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Russian Society of the Red Cross postcards, approximately 1900-1930s

 Series — Box: 1, Folder: 9, item: 1

Scope and Contents

This collection of postcards features full-color illustrations, predominantly of Russian folk tale scenes, traditional dress, or a reproduction of artwork from the era. A larger number of cards were published or sold by the Russian Society of the Red Cross (also known as the Russian Red Cross Society and similar variations), as the insignia of the organization is printed on them. The postcards date from approximately 1900 to 1930s.


  • Creation: approximately 1900-1930s


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is housed off-site and requires 48-hours' notice for retrieval. Please contact Special Collections for more information.

Collection is open for use.

Early History of the Russian Society of the Red Cross

In May 1867 Russian Emperor Alexander II approved the creation of a society for the care of the sick and wounded under the patronage of his wife, Empress Maria Alexandrovna. In 1879 the organization was formally named the Russian Society of the Red Cross, also known as known as the Society of the Russian Red Cross and other variations. It served the purpose of prevention and relief of human suffering during peace and war time.

Important members of this Society included the Community of Sisters of Mercy, or the Sisters of Mercy for short. A charitable women’s organization which had its roots in the Russian-Turkish War, it was known for training professional nurses, particularly during World War I.

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From the Collection: 0.167 Cubic Feet (1 legal-sized folder)

Language of Materials

From the Collection: Russian

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased from Andriy Yatsenko (also known as Andrew Yatsenko), from March 2015 to December 2016.


Accessions: 2016-17.MS.034, 2014-15.MS.052, 2015-16.MS.073

Processing Information

Processed by Jordon Steele in 2015. Reprocessed by Annie Tang in March 2018.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

The Sheridan Libraries
Special Collections
3400 N Charles St
Baltimore MD 21218 USA