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August Pensa papers

Identifier: IHRC3704


Some personal documents and articles by August Pensa. Documents concerning Estonian Philatelic Society. Scrapbooks of newspaper clippings on philately and other topics.


  • 1931-1978


Language of Materials

Mainly Estonian, some items in English and 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

August Eduard Pensa. September 25, 1989 (Kärevere, Tartu county, Estonia) – February 15, 1979 (Long Island, NY USA). Wife: Hilda; Son: Allan. Went to school in Tartu. Participated in Estonian War of Independence with Sakala Partisan battalion, continued serving after the war as a sergeant. Pensa was working at Viljandi police and as an official in Viljandi army during the German occupation of Estonia. Fled to Germany in 1944 with his family. They lived at the Augsburg-Hochfeld camp. Founding member of Baltic Philatelists Association. Pensa emigrated to the US in 1949, living first in Patchogue, NY, later in Paterson, NJ and retiring in East Meadows, Long Island. When the Estonian Philatelic Society was founded in 1950, Pensa was elected as a board member. He was elected chairman of the board in 1953. Started publishing the magazine Estonian Philatelist in 1955, was the editor for 10 years. Chairman of the Long Island Estonian Society.


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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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