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Ed Kopac, Czech Heritage Papers

Identifier: MS-0272

Scope and Contents

This collection contains mostly Ed Kopac's correspondence with different sources during his career as a Montana rancher and livestock 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.


  • 1958-1975


Conditions Governing Access

The papers are open for research.

Biographical / Historical

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.


0.03 Linear Feet (3 folders)

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Related Materials

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:

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Repository Details

Part of the Archives & Special Collections, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Libraries Repository

Archives & Special Collections
University of Nebraska-Lincoln Libraries
P.O. Box 884100
Lincoln NE 68588-4100 United States