Vahtra, Aarne, Papers

Finding Aid



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

Descriptive summary

Creator: Paul Saar
Abstract: Artist/Author. Correspondence, manuscripts, drawings, caricatures, translations Pol-Eng, newspaper clippings.
Quantity: 5 linear in.
Collection ID: IHRC3687


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.


Aarne Vahtra was born on 24.05.1940 in Põltsamaa, Estonia and died on 27.01.2011 in Toronto, Canada. He studied in gymnasium in Tallinn (graduated in 1958), Tallinn Pedagogical Institute. He was artist and cultural figure. 1974-1977 he worked in The Noorsooteater= Youth Theatre as a director; The Ministry of Culture as a deputy manager and as a head of the Theatre Department; radio station "Vaba Euroopa" as a co-worker and in Canada he was a owner of a construction company. 1982 he fled to France and in 1987 moved to Canada. Social activities: corp. Fraternitas Estica (member), Eesti Kunstnike Koondis Torontos=Estonian Artists Team in Toronto (member), Estonian theatre in Toronto "Ilutuli"= The Lampion (stagehand, producer, actor, head of performing, director). He practiced painting, graphic art, sculpture, caricature and miniprint. His personal exhibitions have been in several places in America and Europe (for example in New York, Vancouver, Paris, Varssav, Stockholm, Tallinn, Tartu and Pärnu). He has a daughter: Sirja-Liisa and a son: Lauri.



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The Vahtra, Aarne Papers, Estonian American Collection, Immigration History Research Center, University of Minnesota

Detailed Description of the Collection

BOX 1. Aarne Vahtra

FOLDER 1. Manuscripts of articles by A. Vahtra with cover letters to Paul Saar 1982-1986
FOLDER 2. Drawings and caricatures by A. Vahtra (originals, reproductions, photocopies) with cover letters to Paul Saar
FOLDER 3. Correspondence between A. Vahtra and P. Saar; correspondence of P. Saar with others about A. Vahtra 1982-1986
FOLDER 4. Photocopies of articles about A. Vahtra; miscellaneous