AHSGR work papers
Work Papers were published by AHSGR from 1969 through 1977. In
1978 the name of the periodical was changed to the Journal. Each
issue of the Work Paper costs $3.50 for AHSGR members, $4.50 for
non-members, plus postage and handling. Copies can be ordered from the store.
All Work Papers are paperbound.
Work Paper CD
The Work Paper CD contains the complete set of the AHSGR Work Papers,
the first publication series produced by the Society. 25 issues, #1 -
January 1969, to #25 - Winter 1977, are included as PDF files which can be
read using the free Adobe® Acrobat® Reader® program. An index for the
Work Paper collection is included as a separate file. Instructions are
provided describing how to obtain the free reader program for any
individual that does not have it on their computer. The Work Paper
CD can be ordered from the AHSGR store.
Work Paper Index
- Work Paper #1 and #2 combined: The combined Work Papers (January 1969 and July 1969) include reports by Emma S. Haynes of the November 1968 meeting in Bad
Kissingen, Germany, of the Landsmannschaft der Deutschen aus
Russland, and an article on "Stuttgart: An Information Center for Germans From Russia." Also highlighted are the president's letters, a bibliography prepared by Adam
Giesinger, a list of books donated to the Fresno State Library by Mrs. Haynes, resources of the Hoover Institute Library at Stanford University, and books given to the AHSGR archives.
- Work Paper #3 (February 1970): Contains a brief history of "The Individual German-Russian Settlement Areas in Russia" by Karl
Stumpp, translated by David J. Miller; Paul Reeb's story of "Hope Valley Church in Kansas"; a report on the colonies of Glueckstal and
Rohrbach; and two articles by T. C. Wenzlaff about the Reformed colonies in southern Russia. Listed are research materials of John E. Pfeiffer donated to the South Dakota Historical Library at Pierre; additions to the AHSGR archives; the collection of Rev. Jacob Eichhorn in Saginaw, Michigan; and suggested ways to begin genealogical research by Gerda S. Walker. An article titled "Jacob
Volz, Jr. Medal of Honor Recipient" by T.C. Wenzlaff is included.
- Work Paper #4 (September 1970): Includes the report on the First International Convention of AHSGR held in June 1970 at Greeley, Colorado. Emma S. Haynes in her "Report From Germany" interviews returnees to Germany from Russia. The Art Flegels report on their 1969 tour of the Soviet Union, and J. G. Kohl, as translated by Joseph Height, reports on a visit to the German colonies near Odessa in 1838. Additional resource material regarding genealogical research is included.
- Work Paper #5 (February 1971): Contains a picture of the First Convention commemorative plate, plans for the 1971 convention, and organizational procedures for forming new AHSGR chapters. The speech given by George Rath in the seminar on German Russians at the World Conference on Records in Salt Lake City is included. The volume also contains a composite of interviews held in 1968 with natives of Ober-Monjou on the Volga. New additions to the AHSGR archives are listed along with the 1920 census in America by states and generations of Germans from Russia, as well as a chronology of important dates in the history of German colonists in Russia from 1762 through 1970, compiled by T. C.
Wenzlaff. A genealogical name exchange appears.
- Work Paper #6 (May 1971): Includes Emma S. Haynes's "Report From Germany April 1971"; a tour report, "Russia Revisited", by Cornelius
Krahn; a history of St. Joseph's Colony, Balgonie, Canada, by Anthony Becker; a translation of Friedrich Mutschelknaus's work on the migration of the first German Russians to Dakota, translated by
T.C. Wenzlaff; and a brief description of pioneer settlements in Washington by Harm H.
Schlomer. The genealogy section contains some information regarding the village of Frank, Russia.
- Work Paper #7 (December 1971): A photograph of Karl Stumpp, honored guest at the Second Annual Convention of AHSGR, held at Lincoln, Nebraska, June 1971, appears along with the papers presented at the convention: "Words of Greeting and Gratitude" by Dr.
Stumpp; "Germans From Russia in Today's Germany" and "The Volga Germans" by Emma S. Haynes; "A Historical Sketch of the Diocese of
Tiraspol" by John E. Pfeiffer; "Our Mennonite Heritage" by Rev.
