Oras, Ants, Papers

Finding Aid


IHRC Archives

Immigration History Research Center Archives, University of Minnesota

Descriptive summary

Dates: 1948-1990
Abstract: Manuscripts, correspondence, personal correspondence, poetry translations, newspaper clippings.
Quantity: 5 linear in.
Language: Estonian, English, German, Russian, Finnish
Collection ID: IHRC3598


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.


8 December 1900 in Tallinn – 21 December 1982 in Gainesville, Florida

Estonian translator and writer. Oras studied at Tartu University, graduating with a Master of Philosophy degree in 1923. He also obtained a Bachelor of Literature degree from Oxford University. From 1928 through 1934, he was a lecturer at both Tartu and Helsinki University. Between 1934 and 1943 he was a Professor at Tartu. Oras went to Sweden in 1943, then to England in 1949, then on to the United States where he settled in Gainsville, Florida. From 1957 to 1958 he was a visiting professor at Helsinki University, and in 1965 he became a US State Department visiting lecturer in Sweden. In 1972 he became professor of English at the University of Florida in Gainesville and received an honorary doctorate from that university in 1975. Ants Oras was the author of several books, including one on the works of John Milton, as well as an account of the Occupation of the Baltic states titled The Baltic Eclipse. He also translated Shakespeare, Goethe (including Faust), Pushkin, Virgil, Alexander Pope and Moliere into Estonian, as well as many Estonian works into English, German, Swedish, French and Spanish.

Wife: Livia

Works: The Critical Ideas of TS Eliot, Tartu, 1932; Laiemasse ringi: kirjanduslikke perspektiive ja profiile (artiklikogumik). Vaba Eesti, Stockholm, 1961; Marie Under (lühimonograafia). Eesti Kirjanike Kooperatiiv, Lund 1963; Estonian literature in exile (an essay by Ants Oras; with a bio-bibliographical appendix by Bernard Kangro). Eesti Kirjanike Kooperatiiv, Lund 1967.



Archive consists of 13 folders.


The Oras, Ants collection is available for public research.


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

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The Oras, Ants Papers, Estonian American Collection, IHRC Archives, University of Minnesota


Ants Oras' personal archive in the Estonian Literary Museum: f. 237

Index Terms

Displaced persons

Detailed Description of the Collection

BOX 1.

FOLDER 1. Personal letters received by Ants and Livia Oras 1958-1962, A. Oras' letter to the editorial board of "Eesti Post" 1956 1956-1962
FOLDER 2. Manuscripts of forewords to the 2nd edition (1972) and the Finnish edition of the "Baltic Eclipse" (London, 1948). Clipping about the book "Baltic Eclipse" 1948 1948-1972
FOLDER 3. Aleksis Rannit's letters to Ants Oras with reviews about Rannit's poetry collection "Verse an Wiiralt und das geklärte Gleichnis", translated from Estonian to German by A. Oras. Baden-Baden 1960 1961-1965
FOLDER 4. Ants Oras' (?) manuscript "Escape by Way of Finland" (undated)
FOLDER 5. Ants Oras' manuscript of transcriptions of Shakespeare' s songs from plays and a foreword; translations of Shakespeare's sonnets (undated)
FOLDER 6. Manuscripts of poetry translations (G. Suits, A. Puškin, A. Rannit, J.W. Goethe, G. Fröding and by unknown authors) and notes
FOLDER 7. Poems by an unknown author (by Ants Oras?) Apr. -July 1948 (typewriting) 1948
FOLDER 8. A Survey of Estonian Literature by Ants Oras (private copy) 1950s
FOLDER 9. A selection from the poems of the modern Estonian poet Uku Masing in English and German translation (undated)
FOLDER 10. "Estonian Poetry" (1957) and "Marie Under and Estonian Poetry" (undated) by Ants Oras and newspaper clippings about Ants Oras 1957-1980
FOLDER 11. Prints and articles sent to Ants Oras with dedications from authors 1954-1962
FOLDER 12. Collected newspaper clippings and prints about Estonia 1961-1972
FOLDER 13. Daniel Popp's letter to Ivar Ivask concerning Ants Oras' archive in the University of Florida Library (copy) 1990