Kopperman, Valter, Papers

Finding Aid

VITRAGE

IHRC

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

Descriptive summary

Dates: 1848, 1934-1982
Abstract: Materials pertaining to Estonian Lutherans abroad.
Quantity: 4 ln ft
Language: Estonian, English, German
Collection ID: IHRC3784

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, NJ), the National Archives of Estonia (NAE), and the IHRC in March 2009. Gristel Ramler and Birgit Nurme of the National Archives in Tallin, Estonia, worked with IHRC staff on the project.

HISTORICAL SKETCH

01.06.1913 - 03.12.1982 AllenTown, USA Born in Tallinn, Estonia (Waldman). Wife: Helga Kopperman (nee Kivi); brother; Gunnar; daughter: Kristina I.; sons: Peter G. and Paul A. Pastor of Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church. Graduated Estonian Military Academy (partcipated in WWII in Estonia's boundary regiment); studied theology at the University of Tartu, received degree at the University of Gettingen. Ordained to the ministry in 1949 he interned at the Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Churche in Geislingen (Germany). 1949-1951 served with the Lutheran World Federation in Munich (Germany). 1951 was a supply pastor for the Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Churche in Sweden. Emigrated to the U.S. in 1952. 1953-1955 served as secretary general of the Estonian Scouts Exile. Did missionary duty in Brazil and Argentina


DESCRIPTION OF THE COLLECTION

Collection is organized into six series and 28 folders: Box E68-1

Series 1 Collected materials about Estonian lutherans abroad: Clippings, circulars, publications, invitations, copies from official documents, photos (compiled and chronoligically organized by V. Kopperman, in USA from the second folder)

Folder 1: 1945-1955 (in Germany, Sweden, USA) Folder 2: 1956-1964 Folder 3: 1965-1972 Folder 4: 1973-1974 Folder 5: 1975 Folder 6: 1976 Box E68-2 Folder 7: 1977 Folder 8: 1978 Folder 9: 1979 Folder 10: 1980 Folder 11: 1981

Series 2 History of Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church from 1919-1940 and abroad (1949-): Original photos, correspondence, clippings, handouts

Folder 12: 1919-1970 (collected 1934-1970) Folder 13: 1970-1972 Box E68-3 Folder 14: 1972-1973 Folder 15: 1973-1974 Folder 16: 1974

Series 3 Books owned by V. Kopperman

Folder 17: "Evanglische Zeugnisse der Wahrheit zur Aufmunterung in wahren Christenthum theils über die gewönlichen Sonn-, Fest- und Feiertags-Evangelien, theils über die Passions-Geschichte unsers Erlösers, in einem vollständigen Predikt-Jahrgang zusammen getragen und nebst dem Anhang einiger Kasual-Predikten auf Verlangen dem Druck überlassen von weiland M. Immanuel Gottlob Brastberger, gewesenen Special-Superintendenten und Stadtpfarrer in Nürtingen. Neueste durchgesehne und verbesserte Ausgabe." Neutlingen, im Verlag von Enklin und Laiblin, 1848 (leather binding) Folder 18: "Leben und Commentar des Martin Luther" USA [second half of the 19th century, leather binding) Folder 19: Magazine "Kodukirik" 1949 (1)

Series 4 Cultural life of Estonians abroad: Prints, clippings, pins

Folder 20: 1959-1974 Folder 21: about ESTO 1976 (1972-1977)

Box E68-4

Series 5 Documents about scouting abroad: Biographical data, copies of official documents, original photos, correspondence, circulars, manuscripts, newsletters, programmes, badges, memorabilia

Folder 22: 1949, 1953-1955 Folder 23: Materials (badges, camp-books, programmes, etc.) about several camps 1956-1961 (memorabilia from different camps until 1973) Folder 24: Estonian Scouting Golden Jubilee Year 1962 Folder 25: 1967-1972 Folder 26: 1972-1976 Folder 27: Collected materials about "Koguja II" 1978

Series 6 Personal documents

Folder 28: Original photos (2), clippings, manuscript, In Memoriam


ACCESS RESTRICTIONS

The Kopperman, Valter collection is available for public research.

OWNERSHIP & LITERARY RIGHTS

The Kopperman, Valter collection is the physical property of the Immigration History Research Center, University of Minnesota.

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CITE AS

The Kopperman, Valter Papers, Estonian American Collection, Immigration History Research Center, University of Minnesota