Koresaar, Victor, Papers

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

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Creator: Koresaar, Victor
Dates: 1950-1990
Abstract: Correspondence, research notes and papers, copies of published articles on subjects in the history of the Estonian language and literature, included are also materials pertaining to the Estonian Learned Society and the Estonian Cultural Association. P.E.N. klub, concert, exhibit programs, lecture notes, reviews, correspondence, invitations, By-laws (Estonian academic society), monetary receipts EU in USA 1954-55, monographs, originals for piano compositions contest; memorials
Quantity: 10 lin.ft.
Language: Estonian, English
Collection ID: IHRC3354


Collection transferred to the IHRC from the Estonian Archives in the U.S.A. (EAU) in 2003-2005.


Librarian, archivist, folklorist, Victor Koresaar (b. 1916) studied at the University of Tartu in Estonia, received his PhD from the University of Tubingen in Germany and master's degree in library Science from Columbia University in New York. His career included the position of Chief of the Slavonic Division at the New York Public Library, he was also president of the Estonian Learned Society in America. Koresaar was born in 1916 in Tallinn, Estonia where he received his primary education. He graduated from Tartu University with a degree in Romance and classical languages and philosophy. Before the war, he worked as a translator in the Estonian Foreign Ministry. In 1944 he was transferred, with many other Estonians, to Germany. There, in Tübingen, he received his Ph.D. in classical archaeology, prehistory and Romance philology in 1950.

Koresaar came to the United States in 1950, began working at the NYPL in 1952 and received his library degree from Columbia University in 1957. He progressed upward at NYPL, and became Chief of the Slavic and Baltic Division in 1976. He held this position until his retirement in April 1983. Afterwards he continued as a consultant for Estonian and Finno-Ugric materials at the Library. Also published acticles on linguistics, literature, history and mythology. Dr. Koressar was active in Estonian exile communities in both North America and Sweden. He wrote many articles for exile journals. Together with Aleksis Rannit he edited a festschrift in honor of the distinguished Estonian exile scholar Professor Ants Oras. He was for a time also chairman of the Estonian Learned Society, vice president of the Association for the Advancement of Baltic Studies (AABS) and a member of the board of the Estonian Cultural Foundation - has held the post of Estonian Culture Foundation in the United States. Died on October 25, 2002 in New York.



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The Koresaar, Victor Papers, Estonian American Collection, Immigration History Research Center, University of Minnesota

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