Archivists from Estonia

As every spring since 2009, two archivists from the National Archives of Estonia in Tallinn arrived at the end of April to assist the IHRC Archives with processing Estonian American collections. They will be with us for a month.

This year, Birgit Nurme, who was here as a member of the first team in 2009, and her colleague Pille Aguraiuja are focusing on collections of records documenting the activities of numerous Estonian American congregations and other organizations in the past 60 years as well as a large set of materials pertaining to the life of Estonian refugees in the Displaced Persons camps in Germany following World War II.

The project has been made possible thanks to a successful collaboration of several partner institutions including the IHRC Archives, National Archives of Estonia, Estonian Archives in the USA (Lakewood, New Jersey) and the BaltherNet scholarly and cultural heritage network. As a result of the work in the previous five years, 308 individual collections of personal papers and organizational records received by the IHRC Archives from the Estonian Archives in the USA (Lakewood, New Jersey) have been described. The finding aids are available on the IHRC Archives website, enabling researchers to view detailed information about the materials comprising these collections.