Krusten, Pedro and Edla, Papers

Finding Aid



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

Descriptive summary

Dates: [1908,1911] 1948-1999
Abstract: magazine articles "my experiences living in Russia" Corresp. w/ Peeter Speek
Quantity: 1 ln ft
Language: Estonian, German, English
Collection ID: IHRC3508


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.


21.05.1897 - 14.01.1987 Arlington, MA, USA (buried in Metsakalmistu, Tallinn, Estonia, 1992) Born in Muraste, Harjumaa, Estonia (Peeter Krustein). Wife: Edla Krusten (nee Remmelgas, married in 1950). Journalist, writer. Emigrated to Germany in 1944 and to the U.S. in 1950


Collection is organized into six folders: 1. Letters from Peeter Speek to P. Krusten 1963-1965; Added: notes from Peeter Speek (handwritings and typewritings) and transcriptions of letters from Eduard Vilde to Peeter Speek 1908, 1911 (nine letters); Newspaper clipping from 1973 "Kui Speeki külastasime" - article by P. Krusten 2. Copy of newsletter "Gen. Greely Souvenir" edition Bremen - New-York, 22.01-02.02.1950 (includes greetings in different languages from passangers) 3. Manuscript "Pärast Eesti okupeerimist Nõukogude Liidu poolt 1940. aastal välisvetesse jäänu Eesti laevade saatusest", compiled by P. Krusten in 1950 (NY) with data from Johannes Kaiv 4. Magazine "Our Life", Germany 1948 (1-6) 5. Magazine "Our Life" (fragments), Germany 1948 6. Collected materials about Estonians in German Army (copies and printouts from internet, 1990s) Books and two photos from this collection housed in Lakewood; 18.03.2009


The Krusten, Pedro and Edla collection is available for public research.


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The Krusten, Pedro and Edla Papers, Estonian American Collection, Immigration History Research Center, University of Minnesota


Personal collection of Speek, Peeter Aleksander in Estonian Literary Museum: f. 198 and in the National Archives of Estonia: ERA.4397; Personal collection of Vilde, Eduard in the Estonian Literary Museum: f. 153; Memorial Museum of Eduard Vilde (in Tallinn, Estonia)