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Rudolf Hamar (Hämar) papers

Identifier: IHRC3747


Materials pertaining to Rudolf Hamar's activities in the Estonian Philatelic Society, Estonian Cultural Society, Estonian Educational Society, the student fraternity Rotalia; and also to his career in banking, stock trade, and to his other business endeavors. Included is also Rudolf Hamar's poetry.


  • Creation: 1937-2000

Language of Materials

English, Estonian


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


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Biographical / Historical

Hämar, Rudolf Ernst - economist, businessman (27.01.1925 Tartu, Estonia – 31.12.2000 Felton, CA, USA, his ashes were buried in Tartu, Estonia) Rudolf Hämar studied in H.Treffner’s Gymnasium (Tartu, Estonia), in 1943-45 he fought in the ranks of the German army, studied at the military school in Bad Tölz, Germany. After World War II, he was held in a POW camp until the end of 1946. During 1947-50 he worked as an interpreter for the U.S. Military Counter-Intelligence in Stuttgart, Germany. In 1950, he married and moved to Australia, published articles about literature in the local Estonian newspaper “Meie Kodu” (Our Home), in 1955 emigrated to the USA. R. Hämar worked at City Bank Farmers Trust and studied at the American Institute of Banking and Finance, graduated in 1959. Worked at Board and Wall Street Corp. (vice-president), Prescott, Merrill, Turben and Co. (stockbroker), William Sander and Co. Rudolf Hämar was member of various Estonian organizations in exile: Eesti Filatelistide Selts USA-s (Estonian Philatelic Society in USA), president; Eesti Teaduslik Ühing Ameerikas (Estonian Learned Society in America), Eesti Korporatsioonide Liit (League of Estonian Corporations American Chapter), Eesti Kultuurfond Ameerika Ühendriikides (The Foundation for Estonian Arts and Letters), New Yorgi Eesti Haridusselts (The New York Estonian Educational Society), Eesti Helikunsti Keskus (Estonian Music Association), Korp! Rotalia (Estonian Student Fraternity “Rotalia”) member of the board of the American Chapter. Source: “Vaba Eesti Sõna” (Free Estonian Word: Estonian weekly, New York) Feb. 9, 1995, p. 5


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Collection transferred to the IHRC from the Estonian Archives in the U.S.A. (EAU) in 2003-2005.

Processing Information

The collection was processed and described 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 Archives in May 2019, co-sponsored by the Baltic Heritage Network Association (Tartu, Estonia). Peeter Väljas of the National Archives in Tallinn, Estonia, worked with IHRCA staff on the project.

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