Nõukas-Staaf (Noukas-Staaf), Lia, Papers

Finding Aid


IHRC Archives

Immigration History Research Center Archives, University of Minnesota

Descriptive summary

Dates: 1946-1999
Abstract: Magazines, newspaper clippings, Aleksander Tõnisson's and Helja Meindok-Kersten's documents.
Quantity: 2.5 linear in.
Language: Estonian, English
Collection ID: IHRC3564


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.


Born in Estonia 1933, emigrated to Germany in 1944. 1949 went to New York, USA. After that to Genoa, Ohio. In 1955 became U.S. citizen. Attended Bowling Green State University, BA in history. MA degree in library science at Case Western Reseve University. Worked as a media specialist in Lakewood, Ohio.

Daughters: Monica and Norma Father: Osvald (policeman)



Archive consists of 9 folders.


The Nõukas-Staaf (Noukas-Staaf), Lia collection is available for public research.


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The Nõukas-Staaf (Noukas-Staaf), Lia Papers, Estonian American Collection, IHRC Archives, University of Minnesota

Index Terms

Displaced persons

Detailed Description of the Collection

BOX 1.

FOLDER 1. Magazine "The Lutheran" letter to Lia Staaf and copy of Lia Staaf's commentary published in the magazine 1997
FOLDER 2. Newspaper "Westlife Newspaper" and "Alpha Phi Quarterly" consisting articles about Lia Nõukas-Staaf 1999
FOLDER 3. Newspaper clippings about Estonian boat refugees' arrival to Miami 1946-1947 and their life onwards (newspapers Miami Daily News and The Miami Herald) 1946-1976
FOLDER 4. Estonian Students Body in USA bulletin "Alma Mater" (1952?)
FOLDER 5. Brochure Cleveland Cultural Gardens 1981, program of dedication of the Estonian Cultural Garden June 19, 1966; map of the Cleveland Cultural Garden
FOLDER 6. Journal Estonian Labour and Youth nr 4, 1990 (Stockholm); K. Jaak Roosaar's CV and commercial calendar for the Estonian Parliament elections in 1999 1990-1999
FOLDER 7. Magazines: The Saturday Evening Post Aug. 27, 1949; McCall's Dec. 1993; National Geographic May 1993; Alpha Phi Quarterly spring 1994 1949-1994
FOLDER 8. Aleksander Tõnisson's biography (written down by his wife Silvia Tõnisson), A. Tõnisson's rehabilitation certificate, copy of an invitation to interrogation from the KGB, copy of a deportation certificate 1959. Documents sent to Lia Nõukas-Staaf by Silvia Tõnisson 1959-1990s
FOLDER 9. Documents and incomplete memoirs collected by Helja Meindok-Kersten about the I Girls Gymnasium (copies), 3 poems by Helja Meindok-Kersten (1990) 1990s?