Kaur, Paul, Papers

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

Descriptive summary

Abstract: Mathematician, biologist, professor, iron and oil deposit researcher in Estonia, Voruma born in Valgamaa, Helmevald farmer's son. Assistant meteorologist (1932-34), worked in geophysics, geothermal energy research. He continued his education and later worked in topohydrographic as geologist studying magnetic fields; leit. colonel in Estonian army; hydrometeorologist; Germany Flensburg DP camp director for Estonian committee; Papers of the DP Navigation and Sea-Engineering School in Flensburg; personal correspondence and certificates; biography and list of transferred archrivals; printed matter:"Lehrbuch Der Navigation" I and II (1943).
Quantity: 1 linear ft.
Language: Estonian, English, German
Collection ID: IHRC3817


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 2011. Gerli Raadik and Peeter Väljas of the National Archives in Tallinn, Estonia, worked with IHRC staff on the project.


Paul Kaur was born on 06.04.1908 in parish Koorküla, Viljandimaa, Estonia and died on 02.o5.1992 in Florida, USA. He studied in gymnasium in Tõrva, Estonian Military School and Universty of Tartu faculty of mathematics, which he graduated in 1934. He worked in Meteorological Observatory of Tartu University as an assistant (1932-1934), in Estonian Army topohydrographic department as teacher and geologist (1935-1940), in Tallinn Technical University geophysics lecturer, in Tallinna Technical School as math teacher, in Tallinn Sea Observatory as forecaster (1940-1941), in Hydrometeorological Institute as head of the Sea Hydrology Bureau (1941-1944). During the WW II he was mobilized into the German Army. 1944 he left to Germany. There he worked in Sea Observatory in Greifswald as researcher (1944-1945), he was a founder and a leader of the DP Navigation and Sea-Engineering School in Flensburg DP camp (1945-1949) and also director of Estonian gymnasium and a head of the elementary school, math teacher in Lingen Estonian Gymnasium in Germany (1949-1950). 1950 he emigrated to USA and worked in New York as construction worker. Social activities: Eesti Üliõpilaste Selts Ühendus=Estonian Students Society; Flensburgi Eesti Komitee=Estonian Committee in Flensburg, Germany (founder and chairman); Lõuna-Florida Eestlaste Koondis=South-Florida Estonians Association (member); EELC South-Florida St. Paul‘s Church (founder). 1938 he married to Helmi Kaur (maiden name Unt), she was economist.



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The Kaur, Paul Papers, Estonian American Collection, Immigration History Research Center, University of Minnesota


Related to documents in The National Archives of Estonia: EAA.2100.1.4757; EAA.2105.1.381; EAA.2100.2.314

Detailed Description of the Collection

BOX 1. Paul Kaur

FOLDER 1. List of archivalia, personal documents of Paul and Helmi Kaur
FOLDER 2. School program 1946-1947
FOLDER 3. Correspondence of DP Navigation and Sea-Engineering School in Flensburg 1946-1948
FOLDER 4. Lists of graduates, courses schemes, certificate blanks 1946-1949
FOLDER 5. Protocols of scores 1947-1948 1947-1948
FOLDER 6. Protocols of scores 1948-1949 1948-1949
FOLDER 7. Bases of certificates 1947-1948 1947-1948
FOLDER 8. Bases of certificates 1949 1949
FOLDER 9. Registry of certificates of DP Navigation and Sea-Engineering School in Flensburg
FOLDER 10. Photos of DP Navigation and Sea-Engineering School in Flensburg, certificates of Toivo Visnapuu and Kustas Arula
This folder is not included in the list of archivalia