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Bienias, Anna, Collection

Finding Aid

IHRC Archives

Immigration History Research Center Archives, University of Minnesota

Descriptive summary

Creator: Bienias, Anna
Dates: 1910-1995
Abstract: Collection consists of handwritten autobiography manuscript, as well as family photographs and documents, and photocopied excerpts from magazine and newspaper articles.
Quantity: 2.5 linear in.
Language: English, Polish
Collection ID: IHRC316


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


Anna Bienias (nee Bednarz) was born in 1910 in Vorocov-Taslisce (today's Vorochovo in Ukraine) 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, Poland) in the 1970s and 1980s.


The Bienias, Anna collection is available for public research.


The Bienias, Anna collection is the physical property of the Immigration History Research Center Archives, University of Minnesota.

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The Bienias, Anna Collection, Carpatho Rusin American Collection, IHRC Archives, University of Minnesota

Index Terms

Carpatho Rusin
Family life

Detailed Description of the Collection

BOX 1.

FOLDER 1. Autobiography Part 1: Parents’ Lives. 1912
FOLDER 2. Autobiography Part 2. 1912-1922
FOLDER 3. Autobiography Part 3. 1922-1945
FOLDER 4. Autobiography Part 4. 1945-1995
FOLDER 5. Family photographs and documents.
FOLDER 6. Previously published supplementary materials, with commentary.


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