A.W. Friesen; "Germans from Russia in Western Canada" by Adam
Giesinger; and "The Founding of the German Colonies in the Ukraine, the Crimea,
Bessarabia, and Caucasia" by T.C. Wenzlaff.
- Work Paper #8 (May 1972): The cover depicts the village band of Frank, Russia, circa 1900. The contents are a list of honorary contributors to the Stumpp Book Fund; articles on "Germans from Russia in the
Dobruja" by Adam Giesinger; "German Russians and Their Immigrations to South Dakota" by John E. Pfeiffer; and "Middle European Migrations" by Arthur E.
Flegel. Regular features include the "Report From Germany: Soviet Germans Today" by Emma S. Haynes; the Genealogy Section, edited by Gerda Walker, with information on "A Numbering System for Genealogies" by Solomon L.
Loewen; "Microfilm Copies of the Federal Population Censuses" by Mrs. Alex
Kildow; "Genealogical Records of Bessarabia at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints"; and "Russian Birth Certificates" by Roseann S. Warren. The "Surname Ex- change" completes the issue.
- Work Paper #9 (October 1972): Cover: Springhouse at the Cloisters at
Zagorsk. Contains papers presented at the Third Annual Convention of AHSGR held at Boulder, Colorado, June 1972; presidential address by David J. Miller, "The Germans From Russia: Pioneers on Four Continents"; the major address by Rev. Hermann Zwecker on Germans in Russia today, "Far Behind the Ural Mountains"; "Pioneer Stories From the Volga" by Emma S. Haynes; "The Migrations of Germans From Russia to the Americas" by Adam
Giesinger; and "Genealogical Records of the Volga Germans" by Mrs. Haynes. The Genealogy Workshops provided papers on "Federal Homestead Records" by T. J. Schmierer and "Passenger Lists" by Gwen
Pritzkau. Committee and Workshop reports of the convention are included. The "Surname Exchange" completes the issue.
- Work Paper #10 (December 1972): Cover: St. Basil's Cathedral in the Kremlin, Moscow. The issue contains articles by David J. Miller on "How to Invite Your Relatives From the Soviet Union"; by Margaret H. Malsam on Kansas church building, "Monuments to Faith"; "A Study of Two Minorities" by the Minority Rights Group; three translations from the 1966
Heimatbuch: "The Deportation of Crimean Germans" and "Deportation From the South Caucasus" by Armand and Elaine Bauer and "Deportation of the Volga Germans" by Nancy B. Holland. John E. Pfeiffer contributes "I Went to Russia." The Genealogy Section contains "Russian-Mennonite Anabaptist Sources" by Raymond F.
- Work Paper #11 (April 1973): The cover photograph of German-Russian women at prayer in the Friedland refugee camp begins the theme of the issue: the migration of Soviet Germans back to Germany and attempts of Germans in the Soviet Union to regain the right to settle in the former colonial areas. Included are two articles by Emma S. Haynes, "The Arrival of Soviet Germans in Germany" and "The Restoration of the Volga German Republic." Ann Sheehy contributes a translation of a conversation between A. I. Mikoyan and a delegation of Volga Germans petitioning for civil rights in June of 1965, and LaVern Rippley translates an article from Der Spiegel entitled "Soviet German Citizens, Now You May Come Over!" Other contributions include two articles concerning the German colonies on the Volga by Rev. Brunau and Rev. Reitzer (translated by Arthur Flegel and Paul G.
Reitzer, respectively; a reprint of three articles from Farmland News concerning contributions of German Russians to American society; and three short articles about German Russians in Ellis County, Kansas. Regular features include the president's letter and the genealogy report with passenger lists and a surname exchange.
- Work Paper #12 (August 1973): A report on the proceedings of the Fourth International Convention of AHSGR held in Portland, Oregon. Major articles include the principal address by Matthias Hagin of Berlin, "Life in the Volga Colonies From 1921-1941", translated by Emma S. Haynes with a biographical sketch of Dr.
