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John Wilson Photographs

Identifier: MS 168

Scope and Contents

The John Wilson Photographs collection consists of over 400 printed photographs with captions, negatives, and glass lantern slides. The collection also includes four small paper photo albums. The photographs document the work of US Expeditionary Force in North Russia in 1919. The captions retain John Wilson's original spellings. The North Russia Transportation Corps Expeditionary Forces, consisting of the 167th (Operations) and 168th (Maintenance) companies, were sent to Murmansk in March and April 1819 to operate and maintain the Murmansk Railway.


  • Creation: 1919


Conditions Governing Use

Copyright has not been transferred to Texas Christian University.

Some images are copyright Underwood and Underwood.

Biographical / Historical

John E. Wilson served as chaplain to the North Russia Transportation Corps Expeditionary Forces in 1919. The Corps repaired and maintained the railroad between Murmansk and Soroka, Russia during the Allied intervention against the Communist revolutionary government in Russia. While in service John Wilson took photographs that he then sold to his fellow soldiers and to news sources back in the United States. In addition, he included some of the photographs in a book he edited titled "Arctic Antics of the North Russia Transportation Corps Expedition of the U.S. Army."


2.5 Linear feet (Four Hollinger boxes, one small box of glass slides.)

Language of Materials



Arranged in three seriess: Photographs, Slides, Photographic Negatives. John Wilson's original numbering system was retained.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of John Wilson, 1977

Related Materials

The photographs appeared in the book The Arctic Antics of the North Russian Transportation Corps of the U.S. Army / Edited by Chaplain John E. Wilson, Historical Officer.

The book can be viewed at

Related Materials

Michigan Historical Collections Bentley Historical Library University of Michigan

Guide to the John Wilson Photographs
Kerri Menchaca
March 2016
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Repository Details

Part of the Archives and Special Collections, Mary Couts Burnett Library Repository

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