University of Minnesota

Gracza, Rezso Ralph, Papers

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IHRC


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

Descriptive summary

Creator: Gracza, Rezso Ralph
Dates: 1905-2002
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.
Quantity: 1.5 lin.ft.
Language: English
Collection ID: IHRC787

PROVENANCE

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

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.


DESCRIPTION OF THE COLLECTION


ACCESS RESTRICTIONS

The Gracza, Rezso Ralph collection is available for public research.

OWNERSHIP & LITERARY RIGHTS

The Gracza, Rezso Ralph collection is the physical property of the Immigration History Reseach Center, University of Minnesota.

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CITE AS

The Gracza, Rezso Ralph Papers, Hungarian American Collection, Immigration History Research Center, University of Minnesota

RELATED COLLECTIONS

Minnesota Hungarians Records, Laszlo Fulop Papers


Index Terms

Hungarian
Hungary -- History -- Revolution, 1956
Kossuth, Lajos, 1802-1894
Norwegian
Norwegian Americans -- North Dakota

Description of Series

This section briefly describes each series in the collection. A more detailed description of the contents of each series may be found in the following section.

SERIES 1. Research Files

Notebooks containing research notes, clippings, correspondence and photocopies of published works, accumulated from a wide variety of sources related to a number of the author's research projects.

SERIES 2. "For The Records"

A chronicle of R. Gracza, including personal writings and resource material. The title list of Mr. Gracza's Chronicle items up to "For The Records 233 (June 2004)" is accessible on his SINIRA website. In Mr. Gracza's words, "only items of public interest are shown at the website, those of personal interest are available only upon request."


Detailed Description of the Collection

SERIES 1. Research Files

Notebooks containing research notes, clippings, correspondence and photocopies of published works, accumulated from a wide variety of sources related to a number of the author's research projects.
BOX 1.
FOLDER 1. The Hungarians in America
A copy of Margaret and Rezso Gracza's file for writing "The Hungarians in America" (publ. by Lerner Publications, Minneapolis, MN, in 1969). Includes references, research notes, correspondence with the publisher and other parties, also a supplement to the book written by R. Gracza in February, 1992 prepared for the exhibition "Emigracio a Hazaert" held at the castle of Budapest on October 23, 1992.
FOLDER 2. Citizens of Minnesota and the 1956 Hungarian Revolution 1956-1960
Contains documentation pertaining to the above subject for the period of 1956-1960 with a short epilogue by R. Gracza about a number of history books. (159 pages)
FOLDER 3. Memories of North Dakota 1905-1918
A copy of "Memories of North Dakota: 1905-1918. A mother-daughter conversation" by Amanda Young (nee Garvick) and Maragret Young Gracza. Recorded in September 1986 in Saint Paul, MN. (25 pages)
FOLDER 4. Lajos Kossuth
Resources and drafts pertaining to research on Lajos Kossuth and his visit to the United States , 1851-52 as well as to Iowa county named in Kossuth's honor.
FOLDER 5. "Morals after WWII: An Assessment"
A binder containing resource materials pertaining to the subject, assembled by R. Gracza from various sources. Includes photocpies of sections from published works, journal articles, newspaper clippings, and writings by R. Gracza.


SERIES 2. "For The Records"

A chronicle of R. Gracza, including personal writings and resource material. The title list of Mr. Gracza's Chronicle items up to "For The Records 233 (June 2004)" is accessible on his SINIRA website. In Mr. Gracza's words, "only items of public interest are shown at the website, those of personal interest are available only upon request."
BOX 2.
FOLDER 1. For The Records 1-60
FOLDER 2. For The Records 61-84
FOLDER 3. For The Records 85-110
FOLDER 4. For The Records 11-132
FOLDER 5. For The Records 133-163
FOLDER 6. For The Records 164-181



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