Valgemae (Valgemäe), Mardi, Papers

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

Descriptive summary

Abstract: Proof sheets of books, articles and translations by M.Valgemae, photocopies and clippings, printed matter.
Quantity: 1 linear ft.
Language: Estonian, English, Swedish
Collection ID: IHRC3592


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, NJ), the National Archives of Estonia (NAE), and the IHRC in March 2011. Gerli Raadik and Peeter Valjas of the National Archives in Tallinn, Estonia, worked with IHRC staff on the project.


Mardi Valgemäe was born on 10.11.1935 in Viljandi, Estonia. The family fled to Germany in 1944. Mardi Valgemäe studied at Estonian Gymnasium in Geislingen, Germany. In 1949, he emigrated to USA where he continued his studies first at Lakewood High School, then at the Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA (graduated cum laude in 1957). 1958-1960 he served in the Army of USA as officer. 1960-1964 he studied at University of California, Los Angeles and graduated with a PhD degree in modern drama . In 1964-1968, he worked at the University of California; in 1968 at the George Washington University as visiting professor; 1968-1974 in the City University of New York; since 1975 in the Herbert H. Lehman College as professor, 1984-1988 as director of "City and Humanitarian Sciences" program, 1988-1997 as a head of the English and literature cathedra. Social activities: magazine "Mana"=Incantation (member of the editorial board); Association for the Advancement of Baltic Studies (member); Eesti Kirjanike Liidu=Estonian Writers Union (member); Eesti Kultuurifond= Estonian Cultural Foundation in USA (board member); Modern Language Association of America (member); PEN - club (member). He was awarded in 1990 with P. Põldroos prize, 1991 Estonian Writers Union with award criticism and 1998 Estonian Cultural Foundation in USA for the lifework in theatre arts and drama. Father: Parfeni (music teacher); wife: Mare (maiden name Kivijärv), married since 1957; son: Sven Mats; daughter: Monika Lea.



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The Valgemae (Valgemäe), Mardi Papers, Estonian American Collection, Immigration History Research Center, University of Minnesota

Detailed Description of the Collection

BOX 1. Mardi Valgemae - Box 1

FOLDER 1. Page proof of the book "Accelerated Grimace" by M. Valgemäe 1971 (Southern Illinois University Press 1972)
FOLDER 2. Proof sheet of the book "Ikka teatrist mõeldes"= Always Thinking of Theater (Stockholm 1990)
FOLDER 3. Proof sheet of the book "Linn ja teater"= City and Theatre by M. Valgemäe (Tallinn 1995)
FOLDER 4. Articles by M. Valgemäe (reprints) 1967-1993
FOLDER 5. Articles by M. Valgemäe (photocopies) 1963-1996
FOLDER 6. Manuscript of the translation: P. E. Rummo "Tuhkatriinumäng"= "Cinderellagame". Translated from Estonian by A. Männik and M. Valgemäe (1971)
FOLDER 7. Manuscript of the translation: M. Unt "Viimnepäev"= "Doomsday". Translated from Estonian by M .J. Kurrik and M. Valgemäe
FOLDER 8. Manuscript of the translation: M. Unt "Via Regia". Translated from Estonian by M. Valgemäe
FOLDER 9. Reviews of M. Valgemäe´s (photocopies, clippings)
FOLDER 10. Articles about M. Valgemäe (photocopies, clippings) 1949-1996

BOX 2. Mardi Valgemae - Box 2

FOLDER 11. Printed matter: boy-scouts periodical "Skautluse õppeväljakul"1948 No. 2; 3 and schoolbooks from DP camp in Geislingen (Germany)
FOLDER 12. Printed matter; B. Alver "Selected Poems" (Toronto 1989); poster; theatre programme