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Harry R. Swain journals

Identifier: c-00683

Scope and Content

The Harry Swain journals contains addresses, lists, inventories, and accounts of day-to-day life as a soldier as part of the American Expeditionary Forces North Russia, nicknamed the Polar Bear Expedition. The dates and entries for the two journals overlap.


  • Creation: 1918 - 1919


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from this collection must be obtained from University Archives & Historical Collections, Michigan State University.

Biographical Note

Harry R. Swain (1893-1975) was born in Indiana to John R. and Emma Swain. He lived in Harrisville, Alcona, Michigan from where he entered military service as a private during World War I. He was a member of the 339th Infantry which was part of the American Expeditionary Forces North Russia from August 1918 until April 1920. Many American soldiers from Michigan served in AEF North Russia which was nicknamed the Polar Bear Expedition. Swain died in 1975 in Flushing, Michigan.


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Custodial History

Gift of Dennis Serdel.

Legal Status

Donor(s) have transferred any applicable copyright to Michigan State University but the collection may contain third-party materials for which copyright was not transferred. Copyright restrictions may apply. Property Rights: Michigan State University.

Harry Swain Journals
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March 2014
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Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the University Archives and Historical Collections Repository

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