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Ivar Ivask papers

Identifier: IHRC3796


Ivar Ivask's collection consists mainly of the documents, books and magazines collected by Olga Berendsen and the Estonian Archives in the U.S about Ivar Ivask. Correspondence, bulletins, programs, scholarly papers, notes on 8 publications, exhibitions, announcements, biographical info.


  • Creation: 1960-1994

Language of Materials

Estonian, English, German, Spanish,Finnish, French, Latvian, Italian, Swedish


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


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December 17, 1927 Riga, Latvia – September 23, 1992 Fountainstown, Ireland Estonian poet and literary scholar. Emigrated from Estonia to Germany in 1944. Graduated from Wiesbaden Gymnasium in Germany in 1946, 1946-1949 studied comparative literary science and art history in Marburg University, Germany. From 1949 onwards lived in the USA. 1950 MA degree from University of Minnesota, master's thesis "Gottfried Benn als Lyriker". PhD From University if Minnesota 1953, doctoral thesis "Hugo von Hofmannsthal als Kritiker der deutschen Literatur". 1952-1957 St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minnesota, lecturer of German language and literature. 1958-1967 St. Olaf College head of department in the department of German language and literature. 1954-1956 served in the U.S Army Medical Corps. From 1967 Ivask worked as a professor of Modern languages and literatures in the University of Oklahoma, writing mainly on Spanish language literature.From 1967 to 1991 he was the editor-in-chief of the international literary quarterly World Literature Today (formerly Books Abroad) and directed its two affiliated biennial literary programs, the Neustadt International Prize for Literature (1970- ) and the Puterbaugh Conferences on Writers of the French-Speaking and Hispanic World (1968- ), later known as Puterbaugh Conference on World Literature. From 1991 lived in Ireland.He was married to Latvian poet and translator Astrid Ivask (married 26.02.1949 in Marburg).Father: Vidrik Ivask (1892-1975)Mother: Ilze Marija (n. Gūters; 1895-1937)Stepmother: Herta JākobsoneSister: Sulamite (1923-1998)Half-brother: Ernst Fishers (1915-1994)Half-sister: Hilli


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Archive has been organized into 2 series. 1st series consists of 8 folders of documents sent by Ivar Ivask to various addressees and about Ivar Ivask. 2nd series consists of prints: Ivar Ivask's poetry collections, magazines that published Ivar and Astrid Ivask's articles, magazines with articles about Ivar Ivask' s creative work.


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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