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Title: Germans from Russia Heritage Society

Dates: 1839-1981

Collection Number: 10291

Quantity: 5.5 feet (including oversize in map case drawer)

Abstract: The collection consists of records of the Germans from Russia Heritage Society including minutes, newsletters, scrapbook, and correspondence, and German-Russian genealogical information consisting of notes, photographs, family data sheets, and audio tapes. The collection also contains the research of Dr. Karl Stumpp, including drafts of maps depicting the migration patterns of Germans to Russia, Europe, Asia, North America, South America, several countries, including the United States and Canada, and globally. Several maps by Ernst R. Steinbruck illustrate the settlement of Germans from Russia in North Dakota.

Provenance: The collection was created when Dr. Karl Stumpp, Tubingen, Germany, donated books, maps and printed materials to the State Historical Society of North Dakota in July 1971. Dr. Stumpp made numerous additions to the collection from 1971-1975. During the 1970s a substantial number of donations made by individuals were added to the collection. More information about these donations can be found in the case file.

Provenance: The provenance for this collection is unknown.

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HISTORICAL SKETCH

On January 9, 1971, the North Dakota Historical Society of Germans from Russia (NDHSGR) was formed in Bismarck, ND. The Society’s first president was District Judge Ray Friederich, and meetings were held at the Grand Pacific Hotel. Incorporators of the organizing group included Friederich, Arthur Leno, LaVern C. Neff, Dr. Armand Bauer, and Pastor William H. Simpfenderfer. Neff served as Vice-President, and Simpfenderfer was elected treasurer. Mrs. Walter Essig became active secretary, succeeding acting secretary Leno.

The name of the society was changed afer a vote on July 14, 1979 to the Germans from Russia Heritage Society (GRHS). Three years later, the Society moved to East Central Avenue. As resources and activities expanded, and funds were raised, the Society moved to new a new building, 1125 West Turnpike Avenue, in December 2000.

According to the Society’s website, the GRHS “functions as a non-profit, non-denominational, non-political organization, incorporated under the laws of the State of North Dakota. Its aims are educational and social. Its purpose is to bring together people who are interested in discovering the common history unique to Germanic-Russian ethnics and to preserve the many elements of their rich heritage.” Furthermore, “The Society collects, lists, and catalogues published materials and personal documents that tell of the European migrations and exodus to the United States and Canada and also of the pioneer life on the plains” (Germans From Russia Heritage Society 2005). These materials can be accessed at their Bismarck International Headquarters library.
SOURCES:

Germans From Russia Heritage Society. 2005. A Brief History of The Germans from Russia Heritage Society. http://www.grhs.org/ (accessed December 1, 2009).

Germans From Russia Heritage Society. GRHS Board of Directors. http://www.grhs.org/ (accessed December 1, 2009).

Germans From Russia Heritage Society. Research Collection. Archival manuscript collection
10291. State Historical Society of North Dakota, State Archives.

North Dakota State University Libraries, Germans From Russia Heritage Collection. 2009. About Us. http://library.ndsu.edu/grhc/aboutus/index.htm. (accessed December 1, 2009).

BOX AND FOLDER INVENTORY


(Phase box) Scrapbook documenting the formation and first years of the Society: post cards, newspaper clippings, membership forms, songs, notes, newsletters, news releases, forms, invitations, programs, convention material, reports, photographs, charter members listing, and ephemera, 1967-1972

