Donating to the NDSU
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Donating to the Germans
The Germans from Russia Heritage Collection is used by persons preparing
scholarly articles and books, visual presentations, community and
family histories, documentary work, and student research projects.
Many use the materials simply for personal pleasure.
To assist such patrons, the Germans from Russia Heritage
Collection especially wishes to collect and preserve primary documents
such as family histories, diaries, scrapbooks, oral interview tapes,
videotapes, and letters, as well as historical sound recordings,
photographs, maps, textiles and clothing, and selected artifacts.
At the Institute for Regional Studies website, the
following statement emphasizes the challenge that any patron or
collection faces: "For all the valuable, and in some cases, irreplaceable
records which have been collected, many more remain to be preserved,
studied, and eventually made available to other interested scholars.
Unfortunately, these priceless materials have many times been allowed
to disintegrate in dusty attics or damp basements because their
historical value was not known by the individual, family, or community.
Only when such resources are accessible to other citizens of the
region can the contributions of an individual or organization be
properly assessed in the context of history."
For the Collection to grow and preserve the heritage
of the Germans from Russia, support and participation will be needed
from all those interested. Thus, we welcome donations of such primary
materials. But we also welcome monetary donations to continue purchasing
materials for the Collection and to pursue significant activities
such as the oral history project, translations, publishing, photo
preservation, textile preservation, and exhibits.
Together, we can build the Germans from Russia
Heritage Collection. Your concern today will mean rich rewards for