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J. William Frey Collection on the Soviet Union

Identifier: MS 041


This collection includes photos, postcards, publications and miscellaneous materials pertaining to the Soviet Union from the late 1950s to the early 1970s collected by J. William Frey during his travels to the Soviet Union in the 1960s and 1970s.


  • 1956-1974.


Restrictions on Access

Access unrestricted.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Photocopying and publication restricted by copyright. except by permission of copyright holder..

Biographical / Historical

John William Frey (1916-1989) joined the F & M faculty in 1944, retiring in 1980. He was chairman of the German and Russian Department from 1949 until 1966. He earned an A.B. from Dickinson College in 1937, and his M.A. and Ph. D. from the University of Illinois in 1939 and 1941, respectively. Early in his career, Frey was very interested in Pennsylvania German language and culture and was one of the co-founders, with Alfred Shoemaker and Donald Yoder, of the Pennsylvania Dutch Folklore Center at F & M. He published a number of books on the Pennsylvania Germans, including A simple grammar of Pennsylvania Dutch, 1942 and 1985; Pennsylvania Dutch Grammar, 1950; and, Folksongs of the Pennsylvania Dutch, nd. Later in his career, Frey became interested primarily in the Russian language and the Soviet Union, traveling there in the 1960s and 1970s.


3 Linear feet (7 boxes)

Language of Materials



Collection: Arranged into series: I. Photos. II. Postcards. III. Publications. IV. Travel Brochures. V. Soviet Theatre. VI. Miscellaneous Materials.

Ownership and Custodial History

The bulk of these materials were received from Allan Frey in the early 1990s after the death of his father, J. William Frey.

Related Archival Materials

Records of Franklin and Marshall College, J. William Frey Files (RG 10/13/11): Custodian--Archives and Special Collections: Address--Franklin and Marshall College, Lancaster, PA, Country--USA..

Related Archival Materials

J. William Frey Collection of Pennsylvania Germania (MS 39): Custodian--Archives and Special Collections: Address--Franklin and Marshall College, Lancaster, PA, Country--USA..

Processing Information

Processing completed April 1996.

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Repository Details

Part of the Franklin and Marshall College Special Collections Repository

PO Box 3003
Lancaster PA 17604 United States