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The Sydney Heitman Germans from Russia Collection
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Dr. Heitman and his assistant
documenting a Poudre grave site.
Historical sugarbeet harvesting
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The Sidney Heitman Germans From Russia Collection
his collection originally emerged to support research conducted as part of the
Germans from Russia in Colorado Study Project, which was active at Colorado
State University under Dr. Heitman's direction in the late 1970's. It includes a full
range of secondary resources and many original documents dealing with the
migration of Germans to Russia's open lands of the lower Volga River beginning in
the 1760's, plus sources detailing their Russian sojourn and subsequent move to
the United States over one hundred years later. Specialized information on local settlements
in the United States and specific accounts of Germans from Russia in Colorado make this
collection unique.
The collection documents early migration to Colorado settlements, religious and family
matters, occupations, and social mobility. There is considerable material on the early sugar
beet industry and the role of the Germans from Russia in its early growth, plus a general
view of the history of Colorado from the perspective of this ethnic group. The story of the
assimilation and influence of Germans from Russia in Colorado makes this collection an
important resource for the understanding of the history and development of the state.
Formats include books, journal articles, theses, dissertations, oral history tapes and
transcripts, photographs, manuscripts and government publications. Most of the collection is
in English, but some German language materials are included.
In addition to academic study, the collection is frequently used for genealogical research.
A full-text Finding Aid for the collection is available online.
The Sidney Heitman Germans from
Russia Collection is named in honor of
the late Dr. Heitman to recognize his
years of research and teaching about
this ethnic group, the second largest in
Colorado State University Libraries Archives &Special Collections Digital Collections Germans from Russia
URL: http://lib.colostate.edu/gfr/index.html Modified: 2014-09-03
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