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Salme Neumann-Lott papers

Identifier: IHRC3130


Personal correspondence, photographs, playscripts, speeches, newspaper clippings.


  • 1930-1994


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

(Salme Lott Neumann)October 16, 1911 (Kahala, Kabala parish, Estonia) – September 29, 1994 (Carlisle, PA USA). Went to school in Viljandi (Viljandi Eesti Haridusselts). Studied singing under J. Rosen and dancing under I. Urbel and G. Neggo. Worked at Ugala theater in Viljandi (1932-1933), Endla theater in Pärnu (1933-1934) and Estonia theater in Tallinn (1934-1944). Fled to Germany in 1944, where she was assigned to a camp in Geislingen, Würtemberg. Performed at Geislingen Estonian National Theater. Emigrated to the US in 1949. Worked for Citibank for many years. Member of Association of Professional Actors of Estonia (Eesti Näitlejate Liit); founding member, actor and director of New York Estonian Theater.


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

IHRC3127 New Yorgi Eesti Teater (New York Estonian Theater), 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.

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