Martin, Edmund and Valli, Papers

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IHRC Archives

Immigration History Research Center Archives, University of Minnesota

Descriptive summary

Dates: 1926-1995
Abstract: Correspondence with the Estonian American National Council, pamphlets, newspaper clippings, scripts and program brochures related to Martin's activities as a film director and producer.
Quantity: 5 linear in.
Language: Estonian, English
Collection ID: IHRC3111


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.


Edmund J Martin 13.01.1910 Pärnu, Estonia – 18. 09.2003 Nassau, New York

Born as a merchant's son, studied in Pärnu Gymnasium (Pärnu Poeglaste Gümnaasium), later studied economics in the University of Vienna and graduated the Vienna Film School as a film director. Worked in film production companies in Vienna and Berlin, the returned to Estonia and became the production manager in Estonian Culture Film. Later he returned to Vienna, where he also participated in the activities of the Vienna Estonian Society and helped the Estonian refugees during WWII. 1952 moved to USA, studied to be a designer and opened his own studio „Scandis Designers“. Film “Tiina” (by August Kitzberg) Director: Edmund J. Martin Main Cast: Valli Martin, 1977

Bibliography: Pärnumaa kõverpeegel : Pärnumaa tegelaste biograafiline leksikon sõnas ja pildis / biograafiad: Maurus-Jauram ; sharssid ja karikatuurid: Gori, Owe, Ero; kaas: Edmund Martin. Pärnu, 1933. Valli Martin 21. 03.1924 – 06. 1987 Lakewood, New Jersey Actress, has acted in several of her husband's films.



Archive consists of 12 folders.


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The Martin, Edmund and Valli Papers, Estonian American Collection, IHRC Archives, University of Minnesota

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Detailed Description of the Collection

BOX 1.

FOLDER 1. Collected newspapers and newspaper clippings, including articles about E. Martin 1926/1927 - 1995
FOLDER 2. Correspondence between Estonian American National Council and Edmund and Valli Martin concerning the production of the film "Tiina". Draft of "Libahunt's" production charter. 1973-1977
FOLDER 3. "Tiina" filmscript
FOLDER 4. Poster of the film"Tiina" (damaged, partial)
FOLDER 5. Newspaper clippings about the film "Tiina"
FOLDER 6. E. Martin's film "Nest in the Sun" script
FOLDER 7. Manuscript of Edmund Martin's film "Koidula" 1983, story outlines for films "Nut in the Sun" ("Pähkel päikeses") ca 1959 and "Rowan and Martin in Bippyland" (undated)
FOLDER 8. Film "Seven whisks" pamphlet, prospectus and reviews
FOLDER 9. Articles about Valli Martin's performances, wallpaper for the theatrical performance "Mikumärdi"
FOLDER 10. Invitations and tickets to various events 1956-1978
FOLDER 11. Event programs and pamphlets 1956-1978
FOLDER 12. Album of Estonian-themed newspaper clippings and postcards compiled by Linda Evelin Martin