Hagin; an address by Albert W. Wardin, Jr., on "The Contributions of the German Russians to Russian Protestantism"; and the keynote address by President David J. Miller, "Past Accomplishments and Future Opportunities." This issue includes full reports of all regular and special committees, words of greeting from Karl
Stumpp, the text of a telegram sent by the convention to President Nixon urging U.S. involvement in securing civil rights of emigration for German citizens of the Soviet Union and access to Soviet archives for genealogical research. Also included is a description of "A Doll Exhibit" by Ruth
Nuss. Regular features include a genealogy report with passenger lists and a surname exchange plus a report on the convention by newly elected AHSGR President, Ruth M. Amen.
- Work Paper #13 (December 1973): This issue initiates a new magazine format with printed text. Cover photo: Sleighing by German colonists in the Soviet Union. The major article "The Volga Germans" by Ann
Sheehy, an associate of the Central Asian Research Centre in London, details the Soviet deportation of Germans from their colonial areas, their subsequent political rehabilitation, and present efforts to secure restoration of their colonial homelands and emigration rights. The "Report From Germany" by Emma S. Haynes continues her study of German-Russian Heimkehrer to Germany with interviews with several refugees. She also describes the reunion of 100 Volga Germans now living in Ger- many held in August 1973 at which Dr. Hagin reported on his trip to the United States. "Research in
Hesse" by Arthur and Cleora Flegel recounts their detective work in Germany searching for genealogical information and includes information valuable to other researchers. Short articles include "Captured German Documents" by Adam
Giesinger; a report on recent additions to the loan collection by Ruth K. Stoll; a review of Kueche Kochen by Gwen H.
Nobbe; "German-Russian Traditions: Nicknames" by Lawrence
Weigel; and a personal memoir, "Seventy Cents for a Lifetime of Freedom," by Mela M. Lindsay. The genealogical section includes a report by Gerda Walker; "Genealogical Research in Canada for German-Russian Ancestors" by Paul A.
Giesinger; a continuation of passenger lists; and a surname exchange.
- Work Paper #14 (April 1974): This pre-convention issue features an article on "The History of the German Russians in Fresno County" by G. Ray
Schwabenland, Peter J. Klassen, and Noel Frodsham, which includes pictures of the early years in California. An article by John
Schmiedeler, "Mennonites Brought Future to Kansas," reprinted from the Salina (Kansas) Journal, gives a history of the Kansas Wheat Centennial Year and includes photographs of old equipment and threshing methods. Emma Haynes's "Report From Germany" is dedicated to folklore, especially folk songs among the German Russians of Argentina. "A Visit to Mennonite Villages in Siberia," translated and edited by John B.
Toews, gives an account of the extreme hardship among unsere Leute in Siberia in 1924. Susan Yungman contributes an account of her experiences ancestor hunting in Germany, and Emma S. Haynes reports on "A Visit to the Berlin Document Center." Also included are an article on "German Lutherans in the Soviet Union" by Kathleen
Matchett, a short story by Mela M. Lindsay, a review of ten new books added to the loan collection, and the genealogy section, including a surname exchange and passenger lists.
- Work Paper #15 (September 1974): A convention issue includes proceedings, reports, and resolutions of the Fifth International Convention of AHSGR held in Fresno, California. Texts of major addresses include Emma S. Haynes's address on the "Germans From Russia in American History and Literature," Otto Hieb's description of "The Third Migration" of German Russians from the Midwest to California, and the keynote address by President Ruth M. Amen. Also included are a brief account of an original play, Wie's daheim war, presented by the Golden Gate Chapter and a review of Dr. Giesinger's new book, From Catherine to Khrushchev: The Story of Russia's Germans. Also includes a genealogy section with a surname exchange and passenger lists.
- Work Paper #16 (December 1974): Contains Norman E. Saul's article on "The Migration of the Russian Germans to Kansas"; an account of "The Earliest Volga Germans in Sutton, Nebraska, and a Portion of Their History"; and three articles on facets of the Mennonite Centennial as observed in Henderson, Nebraska, and Hillsboro, Kansas, and as commemorated by the issuing of a U.S. postage stamp. A special Christmas section includes poems, songs, New Year's wishes, and a recipe and features articles on Volga German Christmas customs by Timothy
Kloberdanz, a short story by Mela M. Lindsay, and three translations about Christmas in Volhynia and Siberia. Regular features include Adam Giesinger's village reports, dealing this issue with the Volga Bergseite villages of
Kamenka, Pfeifer, and Rothammel, book reviews, and a genealogy section. Work Paper #17 (April 1975): Cover: German Russian churches in Lincoln, Nebraska. The issue contains an account of a recent visit to a Russian collective by Peter J.