BOX / FOLDER INVENTORY

Box 1:
1 By-laws, constitution, organizational history material, resolution (establishing
regulations to govern organization of local chapters issuance of charter to local chapters form of by-laws to govern local chapters and reporting provisions), chapter charter (blank), 1970-1972
2 Meeting minutes – organizational meeting, organizational caucus, Board of Directors, 1970 & 1973, 1980-1981
3 Meeting agendas and notices, 1971-1977
4 Memoranda, 1972, 1980-1981
5 Correspondence, 1970-1976
6 Correspondence – Father William Sherman (with “The Germans from Russia” published in Sociologia Internationalis, Volume 6, booklet 2, 1968; and maps used in the article and in Sherman’s Master’s thesis, “Assimilation in a North Dakota German Russian Community,” 1965 University of North Dakota), 1965-1972
7 Membership (renewal forms, list of members, membership invitation, membership card, honor of member Murray Baldwin), 1972-1978
8 Member Paul E. Reeb survey, 1975
9 Convention material (annual conventions and international conventions and material from convention dances), 1970-1979
10 Centennial and convention committees (with photographs), 1971-1973
11 Activities (programs, music, Bismarck Centennial Celebration, dances, dinners, travel), 1971-1978
12 Financial material (statement and report), 1972-1974
13 Newsletters (Dakota Pioneer Chapter, Bismarck Chapter, and American Society),
14 Work Papers, no. 3, 4, 8 & 9, 1972
15 American Historical Society of Germans from Russia publications – Work Paper
3, February 1970; “A Tribute to William Frederick Urbach: Founder of the American Historical Society of Germans from Russia,” by Theodore C. Wenzlaff
16 Brochures (North Dakota and national societies), 1971-1981
17 Oral history project (Art Leno)
18 Envelopes and letterhead
19 Dr. Karl Stumpp, honorary president elect – publications, articles, book order forms, news releases 1964-1976
20 State Historical Society of North Dakota (as repository for the Germans from Russia Heritage Society’s records), 1971-1972
21 Family Data Sheets, A-G
22 Family Data Sheets, H-M
23 Family Data Sheets, N-S
24 Family Data Sheets, T-Z
25 Pedigree charts and family trees
26 Biographies
27 Elsie Louise Schuetzle Huether – History and Origin of the Germans from Russia (1970), two copies of “The Germans from Russia: Our Ancestors,” talk (1971), 1970-1971
28 The Fischer Family Chronicle (copy) by Mathias J. Fischer (manuscript), 1965
29 Samples of genealogical records, the Mehlhaff family, from Dr. Stumpp’s book
30 Church Histories – Carbon Baptist Church (50th Anniversary booklet), St. Paul’s
Lutheran Church, Monango, ND (50th Anniversary booklet), Peace Lutheran Church, Merricourt, ND (50th Anniversary of dedication of building), sketch of the Diocese of Tiraspol, Russia (by John E. Pfeiffer), 1953-1971
31 Mennonites (to Kansas) – copied page from book, Mennonite Life (March 1973), description of early houses among the Mennonites (news clipping transcriptions), Mennonite research fellowship proposal of lectures
32 Letters to the Imperial Russian Consulate, Chicago, from M. M. Wetzstein, Glen Ullin, ND, 1910
33 Certificates, program, contract (copies), 1884-1931
34 Passenger lists (vessels Leipzig, Herder and Hammonia), 1876 & 1880
35 Acceptance of two new members by the village of Cassel, Russia, dated December 5, 1839
36 Lists of research books, books for sale, order forms, books donated, bibliographies, research collections
37 Notes and addresses
38 Newspaper clippings and transcriptions of clippings, 1905-1971
39 Publications (in English) – “the Russian Germans: Migration of the First Russian Germans to Dakota,” Friedrich Mutschelknaus, Nebraska History 49:4, 1968 (copy); Notes on the Bauer translation of Richard Sallet’s Russian-German Settlements in the United States; “Eureka, S. D. Was Once The World’s Wheat Mart” (copy); How To Find My German Ancestors and Relatives, Dr. Heinz F. Friederichs, 1969; “Sixty Years of Service: The Story of St. Joseph’s Hospital” (Dickinson, ND) (two copies)
40 Publications (in German)

Box 2:
1 Articles from Heimatbuch of Bessarabians (and tables of contents), 1950-1971
2 Dakota Freie Press (history [English] and clippings [German])
3 Yearbooks/home calendars – Bessarabian Heimatkalender, Heimatkalender der
Bessarabiendeutschen, Heimatbuch der Oftumfiedler, Heimatbuch der Deutschen aus Rußland, Heimatbuch Der Ostumsiedler (indexes only), Heimatbuch der Deutschen aus Russland (indexes only), 1951-1972
4 Volk Auf Dem Weg, 1970-1973
5 Heimat Im Glauben, 1970-1973
6 Photographs
(loose) Audio tapes and sound recording tape reels: Sing & Jokes – Art Leno, North Dakota Society of Germans from Russia, speech – Rev F. W. Sherman, Judge Ray Friederich, Rugby Chairman, January 9, 1971; Art Leno Jager Liedt, 1st part cool water; Dr. Karl Stumpf, July 15, 1971, BJC 8:30 PM #2 gifts and close, Art Leno; blank reel “Art Leno”; Art Leno – 1st tape at G. P. hall of 4 seasons; #1 stereo – Art Leno, Dr. Karl Stumpf, July 15, 1971, BJC 8:30 PM #1 Art Leno

