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Mela Meisner Lindsay Papers

Identifier: CVGS 03

Scope and Contents

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.


  • 1926 - 2000


Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is available for research by appointment.

Conditions Governing 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.

Biographical Note

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.


1 Linear Feet (1 record box)


The papers contain the writings of, and biographical information about, author Mela Meisner Lindsay.


The bulk of the collection is arranged in chronological order.

Guide to the Mela Meisner Lindsay Papers An Inventory at the Center for Volga German Studies Archives
Linda Morton-Keithley
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Finding Aid is written in English.
Encoding of finding aid supported by a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission

Repository Details

Part of the Center for Volga German Studies At Concordia University Archives Repository

Portland Oregon 97211-6099 USA