Laan, Bruno, Papers

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Immigration History Research Center Archives, University of Minnesota

Descriptive summary

Dates: 1992-2000
Abstract: Matrials pertaining to the organization Relief for Estonia ("Merevärrav"), overview of activities 1992-2000. Also included is the Laan family history 1854-1999.
Quantity: 2.5 linear in.
Language: Estonian
Collection ID: IHRC3559


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.


Born on 06. May, 1926 in Tallinn, Estonia.

Engineer, construction engineer. Graduated from Tallinn Nõmme Gymnasium (Tallinnas Nõmme Gümnaasium) in 1944. Mobilized to the German army, was imprisoned by the Russian army, escaped to the American zone in Germany. In 1949 went to USA. Laan studied in Karlsruhe Institute of Technology and Munich Technical University in Germany, also studied construction science in Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in USA. B. S from Tuftsi University (USA), 1951 MS degree in engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, master’s thesis: “Feasibility of direct shear tests on cohesive soils”. 1951 – 1984 worked in Los Angeles Fluor Corporation, specializing in construction problems of oil refineries, chemical factories, ports etc. Active member of society. Board member of the program „Seagate“ (Merevärav, sending aid packages to Estonia), council member of the Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church's Los Angeles Congregation. From 1948 a member of fraternity Rotalia (korp! Rotalia), board member and chairman of the Los Angeles Estonian Society. Member of the folk dance group „Kirikasukas“, from 1966 board member and from 1990 chairman of the Los Angeles Estonian House, camp leader of the boy scout unit „Tulehoidjad“ etc. Laan has belonged to many organizations: American Society of Civil Engineers, Governor's Survey on Efficiency and Cost Control Committee (USA), Sigma XI Research Society (USA), Structural Engineers Association of Southern California (USA), chambers of engineers in Louisiana, Ohio, Washington, Illinois, Maine and Alaska. Bibliography: Effects of August, 1959 earthquake on Petroleos Mexicanos' Minatitlan refinery / Bruno Laan. Los Angeles : B. Laan, [1959?] Kodutud : Würzburgi põgenikelaager Lääne-Saksamaal / Bruno Laan. [Los Angeles : B. Laan, 2000] Perekonna ajalugu / Bruno Laan. Los Angeles : [B. Laan, 2000] 14. Lääneranniku Eesti Päevad Los Angeles 1979 : [album / Eesti Organisatsioonide Liit Läänerannikul ; Lääneranniku Eesti Päevad (14 : 1979 : Los Angeles) Los Angeles : Eesti Organisatsioonide Liit Läänerannikul, [1980] (Santa Ana (Cal.) : Estolith) XIX Lääneranniku Eesti Päevad, Los Angeles 1989 : [album] / [toimetanud Bruno Laan (peatoimetaja) ... jt. ; fotograafid: Boris Auksmann ... jt.] [Burbank] (California) : Eesti Organisatsioonide Liit Läänerannikul, 1989] (Santa Ana : Estolith Printing) XXIV Lääneranniku Eesti päevade album / Eesti Organisatsioonide Liit Läänerannikul ; Los Angeles : Eesti Organisatsioonide Liit Läänerannikul, [1999] (Santa Ana : Estolith Printing) The Estonian American community of Los Angeles and Vicinity / compiled by Walter E. Niilus 1976, regenerated from a marked-up review copy by Bruno Laan September 2000. [USA : s.n.,], 2000 About Bruno Laan: Koskla, Valdur. Tähtpäevi. Bruno Laan 80. // Vaba Eesti Sõna (New York, USA), 2006, 18. may, nr. 20, p. 5 : photo. Korporatsioon Rotalia võõrsil 1944-1987. Toronto, 1988. p. 541. Wife: Helge (nee Ranne) Son: Mati Daughter: Silvi



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Index Terms

Displaced persons

Detailed Description of the Collection

BOX 1.

FOLDER 1. Bruno Laan's family history, compiled by Bruno Laan 1999
FOLDER 2. Report about a charitable relief action for Estonia, "Merevärav". Compiled by Bruno Laan. 2000