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(E) (H) Croatian Ethnic Institute - Hrvatski Etnicki Institut
By Nenad N. Bach | Published  05/17/2002 | Education | Unrated
(E) (H) Croatian Ethnic Institute - Hrvatski Etnicki Institut

Hrvatski Etnicki Institut 

About the 
Croatian Ethnic Institute

Ljubo Krasic,Director
Croatian Ethnic Institute
4851 S. Drexel Blvd.
Chicago IL 60615

Tel (773)373-4670, Fax 373-4746

The Croatian Ethnic Institute was founded by the Croatian Franciscans in 1975 and incorporated as an educational and scientific corporation in 1977. The purposes of the CEI are:
      • Establish and maintain a central collection on Croats and their descendents in the United States, Canada, and other countries to which Croats have immigrated. The CEI Museum, Archives, Library, and Research Center all meet this purpose.
      • Collect and preserve books, periodicals and magazines, manuscripts and artifacts relating to the heritage of some 2.5 million people of Croatian descent in North America.
      • Develop, produce, and promote materials useful for the study of the Croatian language and heritage.
      • Encourage and conduct research on the sociological, demographic, religious, and political aspects of Croatian and other migrations and their impact on the way of life in the countries to which they have migrated.


The Archives of the Croatian Ethnic Institute are maintained in the central office, located at 4851 S. Drexel Blvd. They have become the largest repository of personal papers, manuscripts, and correspondence of many noteworthy personalities of Croatian descent in the U.S. and Canada.

The Archives also contain collections of records of Croatian parishes in the US and Canada, census and annual reports; documents and records of cultural, fraternal, and political organizations, sports clubs, musical societies (e.g. Tamburitza), travel agencies and businesses.

This is an excellent resource for individuals interested in Croatian immigration patterns, community development, cultural and family history, and Croatian networks within and outside of North America. Although staff is limited at the Institute, CEI welcomes specialists, undergraduate and graduate students, and scholars to use these primary resources in their research.

CEI often helps students in preparing papers, providing them with adequate sources and instructions. If you are interested in accessing the CEI Archives for your research, or would like to know more about the collection, please contact:

Ljubo Krasic, DirectorCroatian Ethnic Institute4851 S. Drexel Blvd.Chicago IL 60615Tel (773)373-4670, Fax 373-4746E-mail:                                                                            


The CEI Library has a collection of over 12,000 volumes, mostly dealing with Croatian culture, history, language, fine arts and literature and including rare Croatian books from the 17th and 18th centuries.
The Special Section of the Library is comprised of books and other publications written or published by Croats in Diaspora in the United States, Canada, and other countries.

The Serial Portion of the Library is made up of several hundred titles. CEI has identified and/or completed over 250 different Croatian newspapers, magazines, journals, and newsletters published in the U.S., Canada, and elsewhere.


The Museum holds artistic and historical items related to the Croatian heritage: folklore, musical instruments, artifacts, numismatics, and philately. Some of the items are on permanent exhibit.

Community and Educational Services

CEI provides the following services to individuals and community organizations interested in programs and activities relating to ethnic heritage:
  • Classified Exhibits (history, publications, folklore, literature, arts, immigration
  • Educational lectures
  • Helps scholars to prepare papers, providing them with adequate sources and instructions
  • Assists curriculum specialists to identify issues and problems for investigation, by locating or providing written and other resources.


Support such great institutions. Our future depends on our history. When we accomplish to love ourselves, others will follow.

Nenad Bach

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