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Ilse Leetaru papers

Identifier: IHRC3730


Biography, correspondence, scrapbooks, poetry by Alexander Kõpper, catalogues, newspaper clippings, mother's biography, periodicals, abacus, dreams descriptions booklet. Newspaper "Sirp"


  • Creation: 1909-2001

Language of Materials

Estonian, English


Open for use in the Elmer L. Andersen Library reading room.


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Leetaru, Ilse (nee Kõpper)Oct. 27. 1915 Tallinn, Estonia – Dec. 09. .2006 New York, USAFashion designer, graphic artist, artist, art collector1933 graduated from the Kaarli Secondary Science Gymnasium (Kaarli Reaalgümnaasium) in Tallinn, Estonia, where her drawing teacher was the Estonian painter Kristjan Raud.1933 – 1936 studied in Artur Lemba piano class in Tallinn Conservatory, Leetaru did not finish her studies. 1936 studied in Home Economics Institute (Kodumajanduse Instituut) in Estonia. 1944 emigrated to Germany with her family. 1948 – 1949 studied fashion illustration in Deutsche Meisterschule für Mode (Munich, Germany), did not finish studies. 1949 she went to New York, USA. 1959 – 1963 School of Visual Arts (New York, USA), graduated as a fashion designer. Thereafter she studied painting and printmaking at various schools in New York including the Art Students League and the New School. 1966 attended an extension course in Academie de la Grande Chaumiere (France). Since 1970 Ilse Leetaru devoted her interest to graphic arts and works in New York as a printmaker.Board member in the Estonian Culture Fund in USA, honorary member of the New York Estonian Education Society, from 1973 member of National Association of Women Artists. Has supported the Estonian Art Museum and Tartu Art Museum, donated her art collection to Estonian museums. 2004 exhibition „Gifted Art“ in Tartu Art Museum. Husband: Dr. Edmund E. Leetaru (20.03.1910 Tallinn, Estonia – 13.07.1995 New York, USA) married in 1936Sons: Tõnis (1940) and Hannes (1953) Awards:Estonian Culture Fund (USA) – award for outstanding creative work (1993)League Duncan Gallery "Prix de Paris" bronze medal (France) (1981)National Association of Women Artists. 1st prize (1978)National Association of Women Artists (1998)National Association of Women Artists (2000)League Duncan Gallery "Prix de Paris" award (France) for work "Waters/Weeds" (1978)League Duncan Gallery "Prix de Paris" award (France) (1976)Laureate of Estonian Cultural Society (1994) About Ilse Leetaru:Reets, Paul H. Ilse Leetaru graafikast. // Tulimuld (Lund, Rootsi), 1979, nr. 4, p. 211-214.Eesti graafikud. Stockholm, 1980. p. 32-33.Eesti kunsti ja arhitektuuri biograafiline leksikon. Tln., 1996. p. 254.


5 linear inches


Archive consists of 10 folders.


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, New Jersey), the National Archives of Estonia (NAE), and the IHRC in March 2012. Gristel Ramler and Tiina Trumberg of the National Archives in Tallinn, Estonia, worked with IHRC staff on the project.


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