Kattemaa, Erik and Elli, Papers

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

Descriptive summary

Dates: 1902, 1946-1990
Abstract: Correspondence, brochures, postcards, materials pertaining to ornithology and botany
Quantity: 1 lin.ft.
Language: Estonian, English, German, Swedish
Collection ID: IHRC3101


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


Kattemaa, Erik 05.10.1891 - 1971 Born in Estonia (Kattenberg). Wife: Elli Kattemaa; son: Ingvar Kattemaa. In DP-camp in Germany from 1946, emigrated to the U.S. in 1950, gained citizenship in 1966


Collection is organized into 28 folders: 1. Erik Kattemaa's biographical data, personal documents (copies of newspaper clippings, recommendation letter, copies from articles about Erik Kattemaa's memories from 1941) 2. Correspondence of family Kattemaa 3. Postcards received by family Kattemaa 4. Erik Kattemaa's correspondence and information sent by Eduard Vallaste 5. Elli Kattemaa's correspondence 6. Manuscripts of ornitology, speeches and letters (fragments) by Erik Kattemaa 7. Erik Kattemaa's conspectus about agricluture 1948-1949 (13 notebooks in handwriting) 8. Erik Kattemaa's notebooks of learning English, notebook with German sayings 9. Notebook with birthdays, list of birth and death dates 10. Collected materials about political activities of Estonian organizations (programmes, correspondents and announcements of Estonian Relief Commitee, Inc., The Baltic Commitee in Scandinavia) 11. Programmes, handouts and invitations of different Estonian events 1946-1977 12. Documents about Estonian organizations in Portland (correspondence, constitutions, programmes, reports, invitations of Portland Estonian Society, Estonian Lutherian congregation, etc. 13. Book of confirmation class materials as a gift for Erik Kattemaa, 1968 14. Newspaper clippings about churches, ministes, publications by Estonian Lutherian Church 15. Collected materials, manuscripts and notes about ornitology by Erik Kattemaa 16. Newspaper clippings (nature related) 17. Extracts from "Congressional Record" 18. Newspaper clippings from newspapers in Estonian 19. Same 20. Newspaper clippings from newspapers in English about Estonians 21. Collected brochures about Estonia with notes by Erik Kattemaa 22. Magazine "Team Talk" (07/1971, 10/1973, 05/1974, 08/1974) 23. Manuscript of speech "Estonia" by Esta Andersson, 1955 24. Postcards and booklets from several travels and journeys 25. Photos (2) 26. Construction plans of Estonian Archive in Lakewood 27. Erik Kattemaa's calendar-book with clippings, sketches, notes 28. Books


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The Kattemaa, Erik and Elli Papers, Estonian American Collection, Immigration History Research Center, University of Minnesota

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Displaced persons