Albo, August, Papers

Finding Aid



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

Descriptive summary

Dates: 1904-1963
Abstract: Personal papers, passports, copy art
Quantity: 2.5 linear in.
Language: Estonian, English, German, Russian, French, Italian
Collection ID: IHRC591


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 2009. Gristel Ramler and Birgit Nurme of the National Archives in Tallinn, Estonia, worked with IHRC staff on the project.


11.10.1893 - 13.12.1963, New York.

Born in Suurupi, Estonia. Father: Jüri Albo; mother: Julie Albo.

1912 - 1916 studied in St. Petersburg at the Stieglitz Art School (commercial arts).

1916 - 1917 studied in St. Petersburg at the Royal Academy.

1918 returned to Tallinn and taught art in local highchool.

August Albo left Estonia in 1922 and went first to Berlin and then to Paris where he painted posters and theater scenery. At the same time he studied sculpture, violine and dance. He moved on to Switzerland, Italy, Spain and London where he worked as a decorator and muralist. Before the WWII he returned to Paris and also tried to go back to Estonia but was forced to stay in Berlin. He studied painting privately with Prof. Korbatov. After the war he moved to Oldenburg in West-Germany where he was engaged as a decorator by the local DP camp theater and taught ballet to children. In 1951 he emigrated to USA, settled in New York and participated in the art exhibitions at the Estonian House. Pseudonyms: Rod Palmer (?), A. Curtis (?)



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The Albo, August Papers, Estonian American Collection, Immigration History Research Center, University of Minnesota

Index Terms

Displaced persons

Detailed Description of the Collection

BOX 1. August Albo

Collection is organized into seven folders:
FOLDER 1. Personal data:
Newspaper clippings, interviews, documents about funerals, historical sketches in Estonian and in English
FOLDER 2. Biographical documents:
Passports, business cards, membership cards, health certificates, different certificates, birth and confirmation certificates etc.
FOLDER 3. Business correspondence
FOLDER 4. Correspondence with Mr Donald M. Bonnist, President (Donald Art Company, Mamroneck, NY)
FOLDER 5. Various correspondence (invitations, business, health, personal etc)
FOLDER 6. Sketched film:
Advertising Lemonade, by August Albo
FOLDER 7. Reproductions, articles