Fond 252: Odessa Office for Foreign Settlers in Southern Russia (1806, 1807, 1814-1834, 1843, 1850) Guide

Prepared by Lilia Belousova, State Archives of Odessa Region, Odessa, Ukraine.

Published by the Germans from Russia Heritage Collection, North Dakota State University Libraries, Fargo, ND, 2000, 226 pages, softcover.

The Germans from Russia Heritage Collection is pleased to announce publication of "Fond 252" of the Odessa State Archives compiled and prepared by Lilia Belousova. Ms. Belousova is a well known researcher, speaker and writer who specializes in the former German colonies of the Black Sea and Bessarabia. She continues work on completing publication of other Fonds of the Odessa State Archives, including the Liebental District.

Mary Lynn Axtman, editor for the Germans from Russia Heritage Collection, shares the following message in the Forward to the publication:

"This publication contains an indexed guide to about 1050 files in three inventories contained within the: "Collection (Fond) 252 - South Russian Foreign Settler's Odessa Office, 1806-1850" located in the State Archives of Odessa Region (SOAR), Odessa, Ukraine.

Information about each file includes: title of each file both in Russian and English, inclusive dates, description of the file's content, related geographical area or village and the language used in the file. This guide also contains separate geographical and name indexes relating to these fond files. The user should be aware that this material remains as translated from the Russian or German. The spelling of various names and places could vary somewhat from what the readers might expect.

In 1996, the Center for Mennonite Brethren Studies, Fresno Pacific University, Fresno, California entered into a contract and provided funding to Lilia Belousova at the Odessa State Archives for the initial preparation of this guide. Because this collection contained so few Mennonite documents, the Center for Mennonite Brethren Studies never seriously considered publishing it.

In May 2000, Lilia Belousova discussed with Michael M. Miller, Bibliographer, Germans from Russia Heritage Collection, North Dakota State University Libraries, Fargo, North Dakota, USA, the possibility of publishing this Collection. Dr. Paul Toews, Professor of History and Director of the Center for Mennonite Brethren Studies graciously gave an official release of their rights to this translated inventory of Collection 252. We are very grateful to both the Center for Mennonite Brethren Studies and to Lilia Belousova, Head of the Department of Information, Publication and External Relations at the State Archives of the Odessa Region (SOAR) for the funding, approval and work towards making this guide available to interested researchers.

It is felt that this indexed guide to the FOND 252: ODESSA OFFICE for FOREIGN SETTLERS in SOUTHERN RUSSIA will be of value to researchers and readers alike. Not only will it help interested persons locate files of interest to them but the detailed descriptions of the each of the file's contents will give the reader a better sense of the lives and events that concerned the German settlers in South Russia."

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