Pesti, Arnold, Papers

Finding Aid


IHRC Archives

Immigration History Research Center Archives, University of Minnesota

Descriptive summary

Dates: 1959-1988
Abstract: A. Pesti's autobiography, correspondence, essays on various topics, notes, list of Estonian Evangelical Church St. Paul congregation in New York council members, Estonian Students Society church service program, newspaper clippings.
Quantity: 3 linear in.
Language: Estonian, English, German
Collection ID: IHRC3610


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.


Jan. 15. 1914 Päärdu village, Velise parish, Läänemaa county, Estonia - Jan. 22. 1990 Oceanside, NY, USA

1927-1932 studied in Tallinn Technical School (Tallinna Tehnikum) in Estonia, Military School of the Republic of Estonia (Eesti Vabariigi Sõjakool), officer course. Was promoted as ensign in 02.10 1936, graduated from the Military School officer course infantry class in 15.08 1937 and was transferred to Pioneer Battalion, promoted as second lieutenant in 18.02 1938. 1944 emigrated to Germany, later to USA, where he graduated from Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute. Worked as a senior engineer in American Electric Power. Council member of the Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church's St. Paul congregation in New York. Academically a member of Estonian Students Society (Eesti Üliõpilaste Selts).

Spouse: Linda (married 1940) Father: Jaan Mother: Ann Brother: Johannes Son: Jaak



Archive consists of 6 folders.


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The Pesti, Arnold Papers, Estonian American Collection, IHRC Archives, University of Minnesota

Index Terms

Displaced persons

Detailed Description of the Collection

BOX 1.

FOLDER 1. Arnold Pesti's autobiography
FOLDER 2. Correspondence concerning church services 1956-1965, subscribing Estonian literature and religious topics 1959-1988
FOLDER 3. List of members of the Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church St. Paul congregation in New York 1963-1968, list of members in New York Estonian scout troop "Viiking" 1969, church service program of Estonian Students Society 95th anniversary 1965 1963-1969
FOLDER 4. Essays and speech texts on religious and philosophic subjects by Rudolf Sork, Alvine Pärn and unknown authors in English
FOLDER 5. Articles, speech texts and notes, Survey of Language Resources of American ethnic groups, incl. Aarand Roos' biography, history of Estonian Writers' co-operative, article about prof. Hans Küng's book "Igavene elu. Elu pärast surma"
FOLDER 6. Newspaper clippings about Estonia