I have actually just gone back into the WIKI note and I see that the account of her
having come here is from the papers of Breckinridge Long, an Assistant Secretary of State.
Those papers are at LOC. I may have to convince my faculty member to make a jaunt to
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The account of Maria Bochkareva’s audience with President Woodrow Wilson is described in a letter from Jerome Landfield to Secretary Breckenridge Long dated July 13, 1918. Although the Wikipedia citation states that the letter is in box 38 of the Breckenridge Long Papers, the finding aid for this collection indicates that it is in box 36.
The Manuscript Division also has custody of the Woodrow Wilson Papers, which are available online. The collection is also described by a finding aid, which allows you to link directly to particular series in the online collection. You may wish to examine Wilson’s Notebooks and Appointment Books for evidence of his audience with Maria Bochkareva, and the index (Vol.1, Vol.2, Vol.3) for potentially relevant correspondence.
You may also wish to consult the papers of Joseph Tumulty (finding aid), Wilson’s private secretary, for evidence of this meeting. The Joseph Tumulty Papers are not available online, but if you would like to plan a visit to the Manuscript Reading Room to conduct research in either this collection or the Breckinridge Long Papers, please contact reading room staff in advance of your visit to place a request for material located in off-site storage. Additional information about conducting research in this division of the Library is available on the Manuscript Division’s webpage.
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Thank you so much for this reply. I have spoken with my faculty member and I believe she is getting excited about a trip to LOC. It is wonderful to have these notes on where she will want to do research. I also think that the papers of Florence Harriman, a socialite, and diplomat (diplomat & socialite????) will play a part in this research also.
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Your faculty member is welcome to visit the Manuscript Reading Room to consult the Florence Harriman Papers (link to finding aid) in addition to the Breckenridge Long and/or Joseph Tumulty Papers. Please do not hesitate to contact us if she has any other questions in advance of her visit. We are glad to help in any way we can!