In 1918 to 1920, Vladivostok served as a base for the Allied Intervention during the Russian Revolution. Merrill Haskell, who was born in Portland, Maine, went to Vladivostok in 1919 as a secretary for the Young Men's Christian Assocation (YMCA).
This collection consists of photos that Merrill and other YMCA members took. Also included are purchased photos, postcards and pamphlets.
In 1919 Merrill was living in New York where he worked for an accounting firm, Niles & Niles, when he decided to join the YMCA. He travelled to Vladivostok with a few co-workers, Ray Norwood and their boss Ernest Wood. Ernest's wife, Grace, also accompanied them. It appears that Ray and Merrill were together throughout their trip. Another YMCA employee, Mark Moody, was also in Vladivostok at the same time as Merrill. Some of the photos in this collection match Moody's collection which you can view at the USC Digital Library Website.
Merrill's journey took him by rail across Canada to Vancouver. From Vancouver he took a boat to Seattle and then travelled across the Pacific to Japan. After spending a few days in Japan he set off for Vladivostok, arriving in Vladivostok on August, 11, 1919. He remained in Vladivostok until February 23, 1920. After leaving Vladivostok he went back through Japan and then continued homeward via Honolulu to San Francisco.
In 2004, we shared these photos with the city of Vladivostok. The result is a book that was published in 2009 containing photos from this collection along with historical information that was gathered by the three authors, Dmitry Ancha, Vladimir Kalinin, and Tatyana Poznyak. The book is written in both Russian and English.
You can purchase the book here.
View the photos from Merrill's trip to Russia.
This photo collection is comprised of photos that have been passed down through the generations in my husband's (Will Haskell's) family. They are mostly photos from his paternal grandparents. You can find more information about the people in these photos on Will's Geneaology Blog.
The following is a list of Will's direct ancestors who appear in the photos:
View the photos from the Haskell family tree.