OVERSIZE (MAP CASE DRAWER):

Folder 1:              Maps by Dr. Karl Stumpp from Heimatbuch (Settlement Directories), 1955-1966 (Donated December 10, 1972)
10291-00001       Map of the German settlements in the Volga region, drawn August 1954
10291-00002       Map of the German settlements in the area Zaporozhye, drawn August 1956
10291-00003       Map of the German settlements in the region Dnipropetrovsk, drawn August 1956
10291-00004       Map of the German settlements in the region Nikolayev, drawn August 1957
10291-00005       Overview map of the places of residence of the Germans in the Soviet Union, drawn ca. 1958
10291-00006       Map of the German settlements in the Rostov region, drawn August 1958
10291-00007       Map of the German settlements in the Stalino region, drawn August 1958
10291-00008       Map of Hesse with the places from which the Volga Germans emigrated, drawn ca. 1959
10291-00009       Map of the German settlements in Crimea, drawn ca. 1959
10291-00010       Map of immigration locations: Stuttgart, Ludwigsburg, Heibronn, Vaihingen, Leonberg, Böblingen, Esslingen, Waiblingen, Backnang, Öhringen, Nürtingen, Tübingen u. Reutlingen, drawn ca. 1960
10291-00011       Map of the German settlements in the north South Caucasus, drawn August 1960
10291-00012       Map of Wurttemberg, Baden, Pfalz and Elsaβ, with the places from which the Black Sea Germans emigrated 1804-1842, drawn August 1961
10291-00013       Map of German settlements in Ukrainian Volhynia, drawn August 1961
10291-00014       Map of the German settlements in St. Petersburg, drawn August 1961
10291-00015       Map of the German-Russian settlements in the U.S.A. and Mexico, drawn ca. 1962
10291-00016       Map of the German-Russian settlements in Canada, drawn August 1962
10291-00017       Map of the German-Russian settlements in South America, drawn August 1962
10291-00018       Map of the German settlements in the Asian part of the Soviet Union, drawn August 1964
10291-00019       Map of the German settlements in Old Samara, Ufa Davlekanovo, Orenburg, New Samara and Aktjubinsk, drawn August 1964
10291-00020       Map of the German settlements in the territories Omsk, Slavgorod (Kulunda steppe) Zelinograd (Akmolinsk), drawn August 1964
10291-00021       Map of the still existing settlement areas and German villages in the European and Asian parts of the Soviet Union, drawn August 1964
10291-00022       Map of the today's settlement areas of the Germans in the Soviet Union, drawn August 1962
10291-00023       Map of global migrations of the Germans from Russia, drawn ca. 1965   

