Lääne (Laane), Maret, Papers

Finding Aid


IHRC Archives

Immigration History Research Center Archives, University of Minnesota

Descriptive summary

Dates: 1933-1997
Abstract: Wooden plaque, documentation, certificate of naturalization, correspondence, newspaper clippings, programs, periodical, church ong sheet, collected Estonian poems, sample, folk patterns (Estonian).
Quantity: 3 linear in.
Language: Estonian, English, German
Collection ID: IHRC3719


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.


Lääne, Maret (nee Saarn) June 7, 1916 Tallinn, Estonia - Nov. 16, 1997 Barnegat, NJ, USA

Clerk, dressmaker, housewife, handcrafter. Emigrated to Germany in 1944, lived in Geislingen DP camp. Emigrated to USA from Germany in Aug. 31 1949. Lived in Bricktown, N.J. Became an U.S. Citizen in 6th of January 1961. 1st husband: Vilhelm Allikas (Jan. 6. 1912, Tallinn, Estonia - Jan. 28. 1940, Tallinn, Estonia), married Maret Nov. 11. 1934 Son: Vello Allikas (Dec. 7. 1935- 2nd husband: Herbert Lääne (1921 – 2000), married Maret 9. March 1946 Son: Agu (27. Feb 1948 in Geislingen, Germany- Mother: Elisabet Saarn (1893-1979) Father: Karl Saarn

Maret Lääne received a honorary diploma for her contribution to the Lakewood Estonian Association in 1983.



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The Lääne (Laane), Maret Papers, Estonian American Collection, IHRC Archives, University of Minnesota

Index Terms

Displaced persons

Detailed Description of the Collection

BOX 1.

FOLDER 1. Maret Lääne's personal documents: passports, certificates, visa questionnaire, copy of birth certificate, marriage certificate, certificate of naturalization, funeral sheet etc. 1943-1997
FOLDER 2. Correspondence with husband and relatives 1965, 1991-1995
FOLDER 3. IDs and documents belonging to Maret Lääne's sons Vello Allikas and Agu Lääne 1940-1945, death certificate of her mother Elisabeth Saarn 1979 1940-1979
FOLDER 4. Blotter (album) of collected Estonian poems
FOLDER 5. Unfinished embroidery, drawings of national costumes from the magazine "Taluperenaine" 1937-1938
FOLDER 6. Collected newspaper clippings, programs, song sheets 1933-1989
FOLDER 7. Estonain Freedom Foundation appreciation plaque (wooden) to Maret Lääne 1990