Francis Ralph Preveden Papers, ca. 1925-1959

Immigration History Research Center
University of Minnesota

Provenance/Processing | Preliminary Container List


Original copy was prepared by Thomas T. Allsen and Ivan Cizmic
Papers, ca. 1925-1959
150 folders
 Inventory


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Provenance/Processing

    These papers consist primarily of the drafts and related materials utilized by Preveden in the preparation of his A History of the Croatian People, two volumes, Philosophical Library, 1955.  Included are handwritten drafts, dictaphone records, transcribed copies of these records, several thousand pictures illustrating the history and geography of Croatia, and an extensive correspondence between publisher and author.

    There is some material on Preveden's attempt to establish a Chair of Croatian Studies in the U.S. in the late 1930's, largely in the form of personal correspondence and newspaper clippings.

    Lastly, there is a rich selection of documents relating to the dispute between Preveden and the Croatian Fraternal Union over the publication of A History of the Croatian People.  The correspondence, circulars and legal documents generated by this dispute provide much information on the political and cultural activities of Croatian-Americans during the 1940's and 1950's.

The following are some important dates in Preveden's life:

                    1890 - born Kamenica, Croatia

                    1922 - entered U.S.A.

                    1927 - received Ph.D. from University of Chicago

                    1926-33-Prof. of Classics, De Paul University

                    1938-41-Prof. of Classics, Duquesne University

                    1942-59-translator, various government organizations

                    1959 - died Washington, D.C.

The Preveden papers were deposited in the Immigrant Archives by Mr. Stanley Boric of Gary, Indiana in November of 1964.  The collection comprises 9 1/2 linear feet.

Preliminary inventory prepared for the Internet by student assistants Ezalina Hamzah and Paul Bowman in 2001.
 

Folder Inventory

Folder Folder Title and Description of Contents
1
Biographical Material - Autobiography

Typescript, corrected, 13 numbered pp.  Also copy of uncorrected carbon.  Contains basic information on Prevenden's activities from childhood to the 1950's with an emphasis on his dispute with the Croatian Fraternal Union (C.F.U.) in the late 40's and early 50's.
22 photographs with negatives of Preveden.
1 photographic printing plate.

2 Biographical Material - Academic Career

Curriculum vitae, 1925-1944.
Correspondence and job applications, 1924-1946.
Notices of classes and lectures 1942-1943.
Biographical sketch from bookjacket.

3 Biographical Material - Government Career

Survey of government work, 1948-1951.  Requests for raise in salary and grade, 1943-1957; correspondence and petitions (typescript and handwritten).  Survey of work in cryptography; correspondence, 1942.  Radio monitoring work; reports, 1940-1943 and correspondence, 1943.  Translation work, 1946-1958; correspondence, lists of translated books and articles and examples of translation.

4 Correspondence General, 1925-1954.
5 Correspondence General, 1955-1959.
6 Correspondence General, Undated
7 Correspondence Telegrams 1936-1937
8 Dispute with C.F.U. - Correspondence, 1949-1956

Letters to Vjekoslav Mandich, President of the Croatian Fraternal Union (hereafter, C.F.U.), and Stephen Brkich, editor of Zajednicar, are included.  Approximately 1/2 of these letters are undated, handwritten drafts.

9 Dispute with C.F.U. - Public Papers, 1946-1955

Resolutions, open letters, circulars and newspaper articles, in Croatian intended for the membership of the C.F.U. About 1/2 of this material is undated, handwritten drafts.

10 Dispute with C.F.U. - Public Papers, 1943-1950

Resolutions, open letters, circulars, and wires in English intended for the membership of the C.F.U.

11 Dispute with C.F.U. - Public Papers, 1949

Mimeograph masters of various circulars and open letters.

12 Dispute with C.F.U. - Private Papers, 1949

List of supporters, personal memoranda and notes, largely undated.

13 Dispute with C.F.U. - Legal Documents

Three xerox copies of an agreement between Preveden and the C.F.U. terminating a civil suit, April 5, 1954. Xerox copy of Mandich's court testimony, undated. Legal brief; Preveden vs.. C.F.U., John Badovinac defendant, undated.

14 Croatian Educational and Cultural Affairs

Concerned primarily with the education of Croatian youth in the U.S.A. and the establishment of a Chair of Croatian Studies in an American University. Correspondence, 1939. Circulars. Notes, translations, drafts, 1939-1940. Newspaper clippings, 1938-1940. Galley proofs of newspaper article (?).

