Mitt, Oswald and Erika (ne Mann), Papers

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

Descriptive summary

Dates: 1936-1993
Abstract: Personal documentation (passports, certificates, business cards), newspaper clippings.
Quantity: 2.5
Language: Estonian, English, German
Collection ID: IHRC3145


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, NJ), the National Archives of Estonia (NAE), and the IHRC in March 2009. Gristel Ramler and Birgit Nurme of the National Archives in Tallin, Estonia, worked with IHRC staff on the project.


Mitt, Oswald 03.02.1915-07.03.1993 NJ. Born in Viljandi, Estonia. Wife: Erika Mitt, photographer (09.10.1923-); son: Toomas Mitt (16.03.1944-). Regular military service in the Estonian Army 1935-1936. Emigrated to Germany in 1944 with his family and from there to the U.S. Graduated College in Viljandi (Estonia) in 1934, studied mathematics in the University of Tartu and graduated Techical University in Munich in 1939 as Engineer-Architect. 1939-1941 Assistent at the Technical University. 1942-1944 Chief Architect of Estonian Building Administration in Tallinn. 1945-1946 Lecturer at the Technical College (Estonian) in Geislingen, Germnay. 1946-1947 Special draughtsman at UNRRA U.S. Zone HQ Engineering Maintenance Depot, Ludwigsburg. 1947-1948 Lecturer at IRO Technical Training Center, Geislingen, Germnay. 1948-1949 Architect - 41st Labor Superv. Co. - U.S. Army, Heidelberg and Giessen, Germany. 1949 Chief of Training - IRO Training Center, Geislingen, Germany. 1949-1950 Harris and Brown, Architects N.Y.C., draftsman. 1950-1954 Shreve Lamb and Harmon Associates N.Y.C., senior draftsman. Member of Fraternity Vironia


Collection is organized into five folders: 1. Oswald Mitt's personal documents: Biography, certificates, applications, educational certificates, business cards, membership cards, professional correspondence etc. 2. Erika Mitt's personal documents: Passports, certificates, membership cards, publication "Mare Balticum" by H. Visnapuu, memorial album of the Republic of Estonia with decals. 3. Correspondence (1951-1993) 4. Newspaper clippings, invitations, programmes of Eesti Teater in displaced persons (DP) camp (Estonian Theatre) 5. Magazin "Interior Design" 1982.


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The Mitt, Oswald and Erika (ne Mann) Papers, Estonian American Collection, Immigration History Research Center, University of Minnesota