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Ants Oras papers

Identifier: IHRC3598


Manuscripts, correspondence, personal correspondence, poetry translations, newspaper clippings.


  • 1948-1990

Language of Materials

Estonian, English, German, Russian, Finnish


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


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8 December 1900 in Tallinn – 21 December 1982 in Gainesville, Florida. Estonian translator and writer. Oras studied at Tartu University, graduating with a Master of Philosophy degree in 1923. He also obtained a Bachelor of Literature degree from Oxford University. From 1928 through 1934, he was a lecturer at both Tartu and Helsinki University. Between 1934 and 1943 he was a Professor at Tartu. Oras went to Sweden in 1943, then to England in 1949, then on to the United States where he settled in Gainesville, Florida. From 1957 to 1958 he was a visiting professor at Helsinki University, and in 1965 he became a US State Department visiting lecturer in Sweden. In 1972 he became professor of English at the University of Florida in Gainesville and received an honorary doctorate from that university in 1975. Ants Oras was the author of several books, including one on the works of John Milton, as well as an account of the Occupation of the Baltic states titled "The Baltic Eclipse." He also translated Shakespeare, Goethe (including Faust), Pushkin, Virgil, Alexander Pope and Moliere into Estonian, as well as many Estonian works into English, German, Swedish, French and Spanish. Wife: Livia Works: The Critical Ideas of TS Eliot, Tartu, 1932; Laiemasse ringi: kirjanduslikke perspektiive ja profiile (artiklikogumik). Vaba Eesti, Stockholm 1961; Marie Under (lühimonograafia). Eesti Kirjanike Kooperatiiv, Lund 1963; Estonian literature in exile (an essay by Ants Oras; with a bio-bibliographical appendix by Bernard Kangro). Eesti Kirjanike Kooperatiiv, Lund 1967.


5 linear inches


Archive consists of 13 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.


Ants Oras' personal archive in the Estonian Literary Museum: f. 237

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