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Archives 310
Germans from Russia Conference
Recordings & Papers, 1980-1994, 1998

ACQUISITION AND PROCESSING INFORMATION

The recordings in this collection were received in MASC on 14 September 1990 and retained as UA 1990-26; they had apparently been retained in MASC since the date of the original conference. The collection was processed in 2011 by Susan Vetter. The papers in the final box were removed from MASC files and added to this collection by University Archivist Mark O'English in August, 2013.

EXTENT/QUANTITY INFORMATION

Number of containers: 3 boxes
Linear feet of shelf space: 1.75

ORGANIZATIONAL HISTORY

The Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections department (MASC) of WSU Libraries hosted a conference called "Beginning the Second Century in America: Germans from Russia in the Pacific Northwest" in October 1984. Two prior conference had been held, in 1980 and 1982. The 1984 conference preceded the July 1985 national convention of the American Historical Society of Germans from Russia held in Yakima. MASC offered recordings from the WSU conference for borrowing "as you prepare for the national AHSGR meeting in Yakima this summer" (MASC brochure).

The conferences combined formal talks with other activities including folk dancing and arts and crafts displays. The 1984 conference, which the recordings in this collection document, featured cultural events on Friday night, followed by talks on Saturday by: Thomas Edwards of Whitman College; Richard Scheuerman, author of a number of works on Germans from Russia in the Pacific Northwest; Eva Lindemann, Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany, Seattle; and Joseph Voyles of the University of Washington. Endicott, a Palouse town settled by Russian Germans in the late 19th century, hosted Sunday's events that included a church service in the town's Trinity Lutheran church followed by a German dinner and lecture delivered by Mr. Scheuerman on the town's history.

COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

WSU Instructional Telecommunications recorded the three-day conference and produced the media offered for sale, four audio cassettes, and for loan, two video cassettes in either 1/2" VHS or 3/4" Umatic formats. The audio cassettes preserved separate talks by Thomas Edwards, Richard Scheuerman, Eva Lindemann, and Joseph Voyles. The first video cassette compiled highlights from the three days of the conference. The second documented a panel discussion among Lindemann, Scheuerman, and Voyles and moderated by John Guido, head of MASC.

Among the media in the collection are original video recordings (3/4" Umatic) of the proceedings from which Instructional Telecommunications created the compilation tape including additional footage preserved on the small camera-sized cassettes. An additional video cassette is unrelated to the conference, but was created in 1998 by the students in an "Intermediate German" class (German 304) and entitled Die Deutsche Geschichte der Palouse. In German, it reviews some of the history of Germans who settled in the Palouse region and includes an interview with Richard Scheuerman.

The media in the collection are recordings: 8 standard 1/8" audio cassettes; 3 1/2" VHS video cassettes; 12 3/4" Umatic standard video cassettes (8 5/8"x5 3/8" x 1 3/16"); and 3 3/4" Umatic small video cassettes (7 1/4" x 4 5/8" x 1 3/16").

The papers in the collection are arranged chronologically, and primarily document each individual conerence: programs, photographs, grant/planning documentation, press materials, and information about attendance. Additional materials deal with development of a library collection dealing with Germans from Russia, and planning and execution of the creation of the media found here,

COLLECTION ARRANGEMENT

Collection is arranged in three short series, video followed by audio followed by print materials. Arrangement was primarily determined for ease of storage.

RELATED MATERIALS

Dewald Family Story, typescript, 1998 (Cage 4827)
Emma Schwabenland Haynes Papers, 1927-1982 (Cage 573)
Germans from Russia map collection (MASC 5.4)
Whitman County Historical Society Oral Histories Collection, 1977-1980 (Cage 756)

ACCESS

This collection is open and available for research use. Materials are subject to copyright.

LANGUAGES

The films and related documents are in English except for the 1998 video, which is in German.

SUBJECTS

Palouse (Wash.) -- History
Russian Germans -- History
Washington (State) -- History

PREFERRED CITATION

The suggested citation for the collection is:

[Item Description]
WSU Germans from Russia Conference 1984-1998 (Archives 310)
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections
Washington State University Libraries
Pullman, WA

