Polar Bear Expedition Digital Collections


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Polar Bear Expedition Digital Collections

The material in Deep Blue forms part of the Polar Bear Expedition Collections at the Bentley Historical Library. Additional digital materials and online finding aids may be accessed at the Polar Bear Expedition Digital Collections website.

For questions or more information, please contact the Bentley Historical Library's Division of Reference and Access Services

In 1963 the Bentley Historical Library, a research library of the University of Michigan, began a project of locating and preserving source materials relating to the American intervention in North Russia, the "Polar Bear Expedition." With the cooperation of the Polar Bear Association, which had been organized by the Polar Bear veterans, the library collected the letters, diaries, photographs, and memorabilia of the veterans, along with maps, newspapers, and other published material. In the years since 1963, we have continued our efforts to locate and preserve the record of the Polar Bears, and we continue to add newly discovered collections every year.

In 2004, to better preserve the fragile collections and to make them more widely available for research, the library began to digitize the Polar Bear collections. The digitization and initial public access were provided through the University of Michigan Library's Digital Library Production Service.

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