Elaine Frank Davison Germans from Russia Collection, 1900-2000 PDF
- Davison, Elaine Frank (1929-2001)
- Elaine Frank Davison Germans from Russia Collection
- 1900-2000 (inclusive)19002000
- 8 linear feet, (8 boxes)
- Collection Number
- Interviews on cassette tapes, publications, research files, and family correspondence pertaining to Germans from Russia created by a genealogist from Walla Walla, Washington.
- Whitman College and Northwest Archives
Whitman College and Northwest Archives
Penrose Library, Room 130
345 Boyer Avenue
Walla Walla, WA
- Access Restrictions
Collection is open for research.
- English, Russian, German
- Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Biographical NoteReturn to Top
Elaine Frank Davison was born in Walla Walla, Washington on August 23, 1929 to Johann Conrad and Maria Catherine Frank, Germans from Russia who immigrated to the United States in 1905. She was the youngest of eight children. Her interest in the stories of the Volga Germans was piqued by her father's stories of his homeland. Upon his death in 1959, she took up genealogical research. Ultimately, she became responsible for recovering and preserving the history of her family's home village of Kautz / Werschinka. Davison spent her childhood in Walla Walla. After graduating from high school, she worked for the telephone company. In 1949, she married George Hite Davison, and the couple moved to Spokane, Washington. They had four children: James Hite, Loralee, Julie Ann, and Karla Elaine. Elaine returned to work in 1960 at Sacred Heart Hospital in Spokane. The family returned to Walla Walla in 1963, where Elaine began working as a medical transcriptionist.
A self-taught researcher and writer, Davison self-published books about the village, entitled Unsere Leute von Kautz (Our People from Kautz). Her "Kautz Project" required numerous oral history interviews, as many of the relevant genealogical records remain in Germany and Russia. In 1990, Davison and her work were featured in Making a Difference: A Centennial Celebration of Washington Women, Volume II, a curriculum handbook created by the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction.
Elaine Frank Davison died on March 17, 2001.
Content DescriptionReturn to Top
The collection, which consists of Elaine Frank Davison's research files and publications, is divided into six series: Sound Recordings, Publications by Elaine Davison, Genealogical Research, Correspondence, Obituaries, and Miscellaneous. It is a rich source of information for both genealogists and researchers interested in the immigration and ethnic history of Eastern Washington.
Use of the CollectionReturn to Top
Researchers are responsible for using in accordance with 17 U.S.C. Copyright not transferred to Whitman College.
Elaine Frank Davison Germans from Russia Collection, Whitman College and Northwest Archives.
Administrative InformationReturn to Top
Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top
Series 1: Sound Recordings, 1973-1997Return to Top
The Sound Recording Series consists of 262 cassette tapes of interviews and lectures relating to Davison's research on Germans from Russia. An inventory of the Sound Recordings Series is available in Box 1 of the collection.
Cassette Tapes, 1-95
Cassette Tapes, 96-185
Cassette Tapes, 186-262
Series 2: Publications by Elaine Davison, 1978-1998Return to Top
The Publications by Elaine Davison Series includes eight volumes of Unsere Leute von Kautz, a compilation of photocopies marriage license returns for Germans from Russia in Walla Walla County, 1891-1912, and the text of a speech delivered in 1998.
Unsere Leute von Kautz
Early Marriage License returns of Germans from Russia in Walla Walla County, Washington, 1891-1912
"Realizing My Dream"
Series 3: Genealogical Research Files, 1900-2000Return to Top
The Genealogical Research Series contains research files on specific families in Washington and Montana, publications (most issued by various historical societies), and reprinted censuses from various German colonies in the Volga region. Many of the materials about the Rempel family were written by Arthur B. Rempel, a member of Whitman College faculty from 1938-1975.