BoxItem Description

VIDEO
1 1 Tape 1 Original Recording Germans from Russia Conference: Intro - John Guido; Happy Wanderers Singing Group - Tri-Cities; Central Wash. Chapter Introduction of Pageant; Katherine the Great - (Central Wash. Chap.). 1984 October 19 Intro - John Guido; Happy Wanderers Singing Group - Tri-Cities; Central Wash. Chapter Introduction of Pageant; Katherine the Great - (Central Wash. Chap.), 3/4" Umatic, 1984 October 19
2 Tape 2 Original Recording Germans from Russia Conf. 1. Farmer Central Wash. Pageant 2. American Emigrant Lady (Cent. Wash. Pageant) 3. Introduction for Musikunteers singing group, 3/4" Umatic, 1984 October 19
3 Tape 3 Original Recording Germans from Russia Conf. 1. Blue Mountain Chapter Musikunteers 2. Introduction of WSU Folk Dancers 3. WSU Folk Dancers 4. Portland Chapter "German Wedding Celebration" 5. Happy Wanderers 6. Closing Song, 3/4" Umatic, 1984 October 19
4 Tape 4 Original Recording Germans from Russia Conf. , 3/4" Umatic, [1984] October 19
5 Tape 5 Original Recording Germans from Russia Conf. Sat AM, 3/4" Umatic, [1984] October 19 [20 - Saturday is Oct. 20]
6 Germans From Russia in the Pacific Northwest: Past, Present, Future - EDITED MASTER: A discussion with principal presenters [Eva Lindemann, Richard Scheuerman, Joseph Voyles, and John Guido, moderator] at the "Beginning the Second Century in America: Germans from Russia" conference held Oct. 19-21, 1984 at WSU 37:20 3/4" Umatic 1984 Oct. 19-21
7 Germans From Russia, Studio "A" Master - Original Recording, 3/4" Umatic, 1984 October 20
8 Germans From Russia in the Pacific Northwest: Past, Present, Future, Produced by Instructional Telecommunications WSU, 37:20, 3/4" Umatic, 1984
9 Germans From Russia in the Pacific Northwest: Past, Present, Future, Produced by Instructional Telecommunications WSU, 37:20, 3/4" Umatic, 1984
10 Germans From Russia , Interviews, 3/4" Umatic small cassette, 1984 Oct. 20
11 Germans From Russia , Closeups of displays. Raw footage, 3/4" Umatic small cassette, 1984 Oct. 19-21
12 Germans From Russia , Audience Cutaways. Raw footage, 3/4" Umatic small cassette, 1984 Oct. 19-21
13 1) Beginning the 2nd Century in America: Germans from Russia (54:48) 2) Germans from Russia in the Pacific Northwest (37:20) , 1/2" VHS, 1984
14 1) Beginning the 2nd Century in America: Germans from Russia (54:48) 2) Germans from Russia in the Pacific Northwest (37:20) , 1/2" VHS, 1984
15 "The German History of the Palouse - in German" on case, Die Deutsche Geschichte der Palouse - student production from German 304 class on the history of Germans in the Palouse. Includes historic photos and interview footage with Richard Scheuerman translated into German., 1/2" VHS, 1998
2 16 Beginning the Second Century in America: Germans from Russia, MASTER: Summary of a Conference held Oct. 19-21, 1984 - Produced by Instructional Telecommunications WSU, 54:48 [58:48 on cover is typo.] 3/4" Umatic 1984 Oct. 19-21
17 Beginning the Second Century in America: Germans from Russia Summary of a Conference held Oct. 19-21, 1984 54:48 3/4" Umatic 1984 Oct. 19-21
18 Beginning the Second Century in America: Germans from Russia Summary of a Conference held Oct. 19-21, 1984 54:48 3/4" Umatic 1984 Oct. 19-21

AUDIO
2 19 Germans from Russia, #1 [Thomas Edwards "Factors in Pacific Northwest Settlement"], ~45 min., 1/8"std cassette, 1984 October 20
20 Germans from Russia, #2 [Richard Scheuerman "Germans and the General: T.R. Tannatt and the Northwest Railroad Colonization Strategy", ~45 min., 1/8"std cassette, 1984 October 20
21 Germans from Russia, #3 [Dr. Eva Lindemann "The Emigration of Russian Germans to the Federal Republic of German: Recent Developments", ~45 min., 1/8"std cassette, 1984 October 20
22 Germans from Russia, #4 [Professor Joseph Voyles "German Dialects: Origins and Development", ~45 min., 1/8"std cassette, 1984 October 20
23 [Germans from Russia], Thomas Edwards , 1/8"std cassette, 1984 October 20
24 [Germans from Russia], Eva Lindamann [sic] Dr. Lindemann is Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany, Seattle, 1/8"std cassette, 1984 October 20
25 [Germans from Russia], German Music, 1/8"std cassette, n.d.
26 [Germans from Russia], called "Display Tape", 1/8"std cassette, n.d.

PRINT MATERIALS
3 27 1980 Conference
28 1980 Conference: Conference Packet
29 1982 Conference
30 Correspondence: Library Collection Development
31 1984 Conference: Planning & Grant Proposals
32 1984 Conference
33 1984 Conference: Creation of A/V Recordings