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Elmar Leppik papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: IHRC3787


Elmar Leppik's personal and biographical materials, documents concerning his professional and scientific activity, reprints of Elmar Leppik's scientific works and books, collected materials about other scientists, collected printed matter about Estonia. Includes collected documents about E. Öpik, reprints of E. Öpik's scientific works.


  • Creation: 1925-1998

Language of Materials

Estonian, English, German, Spanish, Russian

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

Leppik, Elmar (until 1950 Lepik, Elmar Emil) Dec. 3. 1898 Väljaotsa village, Jõgeva parish, Estonia – Febr. 04.1978 Beltsville, Maryland, USA Botanist, evolutionist. Dr. of natural sciences (1928, Switzerland), academic in the New York Academy of Sciences. Participated in the Estonian War of Independence. Graduated from University of Tartu in 1926, complemented his studies in Switzerland and Germany as a Rockefeller Fund grantee. 1929-1937 was docent of horticulture in the Department of Agriculture in University of Tartu. From 1938 professor of botanic and plant disease in the Department of Agriculture in University of Tartu, was also the head of plant disease office in Tartu University. 1935 was named plant protection Northern European expert at the League of Nations. 1944 emigrated to Germany. 1945-1946 lecturer in Weihenstephan Horticulture School and in Technical University of Munich. 1946-1947 advisor in U.S. Army agricultural and technical university in Freising. From 1950 lived in USA. 1950 – 1955 professor of general biology in South Dakota, Augustana University College. Spent the summers of 1953 and 1954 as a visiting researcher in El Salvador Tropical Research Institute. 1955-1957 professor of botanic in University of Minnesota Hormel Institute and 1957-1964 in Iowa University. From 1957 also worked for U.S. Department of Agriculture. From 1964 worked as a botanist in Beltsville Agricultural Research Center in Maryland. Board member of Estonian Agronomy Society in USA, fellow at American Association for the Advancement of Science. Academically a member of Estonian Students Society. Wife: Lilli Hanson (married in Stockholm in August 1930) Daughters: Virve Leppik Vaher, Marja Leppik Lambert Sons: Avo (died 1949), Ülo Father: Tõnu Mother: Juula (nee Barbits)

About Elmar Leppik: Eilart, J. Koju ja teaduse igavikku jääja: [New Yorgi Teaduste Akadeemia akadeemik, loodusteadlane E. E. Leppik: 1898–1978] Horisont, 1989, 8, p. 20-23 Annuk, K. Elmar E. Leppik 100. Agraarteadus 1998, 9, 4.


3 Linear Feet


Archive consists of 5 series and 54 folders.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

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

Processing Information

It was processed 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 in March 2012. Gristel Ramler and Tiina Trumberg of the National Archives in Tallinn, Estonia, worked with IHRC staff on the project.

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