H07-1651.6. Donia, Robert Jay (1945- ). Papers, 1965-[ongoing]. 0.25 linear ft.


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A Hope College class of 1967 graduate, Robert Jay Donia received his Ph.D. in history at the University of Michigan in 1976. He was employed by the investment firm Merrill Lynch from 1981 until his retirement in 2000. Thereafter, he was a visiting professor of history at the University of Michigan, a research associate at the University of Michigan’s Center for Russian and East European Studies, a visiting scholar at the University of California at San Diego, and co-founder of the Donia Human Rights Center at the University of Michigan. He also served as an expert historical witness at seventeen war crimes trials at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in the Hague. He authored Islam under the Double Eagle: The Muslims of Bosnia and Herzegovina, 1878-1914 (1981), and with John V.A. Fine, co-author of Bosnia and Herzegovina: A Tradition Betrayed (1994) and Sarajevo: A Biography (2006). The collection contains biographical information; book review; correspondence; compact disc (CD) of the 2007 funeral service of his father, Robert Alan Donia, featuring speakers Donald De Young and Fritz Kruithof; projects and proposals; published articles; published booklet on the Lima, Ohio, area as of 1980; three student papers after graduating from Hope College, including a history of Onaway, Michigan, titled “From Swampland to City: The Location and Early Settlement of Onaway, Michigan,” (1969) and a 1966 trip to Yugoslavia.


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