Waldo Family Papers and Waldo Travel Agency Records
00042

Summary Information

Repository
Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections
Creator
Waldo, Mortimer A., 1891-1963
Title
Waldo family papers and the Waldo Travel Agency records
ID
00042
Date [inclusive]
1904-1958
Extent
7.0 Cubic feet 7 Boxes & 3 Volumes on shelf
Language
English

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: "Item title, Collection title, Collection Identifier, Michigan State University Archives & Historical Collections, East Lansing, Michigan."

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Biography of Mortimer A. Waldo

Mortimer A. Waldo (1891-1963) grew up in the Lansing, Michigan area. After graduating from Adrian College, he pursued law studies at Yale University, but left in 1916, before completing this degree, to work with the Red Cross and the Young Men's Christian Association Prisoner's Aid Society in Omsk, Central Russia. There he supervised the construction of barracks, distributed Red Cross supplies, and made contacts between the prisoners and their families until the outbreak of the Russian Revolution. From March through October 1918, he served as American Vice Counsel in Helsingfors, Finland. After World War I, Waldo resettled in Lansing and worked as an export agent for the Novo Engine Company and REO Motors. In 1931, he founded the Waldo Travel Agency with the cooperation of the J.W. Knapp Department Stores.

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Scope and Contents note

This collection consists of personal correspondence, notes, reports, and financial records. The majority of these relate to Mortimer Waldo's activities in Russia and Finland from 1916 to 1918.

Letters to family and friends written from 1916 to 1917 describe life in Siberia and comment on the political situation in the United States and the entry of the U.S. into the First World War. Later letters (1918) concentrate on the Finnish Civil War. Those dating from after 1919 primarily relate to Waldo's business travels for the Novo Engine Company and REO Motors, but also include personal letters from friends in Russia, Finland, Germany, and Japan.

Waldo's personal notebooks include observations on the Russian Revolution, international affairs, and war, informal reviews of books he read, notes made during his travels through Finland in 1918, and lists of personal expenses.

The official records relating to his YMCA service and his term as Vice-Counsel are few, but there are several reports prepared by Waldo. The most important of these recommended that the Allies recognize an independent Finland, and was used by the historian Samuel E. Morison in his report to the U.S. Department of State on the Peace Settlement.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections September 1982

Conrad Hall
888 Wilson Road, Room 101
East Lansing , MI, 48824
517-355-2330
archives@msu.edu

Revision Description

  November 2014

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research. Some materials are restricted.

Legal Status

Copyright: Michigan State University. Property Rights: Michigan State University.

Conditions Governing Use

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

Custodial History

Gift of Mrs. Mortimer A. Waldo, 1966-06-00.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • American Red Cross.
  • United States. Diplomatic Service.

Family Name(s)

  • Waldo family, (Mortimer Waldo, 1891-1963)

Genre(s)

  • Account books
  • Clippings (Books, newspapers, etc.)
  • Commercial correspondence
  • Daybooks
  • Letters (correspondence)
  • Photographs
  • Postcards
  • Scrapbooks

Geographic Name(s)

  • Finland -- History -- Revolution -- 1917-1918
  • Helsinki (Finland)
  • Japan -- Description and travel
  • Lansing (Mich.)
  • Russia
  • Siberia (Russia)
  • Soviet Union -- History -- Revolution, 1917-1921

Personal Name(s)

  • Brown, Fred B.
  • Hibbard, C. V.
  • Press, Michael, 1872-1938
  • Waldo, Eleanor Boyer, 1899-1991
  • Waldo, Eleanor Boyer, 1899-1991

Subject(s)

  • Diplomatic documents
  • War -- Religious aspects
  • World War, 1914-1918 -- Finland

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Collection Inventory

Family Papers 

Box Folder

Oral History Interview with Eleanor B. Waldo 

3 12

Eleanor Boyer Waldo Obituary September 3, 1991 

2 17

Lansing Public Schools- Grammer School Completion Certificate for Burdett Sloan June 14, 1917 

5 1

U.S. Passport for Dorothy Boyer (born July 31, 1973) issued March 19, 1927   Contains extra passport photos of D. Boyer

4 3

Newspaper Clippings of interest to the Family 1902-1904 

2 15

Newpaper Clipping - Hal Waldo (High School Class President) circa 1904 

2 16

Memorial Publication - in memory of William A. Leonard, Fourth Bishop of Ohio. November, 1930 

Correspondence 

Letters sent and received by Mrs. Virgil Boyer 1924-1930, undated 

Box
5

Letters sent to Dot from Reverend Virgil Boyer undated 

Box
5
Box Box-folder

Letters to Hal Waldo at College 1909-1912 

4 1

Letters to Hal Waldo from friends and family circa 1913- August 1917 

4 1

Letters to Hal Waldo while stationed at Camp Custer (MI), 328 Field Arillery September 1917 - April 1918   Letters are primarily from his wife.

Box
4
Box-folder
1
Box

Letters to Hal Waldo while stationed at Camp Custer (MI), 328 Field Arillery May 1918 - July 1918   Letter are primarily from his wife.

