Liiv, Meta, Papers

Finding Aid


IHRC Archives

Immigration History Research Center Archives, University of Minnesota

Descriptive summary

Dates: 1965-1980
Abstract: No personal documents or personal information, documents are related to the organizing of ESTO '76 (Estonian World Festival), collected documents, envelope collection.
Quantity: 1 oversize
Language: Estonian, English
Collection ID: IHRC3739


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.


29.08.1919 Petrograd, Russia – 15.02.1989 Laurel, MD, USA

Teacher. Graduated from Valga Gymnasium in Estonia, studied singing in Tartu Music School. In 1941 graduated from Tartu Teacher´s Seminar (Tartu Õpetajate Seminar). 1941-1944 was a teacher in Kuigatsi elementary school. 1944 emigrated to Germany, in 1950 to USA. From 1951 worked in YWCA International Center, from 1971 was the head of YWCA International Center. Was a teacher in Baltimore Estonian School, the headmaster for 4 years. Member of Baltimore Saint Mark's Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church, member of Baltimore Estonian Funeral Fund, participated in the activities of Baltimore Estonian Theatre, was active in Baltimore Estonian Female Choir, co-worker at the Baltimore Estonian Society Newsletter "Bülletään". From 1952 the head of Girl Scout Center. Head secretary of ESTO (Estonian World Festival) ´76 organizing committee. Member of Baltimore Estonian Society, 1985-1989 its chairwoman.

Husband: Voldemar Liiv. Married 1950. Daughter: Tiina Ets Son: Martin

Awards: Americanism Medal from the female organization Daughters of the American Revolution for successful work in YWCA International Centre (1989).



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The Liiv, Meta Papers, Estonian American Collection, IHRC Archives, University of Minnesota


IHRC3128, ESTO festival 1976

Index Terms

Displaced persons

Detailed Description of the Collection

BOX 1.

FOLDER 1. Correspondence related to the organizing of ESTO '76 (Estonian World Festival): list of Estonians in Baltimore, list on ESTO '76 organizers and work group members, badge "Baltimore invites you", minute about concluding the activities of ESTO '76 (1976) 1974-1978
FOLDER 2. Correspondence with the National Catholic School of Social Service; copy of a newspaper clipping 1976
FOLDER 3. Newspaper clipping about a letter from occupied Estonia received by bottle post (1965), text of the so-called "Letter of the 40" published in occupied Estonia (1980) 1965-1980
FOLDER 4. World Anti-Communist League Swedish Chapter circular letters and information about Arvo Horm's and Toomas Jürisoo's visit to USA in April 1974; circular letters of the Baltic Committee in Scandinavia; press releases and reports of the Baltic Institute and Estonian National Council in Sweden 1973-1975
FOLDER 5. Album consisting of Meta Liiv's envelope collection from 1970s 1970s