Elias, Peeter, Papers

Finding Aid



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

Descriptive summary

Dates: 1948-1983
Abstract: Biography, correspondence, programs, Estonian College schedules in Germany, pamphlets, Estonian House Chicago, Esto Academic Union, Worldwide Academic Union
Quantity: 5 linear in.
Language: Estonian, English
Collection ID: IHRC3628


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 Tallinn, Estonia, worked with IHRC staff on the project.


Born in Tuhalaane, Viljandimaa, Estonia. Emigrated to Geislingen, Germany in 1944 and to U.S. in 1949. Graduted gymnasium in Viljandi. Studied at Music Academy in Tallinn and later graduated Law Faculty at the University of Tartu in 1932 (at the same time continued studing music at the Higer Music school in Tartu). Employed in Estonian law institutions from 1932-1944. During DP-period worked as judge in Geislingen, studied at Karlsruhe University (architecture) and also worked at TB hospital in Heilbronn. Graduated Plytechnic Institute of Brooklyn in 1953 (MA 1955) in the field of engineering. Lecturer and researcher at the same institute from 1953. Member of: Estonian Students Society in Germany - president. Estonian National Committee in Germany - ambassador of Heilbronn. Estonian Students Society in USA - first president and initiator. Estonian Students Fund in USA, Inc. - president and initiator. New York Estonian Educational Society - member of the board. Estonian National Committe in USA. Initiator of Estonian House in Chicago Etc.


Collection is organized into 13 folders:

1. Biography

2. Manuscripts and notes of several presentations and articles

3. Estonian Students Society in Germany: Correspondence, official announcements and documents, minutes of meetings (copies) 1948-1950.

4. Correspondence 1948-1949 (mostly related to the Estonian Students Society in Germany, also some personal letters)

5. Estonian Students Society in USA: Lists of students (1950, 1951), minutes of meeting, periodical almanac "Alma Mater" (1950 (2-4); 1953 (7); 1954 (1); 1955 (1)), journal of checkroom

6. Correspondence about Estonian Students Society in USA; with Otto G. Lellep about starting a fund for Estonian students and about Estonian Students Fund in USA, Inc. 1951-1969

7. Correspondence with the Estonian National Committe in USA, Estonian National Council in USA and Association of Estonian Organizations in Illinois

8. Constitution of the Estonian Worldwide Academic Assembly (Ülemaailmne Eesti Akadeemiline Kogu), constitutionalized in Geislingen, Germany

9. Constitution of the Estonian National Central Committee in USA (USA Eestlaste Rahvuslik Keskkomitee) [1951?]

10. Constitution and bylaws of the Estonian Scientific Association in America (Eesti Teaduslik Ühing Ameerikas)

11. Constitution of the Estonian Wordwide Association (Ülemaailmne Eesti Ühing)

12. Estonian House in Chicago: constitution and bylaws (in English and in Estonian), handouts, prints, manuscript of presentation by Rudolf Kivimägi for the 10th anniversary of the Estonian House in Chicago (1977)

13. Pamphlets, programmes of activities of Estonian communities


The Elias, Peeter collection is available for public research.


The Elias, Peeter collection is the physical property of the Immigration History Research Center, University of Minnesota.

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The Elias, Peeter Papers, Estonian American Collection, Immigration History Research Center, University of Minnesota


Personal collection of Otto G. Lellep in EAU (IHRC)