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Rezso Ralph Gracza papers

 Collection
Identifier: IHRC787

Abstract

Papers consist of R. Gracza's research files pertaining primarily to Hungarians in America, the Hungarian Revolution of 1956 and Lajos Kossuth and the Hungarian American community in Minnesota, correspondence and albums of photographs documenting the activities of the Hungarians in the United States during the Cold War. Also included is "Memories of North Dakota, 1905-1918: A Mother-Daughter Conversation" by Amanda (nee Garvick) Young and Margaret Young Gracza (Ralph's wife), on Amanda's experiences growing up Norwegian American in York and Baker, North Dakota.

Dates

  • 1905-2002

Creator

Language of Materials

English

ACCESS RESTRICTIONS

Open for use in the Elmer L. Andersen Library reading room.

OWNERSHIP & LITERARY RIGHTS

This collection may be protected by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, U.S. Code). It is the user's responsibility to verify copyright ownership and to obtain all necessary permissions prior to the reproduction, publication, or other use of any portion of these materials. Researchers may quote from the collection under the fair use provision of the copyright law.

HISTORICAL SKETCH

Rezso Gracza received his basic education in engineering and economics in his native Hungary. Leaving Europe after WWII, he came to the United States and became a naturalized citizen in 1956. For several years Mr. Gracza was employed in the research enterprises of the flour milling industry. He is the author of dozens of publications including several patents on industrial processes, particle size technology, and physical chemistry. He is a contributing author of the book "Starch: Chemistry and Technology. Mr. Gracza also worked as manager of design and development projects in a Minneapolis engineering firm where he developed projects in industrial automotive engineering. Later, he managed the design and installation of air pollution control systems for nine years before he became an independent engineering consultant for industrial processes. With his wife, Margaret, he co-authored "The Hungarians in America", published in 1969. When in 2001 Kossuth county in Iowa celebrated its sesquicentennial with the unveiling of Louis Kossuth's statue in front of the Algona courthouse, Mr. Gracza wrote a monograph for the occasion, entitled "How and Why Iowans named Kossuth County in 1851". Since his retirement in the early 1990's, Mr. Gracza has been spending his time researching and documenting the Hungarian diaspora in Minnesota after World War II.

Extent

1.5 Linear Feet

PROVENANCE

Collection acquired in 1993-2004 from Rezso Ralph Gracza of Minnetonka, Minnesota.

RELATED COLLECTIONS

Minnesota Hungarians Records, Laszlo Fulop Papers

Title
Inventory of the Rezso Ralph Gracza papers.
Author
IHRC Archives
Date
2016
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
Finding Aid in English

Collecting Area Details

Contact The Immigration History Research Center Archives Collecting Area

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612-625-4800