15 General Publications and Speeches

Bibliography of published writings. Drafts of articles on Slavic duties and linguistics, copies of off-prints, 1926-1930. Newspaper articles and galley proofs, text of speech on Italian-Yugoslav relations, 1930.

16 Financial Records, 1942-1955

Bills, insurance, loans, canceled checks, rent and notes.

17 Publication of History of the Croatian People - Correspondence with Publisher and Printer 1952-1959.

The Philosophical Library and the Polyglot Press.

18 Publication of History of the Croatian People - Correspondence with V. Susa, 1952-1959

This correspondence with Valent Susa, a Chicago social worker, and a member of the Ujedinyeni Americki Hrvati (United American-Croatians) is concerned exclusively with the attempt to publish the concluding volumes of Preveden's "History...".

19 Publication of the History of the Croatian People - Agreements with Publisher

Agreements with the United American Croatians (1950) and
the Philosophical Library (1955).

20 Publication of the History of the Croatian People Advertisements

Flyers, 1947-1949, undated drafts of flyers and reviews.

21 Publication of History of the Croatian People - Subscription Campaign

Correspondence, lists of subscribers, circulars and subscription forms.

22 Miscellaneous - Personal Papers

Handwritten copy (?) of adoption papers from Karlsrule, Germany, 1953. Proof of residency form, 1940. Russian language exercises.

23 Miscellaneous - Public Documents

Notices from professional and fraternal organizations, 1929-1960. Mimeographed newsletters from Yugoslav Organizations, 1951-1959. Typescript of an article by Franjo Ivanicek on the Blyburg Massacre. Paste-up of German-Croatian literary almanac.

24 Drafts of History of the Croatian People - Illustrations

Instructions and Notes

25-31 Drafts of History of the Croatian People - Illustrations

4X5 negatives in jackets, unidentified. Arranged by jacket number. Note: This and all subsequent folders labeled "Illustrations" contain photographs (and some prints) relating to the history, geography and ethnography of Yugoslavia.

32 Drafts of History of the Croatian People - Illustrations

4X7 negatives in jackets unidentified. Arranged by jacket number.

33 Drafts of History of the Croatian People - Illustrations

5X7 negatives in Jackets, partially identified. Arranged by jacket number.

34-38 Drafts of History of the Croatian People - Illustrations

5x7 positives in jackets, partially identified. Arranged by jacket number.

39-40 Drafts of History of the Croatian People - Illustrations

5X7 positives, unidentified, unsorted.

41-43 Drafts of History of the Croatian People - Illustrations

5X7 positives and negatives in jackets, partially identified and unsorted.

44 Drafts of History of the Croatian People - Illustrations

8X10 positives and negatives in jackets, unidentified and unsorted.

45-53 Drafts of History of the Croatian People - Illustrations

8X10 positives and negatives in jackets, identified and unsorted.

54-57 Drafts of History of the Croatian People - Illustrations

8X10 positives, partially identified.

58 Drafts of History of the Croatian People - Illustrations

8X10 positives of maps in jackets, identified. Arranged by jacket number.

59 Drafts of History of the Croatian People - Bibliographies, Chronologies, etc.

Lists of rulers, glossaries and appendices.

60 Drafts of History of the Croatian People - Miscellaneous Notes
61-76 Drafts of History of the Croatian People - Dictaphone Records

Preveden dictated the text of his book on these phono-discs. Subsequently a typescript version of each record was repaired. The records are placed in individual jackets (some described by brief annotations) and identified by a number which forms the basis of their present arrangement.

77-116 Drafts of History of the Croatian People - Typescripts of Dictaphone Records

These typescripts are keyed to a dictaphone records number
and are arranged in that basis.

117-147 Drafts of History of the Croatian People - Handwritten and Typescript

These drafts are neither keyed to dictaphone records nor
continuously paginated and therefore remain unorganized.

148 Drafts of History of the Croatian People - Preliminary Xerox Editions

Two editions, 1948 and 1949, revised.

149-150 Miscellaneous Dictaphone Records

Labeled "Povjest", Concert, personal communication, etc.

Package 1 - Galley-proofs of History of the Croatian People
Package 2 - Xerox copies of Croatian newspapers
Package 3 - Scrapbook containing miscellaneous newspaper clippings collected by F. R. Preveden
151-152

Supplemental material - correspondence between Stanley Boric, Editor of the Croatian American periodical "Nasa Nada", and Mary Preveden. Additional correspondents include sculptor Paul Kufrin and other personalities from the Croatian American community, mainly in the Chicago area. Post-1959


 

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