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Villi Kangro papers

Identifier: IHRC3500


Personal correspondence, invites and programs, documents about Foundation for Estonian Arts and Letters.


  • Creation: 1958-2003


Language of Materials

Estonian and English

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

(also Villi William Kangro, Villibald Voldemar Kangro) April 27, 1914 (Tartu, Estonia) - January 17, 1993 (New York, USA) Father: Johann (Juhan) Kangro 1866-1941; mother: Olga Vesso Kangro 1886-1960); wife: Virve Kangro (nee Torro, married in 1941); son: Lauri Kangro (09/11/1943, Estonia - 03/04/1969, Vietnam). Studied at Hugo Treffner Gymnasium (graduated in 1934) and University of Tartu (graduated Faculty of Law 1939 cum laude). Worked as an assistant at the university and later as an industrial inspector. Chairman of the craftsmen union (Käsitöösturite Ühing) and a clerk at an association for craftsmen and small manufacturers (Väike- ja Käsitöösturite Ühing). Fled to Germany in 1944. Studied at the University of Tübingen (Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen), but did not complete his PhD. Chairman of the Estonian Committee and deputy chairman of YMCA in Saulgau, Germany. Emigrated to the US in 1950 with his family. Worked as a cab driver and as a pharmacy assistant in New York. Studied architecture to become a draftsman, later worked as a field inspector at a construction company Bloch, Hesse & Shalat. Kangro led an active social life - member of the election committee of the Estonian American National Council (Eesti Rahvuskomitee Ühendriikides, ERKÜ) and the council of elders of the Estonian Educational Society (Eesti Haridusselts), chairman of the congregational board of St. Paul Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church in New York (EELK New Yorgi Pauluse Kogudus) and the Foundation for Estonian Arts and Letters (Eesti Kultuurifond), clerk-treasurer and honorary member of the Estonian Scientific Association in America (Eesti Teaduslik Ühing), founding member and chairman of the board of Hugo Treffner Gymnasium alumni association in the US and chairman of Ugala academic corporation alumni association in the US.


1.5 Linear Feet

Immediate Source of Acquisition

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

Related Materials

IHRC3065 Eesti Kultuurifond Ameerika Ühendriikides (Foundation for Estonian Arts and Letters), Records

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.

Inventory of the Villi Kangro papers.
IHRC Archives
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid in English.

Collecting Area Details

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