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Ed Kopac, Czech Heritage Papers

Title: Ed Kopac, Czech Heritage Papers

Creator: Kopac, Ed, 1883-1978

Dates: 1958-1975

Quantity: 3 folders

Collection Number: MS 0272

Language: English

Restrictions: None

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Preferred Citation: Ed Kopac, Czech Heritage Papers (MS 0272). Archives & Special Collections, University of Nebraska–Lincoln Libraries.


Ed Kopac lived with his family in Schuyler, Nebraska. After attending college in Iowa, he returned to Nebraska and worked for the family business in Omaha, Nebraska. In 1925 Kopac moved to Montana and operated the Sorrell Horse Ranch before working a farm south of Hardin, Montana. Kopac became a philanthropist later in life, creating a Czech Pioneer Memorial Student Fund, a cemetery in honor of his parents who were Czech immigrants, and a museum in honor of Crow Chief Plenty Coups. Kopac died on February 27, 1978.

Scope and Content:

This collection contains mostly Ed Kopac's correspondence with different sources during his career as a Montana rancher and liverstock feeder. Included in the correspondence are letters to senators, lawyers, and people in business with Kopac. There is correspondence concerning the Czech Pioneer Memorial and his contributions to that organization.


Ed Kopac -- donations

Montana -- agriculture

Container List: Box 1. Folder 1. Correspondence, articles

Includes letters in English to U.S. Senators concerning business, letters of thanks for different donations to the hospital, church, and an article about Ed Kopac, his life and how he earned money and his donations.

Box 1. Folder 2. Notecards, leaflets

Notecards with the saying "A man's treatment of money is the most decisive test of his character–how he makes it and how he spends it," a quote by James Moffatt and leaflets on Czech Pioneer Memorial student loan fund at the University of Nebraska Foundation.

Box 1. Folder 3. Photographs

Photos of the cemetery and gravesite where Kopac's parents were buried. American Indians at an event with a dedication by Chief Plenty Coups Museum in 1973.

Related Material and Resources: Please see other Czech Heritage Collections under the Ethnic American Collections List.Morrow, Delores J. and Sandra J. Barker. "Unexpected Treasures among the Photographs of Ed and Emil Kopac,"Montana: The Magazine of Western History, Vol. 55, No. 4 (Winter, 2005), pp. 63-67. Published by: Montana Historical Society, Stable URL: https://www.jstor.org/stable/4520745

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