Klassen; "A Russian Description of the Foreign Settlements in South Russia in 1820" by Norman E. Saul; a study of "The Volga Germans in Colorado and Their Languages" by Brian A. Lewis; and Reuben Goertz's description of pioneer marriage customs, "Wedding Bells Ringing, Skeletons in Closets Jingling." Also included are an illustrated "Visit to
Steinbach," the Mennonite Village Museum near Winnipeg, by Delores Schwartz and a description of "The Germans From Russia in Hastings, Nebraska" by Dorothy W.
Creigh. The issue also includes a "Historical Sketch of St. Peter's Parish and the Founding of the Colonies of
Rastadt, Katharinental, and Speyer in Saskatchewan" and a reproduction of "A
Volhynia-Mennonite Letter of Attestation." Regular features include the "Report From Germany," which focuses on Germans in the Soviet Union; "Villages in Which Our Forefathers Lived" with reports on the Black Sea villages of
Alt-Schwedendorf, Alt-Danzig, and Josefstal; nine book reviews; and a genealogy section which includes a surname exchange and passenger lists.
- Work Paper #17 (April 1975):
Contains the following articles: "A Visit to a Russian Collective" by
Peter J. Klassen; "Wedding Bells Ringing-Skeletons in Closets
Jingling" by Reuben Goertz; "A Russian Description of the Foreign
Settlements in South Russia in 1820" by Norman E. Saul; "The Volga
Germans in Colorado and their Languages" by Brian A. Lewis; "A
Volhynia Mennonite Letter of Attestation" translated by Victor A.
Reisig; "Report from Germany" by Emma S. Haynes; "Historical Sketch of
St. Peter's Parish and the Founding of the Colonies of Rastadt,
Katharinenta and Speyer in Saskatchewan" by Rev. Father H. Metzger,
translated by A. Becker and Sister Bernadina Kletzel; "Villages in
Which our Forefathers Lived: Alt-Schwedendorf, Alt-Danzig and
Josefstal" by Adam Giesinger; "The Germans from Russia in Hastings,
Nebraska" by Dorothy Weyer Creigh; "A Visit to Steinbch" by Delores K.
Schwartz; "Additions to the Loan Collection"; "We Proclaim it Now" by
Timothy J. Kloberdanz; and the "Genealogy Section.
- Work Paper #18 (September 1975): Contains proceedings of the Sixth International Convention of AHSGR held in Lincoln, Nebraska, in June 1975. Major papers include the keynote address by International President Ruth M. Amen; "Xenophobia and the Russian German Experience" by La Vern J.
Rippley; "Treasured Traditions of Our People' From the Cradle to the Grave" by Timothy J.
Kloberdanz; "The History of the Germans From Russia Expressed in Song" by Lawrence A.
Weigel; Rev. Benjamin Rieger's explanation of how the hammer dulcimer is made and played; and five short speeches presented at the convention banquet. Papers presented at a genealogy workshop include a report on captured German documents in the Library of Congress, articles on tracing migration routes and doing research in Germany, helps on genealogical research in McIntosh County, North Dakota, microfilming, indexing genealogical information, finding genealogical information in church records, and using avenues of research in libraries. The issue also contains ecumenical service sermons, reports and recommendations from committee chairmen, open committee meetings and special reports, resolutions passed by the convention, a surname exchange, reviews, and nine pages of pictures.
- Work Paper #19 (December 1975): Cover: A winter scene in
Gross-Werder, Chernigov Region, Russia. The issue features a fold-out map of German areas in the Soviet Union prepared by Karl
Stumpp. Emma S. Haynes contributes a description of the map and the Soviet census material on which it was based as well as her "Report From Germany," which contains an interview with the compiler of a German
Samizdat. John B. Toews begins a three-part series on "Documents on Mennonite Life in Russia 1930-1940" with an article on forced collectivization and the Stalinist terror. Adam Giesinger continues his series of village reports with chronicles of the Khortitsa Mennonite settlement. The issue inaugurates two new sections: a Folklore Forum with articles and reader contributions edited by Timothy J. Kloberdanz (topic for this issue: Folk Medicine) and a series on the music of the Germans from Russia by Lawrence A.
