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Our Mission

To collect, document, preserve, exhibit, translate, publish, promote, and make accessible resources on the culture, history, folklore, textiles and clothing, and foodways of the Germans from Russia. Our focus is on Bessarabian, Black Sea, Crimean, Dobrudscha and Volhynian Germans and their descendants in North Dakota and the Northern Plains.

Whether you seek information on your family tree or the perfect kuchen recipe, NDSU Libraries' Germans from Russia Heritage Collection is a valuable resource. It is located in the North Dakota State University's Main Library, the state’s land-grant university.

Since its inception in 1978, this specialized archives has become one of the most comprehensive collections of German-Russian resources in the world.

Today, GRHC has expanded its activities and projects to include:

Hours & Location

Semester Hours: M-F, 8 am - 4:30 pm
Summer & Break Hours: M-F, 7:30 am - 4 pm

Due to limited staff, appointments are strongly recommended. Please contact Michael M. Miller
at 701-231-8416 or Jeremy Kopp at 701-231-6596 to schedule an appointment.

The Germans from Russia Heritage Collection is located in Room 114 on the first floor of the North Dakota State University Library, 12th Avenue North and Albrecht Boulevard, Fargo, N.D. Parking is available north of the NDSU Library; call GRHC for more information.

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Here are examples of Special Collections available for scholarly research.

  • Walter & Alice Riedlinger Essig: Community and county histories of North and South Dakota families
  • Thomas J. Hoffman: Catholic German families in Europe and North America
  • Herbert Poppke: Comprehensive cultural identification including specialized maps
  • Gwen Bernice Black Pritzkau: Genealogical research
  • Ernest E. Zeiszler: Lutheran/Reformed German families of Crimea, Hutchinson County, S.D., and Mercer County, N.D.

GRHC features several historic photographic collections including the Graf-Buck, Kusler-Grosz, Baumgartner, Fischer-Masterson and Marguerite (Bullinger-Gustin) Lien collections. Other collections focus on theology and music/hymnal themes, such as the Leona (Woeszner) Neu Collection.

Research Archives

The GRHC archives provide many resources for scholarly research, including family histories, information on ethnic culture and foodways, maps and specialized collections from donors/historians.

Search online in the NDSU Library Catalog for most books and audio-visual materials and on Dspace for Finding Aids for Special Collections.

Click here to view the Research Library Rules.

German-Russian Historic Photographs

You can help us build our photo collection by donating historic German-Russian photographs including images of weddings, homemaking, farming, military and family.

Marie Rudel Portner

In 2000, The Marie Rudel Portner Germans from Russia Endowment was established to assist in privately funding this collection.


Permission to use any images from the GRHC website may be requested by contacting Michael M. Miller