Mela Meisner Lindsay Papers, 1926-2000  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Lindsay, Mela Meisner
Mela Meisner Lindsay Papers
1926-2000 (inclusive)
1.0 linear feet, (1 record box)
Collection Number
The papers contain the writings of, and biographical information about, author Mela Meisner Lindsay.
Concordia University
Northwest District (LCMS) Archives
2811 NE Holman St.
Portland, OR
Telephone: 503-280-8507
Access Restrictions

The collection is available for research by appointment.

Supported by a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission

Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Amelia "Mela" Meisner Lindsay (1903-1999) was born in Kindsvater Chutor, Russia and immigrated to the United States with her family in 1905, settling in WaKeeny, Kansas. She married Jim Lindsay in 1927 and spent the remainder of her life in the Denver, Colorado area. Lindsay authored numerous articles and short stories about the experiences of Germans from Russia, many for young readers, and is perhaps best known for her novel, Shukar Balan = The White Lamb: The story of Evaliz, published by the American Historical Society of Germans from Russia in 1976. She also wrote a column, Spilled Coffee, for the Denver Police Protection Association's newspaper for many years (Jim Lindsay was a Denver police officer) and authored, A Window Into the Iron Curtain: A Series of Interviews with Russian-German Displaced Persons Who Fled Russia During World War II, 1941, in 1972.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The papers consist primarily of examples of Mela Meisner Lindsay's writings as printed in numerous publications, including Empire Magazine (Denver Post), The Lutheran Standard,Old West, and Wee Wisdom. Additionally Lindsay gathered considerable information on both her father's family - Meisner - and her mother's family - Dietz.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

The Center for Volga German Studies Archives is the owner of the materials in the Mela Meisner Lindsay Papers and makes available reproductions for research, publication, and other uses. Written permission must be obtained from the Center for Volga German Studies Archives before any reproduction use. Copyright resides with the creator of the documents or their heirs. The status of copyright is governed by the Copyright Law of the U. S. (Title 17, U.S.C.). In some cases, permission for use may require seeking additional authorization from the copyright owners.

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to use this collection should include the following information:

[Item] . Mela Meisner Lindsay Papers. CVGS 03. Archives, Center for Volga German Studies. (Portland, OR).

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
1/1 The Ditez Family - Past and Present (typescript) by Mrs. Ethel Lock 1975
1/2 The Dietz Family: Book 2 (typescript) by Mrs. Ethel Lock 1992
1/3 The Dietz Book (typescript) addendum material 1985
1/4 Dietz family history notes 1976
1/5 Meisner family history notes 1926, 1988, 1996
1/6 Correspondence 1975, 1998, 2003
1/7-20 Mela's writings 1955-1991
1/21 Articles about Mela 1965-1992
1/22 Awards and certificates 1983, 1992-1993
1/23 Research notes and materials 1976-2000
1/24 Correspondence with Fred Lesser 1973
1/unfoldered Norman Dietz: Lumbering Toward the Brouhaha (audio cassette tape) 1992
1/unfoldered Mela Meisner Linsday: The White Lamb - KOSI Radio (audio cassette tape) 1977

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Russian Germans
  • Volga Germans