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August Meikup papers

Identifier: IHRC3090


Personal identification documents and certificates, manuscripts and articles written by A. Meikup, teaching materials, sheet music, research into Estonian geographical names, newspaper clippings of obituaries.


  • Creation: 1906-1986


Language of Materials

Estonian, Russian, German, French, English, Finnish.

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

Pseudonym A. Meigo. September 8, 1887 (Koigi parish, Järva county, Estonia) - April 16, 1963 (New York, USA). Wife: Minda Meikup (nee Kaarend, married in 1949). Graduated from Tallinn Gymnasium, studied law at the University of Tartu. Participated in World War I and Estonian War of Independence, working as a Finnish translator during the latter. Later worked at the Ministry of Social Affairs until the founding of the International Estonian Youth Organization (Ülemaailmne Eesti Noorsoo Ühendus, ÜENÜ) where he held the position of head secretary and the editor of the organization's magazine Eesti Noorus. Additionally, Meikup worked as a teacher at several schools in Tallinn, and wrote numerous articles and booklets about Estonian culture. Fled to Germany after World War II where he worked as a teacher in DP camps. Emigrated to the US in early 1950s, worked as a gardener in New York. He was a member of the Estonian Teacher's Association in the US (Eesti Õpetajate Koondis USA-s) and many other Estonian organizations.


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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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