Vesilind Family, Papers

Finding Aid



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

Descriptive summary

Abstract: Priit Vesilind - journalist, editor at National Geographic Magazine (copies of N.G. where 8 major articles by Vesilind appear). Concert and theater programs, copies of photos from 1930s, correspondence from 1913 on, cards, postcards of Estonia, documents of Paul and Aino Vesilind.
Quantity: 1 linear ft.
Collection ID: IHRC3667


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.


Paul Vesilind was born on 10.06.1910. He studied at Science Gymnasium of Tallinn, graduated from the Brno (Brünni) German Technical University in 1936. He married Aino Vesilind (maiden name Rebane) in 1937. Aino Vesilind died on 03.09.2006 in Virginia, USA. They had sons Peep Aarne who was born on 13.06.1939 in Tallinn, Estonia and Priit (also known as Priit Juho), was born on 04.01.1943 in Tallinn, Estonia. Family fled to Germany in 1944 and emigrated to USA in 1949. Priit Vesilind studied in 1960-1964 at Colgate University, Liberal Arts College. In 1965-1968 he was a volunteer officer in the U.S. Navy Intelligence Service in Hawaii. He graduated in 1972 from the Syracuse University's Newhouse Communication School with MA in photography and journalism. He worked at: Providence Journal (editor-photographer); Syracuse Herald Tribune (editor-photographer); 1968- 1970 Atlanta Journal (sports reporter- photographer); since 1973 magazine "National Geographic" (journalist-editor in chief). Priit Vesilind was presented with the Order of the White Star, Third Class in 2004.



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The Vesilind Family Papers, Estonian American Collection, Immigration History Research Center, University of Minnesota

Detailed Description of the Collection

BOX 1. Vesilind Family - Box 1

FOLDER 1. Personal papers of Paul Vesilind 1916-1948
Military service book, certificates and membership cards of Estonian organizations in DP camps in Germany etc
FOLDER 2. Personal papers of Aino Vesilind (Rebane); miscellaneous 1910-1990s
Membership cards of Estonian organizations in DP camps in Germany; manuscript about Aino Vesilind´s trip to Estonia in 1990s [?], photocopies of photos of A. Vesilin´s teachers and schoolmates; letters from J. Jaik, A. Tassa and others to Aino Vesilind´s father August Rebane from early 20th century etc., newspaper clippings
FOLDER 3. Postcards and photos Early 20th century - 1980s
Family photos, photos from DP camps in Germany, postcards from Estonia from friends and relatives
FOLDER 4. Christmas and New Year greetings cards to Paul and Aino Vesilind 1950s-1970s
FOLDER 5. Theatre and concert programs and invitations to Estonian choirs concerts in Canada and in DP camps in Germany 1946-1966
FOLDER 6. Newspapers and clippings from Estonian periodicals in Germany, Canada and USA 1940s-1950s
FOLDER 7. List of articles by Priit Vesilind in the National Geographic Magazine 1977-1986; newspaper clippings and photocopies of articles about P. Vesilind

BOX 2. Vesilind Family - Box 2

Copies of National Geographic Magazine 1977-2001 (11 pcs) with articles by Priit Vesilind