographs. Also artifacts: helmet, shell casing trench art (75 mm), 37 mm shell, VFW Post 436 cap, and uniform insignia. (The photographs and artifacts have not been digitized.)

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.
  • Artifacts.
  • Dog tags.
  • Garrison caps.
  • Helmets.
  • Photographs.
  • Shells (ammunition)
  • Trench art.
  • Sibley, James B.
Contents List
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Container / Location Title
Papers [series]
Folder   1  
1918-1919 (13 items)

(located at Aa)

Pass to visit Battle Creek [access item]
Newspaper clipping, Detroit Free Press, Apr.11, 1918 [access item]
Letter from George R.J. (Windsor Castle) (April 1918) [access item]
James B. Sibley diary [access item]
Newspaper clippings [access item]
Letter from John J. Pershing [access item]
Machine Gun School certificate, Mar.6, 1919 [access item]
Newspaper, no.19 "The American Sentinel" April 19, 1919 [access item]
Telegram [access item]
339th patch(?) labeled July 4, 1919 [access item]
"Welcome home to the Polar Bear Regiment" Instructions to 339th men [access item]
Letter from James Couzens, mayor of Detroit [access item]
"Battles, Engagements, Skirmishes of Co. "E" 339th Inf." (certified by John J. Baker) [access item]
Photographs [series]
Folder   2  

(Photographs have not been digitized)

(located at Aa)

Artifacts [series]
Box   1  
Shell casing trench art (75 mm), 37 mm shell, VFW Post 436 cap, and uniform insignia

(Artifacts have not been digitized)

Box   2  

(Artifacts have not been digitized)