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Evald and Hildegard Rink papers

Identifier: IHRC3589


Speeches, articles, essays, printed matter, newspaper clippings.


  • Creation: 1906-2001


Language of Materials

Estonian, English, German, Swedish, Finnish, Hungarian.

Conditions Governing Access

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

Conditions Governing Use

This collection may be protected by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, U.S. Code). It is the user's responsibility to verify copyright ownership and to obtain all necessary permissions prior to the reproduction, publication, or other use of any portion of these materials. Researchers may quote from the collection under the fair use provision of the copyright law.

Biographical / Historical

Evald Rink: July 23, 1916 (Undla, Viru county, Estonia) – August 14, 2015 (Kensington, MD USA). Father: Jüri Rink; mother: Olga Rink; sister: Ilse Ormus; wife: Hildegard Rink; daughters: Marju and Linda. Graduated from gymnasium in Rakvere (Rakvere Ühisgümnaasium) in 1935. Studied history at the University of Tartu, graduated cum laude. Worked at the Estonian State Central Archives in Tartu in 1940-1944. Member of the Estonian Students' Society Veljesto, where he met his future wife Hildegard. Fled to Germany in 1944. Studied at the Goethe University Frankfurt (Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main). Worked at Leipzig University Library (Universitätsbibliothek Leipzig) as a bibliographer and as a history teacher at Estonian gymnasiums in Wiesbaden and Kassel. Founding member and board member of Estonian Committee in Leipzig (1945), founding member and board member of Estonian Committee in Wiesbaden (1945-1947); founding member, board member and office manager of Central Representation of Estonians in Germany (Eestlaste Keskesindus). Emigrated to the US in 1949. Defended master's thesis in librarianship at Rutgers University in New Jersey (1956). Worked as a bibliographer and manager of the department of printed matter at Hagley Library in Delaware (1956-1981). Founding member of Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church in Seabrook, member of its congregational board in 1949-1950; founding member and board member of Seabrook Estonian Society; member of congregational board of Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church in Philadelphia, and chairman in 1963-2001. In 2007 Rink was awarded with the Order of the White Star by the President of the Republic of Estonia. Hildegard Rink (nee Romet): October 25, 1915 (Narva, Estonia). Father: August Romet; mother: Aliide Romet; sisters: Helmi and Noora; brother: Georg; husband: Evald Rink; daughters: Marju Rink-Abel and Linda Rink. Graduated from University of Tartu in 1939 with a degree in Estonian language and literature. Member of the Estonian Students' Society Veljesto. Fled to Germany in 1944, at first living in a studeng boarding home Deutsche Burse in Leipzig, later in displaced persons camps in Wiesbaden, Kassel and Geislingen. Mrs. Rink worked as an Estonian and literature teacher in Estonian Gymnasium in Wiesbaden and as a translator at the camp office. Emigrated to the US in 1949 with her family. Worked at the Seabrook Farm factory in New Jersey. Later moved to Wilmington, DE where she worked as a cataloguer at a library in Longwood Gardens (Eleutherian Mills Historical Library) and as a teacher at the Wilmington Estonian Supplementary School. Studied at the Drexel University in Philadelphia. Participated in the Philadelphia Estonian Mixed Choir. Wrote several articles regarding Estonian language, grammar and literature that were published in the magazine Vaba Eesti Sõna (Free Estonian Word).


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Immediate Source of Acquisition

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

Processing Information

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 September 2016. Pille Aguraiuja and Külli Niidassoo of the National Archives in Tallinn, Estonia, worked with IHRCA staff on the project.

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Inventory of the Evald and Hildegard Rink papers.
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