Kiisk, Karl, Papers

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Immigration History Research Center Archives, University of Minnesota

Descriptive summary

Abstract: Personal and work-related papers (Karl Kiisk was a pastor in the Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church [EELC]). Included are manuscripts, articles, short stories, poetry, correspondence, newsletters, church record books, circulars, newspaper clippings, and photocopies.
Quantity: 1.5 linear ft.
Language: Estonian, English, German
Collection ID: IHRC3611

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 2011. Gerli Raadik and Peeter Väljas of the National Archives in Tallinn, Estonia, worked with IHRC staff on the project.

HISTORICAL SKETCH

Karl Kiisk was born on 25.03.1909 in Tartu, Estonia and died in October 1974 in New Jersey, USA. He studied at Hugo Treffner Gymnasium in Tartu, 1928-1934 in University of Tartu, faculty of theology and also graduated in 1931 courses for postgraduates in Estonian Military School. Karl Kiisk was a clergyman in the EELC congregation of Karula (1934-1944). In 1944, he fled to Germany and there he worked as a reverend in DP camps (1944-1951). In 1952, he emigrated to USA and worked as a farm and factory worker. In 1953-1960, he worked as reverend of EELC in Portland, Oregon, and Seattle, Washington, and in 1960-1962 in Chicago, he also worked in Seabrook Congregation Sunday, Bible and Confirmation School. Social activities: students Society "Liivika", 1958-1959 edition "Eesti kirik vabaduses"=Estonian Church in Freedom (editor in chief), 1952-1960 newspaper "Portlandi Eestlaste Teated : E.E.L.K. Portlandi Koguduse teateleht" = The Newsletter of the Estonian Lutheran Church of Portland (editor). He was married to Amanda Kiisk (maiden name Kuningas), he had two sons - Allan and Vello.


DESCRIPTION OF THE COLLECTION


ACCESS RESTRICTIONS

The Kiisk, Karl collection is available for public research.

OWNERSHIP & LITERARY RIGHTS

The Kiisk, Karl collection is the physical property of the Immigration History Research Center Archives, University of Minnesota.

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CITE AS

The Kiisk, Karl Papers, Estonian American Collection, IHRC Archives, University of Minnesota

RELATED COLLECTIONS

Related to documents in The National Archives of Estonia: EAA.1769.1.170, EAA.2100.1.5165


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. Personal papers; manuscripts of memoirs; articles; short stories; plays; poetry and sheet music

SERIES 2. Record books and annual parochial reports of the EELC congregations in Germany and USA; circulars of the Archbishop and the Consistory of the EELC Abroad; newsletters of the congregations; manuscripts of the texts of the homilies by K. Kiisk

SERIES 3. Correspondence; newspaper clippings



Detailed Description of the Collection

SERIES 1. Personal papers; manuscripts of memoirs; articles; short stories; plays; poetry and sheet music

BOX 1.
FOLDER 1. Personal papers: CV, school certificates, certificates of ordination, passports, temporary travel documents, drivers licenses, medical data etc 1930s- 1960s
FOLDER 2. Manuscript of memoirs in Estonia, mostly about life and work as priest in Karula (Estonia) in 1930s
FOLDER 3. Manuscript of memoirs in English, mostly during the period from 1940-1944 1967
FOLDER 4. Manuscripts of articles, short stories, plays, poetry and sheet music by K. Kiisk
FOLDER 5. Reports and papers on social and theological matter by K. Kiisk and others 1953-1959


SERIES 2. Record books and annual parochial reports of the EELC congregations in Germany and USA; circulars of the Archbishop and the Consistory of the EELC Abroad; newsletters of the congregations; manuscripts of the texts of the homilies by K. Kiisk

BOX 2.
FOLDER 6. Diary, congregation records books, annual parochial reports etc. from DP camps in Germany 1944-1948
Diary and the congregation records book (records of births, deaths, confirmations and marriages) of the EELC congregation in States of Pommery and West Prussia and DP camps in Hiddesen and Stolzenau/Weser (Germany); annual reports (1945-1949); lists of members of the congregations of the EELC in DP camps; geographical map of British Zone of Germany with remarks about location of Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian pastors
FOLDER 7. Baptism and marriage records books of the congregations of the EELC in the USA (3 pcs) 1953-1973
FOLDER 8. Annual parochial reports of the EELC congregations of Portland and Seattle 1952-1959; lists of members of the EELC congregations of Portland (1959), Seattle (1953) and Chicago (1960) 1952-1960
FOLDER 9. Manuscripts of pistology lectures and other documents from DP camps in Germany 1945
FOLDER 10. Manuscripts of homilies 1944-1948
FOLDER 11. Manuscripts of homilies 1940s-1960s
FOLDER 12. Manuscripts of homilies (in German) 1953-1965 1953-1965
FOLDER 13. Manuscripts of homilies 1950s-1960s
FOLDER 14. Manuscripts of homilies 1960s-1970s
FOLDER 15. Circulars of the Archbishop and the Consistory of the EELC Abroad 1946-1973
FOLDER 16. Newsletters and circulars of the congregations, song sheets 1942-1973


SERIES 3. Correspondence; newspaper clippings

BOX 2.
FOLDER 17. Correspondence 1945-1964 1945-1964
FOLDER 18. Correspondence 1965-1971 1965-1971
FOLDER 19. Correspondence 1972-1974 1972-1974
FOLDER 20. Photocopies and newspaper clippings