This 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. For more information about the collection, see

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  • Interview with Fred Ostwald Jan. 13, 1976 

    Contributor:Ostwald, FredKloberdanz, Timothy J.;
    Mr. Ostwald was born in Russia and emigrated with his family as a boy. He relates experiences in Russia, immigrating to the United States, and settling in Colorado.
  • Sarah Wolf 

    Contributor:Wolf, Sarah, 1910-Rock, Kenneth W.;
    This interview with Sarah Wolf was conducted with other family members present, most of whom were born in Colorado. The interview describes events in the lives of Mrs. Wolf's parents in Russia, during the immigration from ...
  • Interview with Amelia Luft Vendegna 

    Contributor:Vendegna, Amelia LuftKloberdanz, Timothy J.;
    Mrs. Vendegna emigrated from Russia when a little over 1 year old. In her interview, she relates incidents in Russia and during the family's early years in Texas, Kansas, and Colorado; memories of the Depression; discrimination ...
  • Peter Stoll 

    Contributor:Stoll, Peter, 1892-Rock, Kenneth W.;
    Peter Stoll was born in Russia and emigrated to the United States as a young man. In his interview, he recalls several specific events as well as general recollections of his life in Russia and as an immigrant in Colorado.
  • Oral history interview with John Schulz 

    Contributor:Schulz, John, 1889-Means, Dennis;
    John Schulz was born in Nebraska of Russian German parents. His father was born in Germany and moved to Russia as a young child; his mother was born in Russia. Mr. Schulz relates incidents in his parents' lives while in ...
  • Mr. and Mrs. John Schritter 

    Contributor:Schritter, John; Schritter, Mrs. JohnKloberdanz, Timothy J.;
    John Schritter was born in Bessarabia and emigrated to the United States with his family when he 2 years old. His interview discusses his family's immigration, moving from North Dakota to Idaho to Kansas to Colorado; ...
  • Magdelena Schlichenmayer 

    Contributor:Schlichenmayer, MagdelenaKloberdanz, Timothy J.;
    Mrs. Schlichenmayer was born in Nebraska; her parents were born in Russia and emigrated to the United States shortly before Mrs. Schlichenmayer was born; she discusses their farms; the Lutheran church; adobe houses; weather ...
  • Paul Reeb 

    Contributor:Reeb, Paul, 1923-Rock, Kenneth W.;
    Paul Reeb was born in Colorado, the son of Russian German immigrants. His interview includes descriptions of the Russian German community he was raised in, most of whom lived in Kansas and consisted mainly of Black Sea ...
  • Interview with Fred Ostwald. May 14, 1976 

    Contributor:Ostwald, FredKloberdanz, Timothy J.;
    In this second interview, Mr. Ostwald discusses the reasons his family left Russia, life in Russia, the sugar beef fields in Colorado, what made Russian Germans successful, discrimination against Russian Germans, and Russian ...
  • Lydia Alles Miller 

    Contributor:Miller, Lydia AllesRock, Kenneth W.;
    Mrs. Miller was born in Nebraska; her parents were immigrants from the Walter colony in Russia. Her interview discusses farming, railroad work, earth houses, the Depression, her husband's law practice, and church life.
  • Mrs. Amalie (nee Fuchs) Klein 

    Contributor:Klein, AmalieKloberdanz, Timothy J.;
    At the age of 16, Amalie Klein emigrated with her family from the German village of Hussenbach in Russia to the United States. Her oral history describes various scenes and villages in Russia, the trip through Russia and ...
  • Alice Herman Miller 

    Contributor:Miller, Alice HermanRock, Kenneth W.;
    Mrs. Miller immigrated from Russia at age 6 to the United States with her family, originally to Kansas then to Fort Collins, Colorado to work in the sugar beet fields. Her interview includes relating her experiences living ...
  • Paulina Hahn 

    Contributor:Paulina HahnRock, Kenneth W.;
    Paulina Hahn was born in Colorado of Russian German parents. Her interview describes growing up in the Russian German community of Globeville, now part of Denver, Colorado.
  • Henry Frank 

    Contributor:Frank, Henry, 1885-Kloberdanz, Timothy J.;
    Mr. Frank emigrated to the United States from Russia while in his twenties. His interview describes his years of service in the Russian Army, farming and life in Russia, other Russian German immigrants in Rocky Ford, Colorado.
  • Mrs. John P. Geringer 

    Contributor:Geringer, Mrs. John P.Kloberdanz, Timothy J.;
    Mrs. Geringer immigrated to the United States at the age of 16 and her interview describes clear memories of life in the German settlements in Russia, of the trip to the United States, and being a newly arrived immigrant.
  • Ben Fadenrecht 

    Contributor:Fadenrecht, BenKloberdanz, Timothy J.;
    Mr. Fadenrecht is the son of Russian German parents who emigrated from Russia in 1884. He relates stories he heard from his parents about the "old country", as well as experiences in Nebraska and Colorado.
  • Anna K. Burkard 

    Contributor:Burkard, Anna K.Rock, Kenneth W.;
    Mrs. Burkard emigrated from Russia to the United States in 1906, when she was 13 years old. She describes events in Russia, her family's immigration, and subsequent life in Colorado.
  • Mr. and Mrs. Delbert Blehm 

    Contributor:Blehm, Delbert; Blehm, Mrs. DelbertRock, Kenneth W.;
    Mr. and Mrs. Blehm recall his working in a sugar factory in Fort Collins and on the railroad, his family's farm, their extended families, including parents who emigrated from Russia.
  • Russian German children in Nebraska 

    Black and white image of a little girl and boy in typical Russian German clothing in front of a wooden plank building. Handwritten on back of original photograph: "Immigrants. Colo. children in German-Russian shanty town ...
  • Typical German Russian house 

    Contributor:Kloberdanz, Timothy J.
    Black and white image of a light colored house with a dark, hipped roof. Written on back of original photograph: "Typical German-Russian house architecture with the hipped roof, the small gable over the door, the fence in ...

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