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Jüri Mandre papers

Identifier: IHRC3129


Music composed by Jüri Mandre and others, handwritten sheet music, song books, correspondence, misc. printed works, documents about Mandre Music Fund.


  • Creation: 1943-1993


Language of Materials

Estonian, English, German

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

January 28, 1907 (Tartu, Estonia) – November 28, 1970 (Baltimore, MD USA). First wife: Eleonore Ise; second wife: Lucie (nee Niilus); stepdaughter: Juta. Graduated from Hugo Treffner Gymnasium in 1925, studied agriculture at the University of Tartu but did not graduate. Member of academic corporation Rotalia. Worked at the Vanemuine Theater as a repetiteur, was also active as a composer. Mandre fled to Germany in 1944 and lived in the Haunstetten refugee camp in Augsburg. There he worked as a music teacher at the Estonian Gymnasium. He composed music for several plays and shows, working with Estonian playwrights in refugee camps. Emigrated to the US in 1951. Member of the Baltimore Estonian Society (Baltimore Eesti Selts), organist at the St. Mark Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church of Baltimore (EELK Baltimore Markuse kogudus), founding member of Baltimore Estonian Men's Choir (Baltimore Eesti Laulumehed). Has composed mainly solo and choral works, music for plays and films. In 1968 he composed the score for a musical play based on a well-known Estonian novel ’Toomas Nipernaadi’, which was performed in New York. The Mandre-Sööt Music Memorial Fund (Jüri Mandre Muusikafond) was founded after his death to collect, publish and promote his music.


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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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