University of Minnesota

America Letters Project: University of Turku, Finland, Collection

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Immigration History Research Center, College of Liberal Arts, University of Minnesota

Descriptive summary

Dates: 1880-1964
Quantity: 57 reels
Language: Finnish
Collection ID: IHRC149

HISTORICAL SKETCH

In the 1960s, the Department of History of the University of Turku, Finland, conducted a project that gathered materials pertaining to Finnish overseas emigration. As part of the project, in 1964 and 1966, the Department collected letters sent by Finnish immigrants living in various destinations (mainly in the U.S. and Canada) to their family, friends, and relatives in Finland. The project yielded over 12,000 letters, which were collected in three provinces in the coastal areas of Finland (the area from which most Finnish immigrants to the U.S. originated): Varsinais-Suomi, Satakunta, and Etelä-Pohjanmaa. These "America Letters" (ca. 1880-1964) are now part of the IHRC's Finnish American collection in microfilm format.

DESCRIPTION OF THE COLLECTION

1) Letters from the Varsinais Suomi area of Finland: The America Letters, Varsinais Suomi (Finland), collection (1885-1960) contains 4,000 letters written by Finnish immigrants in the United States to relatives and friends in the Varsinais Suomi area of Finland.

2) Letters from the Etela-Pohjanmaa area of Finland. The America Letters (1890-1960), Etela-Pohjanmaa (Finland), collection consists of 4,000 letters sent by Finnish immigrants in Canada and the United States to friends and relatives in the Etela-Pohjanmaa area of Finland.

3) Letters from the Satakunta area of Finland The America Letters (1880-1964), Satakunta (Finland), collection contains 6,000 letters sent by Finnish immigrants in the United States and Canada to the Satakunta area of Finland. Also included are family photographs. The letters discuss family news; economic conditions; living conditions; working conditions; weather; and moving in search of employment.

ORGANIZATION OF MATERIALS

The collection is organized into three series:

1) Letters from the Varsinais Suomi area of Finland: P2666-P2681

2) Letters from the Etela-Pohjanmaa area of Finland: P1298-P1313

3) Letters from the Satakunta area of Finland: P1270-P1294

ACCESS RESTRICTIONS

The America Letters Project: University of Turku, Finland collection is available for public research.

OWNERSHIP & LITERARY RIGHTS

The America Letters Project: University of Turku, Finland collection is the physical property of the Immigration History Reseach Center, University of Minnesota.

For further information regarding the copyright, please contact the IHRC.

CITE AS

The America Letters Project: University of Turku, Finland Collection, Finnish American Collection, Immigration History Research Center, University of Minnesota

Index Terms

Finnish Americans--Personal narratives.

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