Folder 2:              Maps by Dr. Karl Stumpp (Donated September 9, 1972) (Map 00027 is by Ernst R. Steinbrueck)
10291-00024       The German settlements in Crimea
10291-00025       Plat showing location of German-Russians, Roman Catholic and Lutheran in Morton, Oliver, Mercer, Dunn, Stark and Hettinger Counties (N.D.), drawn in 1908 (Ernst R. Steinbrueck)         
10291-00026       Plat of Morton County (N.D.) depicting Germans from Russia settlements, drawn in 1908 (Ernst R. Steinbrueck)
10291-00027       Map of global migrations of the Germans from Russia
10291-00028       Origin Lander trails and settlement areas (1763-1861) of the Volga and Black Sea Germans in the mother colonies
10291-00029       Map of the German-Russian settlements in the U.S.A. and Mexico, drawn ca. 1962
10291-00030       Map of the German-Russian settlements in the U.S.A. and Mexico, drawn ca. 1962
10291-00031       Map of the German settlements in the Odessa region, drawn August 1955
10291-00032       Map of the former and current [1962] settlement areas of the Germans in the Soviet Union, drawn August 1962
10291-00033       Map of the former and current [1962] settlement areas of the Germans in the Soviet Union, drawn August 1962
10291-00034       Map of the former and current [1962] settlement areas of the Germans in the Soviet Union, drawn August 1962
10291-00035       Map of the German settlements in the Odessa region, drawn August 1955
10291-00036       Map of Russia German settlements in Canada, drawn August 1962
10291-00037       Emigration map with the circles: Stuttgart, Ludwigsburg, Heilbronn, Vaihingen, Leonberg, Böblingen, Esslingen, Waiblingen, Backnang, Öhringen, Nürtingen, Tübingen u Reutlingen
10291-00038       Map of the German settlements in the area Alt-Samara, Ufa Davlekanovo, Orenburg, New Samara and Aktjubinsk, drawn August 1964
10291-00039       Map of the German settlements in the territories Omsk, Slavgorod (Kulunda-Steppe) Zelinograd (Akmolinsk), drawn August 1964
10291-00040       Map of the German settlements in the Dnepropetrovsk region, drawn August 1957
10291-00041       Map of the German settlements in the Stalino region, drawn August 1958
10291-00042       Map of the German settlements in the Rostov region, drawn August 1958
10291-00043       Map of the German settlements in North Caucasus, drawn August 1960
10291-00044       Map of the German settlements in Ukrainian Volhynia, drawn August 1961
10291-00045       Map of the German settlements in the Volga region, drawn August 1954
10291-00046       Map of the German settlements in the area Zaporozhye, drawn August 1956
10291-00047       Map of the German-Russian settlements in South America, drawn August 1962
10291-00048       Map of the today's settlement areas of the Germans in the Soviet Union, drawn August 1962
10291-00049       Map of the German settlements in the Nikolayev region, drawn August 1957
10291-00050       Map of the existing settlement areas and German villages in the European (Orenburg/ Ufa) and the Asian part of the Soviet Union (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Siberia), drawn August 1964
10291-00051       Map: countries of origin, trails, and settlement areas (1763-1861) of the Volga and Black Sea Germans in the mother colonies
10291-00052       Map of the German settlements in the Odessa region, drawn August 1955

Folder 3:              Maps by Dr. Karl Stumpp
10291-00053       Map of the itineraries of Friedrich Schwartz of Kupferzell to Josephstal, Jakob Mayr of Lauingen to Odessa and Jakob Mayr of Odessa to Lauingen, 1817-1822
10291-00054       Map of the former and current [1962] settlement areas of the Germans in the Soviet Union, drawn August 1962
10291-00055       Map of global migrations of the Germans from Russia, drawn ca. 1965   
10291-00056       Map of global migrations of the Germans from Russia, drawn ca. 1965   
10291-00057       Map of the German settlements in the territories Omsk, Slavgorod (Kulunda steppe) Zelinograd (Akmolinsk), drawn ca.  1964
10291-00058       Map of the German settlements in Rostov region, drawn August 1958
10291-00059       Map of the German settlements in the Odessa region, drawn August 1955
10291-00060       Map of the German settlements in the Stalino region, drawn August 1958
10291-00061       Map of the German settlements in New (south) Russia, drawn August 1921
10291-00062       Map of the German settlements in Bessarabia, drawn August 1954
10291-00063       Map of the German settlements on the Crimean peninsula
10291-00064       Map of the German settlements in Bessarabia, 1940
10291-00065       Map of the German settlements in St. Petersburg, drawn August 1961
10291-00066       Map of the German settlements in the north South Caucasus, drawn August 1960
10291-00067       Overview map of the individual states of Germany, from which migrations into the Black Sea region (incl. The Caucasus and Bessarabia ) occurred in the years 1789-1842
10291-00068       Map of the German settlements or settlement areas in the Asian part of the Soviet Union : North (Siberia) and Central Asia, drawn August 1964
10291-00069       Map of the German settlements in the territories Omsk, Slavgorod (Kulunda steppe) Zelinograd (Akmolinsk), drawn August 1964
10291-00070       Map of the former and current [1962] settlement areas of the Germans in the Soviet Union, drawn August 1962

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