University of Minnesota

Kristan, Etbin, Papers

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Immigration History Research Center, College of Liberal Arts, University of Minnesota

Descriptive summary

Dates: ca. 1920-1950s
Abstract: Collection consists of approximately 30 photocopied pages including correspondence, handwritten notes, news clippings and pamphlets pertaining to Kristan's political interests and activities. These concerned mainly the cause of the libration of Yugoslavia and the situation of the country during the Second World War. Among others, the materials contain several pieces of correspondence with Louis Adamic and Edvard Benes, and clippings featuring Kristan's meeting with Tito in 1951, as well as letters to Kristan's wife, Frances.
Quantity: 1
Language: English, Slovene
Collection ID: IHRC2999


Collection acquired from the Chicago Historical Society in June 2002 (the Society had acquired it earlier from the Clarke Historical Library at the Central Michigan University at Mount Pleasant). Earlier provenance is unknown.


Etbin Kristan (1867-1953) was born in Slovenia, educated in Vienna, and served in the Austrian military. Active in the labor movement, Kristan represented Slovenia in the newly formed Yugoslav government and later served in parliament in Belgrade. Kristan was a translator, journalist, poet and novelist, and the editor of several Slovene publications in Europe and in the U.S. (the date of his immigration to the US is uncertain). He also served as president of the Slovene National Council of America. (cited from a typescript note by Karen Lewak, volunteer at the CHS, dated June 3, 2002, submitted with the donation by the Chicago Historical Society)



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The Kristan, Etbin Papers, Slovene American Collection, Immigration History Research Center, University of Minnesota

Index Terms

Kristan, Etbin
Adamic, Louis
Benes, Edvard
Tito, Josip Broz

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