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Linda Ormisson papers

Identifier: IHRC3571


Presonal correspondence, certificates, identification documents, articles, manuscripts and speeches, few issues of needlecraft magazines. Patterns for embroidery, cross-stitch, needle lace, quilting, etc. both original designs by Linda Ormisson and copies from books, magazines. Some original art. Photographs and slides.


  • Creation: 1892-1989


Language of Materials

Estonian, English, German, French.

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

(Linda Ormesson) July 21, 1902 (Latvia) – July 3, 1989 (New York, USA). Mother: Aliide Ormesson (nee Laaman). Studied at a private Russian high school in Mõisaküla, Estonia. Graduated in 1923 from Estonian Academy of Arts, also studied in Sweden, Belgium, France and Holland. After the founding of Estonian Women's Society (Eesti Naisliit, 1924), Ormisson was invited to be the first instructor of women's handicraft class. Lecturer at the University of Home Economics (Kõrgem Kodumajanduskool) in Kehtna and the Higher School of Applied Arts in Tallinn (Kõrgem Tarbekunstikool). The President of Estonia appointed her to publicize Estonian folk costumes, decorations and other adornments kept in national museums. For this she executed approximately one hundred drawings and water color pictures, that were also available for study at the New York Library. Editor in chief and illustrator of Estonian magazine ’Maanaiste Kodu’. Fled to Germany in 1944, working as a teacher at local YMCA and Estonian elementary school in Flensburg. Emigrated to the US in 1950. Worked at the Embroiderers' Guild of America as a design advisor, creating the embroidered logo for EGA. Compiled and wrote books and articles on designs and textiles. Member of St. Paul Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church in New York (EELK New Yorgi Pauluse Kogudus).


10 Linear Feet

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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