Veedam, Voldemar, Papers

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VITRAGE

IHRC

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

Descriptive summary

Abstract: Personal papers; manuscripts of memoiristic books an plays; notes about Estonian refugee ships in 1940´s; notebooks; correspondence; newspaper clippings and photocopies of articles; 9 audio tapes of interviews with Estonians who sailed to USA on refugee ships in 1940´s [?]; prinet matter, incl. "Erma mersõit"="The Cuise of the Erma" by V. Veedam (Augsburg-Haochfeld 1947) The collection was arranged in 1997 by Mercia Braun-David
Quantity: 1.5 linear ft.
Language: Estonian, English, German, Russian, Finnish
Collection ID: IHRC3601

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

HISTORICAL SKETCH

Voldemar Veedam was born on 06.11.1912 in Tallinn, Estonia and died on 02.03.1983 in Washington, USA. He studied: at the Ella Hirsch Music School, at the H.Kubu High School in Tallinn (graduated 1931); 1932-1942 philosophy at the University of Tartu on that time he was working for living as a reporter and musician. He worked: from 1938-1940 in Tallinn House Owners Society as a secretary; 1940-1941 in The People’s Commissariat as a cleric; nationalized garage as assistant accountant; 1942-1943 in the newspaper "Eesti Sõna"="Estonian Word" as reporter and editorial writer. 1943 he fled to Finland and there he was employed by a wholesale store of school materials, on the side he contributed occasional articles about Estonian sport to the "Suomen Urheliulehti"="Finnish Sports Daily". In 1944, he studied at the University of Helsinki, but left Finland before receiving his MA degree. In 1944, he fled to Sweden, there he worked in the State’s Handicraft Institute as a research worker and he helped to compile a Swedish-Estonian dictionary. 1945 emigrated to USA. He worked as a houseman, gardener, sales clerk, millinery clerk, office clerk, laborer, time checker, painter, florist, cook, janitor, factory worker, violinists and insurance official; 1955-1957 USIA, IBS/RE as a translator-announcer; 1957-1958 USIA, Munich Radio Center as a program editor; 1958-1966 USIA, IBM/PE Estonian Service as a radio information specialist; 1966-1971 Library of Congress in Washington as a subject cataloger-translator, library-technician; 1971-1974 Voice of America Estonian Service as a writer, as a chief of the service. Social activities: Students Society "Raimla"; YMCA. Father: Tõnis (1873-1938) was a carpenter, mother: Marie (1887-1950).


DESCRIPTION OF THE COLLECTION


ACCESS RESTRICTIONS

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CITE AS

The Veedam, Voldemar Papers, Estonian American Collection, Immigration History Research Center, University of Minnesota

Detailed Description of the Collection

BOX 1.

9 audio tapes of interviews with Estonians who sailed to USA on refugee ships in 1940´s [?]; V. Veedams´ notebooks (11 pcs); printed matter: pamphlets; "The Cruise of the Erma. "Erma mersõit" by V. Veedam (Augsburg-Haochfeld 1947)


BOX 2.