American Historical Society of Germans from Russia Newsletter
Descriptions of the Saratov Colonies of Oleshna / Dietel, Grechinaua Luka / Walter, Karamyshevka / Bauer, and Yelshanka / Husaren in 1798
Descriptions of the Saratov Colonies of Yagodnaya Polyana, Pamyatnaya / Rothammel, and Linevo Ozero / Hussenbach
HEMEЦКИE КОЛОНИИ НА ВОЛГЕ
Logan County, Colorado Cemetery Survey
Yellowstone County Montana Cemeteries Vol. 1
Yellowstone County Montana Cemeteries Vol. 2
Beyond the Gates: A Tribute to those Uprooted Emigrants from Merkel, Russia and neighboring colonies Whose Insight Sought Freedom in Foreign Lands. A Memorial to Those Who Stayed Behind.
Sod 'N Seed 'N Tumbleweed: A History of the Huntley Project
Usere Leute von Walter Number 2
Index to Place Names Found in "from Catherine to Khrushchev"
Long Meadows, by Minnie Hite Moody
Too Far to Go Back: Wagons West and the Germans from Russia
Goly Karamysh / Balzer 1775 and 1798 Census Revisions
Norka 1811 Census Revision
Neu-Hussenback 1857/1858 Census
Norka / Weigand 1775 and 1798 Censuses
Kolb 1798-1858 Censuses
Pobochnaya 1772 and 1798 documents
Gololobovka / Dönhof 1775 and 1798 Censuses
Splavnukha / Huck 1775 and 1798 Censuses
Popovka / Kutter 1775 and 1798 Censuses
Ust-Zolikha / Messer 1775 and 1798 Censuses
Susly / Herzog 1798 documents
Lesnoy Karamysh / Grimm 1775 and 1798 Censuses
Frank Family: Lineages Report
Frank, John David and Elizabeth Family Record
Frank Family Reunion Invitation
Frank, John George Family Tree
Frank, Carl G. Life Story
Frank, Alexander Experiences of
Frank Family, Biography of
Frank Family Genealogy / Christ Lutheran Church Records
Frank, Johann Conrad Family File
Interviews with Wilhelm "William" Frank, "Uncle Bill"
Interview with Uncle Bill
Statuten- und Protokollbuch der Evang. St. Paulsgemeinde in Walla Walla, Wash, 1907 (photocopy)
"Some Experiences of My Life" by Emil Weissner, Sr.
Notes from Trip to USSR and Volga Colonies
Miller Family Tree
"The Story of Greta" by Arthur G. Rempel
"Memories" by Arthur G. Rempel
Apropos to H. G. Rempel's Diary
My Trip to America: the Diary of Evangeline G. Rempel, 1922-1923
A Family in Exile at a Labor camp
George Steinmetz Families
Series 4: Correspondence, 1913-1982Return to Top
The Correspondence Series contains letters in English, Russian, and German exchanged among Elaine Frank Davison and various family members. Many of the letters in German and Russian are translated.
Correspondence from Siberia (Dines Frank / Amalia Frank)
Correspondence from Siberia, Copies and Translations
Correspondence from Russia to William Frank
Correspondence from Dinis Frank to William Frank
Correspondence to Katharine Benzel
Series 5: Obituaries, 1920-1997Return to Top
The Obituaries Series consist primarily of photocopies of newspaper obituaries of Volga Germans from Russia who resided in Walla Walla, Washington; Yakima, Washington; Laurel, Montana; and Billings, Montana.
Series 6: Miscellaneous, 1981-1998Return to Top
Miscellaneous items in the collection include photographs and a photo album, maps of Russia, and a clipping file.
Names and SubjectsReturn to Top
- Subject Terms :
- German Americans -- Montana
- German Americans -- Washington (state)
- Immigrants -- Washington (state)
- Immigrants -- Montana
- Russian Germans -- Montana
- Russian Germans -- Washington (state)
- Personal Names :
- Rempel, Arthur Gustav, 1910-
- Corporate Names :
- Whitman College -- Faculty authors.
- Family Names :
- Frank family
- Rempel family
- Geographical Names :
- Kautz (Russia) -- History
- Laurel (Mont.) -- History
- Walla Walla (Wash.) -- History
- Werschinka (Russia) -- History