5

Undated Letters sent to H. Waldo 

Box
5

Valentine Card to Belle Waldo February, 1916 

5

Family Books 

The Oxford Self-Pronouncing Bible (King James). Inscribed J. Belle Waldo, Lansing Michigan November 20, 1902 

Box
4
Box-folder
2
Box Box-folder

Inserted items into 1902 bible. 

4 2

The E & S Teachers' Edition - The Holy Bible (King James). Inscribed - J. Belle Waldo 1887 

4 2

Photographs 

Drawer
Collection Photographs

Family Photographs 

World Travel 

Czechoslovakia. Photo Album 

Finland. (2 folders) 

Finland. Agricultural Scenes in Northern Finland 

Finland. Esbogard 

Finland. Grano. Mr. Krogius' Summer Home. (2 folders) 

Finland. Grano. Mr. Krogius' Summer Home. Interior 

Finland. Helsinki 

Finland. Helsinki. Civil War Scenes 

Finland. Helsinki. Civil War Scenes. Baron von Mannerheim Reviewing Troops 

Finland. Helsinki. Civil War Scenes. Damages Buildings 

Finland. Helsinki. Civil War Scenes. Graves of Germans Lost in Civil War 

Finland. Helsinki. Civil War Scenes. German Boats in Harbor 

Finland. Helsinki. Civil War Scenes. Smoke Clouds Over City 

Finland. Helsinki. Mr. Krogius' Residence 

Finland. Helsinki. Photo Album. (2 folders) 

Finland. Imatra 

Finland. Kuopio 

Finland. Lappeenranta. Photo Album 

Finland. Photo Album. (2 folders) 

Finland. Savonlinna. Olav Castle 

Finland. Ulea River 

Finland and/or Russia. (3 folders) 

Japan 

Japan. Yokohama. Aftermath of Earthquake, 1923 

People. American Refugees Traveling from Russia through Finland 

People. Groups. (2 folders) 

People. Krogius, Ernst 

People. Nancler, Erik and Sister 

People. Press, Michael 

People. Ramsay, Mrs. Henrik 

People. Reitzel, Raymond J. 

People. Unidentified 

People. Zanovski, Hugo 

Russia. Irtish River. People on Riverboat 

Russia. Omsk. (2 folders) 

Russia. Omsk Vicinity 

Russia. Petrograd 

Russia. Tobolsk 

Sweden. People 

Postcards 

Drawer
Postcards

Finland 

Finland. Grano 

Finland. Imatra 

Finland. Kajaani 

Finland. Kuopio 

Finland. Lappeenranta 

Finland. Oulu 

Finland. Oulu River 

Finland. Savonlinna. Olav Castle 

Finland. Suomussalmi 

Finland. Tampere. (2 folders) 

Finland. Tampere. Buildings Damaged During Civil War 

Finland. Turku 

Funerals. Chinese 

People. Latavala, W.K. 

Pureto Rico. Mayaguez (?) 

Russia. Automobile of Nicholas II 

Russia. Burial of Victims of Civil Disturbance 

Russia. Cheliabinsk 

Russia. Kainsk 

Russia. Moscow 

Russia. Novonikolayevsk 

Russia. Omsk. (4 folders) 

Russia. Omsk (?) 

Russia. Omsk. Churches 

Russia. Omsk. Schools 

Russia. Perm 

Russia. Petrograd. Civil Disturbance, March 1917 

Russia. Posters Promoting Military Loans, 1916 

Russia. Provisional Government, 1917 

Russia. Railroads. Locomotive 

Russia. Srende. Ural 

Russia. Tobolsk (5 folders) 

Russia. Tobolsk. Church Festivities, 1916 

Russia. Churches 

Russia. Tyumen. (6 folders) 

Russia. Ural Mountains. (3 folders) 

Russia. Vyatka 

Russia. Yekaterinburg 

Sweden. Haparanada 

Scrapbook 

Box Folder

Number 218: Japanese Earthquake (Postcards) 1923 

3 13

Oversized Materials 

Drawer

World War I. Soldiers. Russia 

48

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Mortimer (Mort) A. Waldo Papers 

Scope and Contents note

Box Folder

Biographical Information 1959, undated 

1 1

Personal Correspondence- (M.A. Waldo) 

