the Collection & Collecting Policy
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The Germans from Russia Heritage Collection (GRHC)
was established at the Institute for Regional Studies, North Dakota
State University Libraries, Fargo, in July, 1978. The late Dr.
Karl Stumpp of Germany, Honorary President of GRHS, visited the
NDSU Libraries in July 1998, and donated valuable materials for
the establishment of Germans from Russia Heritage Collection.
The collection was established to gather and preserve
publications, photographs, maps, audio-visual materials, oral
histories, and other materials documenting the history and culture
of the Germans from Russia in North Dakota and the Northern Plains.
Today the specialized collection is one of the most comprehensive
resources in North America.
Since 1978, the Collection has increased in scope
1) To encourage scholarly knowledge through new research and discoveries,
2) To mentor further information and documentation toward great
public accessibility, and
3) To enhance interpretation of both common and distinctive cultural
experiences, with focus towards visionary authority and reference
Formats include books, journals, manuscripts, newspapers,
photographs, microfilm, theses, dissertations, oral history tapes
and transcriptions, electronic archives, maps, cassette tapes,
videotapes, and phonograph records. The collection constitutes
a solid and impressive resource of materials on the Germans from
Russia, particularly concentrating on Bessarabian Germans, Black
Sea Germans, Crimean Germans, Dobrudscha Germans, and Volhynian
Germans. The Germans from Russia Heritage Collection is recognized
regionally, nationally and internationally as one of the primary
research collections in North America and the world.
In addition to primary materials on North American
experiences impacted by immigration, settlement, emigration and
assimilation, research resources are being gathered to further
document the South Russian experience of 1760 to 1945, as well
as today's existence of historic village sites, historic archival
records, and ethnic German re-settlement polices of the 1990s.
In recent years, GRHC has expanded its activities
and projects to include outreach programs, traveling exhibits,
heritage tours to Germany and Ukraine, photo archives, publications,
translations, textiles and clothing, oral histories, electronic
discussion groups and website development.
Open to anyone interested in researching the heritage,
culture and folklore about the Germans from Russia, the collection
is located on the main level of the NDSU Libraries and is open
8 am to 4 pm Monday through Friday. We invite inquiries about
the collection. The collection does not circulate on inter-library
loan and is available at the NDSU Libraries.