Weigel. Other articles include Roger L. Welsch's study of "Two Centuries of Cultural Submergence and Resurgence" among the Germans from Russia; "A Note on the Pennsylvania Germans and the Russian Germans" by Robert H.
Billigmeier; a history of the Bessarabian village of
Hoffnungstal; and a picture visit to a Hutterite colony.
- Work Paper #20 (Spring 1976): Cover: Beet-field workers in Logan County, Colorado, early 1900s. An 80-page issue, half of which is devoted to the experiences of Germans from Russia who were part of the sugar beet industry, includes Clara Hilderman Ehrlich's recollections of her "Childhood on the Prairie"; a study of Hope Williams Sykes and her novel about German-Russian
beeters, Second Hoeing, by Timothy J. Kloberdanz; Albert Hamburg's evocation of the life of beet workers in Nebraska's North Platte Valley; The "Story of the Beeters in Adams County, Nebraska" by Dorothy W.
Creigh; and a section on beet work including reader contributions (pictures, recollections, a recipe for Ruebe
Saft), and a poem. John B. Toews continues his study of "Documents on Mennonite Life in Russia 1930-1940" with a description of the cultural and intellectual life in the Khortitsa colonies; John and Avis Schritter provide a history of "The Russian Settlement' of Kit Carson County, Colorado, 1890-1975." Adam Giesinger's village series deals with the Liebental colonies near Odessa. Other regular features include Lawrence Weigel's column on music, a genealogy section with "Queries," "Surname Exchange," and "Passenger Lists." The Folklore Forum considers "Funerary Beliefs and Customs of the Germans From Russia." The issue also includes a picture story introducing readers to the art of
- Work Paper #21 (Fall 1976): A record of proceedings of the Seventh International Convention held in Denver, Colorado, in June 1976 contains the major addresses: "Birthdays Are to Celebrate" by International President Ruth M. Amen; "The Arrival of the Germans From Russia: A Centennial Perspective" by Norman E. Saul;
"Fraktur by Germans From Russia," by Ethel E.
Abrahams; and David J. Miller's banquet address. Papers presented at a folklore session include descriptions of blacksmith folk artists among the Germans from Russia, meatless dishes among the Volga Germans, and an article on witchcraft, talismans, and charms. A genealogy symposium includes an address by Lawrence A.
Weigel, articles on "Developing Genealogy in Your Chapter," and a description of AHSGR genealogy forms and how to use them. Also included are reports of standing and special committees, the AHSGR Foundation, convention resolutions, the text of the ecumenical service sermon, and two picture stories on the play, "Kirghiz Michael and the Beautiful Amy of
Pfannenstiel," and on the series of dioramas featured at the convention.
- Work Paper #22 (Winter 1976): Provides new facts and figures about Germans in the Soviet Union in La Vern J. Rippley's translation of an Osteuropa article by Boris
Levytsky. To accompany the article Emma S. Haynes provides never-before-published photographs of members of the first two delegations of Soviet Germans who went to Moscow to plead for the restoration of the Volga German Republic. Adam Giesinger continues his series on ancestral villages with articles on four Protestant villages of the Beresan group:
Rohrbach, Worms, Waterloo, and Johannestal. Other feature articles include a paper on Russian-language sources of information about German-Russians by William L. Virden and James W. Long of the Germans From Russia Study Project at Colorado State University, translations by Arthur E. Flegel on the German colony of Karras in the North Caucasus, and a picture story on the Germans in
Volhynia, translated by Dona Reeves from a booklet prepared by Pastor Friedrich Rink in 1922. Also included are a president's message, genealogy section, and book reviews.
