Vaher, Voldemar, Papers

Finding Aid

VITRAGE

IHRC

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

Descriptive summary

Abstract: Voldemar Vaher was actively involved in the Estonian community in the USA, member and contributor of his expertise and resources to the Estonian American National Council - the collection contains materials pertaining to that organization (reports, minutes, financial documents, circulars, appeals, speeches, letters) and also to the Estonian Educational Society (reports, minutes, financial documents, instructions, correspondence). Included is also personal correspondence, phtotocopies, booklets, brochures, and newsletters.
Quantity: 1.5 linear ft.
Collection ID: IHRC3757

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 Valjas of the National Archives in Tallinn, Estonia, worked with IHRC staff on the project.

HISTORICAL SKETCH

Voldemar Vaher was born on 29.07.1923 in parish Vao, Virumaa, Estonia and died on 09.05.2001 in Elmhurst, New York, USA. He studied at Gymnasium in Väike-Maarja from which he graduated in 1942. He continued studies at University of Tartu, faculty of agriculture, but he didn’t graduate because of the German mobilization. In Giessen (Germany) he graduated from the Justus-Liebig-Universitaet in 1948 (agronomy). In 1950 he emigrated to USA. He graduated from Cornell University (Ithaca, New York, US A) with MA degree in 1952. He worked in DP camp Warner Barracks American Library as director (München, Germany); Dairymen’s League Coop; Cornell University as assistant; Grandview Dairy as head of the Laboratory; Queens Farms Milk as quality control manager. Social activities: EELC New York congregation (council member for 30 years); Eesti Abistamise Komitee=Estonian Relief Committee (vice-president, president); Estonian Bridge Club (chairman); Eesti Rahvuskomitee Ühendriikides=Estonian American National Council (chairman); Eesti Skaudi- ja Gaidisõprade Seltside Liit=Estonian Boy and Girl Scout Support Societies Union (board member, vice-president, chairman); Eesti Spordiliit USA's=Estonian Sports Union of the USA (board member); corp. Sakala (member); Estonian Educational Society of New York (board member, vice-chairman for 18 years, chairman 1982-1993 and honorary member); Nordic Press (board member); New Yorgi Eesti Skaudi- ja Gaidisõprade Selts =Estonian Boy and Girl Scout Support Society of New York (chairman since 1969). Voldemar Vaher was acknowledged with the II class of the North Star.


DESCRIPTION OF THE COLLECTION


ACCESS RESTRICTIONS

The Vaher, Voldemar collection is available for public research.

OWNERSHIP & LITERARY RIGHTS

The Vaher, Voldemar collection is the physical property of the Immigration History Research Center, University of Minnesota.

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CITE AS

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

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. Papers of the Eesti Rahvuskomitee Ühendriikides = Estonian American National Council

Annual reports and financial accounting; minutes of meetings of the Board of the EANC, circulars and appeals, speeches, incoming letters

SERIES 2. Papers of the New Yorgi Eesti Haridusselts = Estonian Educational Society

SERIES 3. Personal correspondence

Mostly incoming circulars from various Estonian organizations; personal financial papers (correspondence with insurance companies, receipts etc)

SERIES 4. Printed matter and photocopies



Detailed Description of the Collection

SERIES 1. Papers of the Eesti Rahvuskomitee Ühendriikides = Estonian American National Council

Annual reports and financial accounting; minutes of meetings of the Board of the EANC, circulars and appeals, speeches, incoming letters
BOX 1.
FOLDER 1. Papers of the Eesti Rahvuskomitee Ühendriikides = Estonian American National Council 1989-1992
FOLDER 2. Papers of the Eesti Rahvuskomitee Ühendriikides = Estonian American National Council 1993 1993
FOLDER 3. Papers of the Eesti Rahvuskomitee Ühendriikides = Estonian American National Council 1994 1994
FOLDER 4. Papers of the Eesti Rahvuskomitee Ühendriikides = Estonian American National Council 1995 1995
FOLDER 5. Papers of the Eesti Rahvuskomitee Ühendriikides = Estonian American National Council 1996-1997
FOLDER 6. Papers of the Eesti Rahvuskomitee Ühendriikides = Estonian American National Council 1998-2000


SERIES 2. Papers of the New Yorgi Eesti Haridusselts = Estonian Educational Society

BOX 1.
FOLDER 7. Papers of the New Yorgi Eesti Haridusselts = Estonian Educational Society 1973-1979
Charter of the Estonian Educational Society; By Laws of Estonian School Fund in USA; instructions for the organizers of the Estonian Children´s Summer Camp from the authorities of New York, reports of the inspections; minutes of meetings of the board; annual reports and financial accounting of the Estonian Children´s Summer Camp Trusteeship; incoming letters
FOLDER 8. Papers of the New Yorgi Eesti Haridusselts = Estonian Educational Society 1980-1981
Minutes of meetings of the Estonian School Fund in USA; instructions for the organizers of the Estonian Children´s Summer Camp from the authorities of New York, reports of the inspections; annual reports and financial accounting of the Estonian Children´s Summer Camp Trusteeship; curriculum; circulars; incoming letters
FOLDER 9. Papers of the New Yorgi Eesti Haridusselts = Estonian Educational Society 1983-1985
Annual reports and financial accounting of the Estonian Educational Society; circulars; correspondence with the board members of the New York Estonian School and others etc.
FOLDER 10. Papers of the New Yorgi Eesti Haridusselts = Estonian Educational Society 1993
Annual reports and financial accounting of the Estonian Educational Society; minutes of meetings of the board; correspondence


SERIES 3. Personal correspondence

Mostly incoming circulars from various Estonian organizations; personal financial papers (correspondence with insurance companies, receipts etc)
BOX 1.
FOLDER 11. Correspondence 1974-1980
FOLDER 12. Correspondence 1978-1981
FOLDER 13. Correspondence 1980-1986
FOLDER 14. Correspondence 1982-1983
FOLDER 15. Correspondence 1983-1985
FOLDER 16. Correspondence 1987-1991


SERIES 4. Printed matter and photocopies

BOX 2.
FOLDER 17. Photocopies of newspaper articles and books about Estonian émigrés in Australia and New Zealand, Canada and Sweden
FOLDER 18. Printed matter: booklets and newsletter of Estonian folk festivals in USA, concert programs etc
FOLDER 19. Printed matter: brochures about Estonian history and culture