University of Minnesota

Valtman, Edmund, Papers

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Immigration History Research Center, College of Liberal Arts, University of Minnesota

Descriptive summary

Creator: Valtmans, Edmund
Dates: 1945-2005
Abstract: Correspondence personal and business, journals, publicity, financial records, materials related to the production of EV's cartoons, EV's artwork and photographs.
Quantity: 11 linear feet
Language: Estonian, English
Collection ID: IHRC3411


Collection acquired from the Estonian American Archives in Lakewood, New Jersey, (4 lin. ft.) and the Estate of Edmund Valtman (7 lin. ft.) in 2004 and 2005, respectively.


Edmund Valtman (May 31, 1914 - January 12, 2005), born in Tallinn, Estonia, later attended the gymnasium and Art School in Tallinn. First cartoon published at the age of 15. Worked as draftsman between 1940 and 1941in Viljandi, southern Estonia, where he experienced both the first occupation of Estonia by the Soviet Union in 1940 and the arrival of the German Army in 1941. Until his departure from Tallinn on September 21, 1944, fleeing the returning Red Army, he worked as a cartoonist for the newspaper EESTI SONA. The following years were spent in displaced persons camps in Germany, mainly in Geislingen. Edmund Valtman immigrated to the United States in 1949, first working with his wife, Helmi, for their sponsor family in Little Silver, New Jersey. In 1951, his wife secured a job with the insurance industry and he obtained employment as cartoonist in Hartford, Connecticut, where edmund Valtman became editorial cartoonist for the HARTFORD TIMES until his retirement in 1975. In 1962, Edmund Valtman won a Pulitzer Prize for his editorial cartoons.


Box 1 35 folders - correspondence 1949-1992. Et. Personal, Newspapers, Universities, Societies

Box 2 63 folders: letters (Valtman, Sodor) correspondence: Personal 1962, state Historical MO, University of Mississippi, Wichita state university, list of donations to Est. archive, programs, exhibitions, clippings of copies of caricatures, catalogues, political caricatures, - art

Box 3 41 folders: V - Biographical data, Newspaper clippings, illustrations

Box 4 26 Folders: correspondence with E. Koks, J. Tegha, E. Leps, Ed. Ruga, D. Ryan, from 1951-1994, newspaper clippings, copy of book "Patu Oinas", buletins, periodicals, Estonian artists names on Folder, poems, art exhibitions, obituaries


The Valtman, Edmund collection is available for public research.


The Valtman, Edmund collection is the physical property of the Immigration History Research Center, University of Minnesota.

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The Valtman, Edmund Papers, Estonian American Collection, Immigration History Research Center, University of Minnesota


The Cartoon Collection of Edmund Valtman, Special Collections and University Archives, Wichita State University, Kansas

The Edmund Valtman Collection, Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress

The Edmund Valtman Feature, Spotlight on Selected Sources, Immigration History Research Center, University of Minnesota

Index Terms

Displaced persons



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