- Work Paper #23 (Spring 1977): Cover: Volhynian German women threshing hemp accompanies Adam Giesinger's translation of an article by Friedrich Rink on the history of the German settlements in
Volhynia. A helpful guide to present-day names of Volga German colonies, Emma S. Haynes's article is embellished with a chart and map furnished by Karl
Stumpp. In the continuing series John B. Toews expands his study of "Documents on Mennonite Life in Russia" with Part III, an examination of the German capture of the Khortitsa
Volost, including the villages of Burwalde,
Khortitsa, Franzfeld, Kronstal, Neuenburg,
Neuendorf, and Rosengart; and Adam Giesinger explores ancestral villages in the province of
Bessarabia, Tarutino, Krassna, Kloestitz, Teplitz, and
Sarata. The Folklore Forum on nuptial rituals features an expansive, 28 page article, "Marriage Beliefs and Customs of the Germans From Russia." Lawrence A. Weigel completes the description with "A Traditional Wedding Song" in his music column. Special reports included are Arthur E. Flegel's translation of Matthias Hagin's "Report on the 1976 Convention of the Landsmannschaft der Deutschen aus
Russland" and Lawrence A. Weigel's account of "The Centennial Celebration of the Volga German Settlements in Ellis and Rush Counties in Kansas." The issue also contains book reviews of additions to the AHSGR Loan Collection and a genealogy section with "Queries," "Surname Exchange," and "Passenger
- Work Paper #24 (Fall 1977): Devoted to the Eighth International Convention held in San Francisco, California, June 14-19, 1977, this issue offers the major addresses: Ruth M. Amen's "Looking Ahead to Our Tenth Year -- The Unlimited Possibilities"; "The Deportation of the Soviet Germans" by Emma S. Haynes; "Reports of 1942-43 From German Villages in the Ukraine" by Adam
Giesinger; "Germans from Russia in Argentina" by Iris Barbara
Graefe; and Dick and Lois Scheuerman's "A Summer's Journey Through Time." Reports presented at special sessions include Dennis B. Neuenschwander's address on genealogy, "German Roots in Russia Preserving Identity for the Future"; Timothy J. Kloberdanz's summary of the highlights of the folklore session; a special presentation of a Russian lottery ticket; and Mrs. Theodore E. Heinz on the AHSGR International Foundation. This convention issue also presents reports given by the various Standing
Committees: Archives, Translations, Chapter Organization, Publication, Membership, Folklore, Genealogy (both international and local chapter activities), Religious History, and Research and Bibliography. Additional information is provided by accounts of the Secretary, the Nominating Committee, Convention Registrations, and an account of the Resolutions of the Eighth International Convention. Completing the issue are a book review on Fred Koch's The Volga Germans and a look at Mela Meisner Lindsay and The White Lamb by Nancy B. Holland. A genealogy section includes "Surname Exchange, "Queries," and "Passenger
- Work Paper #25 (Winter 1977): Cover depicts Russian German emigrants in 1896 in South Dakota modeling their traditional dress. This issue contains the first in a series of articles, those by Lew Malinowski on the colonization of Russia, "Passage to Russia: Who Were the Emigrants?", translated by Dona B. Reeves; and those devoted to letters, diaries, and journals of Germans from Russia, excerpts from the autobiography of Gottlieb Isaak, translated by Otto Wenzel. Adam Giesinger provides new information in his translations of "The First Statistical Report on the Volga Colonies, " which was presented to Empress Catherine II on February 14, 1769; a Volhynian-German Contract; "The Rebuilding of German Evangelical Parishes in the East," an appeal to the Nazi authorities by Pastor Friedrich Rink in 1943; and reminiscences of Heinrich Erfurth, S. Koliweck, and Kaspar Scheck in "Early Chronicles Among the Volga Germans." Featured articles include W. S. Harwood's "A Bit of Europe in Dakota: The German-Russian Colony at Eureka" and two reprints from Mennonite Life on South America: Peter Klassen's "Mennonites in Brazil and Jacob B. Reamer's "Mennonite Colony in Paraguay." Continuing a series, Adam Giesinger has translated a selection of chronicles by Emil Blank on the Prishib col- onies (Prishib, Weinau, Heidelberg, Hochstadt, Friedrichsfeld, and Kostheim); John B. Toews offers a translation of Jacob B. Janz's 1909 account of a Russian Mennonite village, Fischau; and Lawrence Weigel shares his research on the song, Befiehl du deine Wege. Also included are book reviews by Emma S. Haynes on Paul Kalmbach's An Angel on My Shoulder, East Wind & The Story of Maria Zeitner Linke, along with a genealogy section ("Queries" and "Surname Exchange").