Mägi (Magi), Rutar and Leida, Papers

Finding Aid


IHRC Archives

Immigration History Research Center Archives, University of Minnesota

Descriptive summary

Dates: 1922-1995
Abstract: Leida Rutar (nee Käppa) personal documents, letters to Leida and Rutar Mägi, documents related to Arne Mägi, prints, event programs, magazines, bulletins, special envelopes, collected newspaper clippings and funeral sheets, notes of Estonian songs, prints from boy-scout events.
Quantity: 5 linear in.
Language: Estonian, English, German
Collection ID: IHRC3629


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.


Rutar Mägi 01.06.1908 Hellenurme parish, Tartumaa, Estonia – 28.01.1977 Detroit, USA

Studied in Elva elementaary school and Tartu Tecnical Gymnasium (Tartu Tehnikagümnaasium). Served the army in Tarty Cavalry Regiment and played in the 2nd Division orchestra. Participated actively in Hellenurme education societies, played in a brass band, sang in several choirs. Until WWII was active in transportation sector in Tartu. Took part in WWII in the Eastern Battalion, emigrated to Germany. Spent time in Geislingen DP camp. Went to Detroit, USA in 1950. Mägi worked in Fisher Body car industry. Was also socially active, sang in the Male Choir, took part in the war veterans movement, also a long-time board member and chairman of the Estonian Freedom Fighters Association (Eesti Vabadusvõitlejate Ühing).

Leida Rutar (nee Käppa) 31. Oct 1909 in Hellenurme, Estonia.

Studied in Tartu Girls Gymnasium, worked in the Rotermann Factories Tartu department. Emigrated to Germany in 1944, lived in Stuttgart. Emigrated to USA in 1950. Son: Arne (1948)



Archive consists of 8 folders.


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The Mägi (Magi), Rutar and Leida Papers, Estonian American Collection, IHRC Archives, University of Minnesota

Index Terms

Displaced persons

Detailed Description of the Collection

BOX 1.

FOLDER 1. Leida Rutar (nee Käppa) personal documents (school certificate, confirmation certificate, other certificates 1922-1944); Rutar Mägi's funeral sheet 1977 1922-1977
FOLDER 2. Documents related to the couple's son, Arne Mägi: birth card, infant's development card, kindergarten promotion record, attendance award, newspapers 1948-1966
FOLDER 3. Letters to Leida and Rutar Mägi 1944-1995
FOLDER 4. Rutar Mägi's electrotechnology exercise book (undated)
FOLDER 5. Collected newspaper clippings and funeral sheets 1970-1987
FOLDER 6. Prints, event programs, magazines, bulletins, special envelopes (including prints from boy-scout events 1962-1967) 1946-1990
FOLDER 7. Notes of Estonian songs
FOLDER 8. Book "Mälestusi Tartu Tütarlaste Gümnaasiumist" and a jubilee poem to the school 1969