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Elaine Frank Davison Volga German Kautz Family History Collection

Identifier: CVGS 14
The collection consists of the materials Elaine Frank Davison gathered over a 30-year period related to the family histories of persons descended from the Volga German village of Kautz. Most of the records are communications she had with interested persons and the family histories she developed, ancestral charts, general items of documentation, and personal reminiscences.


  • 1970 - 2000


Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English, German, and Russian.

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is available for research by appointment.

Conditions Governing Use Note

The Center for Volga German Studies at Concordia University Archives is the owner of the materials in the Elaine Frank Davison Volga German Kautz Family History Collection and makes available reproductions for research, publication, and other uses. Written permission must be obtained from the 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.


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The collection contains the research and correspondence of Elaine Frank Davison related to the Volga German village of Kautz.

Biographical note

Elaine Frank Davison was the daughter of Johann Conrad Frank and Maria Catharina Knaub, both of whom were born in Kautz, Russia. She was born 23 August 1929 in Walla Walla, Washington, the youngest of nine children. After spending many years researching her own family history as a member of the Frank family, Davison was appointed Village Coordinator for the Volga German Village of Kautz through the American Historical Society of Germans from Russia in 1978. She was the editor of the publication, Unsere Leute von Kautz, from 1979 to 1989, in which she published the results of her work through the Kautz Village Research Project. She died in Walla Walla 11 March 2001.


The collection is arranged in three series: Series 1: Photocopies of old handwritten records in either German or Russian from the late 18th to the early 19th centuries; Series 2: General correspondence not closely related to the Kautz project (1979-1999); Series 3: Correspondence with persons whose ancestors came from the village of Kautz.

Custodial History

Upon Davison's death in 2001, her nephew, Michael Frank, became Kautz Village Coordinator through AHSGR. He had all her published volumes digitized on CD. He maintains the current Kautz geneological database. Michael Frank arranged to have her materials sent to the Center for Volga German Studies at Concordia University.
Guide to the Elaine Frank Davison Volga German Kautz Family History Collection An Inventory at the Center for Volga German Studies Archives
Nolan R. Bremer
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Repository Details

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

Portland Oregon 97211-6099 USA