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