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Guide to the Sidney Heitman Germans from Russia in Colorado Study Project Collection
Many people re-arranged the Germans from Russia Collection since the 1970s. In 2002 the collection underwent
re-processing and only materials directly related to the study project remain in the Sidney Heitman Germans from
Russia in Colorado Study Project Collection. The rest of the materials are in a separate Germans from Russia
Collection. Processing of the collection was completed in December 2003. As the materials were being rearranged,
they were inserted in acid-free folders. The majority of metal fasteners were removed and replaced with plastic clips
as needed. All rubber bands and many self-stick notes were removed. Ditto sheets were removed when the duplicated
pages existed. Newspaper clippings were inserted between sheets of acid-free paper. Loose photographs remain in
individual folders of correspondence. All photographs and slides were inserted in archival sleeves, folders, or boxes.
Duplicates of items beyond two were discarded.
Separated Collections
Publications and papers not created by the study project were separated into the Germans from Russia Collection.
Materials related to Germans from Russia across the United States and the world were placed in the manuscript
collection while the study project is part of university archives. The Germans from Russia Collection contains
separated materials including books, newspaper clippings, and maps of Germans from Russia in the United States, not
just Colorado. Books which support both collections are also cataloged and can be found in the library's online
Related Collections
Many Germans from Russia settled in Northern Colorado upon arrival in the United States. More information is
available at the Greeley Museum, the Windsor Museum, and the Fort Collins Museum and Local History Archive.
Other Formats
Colorado State University Libraries operates a website devoted to the influence of Germans from Russia on Colorado
(http://lib.colostate.edu/gfr/). It contains selected audio files of oral histories, transcripts, scanned photographs, and the
finding aid. All materials concerning Germans from Russia on the website are located in the Sidney Heitman Germans
from Russia in Colorado Study Project Collection.
Collection Details
Note: Title information supplied by the archivist is bracketed. The majority of folder titles are followed by their
contents indented below. Series 1 does not contain content listings. Two identical copies of the same item are
indicated by the phrase "2 copies" at the end of the entry for printed materials and the phrase "2 sets available"
for oral history tapes.
Series 1: Project files, 1974-1997
This series consists of the internal files the study project kept. The majority of the items date to the late 1970s with
some correspondence in the 1990s concerning transferring ownership to the University Archives. The materials are
maintained in order found. Members of the project arranged materials topically and then chronologically.
Box Folder
Subseries 1.1. Correspondence of project members1974-1997.
Project members regularly corresponded concerning the study project and the collection. The
majority of the correspondence occurred from 1975-1978. Members discussed a variety of topics
and sometimes with donors to the project. Some materials arranged alphabetically and then
1 1 American Historical Society of Germans from Russia.
1 2 AHSGR Work Paper.
1 3 General Correspondence.
1 4 To: Newman, J. From: Heitman, S..
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