Valdsaar, Herbert, Papers

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IHRC

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

Descriptive summary

Abstract: Correspondence, photocopies, publications and essay (mostly about Estonia, but also about music).
Quantity: 1 linear ft.
Language: Estonian, English
Collection ID: IHRC3800

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

Herbert Valdsaar was born on 06.12.1925 in Tallinn, Estonia. He studied at Elementary School of Kopli, 4th Elementary School of Tallinn; Science School of Tallinn (graduated 1943). In 1944, he was mobilized into German Army. He was observer in German Air Force in Kuramaa and Sinimäed. At the end of the war he was in prison camp of Uklei, then in DP camps of Lübeck and Bloomberg. In Germany he continued his studies of chemistry at the Baltic University and the Technical University of Aachen from which he graduated in 1950. Then he emigrated to USA and in 1952 he graduated from the University of Maine with MS degree. In 1956, he received a PhD degree from the University of Florida (PhD thesis: Study of Fluoroapatite Reactions. The Effect of Metaphosphate Melts on Fluorine Containing Substances). In 1956-1992 he worked as research chemist in E. I. Du Pont de Nemours and Co (7 patents are to his name). Social activities: American Chemical Society (member); Eesti Üliõpilaste Selts (Estonian Students Society) (member); Eesti Teaduslik Ühing Ameerikas (Estonian American Scientific Association) (member); 1956-1964 newspaper "Vaba Eesti" (Free Estonia) North American Support Group secretary, 1963-1964 member of the editorial board; 1968-1998 Association for the Advancement of Baltic Studies (AABS) founding member and vice-director. Father: Johannes Valtser (tailor); mother: Anna Rosalie Allik; wife: Ellen Parv; daughters: Elo and Leelo.


DESCRIPTION OF THE COLLECTION


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CITE AS

The Valdsaar, Herbert Papers, Estonian American Collection, Immigration History Research Center, University of Minnesota

Detailed Description of the Collection

BOX 1. Herbert Valdsaar

FOLDER 1. H. Valdsaar "The Challenges of Inter-Disciplinary Cooperation in Baltic Studies". A paper presented before the Second Conference on Baltic Studies (San Jose, California, Nov. 1970) (photocopy)
FOLDER 2. Correspondence 1958-1992
Mostly incoming circulars from Estonian organizations, appeals, letters to the members of U.S. Senate etc.
FOLDER 3. Photocopies of newspaper articles about Estonia in 1960s - 1970s
FOLDER 4. Photocopies and clippings of articles about the restoration of Estonian independence in 1988-1991 (I)
FOLDER 5. Photocopies and clippings of articles about the restoration of Estonian independence 1988-1991 (II)
FOLDER 6. Printed matter: mostly publications of Estonian organizations, leaflets, newsletters etc.
FOLDER 7. Printed matter: mostly publications of Estonian organizations, leaflets, newsletters etc.
FOLDER 8. Photocopy of a book: A. Kasemets. "Eesti muusika arenemislugu" (Tallinn, 1937), (Historical overview of Estonian music)
FOLDER 9. Photocopy of a book: T. Vettik. "Laulukoori juhataja käsiraamat" (Tartu, 1939) (The Choral Conductor’s Handbook)