Anderson, Alfred and Jutta, Papers

Finding Aid

VITRAGE

IHRC

Immigration History Research Center, College of Liberal Arts, University of Minnesota

Descriptive summary

Dates: ca. 1929-1980
Abstract: Collection consists of personal papers, certificates, documents, personal correspondence, documents of various Estonian diaspora organizations, included are also photographs and manuscripts of Anderson's memoirs and speeches.
Quantity: 1 linear ft.
Language: Estonian, English, German, Swedish, Russian
Collection ID: IHRC3103

PROVENANCE

Collection transferred to the IHRC from the Estonian Archives in the U.S.A. (EAU) in 2003-2005. It was processed as part of a collaborative project between the Estonian Archives in the USA (Lakewood, New Jersey), the National Archives of Estonia (NAE), and the IHRC in March 2012. Gristel Ramler and Tiina Trumberg of the National Archives in Tallinn, Estonia, worked with IHRC staff on the project.

HISTORICAL SKETCH

Alfred Anderson (Alfred Jakobus Konstantin Anderson) was a lawyer and an economist, born in 1901 in Suislepa, county of Viljandimaa, Estonia. Graduated from Viljandi Commercial Gymnasium (Viljandi Kommertsgümnaasium). Took part in the Estonian War of Independence. Received education from the University of Tartu (law and economics degrees (1934), later worked for the Estonian Meat Export Association. Was also one of the publishers of the newspaper "Baltic Times." Vice-chairman and managing director of the central organization of Estonian co-op. slaughterhouses and canned goods factories "Eesti Lihaeksport," member of the Estonian Exchange Committee, member of the Anglo-Estonian Cultural Society, member of the Estonian YMCA. Between 1945 and 1949, Alfred Anderson was at the DP Camp in Oldenburg, Germany. He was the chairman of the Estonian Committee in Oldenburg. Resettled in the United States in 1949, and since 1950 worked for the Estonian Relief Committee in New York, eventually also becoming a translator for the Department of State. He served as Chairman of the Estonian World Council and as Council member of the Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church New York congregation. Founding member of the Estonian Archives in the U.S. (Lakewood, New Jersey). Academically a member of fraternity Sakala (korp! Sakala). Died 30.06.1979. Father: Hans Mother: Auguste (nee Treufeldt)

Jutta Anderson, born in 1902 in Penuja, Estonia. In 1922, she married her first husband Gottlieb Ney. Started studying law at the University of Tartu in 1933. Married Alfred Anderson in 1940 in Estonia. In 1944, they emigrated to Germany, in 1949 to USA. After her resettlement in the United States, Jutta Anderson worked as a clerk at the Mount Sinai Hospital in New York. Active member of the Estonian Women' s Club in New York. Died 16.06 1984 in Fort Lee, NJ, USA.


DESCRIPTION OF THE COLLECTION


ORGANIZATION OF MATERIALS

Collection is divided into three series and 21 folders. Series 1 and 2 consist of Alfred and Jutta Anderson's documents and correspondence. Series 3 contains documentation of Alfred Anderson's professional and political activities.


ACCESS RESTRICTIONS

Personal documents in folders 4, 5, 6 restricted. Please contact the IHRC with any questions.

OWNERSHIP & LITERARY RIGHTS

The Anderson, Alfred and Jutta collection is the physical property of the Immigration History Research Center, University of Minnesota.

For further information regarding the copyright, please contact the IHRC.


CITE AS

The Anderson, Alfred and Jutta Papers, Estonian American Collection, Immigration History Research Center, University of Minnesota.

Index Terms

Estonian
Displaced persons
Refugees
Business
Women

Description of Series

This section briefly describes each series in the collection. A more detailed description of the contents of each series may be found in the following section.

SERIES 1. Biographical materials

SERIES 2. Personal correspondence

SERIES 3. Documents of Alfred Anderson's personal and professional activities.

This series consists mostly of documents of Alfred Anderson' s political activity after World War II. An exception is folder No. 11 which relates to Alfred Anderson's activity before WWII. Folders 12 and 13 are organized chronologically, the others by topic.


Detailed Description of the Collection

SERIES 1. Biographical materials

BOX 1.
FOLDER 1. Alfred and Jutta Anderson's personal documents I 1936-1984
Passports, memberships cards, driving licences etc.
FOLDER 2. Alfred and Jutta Anderson's personal documents II 1929-1979
Confirmed education and marital records, copies of birth records, drafts of church records, testimonials and other materials presented to the DP camp, naturalization documents. (see oversize box 1 for additional items)
FOLDER 3. Alfred and Jutta Anderson's notebooks, account books and travel notes. 1950-1963
FOLDER 4. Alfred and Jutta Anderson's medical documents. 1954-1979 - Restricted
FOLDER 5. Andersion family funeral documents 1956-1984 - Restricted
Funeral service sheets, social security documents, photos, song sheets, newspaper clippings etc.
FOLDER 6. Jutta Anderson's will 1984 - Restricted


SERIES 2. Personal correspondence

BOX 1.
FOLDER 7. Alfred Anderson's correspondence with relatives (received letters) 1960-1978
FOLDER 8. Personal correspondence of Alfred Anderson (received letters, greetings) 1945-1980
FOLDER 9. Personal correspondence of Jutta Anderson 1948-1984
Received letters, incl. from Gottlieb Ney. Gottlieb Ney's letter to Sergey Obolensky 14.12.1949.
FOLDER 10. Letters of condolences to Alfred Anderson's widow Jutta Anderson 1979


SERIES 3. Documents of Alfred Anderson's personal and professional activities.

The series consists mostly of documents of Alfred Anderson' s political activity after the World War II. An exception is the folder No 11, which relates to the Alfred Anderson's activity before the WW II. Folders 12 and 13 are organized chronologically, the others by topic.
BOX 1.
FOLDER 11. Correspondence concerning the Estonian Meat Export Association's demands against the Federal Republic of Germany 1946-1954
FOLDER 12. Alfred Anderson's correspondence I. Includes Evald Mikson's untitled description from 16.08.1953 about the beginning of the Soviet occupation in Estonia in June 1940. 1949-1959
Includes some photos.
FOLDER 13. Alfred Anderson's correspondence II. 1961-1982
FOLDER 14. Correspondence about International Pen Club Estonian Center with Asta Willman-Linnalt, Aleksis Rannit and Ants Oras I 1973-1978
FOLDER 15. Correspondence about the activity of the International Pen Club Estonian Center with Asta Willman-Linnalt, Aleksis Rannit and Ants Oras II 1973-1978
FOLDER 16. Documents describing the activities of various Estonian and Baltic diaspora organizations. 1947, 1975-1982
mostly prints, some correspondence
FOLDER 17. Documents concerning the activities of the Estonian Relief Committee 1949-1952
FOLDER 18. Documents concerning the activities of the Estonian World Council. 1962-1979
Copies of minutes, reports, letters.
FOLDER 19. Documents concerning the activities of the Estonian American National Council. 1952-1979
correspondence, prints etc
FOLDER 20. II Estonian World Council speech texts, written by the representatives of various Estonian organizations. 1976
FOLDER 21. Undated manuscripts of Alfred Anderson's memoirs and speeches.

Oversize Box 1:

Large format items related to contents of Folder 2. (awards and certificates)