FOLDER 1. Newspaper clippings, photocopies and periodicals from USA, Germany, Sweden and Switzerland with articles about V. Veedams´ trip across Atlantic on the sailing boat "Erma"
FOLDER 2. Newspaper clippings of articles about Estonian refugees, who fled on sailing boats and small steamers; the list of boats
FOLDER 3. Photocopies of articles and extracts from books about yachting and other maritime issues incl. story about Ahto Valter´s journey round the world in 1938-1940
FOLDER 4. Newspaper clippings and notes by V. Veedam [about the trip of refugee ship "Gundel" in 1948
FOLDER 5. Notes about the trips of refugee ships "Amanda", "Sarabandi"and "Pärnu" in 1949
FOLDER 6. Manuscript: V. Veedam: "The Hoax". Play in three acts
FOLDER 7. Manuscript: V. Veedam: "Going Home". Play in three acts
FOLDER 8. Manuscript of the radio program "Sailing to Freedom" by M. Wishengrad. Based on material from "Sailing to Freedom" by V. Veedam and C.B. Wall (1952)
FOLDER 9. Manuscript: "Sailing to Freedom" by V. Veedam and C.B. Wall; letter from Fawcett publications, Inc. April 30, 1963
FOLDER 10. Newspaper clippings and notes by V. Veedam about the trip of refugee ship "Walnut" in 1948
FOLDER 11. Notes by V. Veedam about the trip of refugee ship "Eeva" in 1949
FOLDER 12. Notes by V. Veedam about the trip of refugee boat "Astrid" in 1948
FOLDER 13. Photocopies of articles and notes by V. Veedam about the trip of refugee ship "Atlanta" in 1948
FOLDER 14. Photocopies of articles and notes by V. Veedam about the trip of refugee ship "Österwag" in 1948
FOLDER 15. Notes by V. Veedam about the trip of refugee boat "Roland" in 1948; photocopies of V. Veedam´s letters to former refugees (1973)
FOLDER 16. Notes by V. Veedam about the trip of refugee ship "Felicitas" in 1949
FOLDER 17. Notes by V. Veedam about the trip of refugee ships "Docan" and "Svea" in 1947
FOLDER 18. Notes by V. Veedam about the trip of refugee ship "Pulsherna" in 1947-1948
FOLDER 19. Notes by V. Veedam about the trip of refugee ship "Edith" in 1947
FOLDER 20. Notes by V. Veedam about the trip of refugee ship "Pulsherna" in 1949
FOLDER 21. Notes by V. Veedam about the trip of refugee ship "Valfried" in 1951
FOLDER 22. Photocopies of articles and notes by V. Veedam about the trip of refugee ship "Victory" in 1949
FOLDER 23. Newspaper clipping and notes by V. Veedam about the trip of refugee ship "Linda" in 1946
FOLDER 24. Notes by V. Veedam about the trip of refugee ship "Ilmarine" in 1949
FOLDER 25. Photocopies of articles, newspaper clipping and notes by V. Veedam about the trip of refugee ship "Brill" in 1946
FOLDER 26. Notes by V. Veedam about the trip of refugee ships "Astrid", "Österwag" and "Capry" in 1948
FOLDER 27. Notes by V. Veedam about the trip of refugee ships "Göran", "Masen" and "Victory" in 1950
FOLDER 28. Notes by V. Veedam about the trip of refugee ships "Skagen" and "Felicitas" in 1948-1949
FOLDER 29. Correspondence with publishing houses and memorandums of agreement about publishing V. Veedam´s writings 1946-1956
FOLDER 30. Manuscripts: "Rescued" and "Mosquito"; extracts from manuscripts of memoiristic short stories [book "Sailing to Freedom"? /"The Cruise of Erma"?] and articles by V. Veedam
FOLDER 31. Extracts from manuscripts of memoiristic short stories [book "Sailing to Freedom"?/ "The Cruise of Erma"?] and articles by V. Veedam
FOLDER 32. Photocopies of articles about V. Veedam1974-1976
FOLDER 33. Manuscript of the article by V. Veedam about Estonian refugee ships in 1940´s and seafarers Villem Ilves, Ahto Valte and others
FOLDER 34. Manuscript of the article by V. Veedam about wrestler G. Hackenschmidt; photocopies of articles 1977
FOLDER 35. Extracts from the manuscript of the book "Sailing to freedom"["The Cruise of Erma"?] by V. Veedam
FOLDER 36. Manuscript: "The Cruise of Erma. Prologue Material"
FOLDER 37. Manuscript of the book "Hotel Helen Schliefenstein"[?] by V. Veedam 1 of 2
FOLDER 38. Manuscript of the book "Hotel Helen Schliefenstein"[?] by V. Veedam 2 of 2
FOLDER 39. Notes (miscellaneous)
FOLDER 40. Notes, photocopies and manuscripts of articles by V. Veedam and others (miscellaneous) 1940´s-1970´s
FOLDER 41. Letters from P. Speek 1964
FOLDER 42. Correspondence with T. Strassmann about publishing, translating and movie rights of the book "Sailing to Freedom" by V. Veedam 1951-1976
FOLDER 43. Correspondence 1948-1982 1948-1982
FOLDER 44. Correspondence 1945-1979 1945-1979
FOLDER 45. Newsletter and circulars of Estonian Students Association "Raimla" U.S. Chapter 1952-1982
FOLDER 46. Personal papers: CV, identity cards, certificates of education, qualifications statement etc 1942-1978
FOLDER 47. Correspondence with U.S. Authorities, representatives of Finland in the USA and others about legalizing the stay of V. Veedam in the USA 1946-1952
FOLDER 48. Transcript of speech delivered by Aleksander Solzhenitsyn (June 30, 1975 Washington)
FOLDER 49. Newspaper clippings and photocopies of articles 1946-1982