Harkna, Erich-Konstantin, Papers

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

Descriptive summary

Dates: 1934-1991
Abstract: Travel documentation, business records of steamship companies in which E.K. Harkna was involved.
Quantity: 1 linear ft.
Language: Estonian, English, Spanish
Collection ID: IHRC3672


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 supervised by Research Archivist Daniel Necas and directed by Program Director Haven Hawley.


12.10.1911 (Tartu, Estonia) - 02.08.1991 (Chicago, Illinois, USA) Born in Tartu, Estonia. Until 1938 Hartmann. Wife: Adelaide Harkna (ne Menders (Mänder, Mender), 1915-1988, married in 1935); daughter: Aari Harkna (1936); son Erik Harkna (1940). Emigrated to the U.S. from Sweden via Oslo in 1945. Jacob Westholm gymnasium, Tallinn. Graduated the University of Tartu (economics), member of the fraternity Vironia. Captain, shipowner


Collection is organized into 18 folders in two boxes:

Box E-136-1

1. Personal documents: Travel tickets to the U.S., certificates, funeral service programme, manuscripts of speeches, copy from newspaper, notes
2. Correspondence with business partner J. Taube about the Merida Steamship Company, Inc. (1948-1957), minutes of meeting of Merida shareholders (1950)
3. Correspondence with business partner A. Tölk about the Merida Steamship Company, Inc. (1946-1954)
4. Correspondence 1945-1947 about the Merida Steamship Company, Inc., scheme of the ship
5. Correspondence and documents about different ships (1950-1954)
6. Official documents, telegrams and certificates related to purchasing new ships (1944-1947)
7. Documents about repossessing Estonian ships (1944-1946)
8. Steamship GEM (Breaking at Sea 03.07.1962); death of Kjell Lamberg, statements (2nd Mate, 03.08.1962); Report of Zock, Petrie, Sheneman and Reid (04.03.1963)
9. Ship documents: Receipts, certificates of registries, etc. (copies and photocopies) 1939-1947
10. Peeter Mender's, Adelaide Mender's and other's documents (shares, certificate of insurance) 1934-1940
11. Correspondence with Estonian Relief Committee, Inc. and related documents, contains also dispute about R. Kivirand's activities
12. Same (copies)

Box E136-2

13. Newspapers and clippings from Estonian media abroad about E. Harkna 1948-1951
14. Copies from Estonian media abroad about E. Harkna 1948-1949
15. Correspondence, clippings and catalogues related to donating art collection to the Rutgers University
16. Bonds of Lakewood Estonian Association, Inc. (1947) and financial reports of Estonian House in New York (1991)
17. Documents of Erich Harkna jr (1990)
18. Translation of official letter from Swedish Foreigners Commission to Baltic refugees about returning to their homeland, 07.1945 (in Estonian)


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The Harkna, Erich-Konstantin Papers, Estonian American Collection, Immigration History Research Center, University of Minnesota