Fonds ORG - Guardianship Committee of Foreign Settlers in Southern Russia: Odessa Archives Fund 6 fonds

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Guardianship Committee of Foreign Settlers in Southern Russia: Odessa Archives Fund 6 fonds


  • 1799-1877; filmed 2000-2010 (Creation)

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33 rolls of microfilm : 16 mm
6 CD ROM disks
6 DVD disks

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Archival history

In 1 June 1918, the Russian Government issued a decree "About Concentration and Centralization of Archives" which resulted in a state system of archival institutions being established. The most valuable records were declared as state property. The Odessa Historical Archives was established in 1920 and the records of the Guardianship Committee were placed there in 1922 as Fund #6. (Most likely the records were with the City of Odessa administration from 1871-1922.) From 1922-1940 the files were arranged chronologically, file descriptions created and a series of inventory lists prepared. By 1940 there were 5 research guides (referred to as "Inventories." During the German-Romanian occupation of the Second World War, many files disappeared. After the war, four additional "inventories" were created and existing lists updated. English and German translations of the Russia file lists begun in the 1990s. Mennonite related materials were selected for a cooperative microfilming venture between North American Mennonite archives and the Odessa Region State Archive starting in 1998, with the first microfilms arriving in North American in 2000.

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Center for MB Studies (Fresno, California)

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This fonds contains the records of the Russian government department that was responsible for all issues related to the foreign settlers in Russia. The department was charged to ensure the success of the settlers. Of high interest to family historian are the vital records of births, marriages and deaths for the Chortitza Mennonite Colony for much of 1801 and 1802. There are also lists of children vaccinated (see 1809 and 1814 lists). A fair number of files relate to criminal cases or other situations where legal documents were generated due to some type of conflict in the colonies. Other files contain primarily statistical information about the colonies. The files also provide considerable information about how the Office of Guardianship governed the colonies.
The content is organized chronologically with file descriptions listed in eight (8) separate finding aids called inventories (i.e. Inventories no. 1, 1a, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8).
See "Fund 6 Overview chart" linked with this description and "Finding Aid Links" to inventory file lists and indexes.

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  • French
  • German
  • Russian

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  • Cyrillic
  • Gothic

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File lists, file abstracts and frame by frame descriptions for selected files related to Mennonite content. Links to Inventory File Lists: Inventory 1 (1799-1841) 14 rolls of microfilm, 4 CD ROM disks and 6 DVD disks. Inventory 2 (1847-1852) 5 rolls of microfilm. Place Index. Name Index. Inventory 3 (1852-1856) 4 rolls of microfilm. Name Index. Inventory 4 (part 1) (1856-1877) 7 rolls of microfilm. Place Index. Name Index. Inventory 4 (part 2) (1856-1877) 1 roll of microfilm. Place Index. Name Index. Inventory 5 (part 1) (1819-1876) 2 rolls of microfilm. Name Index. Inventory 5 (part 2) 6, 7, 8 and 1a (1800-1871) 2 CD ROM disks. Place Index. Name Index.

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Odessa Region State Archive

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See in other institutions: Mennonite Archives of Ontario His Mss 11.15 Germans from Russia Heritage Collections
See also at Mennonite Heritage Centre:
Odessa Region State Archives Fund 252 Finding Aid (MHC reference shelf)

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Acc. Nos. 2000-152, 2001-121, 2003-016, 2003-131, 2003-132, 2006-051, 2011-023

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Price: 5.00
Megapixels: 0.6
Resolution: 1027x587

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  • Filing cabinet: Microfilms
  • Filing cabinet: CD Collection
  • Filing cabinet: DVD Collection