Box
1
Box Folder

 1904, 1915 

1 2

 February - May 1916 

1 3

 June - July 1916 

1 4

 August - September 1916 

1 5

 October 1916 

1 6

 November - December 1916 

1 7

Correspondence to Hal J. Waldo May 1916-March 1918 

1 30

 January - March 1917 

1 8

 April - May 1917 

1 9

 June - July 1917 

1 10

 August - September 1917 

1 11

 October 1917 

1 12

 November 1917 

1 13

 December 1917 

1 14

 January - March 1918 

1 15

 April 1918 

1 16

 May 1918 

1 17

 June 1918 

1 18

 July 1918 

1 19

 August 1918 

1 20

 September - October 1918 

1 21

 November - December 1918 

1 22

 1919 

1 23

 1920-1921, 1923 

1 24

 1925-1926, 1929 

1 25

 1930, 1937 

1 26

 Undated 

1 27

Envelopes 

1 28-29

Financial Records 

2
Box

YMCA Account at Omsk 

2
Box Folder

 April 21 - May 21, 1916 

2 9

 May 24 - September 4, 1916 

2 10

 September 9 - November 1, 1916 

2 11

 November 2 - March 2, 1917 

2 12

 March 6 - December 8, 1917 

2 13

Volumes 

Volume

Volume 1 - Omsk Distirct Account Books (with dispersal to individuals listed)   Funds were for Buildings,Operations, Supplies, and "Personal Help Funds" for German, Austrian, and Turkish soldiers. Names of the soldiers who were dispersed funds are listed in the book. Also, YMCA Fund disperal.

1

Volume 2 - Accounting Day Book for Omsk District April 1916 - March 1917   Daily accounting for funds paid out

2

Volume 3 - Accounting Day Book for Omsk District March 1917 - June 1917 

3
Box Folder

War Prisoner's Aid Receipts 1916-1917 

2 14

Receipts for Loans Given to Officers 1916-1917 

2 15
Box

YMCA Activities - Receipts for Loans Made to Enlisted Men 

3
Box Folder

 May - September 1916 

3 1

 September 1916-1917 

3 2
Box Box-folder

Check Registers drawn on the Guaranty Trust Company (bank) located in Brussels, Belgium 1927-1932 

4 3
Box Folder

Personal Expense Book (unknown owner) 1970-1975 

4 1

Account Books Written in Russian undated 

3 11

Miscellaneous Receipts 1917 

3 3

Personal Notebooks 

2
Box Folder

 1916 

2 1

 1917 

2 2

 April 1916 - May 1917; July - October 1918 

2 3

 May 1917 

2 4

 February - October 1918 

2 5

 September 1918 

2 6

 August - December 1917; April 1918, 1928-1929 

2 7

Daybooks (six) - includes expenses 1913-1917, 1919 

Box
4
Box-folder
3

Novo Engine Company - Weekly Report and Expense Books (36 and 1 blank book) 1930-1931 

Box
4
Folder
2
Box Folder

Y.M.C.A. Official Reports circa 1918 

2 8

Y.M.C.A. Financial Records (Russia) 1917 

Box

Vice Consular Records 

3
Box Folder

Official Reports Made by the Vice Consular 1918 

3 4

Expense Accounts February 25 - May 22; October 14 - November 3, 1918 

3 5

Miscellany 1951-1956, n.d. 

3
Box Folder

Rotary Club Presentation 1951 

3 6

Trip to Russia 1956 

3 7

Michael Press undated 

3 8

Japanese Travel Guides undated 

3 9

Children's Book, Visiting Cards, High School Report Card undated 

3 10

Short course in Swedish Grammer for the Finnish Scholar (Written in Finnish) 1907 

3 14

Guide to International Law (written in Russian) 1904 

3 14

Business Cards, lansing High School Invitation Undated 

2 18

Camp Custer (MI) Song Sheet - Issued by the Rotar Club of Jackson, MI undated 

Controlled Access Headings

Geographic Name(s)

  • Fort Custer (Mich.)
5 2

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Waldo Travel Agency Collection 

Box Folder

Office Finances 1936-1939 

6 1

Office Bills - 1946   This file contains a representative example of bills from this time frame.

6 2

Office Bills - 1947   This file contains a representative example of bills from this time frame.

6 3

Office Bills - 1948   This file contains a representative example of bills from this time frame.

6 4

Bank Statements and Checks 1941-1952   This file contains a representative example of statements from this time frame.

6 5

Taxes 1946-1947 

6 6

Correspondence - Business Operations 1947-1948 

6 7

Travel Agencies - Announcements/Advertisements; 1945-1947 

6 8

Travel Agencies - Announcements/Advertisements; 1948 

6 9

Travel Agencies - Announcements - Labor Strike 1948 

6 10

Immigration and Consulate Documents; 1939-1945 

6 11

Immigration and Consulate Documents; 1946-1947 

6 12

Immigration and Consulate Documents; 1948 

6 13

Immigration - Spagnuola Case 1945-1948 

6 14

Passports and Military Permits 1948 

6 15

Miscellaneous Correspondence 1942-1945 

6 16

Customer Correspondence - 1946 

6 17

Customer Correspondence - 1947-1948 

6 18

Travel Arrangement Correspondence, January - June, 1946 

6 19

Travel Arrangement Correspondence, July- December, 1946 

6 20

Travel Arrangement Correspondence, January - June, 1947 

6 21

Travel Arrangement Correspondence, July- December, 1947 

6 22

Travel Arrangement Correspondence, January - March, 1948 

6 23

Travel Arrangement Correspondence, April - July, 1948 

6 24

Travel Arrangement Correspondence, August - December, 1948 

6 25

Personal Correspondence of M.A. Waldo 1945-1948 

Telegrams (with sticker/stamp art) 1947-1948 

Box Folder

Finances - Restricted 1968 

6 28

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