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This collection contains the personal records of Woldemar A. Bary (1887-1979). The son of an American engineer, Bary was raised in Moscow, Russia. As a young man, he was involved in the White Army resistance during the Russian Revolution and eventually forced to flee to the United States. Bary worked for many years as the vice-president of Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation and was married twice. He was survived by his second wife, Valentina, who lived with close family-friends, the DeYoungs, in Holland, Michigan, until her death in 2002. Included in this collection are articles, correspondence, and documents related to Sikorsky, both in original Russian and some translations; also included are photos and one photo album of Bary’s family and friends at Sikorsky, as well as the personal stories of Valentina and her sister-in-law, Tatiana, on their escape from Russia during the Revolution.


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