McGovern, Tiia, Papers

Finding Aid


IHRC Archives

Immigration History Research Center Archives, University of Minnesota

Descriptive summary

Dates: 1932-1994
Abstract: The archive is compiled by Tiia McGovern, who is also the donor. The archive does not have any documents concerning Tiia McGovern. Consists of: papers of Hartvig Reinvalla and his wife Ellen Hildegard Luht Reinvalla, correspondence, personal documents (include certificates from DP camps), lists of persons in DP camps Haunstetten, Linz/Donau in Austria. Also lists of survivors of sunken steamships "Moero" and "Nordstern" in 1944, newspaper clippings about Estonia.
Quantity: 5 linear in.
Language: Estonian, English
Collection ID: IHRC3109


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.


Hartvig Vilhelm Reinvald (Reinvalla) Born 18. March 1896 in Pikavere, Estonia

During 1916-1917, he participated in WWI, 1918-1920 in the Estonian War of Independence, 1920-1923 worked in Tallinn Town Farmacy, 1923-1930 studied mathematics in the University of Tartu, 1927-1935 was a teacher in Paldiski Gymnasium, 1935-1944 teacher in Põltsamaa Gymnasium. 1944 emigrated to Germany, 1949 to USA. 1952-1962 worked as a clerk in "American Home Insurance Co". Retired in 1962. Academically a member of Estonian Students Society. Father: Anton (school teacher)

Wife: Ellen Hildegard (nee Luht) 31. Jan. 1911

During 1931-1944, she worked as an archivist and managing clerk in the Estonian Ministry of Interior Central Office of the Family Records, Oct. 1944-March 1945 was a clerk in the Refugee Organization for Estonian Refugees in Berlin and Linz (Germany and Austria), 1945-1948 worked as a secretary in the International Refugee Organization on UNRRA/IRO in Augsburg DP camp (Germany), March 1949-Sept. 1949 worked as a clerk in the International Refugee Organization Area Employment Office, in 1949 emigrated to USA. From 1949 worked as a housemaid in New York.



Archive consists of 8 folders.


The collection is available for public research with the exception of Folder 5 which is restricted.


The McGovern, Tiia collection is the physical property of the Immigration History Research Center Archives, University of Minnesota.

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The McGovern, Tiia Papers, Estonian American Collection, IHRC Archives, University of Minnesota

Index Terms

Displaced persons

Detailed Description of the Collection

BOX 1.

FOLDER 1. List of survivors of sunken steamship "Moero" Sept. 26. 1944; list of survivors and deceased of the sunken steamship "Nordstern" Oct. 6. 1944, list of working and unemployed Estonians in Linz DP camp 1944; list of Estonians in Hainstetten (1947) and Vangen DP camps 1944-1947
FOLDER 2. Hartvig Vilhelm Reinvalla's (Reinvald) personal documents: membership cards, CV, military certificate, questionnaires, jubilee cards, notarized documents etc. 1932-1986
FOLDER 3. Ellen Hildegard Reinvald' s (nee Luht) personal documents: work certificate, marital status certificate, green card, temporary foreign passport, certificates, draft of a letter to Ernst Jaakson etc. 1944-1994
FOLDER 4. Notices from church records and marital status certificates of the families: Schirmer, Luht, Rottmann, Sõnner, Annok (related to Ellen Reinvald's family) 1944
FOLDER 5. Hendrikson family documents: correspondence, copy of a death certificate, documents related to the Hendrikson funeral, newspaper clippings, the last will and testament of Eugenia Hendrikson 1968-1969
FOLDER 6. Housekeeping book 1965-1978
FOLDER 7. Newspaper clippings about Estonia 1967
FOLDER 8. Collected prints