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Anna Bienias collection

Identifier: IHRC316


Collection consists of handwritten autobiography manuscript, as well as family photographs and documents, and photocopied excerpts from magazine and newspaper articles.


  • 1910-1995

Language of Materials

English, Polish


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


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Anna Bienias (nee Bednarz) was born in 1910 in Vorochovo near Perecin, then Hungary, during 1918-1938 in the Podkarpatska Rus, Czechoslovakia, after 1945 in the USSR's Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic, since 1991 Perechyn, Zakarpatska Oblast in Ukraine. Perecin was the Carpatho Rusyn hometown of her mother Irene (nee Bednarik). Anna Bednarz immigrated to the U.S. with her parents in 1912. Her autobiography covers her parents’ early lives, her childhood in Northeast Minneapolis, and her later life as a businesswoman in the Minneapolis suburbs. Anna Bednarz married Matthew Bienias in 1931. She vividly recounts life in the Eastern European immigrant communities from 1912 to 1940, and gives accounts of her travels to her father’s homeland in Poland (Michael Bednarz was born in Ujsoly) in the 1970s and 1980s.


2.5 linear inches


Collection acquired from Blanche Krbechek of Minneapolis in 1997. The collection was processed in December 2014 by Hope Shinn.

  • Carpatho Rusin Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
  • Family life Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
  • Women Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
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