Paul J. Rainey Papers

Collection Summary

Title: Paul J. Rainey Papers
Call Number: MS 88-07
Size: 0.25 linear feet
Acquisition: Purchased from the William Reese Company
Processed By: LTM, 7-31-1987; JEF, 2-2-1998; MN, 10-2008
Note: None
Restrictions: None

Literary Rights

Literary rights were not granted to Wichita State University. When permission is granted to examine the manuscripts, it is not an authorization to publish them. Manuscripts cannot be used for publication without regard for common law literary rights, copyright laws and the laws of libel. It is the responsibility of the researcher and his/her publisher to obtain permission to publish. Scholars and students who eventually plan to have their work published are urged to make inquiry regarding overall restrictions on publication before initial research.

Restrictions

None

Content Note

The Paul J. Rainey Papers contain a small collection of photographs and manuscript material relating to his “Asiatic Expedition” June 1918 to February 1919, consisting of autograph manuscript summary report, 41 pages, ink and pencil, with corrections and deletions; a revised typed draft, 14 pages; a 3 page manuscript expense report, 38 original prints (approx. 3 x 5 inches) of photographs taken on the trip, and a letter pertaining to the exchange in 1931 between a companion on the trip and another party. This account by an American traveler in eastern Russia comments almost exclusively upon the military situation at the time shortly after the Bolshevik Revolution. He describes the presence and the activities of American, Czech, and Japanese forces in the region, the fitness of the forces opposing the Bolsheviks, the state of the railroads and supply lines, troop movements, engagements, etc.

Detailed Description: Box and Folder Listing

Box 1 FF 1 Contains a 14 page typed manuscript of Rainey’s “General Observations on the Situation in Russia” from June 1918 to 1919 in which he comments on the military situation in eastern Russia shortly after the Bolshevik Revolution. The main body of the report is framed in a daily journal form, written from Nishni, Udinsk, Krasnoiarsh, Novo Nikoliask, Petropovolovsk, Omsk, and Irkutsk. He accounts meetings with military commanders, encounters with British and American intelligence officers, and the conditions of the railroads, troop movements, engagements and the presence and the activities of the American, Czech, and Japanese forces in the region.
Box 1 FF 2 Contains a 41 page hand-written account of Rainey’s “General Observations on the Situation in Russia” with corrections and deletions.
Box 1 FF 3 Contains a three page manuscript expense report of Rainey’s “Asiatic Expedition” from June 1918 to February 1919.
Box 1 FF 4 Contains envelope which contained Rainey’s notes and letters while he was in Siberia, 1918.
Box 1 FF 5 Contains a letter pertaining to the trip exchanged in 1931 between a companion (Edmund Heller) and another party.
Box 1 FF 6 Contains 38 original prints (most measuring 3 x 5 inches) of photographs taken on the trip. The photographs are of high interest; while some show native residents or scenery, the majority focus on railroads, troop movements, scenes of devastation after battles, and so forth.