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Gottscheer Relief Association, New York


Gottscheer Archive at St. John's University

The Gottscheer Archive is located on the fourth floor of St. Augustine Hall at SJU Queens Campus

When the linguistic island Gottschee in Slovenia, formerly Krain, ceased to exist in the course of the second World War, the 600-year history of our small homeland came to a close. Today, Gottscheers and their descendants are citizens of many countries, the largest number living in the United States. Members of the Gottscheer Relief Association were aware for some time that a permanent repository of Gottscheer heritage material was urgently needed to assure that future generations would be able to learn about their ancestral land and its people. This dream came true on August 6, 1997, under the direction of William A. Schauer, with the creation of a Gottscheer Archive within the Archives of St. John's University (SJU) in Queens, New York; a donation of fifteen books officially established the Gottscheer Heritage Preservation Collection.

According to the agreement reached between the University and the Gottscheer Relief Association, the Gottscheer Archive will accept suitable material on an ongoing basis. The items will be catalogued for local and remote (INTERNET) access, preserved for posterity, and will be available to faculty and students as well as to the public.

An Inaugural Exhibit and Reception took place at St. John's University on April 28, 1998, to mark the opening of the Gottscheer Archive. Attended by University officials as well as more than 150 guests from the Gottscheer community in New York, the event served to acquaint us with the institution that will henceforth serve as the home of Gottscheer history.

Access to the Gottscheer Archive (Gottscheer Heritage Preservation Collection) at St. John's University is granted by appointment only.  To make an appointment, call (718) 990-1465.

Click here for a listing of the items in the Gottscheer Archive at SJU that were donated by arrangement through the Gottscheer Relief Association, NY.


How can you participate?

In addition to published books and periodicals, the Gottscheer Archive will accept many items of a more personal nature. Especially needed are items that pertain to the arrival and life of Gottscheer immigrants in America.

Gottscheer societies in America may donate records that document their existence and activities, such as

membership lists and updates

minutes of meetings, activity reports

incorporation and other documents

club photographs

As an individual, you may donate

diaries and other published or unpublished manuscripts

family histories

personal documents and photographs

audio and video recordings of special interest pertinent to the Gottscheer heritage or language

The Gottscheer Relief Association will collect and deliver archival material to the University, and keep a record of all donations. Donors are advised to Contact Us before shipment of any material is made in order to avoid duplicate donations. Note that the University Archivist reserves the right to reject material deemed inappropriate. Note also that all donations are permanent and become the property of St. John’s University.


About St. John’s University...

St. John's University was founded by the Vincentian Community in 1870, and is today the largest Catholic university in the United States. Its main campus is on the corner of Utopia Parkway and Union Turnpike in Jamaica, Queens; other campuses are in Staten Island, New York, and in Rome, Italy.

With a budget of 183 million, a faculty of nearly 1,000 and approximately 19,000 students enrolled, the school is a dynamic enterprise. More than 90 Degree Programs are offered, from the two-year associates level to full doctorates. The school has recently embarked on a grand-scale expansion project, for which it will spend 300 million dollars over the next ten years.

The picturesque Queens campus is located in an area where many Gottscheers live, just a short drive from Ridgewood — the heart of the Gottscheer Community — thus ideally situated to house the Gottscheer Archive.  It is probably the most popular school with young Gottscheers. Among the alumni are currently at least 500 of Gottscheer ancestry!

The University Libraries contain the equivalent of over 1.7 million volumes of books, periodicals, microfilm reels / microfiche, and audiovisual materials. Library services and collections are accessible via a comprehensive web site:

657 Fairview Avenue
Ridgewood, New York 11385
tel: 718-366-3030