Center for Volga German Studies at Concordia University - Portland
The Center for Volga German Studies (CVGS) was founded in 2004 at Concordia University by then Dean of Libraries and Volga German Scholar, Brent Mai, with assistance from descendants of Volga German immigrants. The Center is unique from other organizations and groups that focus on Volga Germans — it was founded as an academic entity with a focus on scholarly pursuits. The Center supports the preservation and education of the heritage, history, and accomplishments of the Volga Germans. In 2009, the Center moved into a large dedicated space in the newly built George R. White Library and Learning Cen ter and was able to make all materials previously in storage available to the public. Holdings were cataloged in the library ILS and many images are stored electronically in the library’s digital repository; the CU Commons https://digitalcommons.csp.edu/cup_cvgs/.
The CVGS actively collects the history, folklore, songs, literature, objects of art and craft, and information on linguistics as well as worship and governance. The Center is a clearinghouse for locating original manuscripts and also sponsors workshops and conferences. The CVGS contains a collection of over 2,000 books and documents as well as archival materials. In addition, the Center maintains genealogy resource materials to assist with family history research. A libguide was created to help users navigate the resources: https://libguides.cu-portland.edu/volga.