Wiel, Theodor Alexis, Papers

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

Descriptive summary

Dates: 1917-1979
Abstract: Documents, diplomas, certificates, biographical bata, correspondence, manuscripts, scholarly work, newspaper clippings, drawings, fez
Quantity: 5 ln in
Language: Estonian, English
Collection ID: IHRC3675


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 2009. Gristel Ramler and Birgit Nurme of the National Archives in Tallin, Estonia, worked with IHRC staff on the project.


02.03.1893-09.1977 Plymouth, MA, USA Born in Holstre, Viljandimaa, Estonia. Wife: Ida-Maria Wiel (nee Häkkinen, married in 1914). Arrived to the U.S. in 1912. Dr. jur., professor in several fields. Ran for the mayor of Springfield, MA in 1953. Member of Shrines, Melha Temple


Collection is organized into 11 folders: 1. Personal documents: Certificates, notifications, educational certificates (also three scrolls), professional letters 2. Certificates of appreciation (also one sroll) 3. Correspondence: Greetings from 1950, letter from Boston Estonian Society, correspondence with Karl Kuusik and Johan Kaiv 1933-1940 4. MA Thesis "The Rise of Estonian Republic" by T. A. Wiel, June 1931 - Faculty of Clarck University, Worchester, Massachusetts for the degree of Master of Arts in the Department of History and International Relations 5. Manuscripts (typewriting, unsigned, undated, partly untitled and fragmental): "Reds versus Whites in Finland", "August 7, 1918", "The Estonian Constitutional Experiment" 6. Programmes (commencements of American International College of Springfield, Mass.; concerts, churche services, anniversaries of the Estonian independence, anniversaries of the Melha Temple) 7. Newspaper clippings and copies; magazines "Alumni Bulletin. American International College" 07/1959, 02/1961 8. Map. Mort-Mare [1918, Normandian front] 9. Winged angel style portrait of T. A. Wiel, photocopy of caricature 10. Watercolour paintings (scrolls): Tallinn, 1965 Tartu, 1967 (by N. Ermaste) 11. Fez of Shrines (Melha Temple), handkerchief with Shrines symbolics


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The Wiel, Theodor Alexis Papers, Estonian American Collection, Immigration History Research Center, University of Minnesota