At the beginning of the 20th century Hawaii sugar plantation owners
began to recruit laborers of European background. Former Secretary of
the Territory of Hawaii and Director of the Bureau of Immigration,
Alatau L.C. Atkinson, and a somewhat questionable Russian entrepreneur
A. V. Perelestrous, traveled to Harbin, Manchuria to recruit Russian
workers, primarily from the area around Vladivostok. Perhaps as many
as 2,000 Russians and Ukrainians came to Hawaii.
The idea for
repatriating Russians living abroad began right after the February
Revolution in Petrograd. Vil'gel'm Vasil'evich Trautshold, a career
diplomat who had served as a Vice Consul in Hakodate (1906-12), as a
Consul in Dairen and General Consul in Harbin (1914-17), was sent to
Hawaii from September 1917 to March of 1918. The costs of repatriation
to Russia were borne by the new government.
The album contains the passport applications for 165 people who
wished to return to their native country. Every person was required
to submit a photograph, and details on where they were born and when,
what work they did in Russia, year and name of ship on which they came
to Hawaii, what work they did here, how many children, and their
The images of the album pages are presented as GIF thumbnails
accompanied by a GIF image of the text transcribed in Russian and an
abbreviated English translation. A JPEG version of each image page is
provided as a larger, "zoomable" view. The digital album is organized
by page number just as the in the original material. Thumbnail and full size JPEG images of a loose-leaf table inserted in the album are also included. The table is annotated as "Table of Russians Who Want to Repatriate".
The English transcription of the biographies do not contain all
the information in the Russian transcriptions. Some information in the
annotations may be from sources other than the album. The annotations
are a rough translation by Amir
Khisamutdinov, and have not been edited. They provide some ability
to search the image collection in English by names and geographic
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