The manuscripts, all of which are by Smolin, include his memoirs"Davnominuvshee--Vospominanii︠a︡ starogo ofit︠s︡era." These memoirs describe Smolin's childhood in I︠A︡kut︠s︡k, his military training, and his service in the Finli︠a︡ndskiĭ Polk, the Russo-Japanese War, the 1905 Revolution and World War I. The other, more minor manuscripts primarily deal with military themes. The printed materials consist of two articles by Smolin that appeared in the emigre press.
Typed memoirs that chiefly concern the events of 1904-05 in St. Petersburg. The longest memoir (42 p.) is entitled "Aus den Erinnerungen eines Augenzeugen: Der Blutsonntag vom 9/22 Januar in St. Petersburg: Der Pope Gapon." Gerby, at the time a Social Democrat, became acquainted with Gapon while working in workers' groups in St. Petersburg. There is also a brief French summary of the German manuscript. The other brief memoir concerns Gerby's encounters with Pavel Mili︠u︡kov in 1906 and 1940-41. Finally, there are clippings of two articles by Gerby (as A. Zherbi) from "Russkai︠a︡ Mysl"́, entitled "I︠U︡nosheskie vstrechi s Leninym.".