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Ferdinand Kool papers

Identifier: IHRC3550


Personal information, collected materials since the DP period, registers of the Estonian Archives in the U.S., documents concerning Ferdinand Kool's monograph.


  • Creation: 1919-1998

Language of Materials

Estonian, English, Russian, German, French


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


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10. January 1895 Laeva parish, Tartumaa, Estonia – 1973 Born as a farmer's youngest son. Studied in Estonian Aleksandi Farming School (Eesti Aleksandri Põllutöökool). He studied agronomy and worked in bacteriological laboratories at the University of Tartu. Kool was drafted to the army in 1914, took part in WWI. Also took part in the Estonian War of Independence. 1929 editor of newspaper „Kaja“. Later worked as an agronomist, 1924-1940 was the editor of "Oma Maa" - a farmers' newspaper. 1941-1944 chief editor of newspaper „Sakala“. Also worked as a journalist, short story and paphlet writer. He left Estonia with his family in September of 1944. The family spent the period of 1945-1950 in Augsberg- Hochfeldt DP camp, where Ferdinand became the editor of a bulletin "Päevauudised" and later of the newspaper "Eesti Rada". Went to USA in 1950, where he worked as a gardener in Connecticut. Helped organize, collect and categorize DP camps' material from Germany. In 1964 the Estonian National Council entrusted him with the documentation of the DPs, this material became the basis of Estonian Archives in USA. Was the editor of the Connecticut Estonian Society Newsletter. His literary alias was Kalju Rahu. Spouse: Eliise Jaakson, married in 1922. Son Endel Kool Daughter Kaja Kool (Mägi) Bibliography: DP kroonika : Eesti pagulased Saksamaal 1944-1951. Lakewood : Eesti Arhiiv Ühendriikides, 1999 (New York : Hamilton Printing) Onupojad: romaan. Toronto:Orto, [1953] (Toronto:Ortoprint) Connecticuti Eesti Selts 1950-1990, Koostanud Ferdinand Kool, Endel Kool, Gaston O. Randvere.[Willimantic (Conn.) : Connecticuti Eesti Selts, 1990] 20 aastat Connecticuti Eesti Seltsi : 1950-1970 / [koostanud] F. Kool [Willimantic (Conn.) : Connecticuti Eesti Selts, 1970]Isamaa eest : film-romaan Vabadussõjast / Kalju Rahu ; [kaas: R. Kivit] Tartu : Loodus, 1935 (Tartu : K. Mattiesen)Langew täht : romaan / Kalju Rahu Tallinnas : Kaja, 1934 (Tallinn : Ühiselu)


2.5 linear feet


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.

Inventory of the Ferdinand Kool papers.
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