Kariste, Elsa and Leo, Papers

Finding Aid


IHRC Archives

Immigration History Research Center Archives, University of Minnesota

Descriptive summary

Dates: 1942-2003
Abstract: Programs of various events in Germany and USA, personal documents, memoirs from 1944, ration book, ship newspaper Sturgis News, 1950.
Quantity: 3 linear in.
Language: Estonian, English, German
Collection ID: IHRC3715


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 2012. Gristel Ramler and Tiina Trumberg of the National Archives in Tallinn, Estonia, worked with IHRC staff on the project.


Elsa Karist (nee Otsus) Sept. 12, 1907- Jan. 26, 2008, married to Leo Karist (May 17, 1908 - ?). Emigrated to Germany, were in Altenstadt DP camp. Leo Karist participated in the activities of Estonian Committee at Kempten, was a member of Fraternity Ugala and New York Male Chorus. Elsa and Leo were members of the Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church New York congregation. They lived in Fort Montgomery, New York. Two daughters: Mare (Mary) and Kadi Father: Mihkel Mother: Anna Stepmother: Raina Sisters: Velda Otsus, Marta



Archive consists of 4 folders.


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The Karist, Elsa and Leo Papers, Estonian American Collection, IHRC Archives, University of Minnesota

Index Terms

Displaced persons

Detailed Description of the Collection

BOX 1.

FOLDER 1. Elsa and Leo Karist's personal documents, incl. Elsa Karist's memoirs about leaving Estonia and the 1944 events in Estonia; ration book, documents issued in the DP camp, 2 letters, greeting cards sent to Leo Karist 1942-1972
FOLDER 2. Concert, show and event programs and invitations, cards of appreciation to Leo, Elsa and Kaja Karist for organizing events, mostly from the DP camp in Germany 1945-1950
FOLDER 3. Ship newspaper "Sturgis News" from USNS General SD Sturgis (No 5, 4th of June 1950) 1950
FOLDER 4. Concert, church service and other event programs and advertisements. Two hand-outs with information about Estonia 1952-2003 1952-2003