Okas, August, Papers

Finding Aid


IHRC Archives

Immigration History Research Center Archives, University of Minnesota

Descriptive summary

Dates: 1923-1991
Abstract: Eclectic collection about materials collected by August Okas. Union of Estonian Medical Doctors Society documents, list of Estonian medical doctors in Germany 1948, Leo Laurson's memoirs about Henrik Visnapuu and Julius Kuperjanov, Edmund Klimberg's memoirs about Eduard Viiralt, documents belonging to Hans Idam (2 letters from Henrik Visnapuu). Aadu Lüüs' letters. Johannes Meremägi's personal documents, collected materials about Estonians in Argentina. Includes photos, programs, clippings and magazines.
Quantity: 5 linear in.
Language: Estonian, English, German, Spanish
Collection ID: IHRC3683


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.


August Okas was a medical doctor. Emigrated to Germany during WWII, later moved to Argentina.



Archive consists of 15 folders.


The Okas, August collection is available for public research.


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

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The Okas, August Papers, Estonian American Collection, IHRC Archives, University of Minnesota

Index Terms

Displaced persons

Detailed Description of the Collection

BOX 1.

FOLDER 1. August Okas' documents: copy of a photo taken on the general assembly of the Union of Estonian Medical Doctors Society in 1937; photo of the workers of Health Care Institute taken in Tartu in 1930s; Estonian Med. Doctors Society in Germany circular letters, reunion programs 1947-1948, list of Estonian doctors in Germany 1948 1930-1948
FOLDER 2. Aadu Lüüs' letters to August Okas 1955-1962, photo of Maret Aule, Aadu Lüüs, Hele Lüüs. Aadu Lüüs' reprint (1960), clippings of Aadu Lüüs' writings. A. Okas' letter to Aadu Lüüs about prof. dr. Theodor Werbitzky's manuscript about prof. Ludwig Puusep, newspaper with the memoirs
FOLDER 3. Johannes Meremägi's (1894-1967) personal documents, August Okas' letter to Olga Meremägi 1967. Certificates, service records, clippings, passports etc. Photos - UNRRA Team '44 1923-1967
FOLDER 4. Henrik Visnapuu's 2 letters to Hans Idam from Geislingen to Buenos Aires (August 1948-March 1949). Alfred Anderson's letter to August Okas about making copies of H. Visnapuu's letters 1973 1948-1949, 1973
FOLDER 5. Collected materials about Olav Roots' performances in Argentina: newspaper clippings, tickets, programs. H.I. (Hans Idam?) writing "Olav Roots Buenos Aireses" (manuscript) 1960-1991
FOLDER 6. Documents about pianist John Pea's concerts in Buenos Aires (newspaper clippings, programs etc.) 1963
FOLDER 7. Estonian chess players on a tour in Argentina 1939 (booklet, photos of gatherings at the Estonian Society "Estonia" in Buenos Aires), newspaper clippings about Paul Keres' participation on chess tournaments in Argentina 1957, 1964 1939, 1957, 1964
FOLDER 8. Representatives of the Federation of Democratic Refugee Students of Central and Eastern Europe in Buenos Aires in 1958. Invitation from the Estonian Student Body in Argentina, newspaper clippings, photos of the representatives of the Federation (described), brochure about the Federation 1958
FOLDER 9. Edmund Klimberg's memoirs about Eduard Viiralt (from 1946) written in Argentina 1963
FOLDER 10. Leo Laurson's memoirs about Julius Kuperjanov from the period 1904-1917 (pages 21-23 missing, ends with page 44)
FOLDER 11. Leo Laurson's memoirs (fragment) about Henrik Visnapuu in Sipa school (undated)
FOLDER 12. Documents related to celebrating the anniversaries of the Republic of Estonia in Buenos Aires: programs, invitations, newspaper clippings, circular letters from the Estonian society "Estonia" to other Estonian organizations in Argentina about celebrating the anniversaries 1935-1964
FOLDER 13. Programs and invitations of Estonian organizations in Argentina 1927-1959 (Estonian society "Ühendus" string orchestra and theatre troupe, Global Estonian Youth Association's Argentinian department, Estonian orchestra "Esthonian Boys Band", Estonian Society "Estonia" etc.) 1927-1959
FOLDER 14. Magazine "Välis-Eesti teated" July 1930, clippings about Estonians in Argentina (unknown newspaper, 1937)
FOLDER 15. Journal "Olion" (Australia) 1957 nr 3, 1958 nr 5. Copies and clippings from Estonian books and newspapers (1929-1970s?)