Scope and Content of Collection
Title: Wayne Holder papers
Collection Number: 2006C39
Creator: Holder, Wayne, 1949-
7 manuscript boxes, 3 oversize boxes
(4.0 linear feet)
Hoover Institution Archives
Stanford, California 94305-6010
Abstract: Acquired in 2006, the papers consist primarily of correspondence, writings, and photographs relating to the history and literature
of Estonia. Of particular importance are the numerous photographs and writings in the papers that pertain to the struggle
for renewed independence for Estonia in the years leading up to the break up of the Soviet Union in 1991.
Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
Collection is open for research.
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[Identification of item], Wayne Holder papers, [Box number], Hoover Institution Archives.
Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 2006.
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||With Toomas Ilves, runs The Literary Storefront, a cultural center in Vancouver, British Columbi
||Travels to Estonia, then part of the Soviet Union. Meets with Estonian writers
||Guest editor of
Cake, a literary journal. Issue has special section devoted to modern Estonian writing
||Travels twice to Estonia, documents independence movement
Scope and Content of Collection
Acquired in 2006, the Wayne Holder papers in the Hoover Institution Archives consist primarily of correspondence, writings,
and photographs relating to the history and literature of Estonia. Of particular importance are the numerous photographs and
writings in the papers that pertain to the struggle for renewed independence for Estonia in the years leading up to the break
up of the Soviet Union in 1991.
Holder's interest in Estonia dates from the early 1980s, when he lived in Vancouver, B.C. and was close friends with Toomas
Ilves, an Estonian-American also living in Vancouver. Holder and Ilves collaborated on the translation of works by a number
of Estonian poets, including Marie Under. They were also for a time active in running the Literary Storefront, a cultural
center in Vancouver that hosted public readings by many authors.
Holder first visited Estonia in 1984, when it was still part of the Soviet Union, and he met with a number of Estonian writers.
He again visited Estonia in 1989 and 1990, when the independence movement there was gathering momentum, and both took and
collected numerous photographs documenting this phenomenon. He also met with various cultural figures, from established writers
to young members of the Estonian punk scene.
Correspondence series in the papers contains a significant number of letters from Toomas Ilves, who later repatriated to Estonia and became
that country's president, as well as from the Estonian writer, Juhan Habicht. The
Speeches and Writings series is comprised mainly of poems that reflect Holder's experiences in Estonia. The
Writings by others series consists largely of translations of works by Estonian writers. The
Oversize materials series contain many photographs that document the rise of the independence movement in Estonia during 1989-1990. There are
also a large number of photographs (in the
Oversize materials series) that originated in the photo services of the Union of Soviet Societies of Friendship and Cultural Relations with
Foreign Countries. These depict scenes of economic and political life in the Soviet Union, largely in the late 1970s.
The papers also contain a quantity of research materials from Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, and which consist of wire service
reports and articles from serial issues that relate to Estonia, Eastern Europe, and the Soviet Union. These materials were
sent to Holder by Toomas Ilves in the mid-1980s, when Ilves was head of the Estonian desk of Radio Free Europe in Munich.
The collection is arranged into 11 series: Biographical file, Correspondence, Speeches and Writings, Notes and writing fragments,
Writings by others, Research materials, Subject file, Printed matter, Photographs, Sound recording, and Oversize materials
The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Estonia Social conditions.