Kalbus, Arvo, Papers

Finding Aid



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

Descriptive summary

Dates: 1913-
Abstract: Arvo Kalbus was a lawyer, editor writer, translator, radio producer for the Voice of America station, graduate of University of Tartu ("Frat. RAIMLA"). Collection consists of personal documents, articles, newspaper and magazine issues.
Quantity: 5 linear in.
Language: Estonian, English, French, German
Collection ID: IHRC601


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.


Arvo Kalbus was born on 21.02.1913 in Moscow, Russia. He studied at the Gymnasium of J.Westholm (1920-1931). 1942 he graduated University of Tartu faculty of Law. He was a member of the Estonian Students Society "Raimla". He worked in the Estonian News Agency (1935-1940) as editor, deputy director and editor in chief. 1944 he left to Germany, where he was a editor in chief in periodicals "Eesti Post"="Estonian Post" and "Our Life" (Geislingen, 1948). 1950 he emigrated to USA. There he worked in the USA Informatsiooniagentuuri = U. S. Information Agency "Ameerika Hääl"= "Voice of America" Estonian Service until the 1966 as reporter, translator, editor and commentary writer. Father: Tõnis (1880-1942) was Estonian Minister of the Interior and was arrested in 1941, died in Siberia, camp Sosva, region Sverdlovsk. Mother: Salme (maiden name Kollist). Arvo Kalbus was married twice; second wife was Evy (Evi) Laamann Kalbus, they were married since 1956.



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The Kalbus, Arvo Papers, Estonian American Collection, Immigration History Research Center, University of Minnesota


Related to the document in The National Archives of Estonia: EAA.2100.1.4177

Detailed Description of the Collection

BOX 1.

FOLDER 1. Personal papers 1931-1966
CV, passports, membership cards, certificates from DP camp in Germany, papers about employment and retirement from USIA "Voice of America" Estonian Service, Estonian banknotes from 1920s-1930s.
FOLDER 2. Copies of archival documents from Estonian State Archives, photocopies of newspaper articles and correspondence about the fate of Tõnis Kalbus - father of Arvo Kalbus 1993-1995
FOLDER 3. Copies of archival documents and other documents for the Kalbus family about acquiring, nationalization and recovering their properties in Estonia. 1940-1994
FOLDER 4. Correspondence; photos of friends and relatives 1948-1998
FOLDER 5. Papers of conferences, press digest and copies of documents about Estonian history and current (1990´s) political events 1994-2001
FOLDER 6. Newspaper clippings, photocopies 1951-2000
FOLDER 7. Printed matter: booklets of the U.S. Information Agency; the Parliament of Estonia, calendar.