The Center for Volga German Studies is now located in Suite 300 of the new Concordia University Library. The Grand Opening of this new space was held on 24-25 October 2009.
The CVGS actively collects the folklore, songs, literature, objects of art and craft which illustrate and document the style and mode of life, conditions, events and activities, forms and style of worship and government of the Volga Germans while living in Russia as well as after emigrating to the Western hemisphere and the cultural, material, and aesthetic contributions of Germans from Russia or their descendants to the culture and social order of the Western Hemisphere. These materials are acquired by bequest, purchase, gift, or accepted on loan and are included, but are not limited to:
The Center preserves and exhibits these collections as far as it is practicable. The Center operates and maintains a central archive of these materials. The Collections of the CVGS are open to the public, but do not circulate. >>learn More
Research material is available to the public. CVGS publishes papers, pamphlets, books and articles, in print or by other means of dissemination. Much of the original documentation on the Volga Germans is in German or Russian. Making these resources available to English-language speakers is one role of the CVGS. >>learn More
The Center maintains a web-based clearing house for identifying the location of original manuscripts related to the Volga Germans. Researchers, scholars, and others knowledgeable about such materials are actively solicited for contributions to this clearing house. >>learn More
The CVGS sponsors conferences on various aspects of Volga German history, folklore, linguistics, and culture in order to educate those interested about the Volga Germans. These events take place on the Concordia campus or elsewhere depending upon the availability of appropriate space(s). Undergraduate courses will be taught through the history department of the University's College of Theology, Arts, and Sciences. As appropriate, the CVGS seeks co-sponsors for these conferences. >>learn More
It is known that unique collections of materials relating to the Volga Germans exist elsewhere, particularly in governmental and quasi-governmental facilities outside North America. Consequently, one of the important roles of the Center is to actively seek assistance from and provide assistance to other organizations in the collection, documentation, indexing, and preservation of such materials pertaining to Volga Germans.
While much of the research done on Volga Germans requires a working knowledge of German and/or Russian, the primary language of the CVGS is English. >>learn More