University of Minnesota

Koivisto, Edith, Papers

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

Descriptive summary

Creator: Koivisto, Edith, 1888-1981.
Dates: 1904-1975
Abstract: Papers (1904-1975) of Edith (Laine) Koivisto (1888-1981) consist of biographical material on her and Finnish Americans in Minnesota; art materials; diaries; creative works such as plays and newspaper articles; historical works and research notes; photographs; scrapbooks; and material relating to her activities in Finnish American organizations. Included are correspondence from Alex Kyyhkynen; John F. Kennedy; Lauri Lemberg; Fanny Ojanpaa; Harry S. Truman; Hans R. Wasastjerna; and others. Materials also include records of and other information on the Minnesota Finnish-American Historical Society; the Northern Minnesota Finnish Midsummer Festival; the Sovinto, Tapio and Totuuden temperance societies (Hibbing, Minnesota); the Tyovaen Opisto (Work People's College); Ladies of Kaleva; Central Cooperative Wholesale (Superior, Wisconsin); the Hibbing Art Center; and other cultural groups in the Hibbing area. The collection also includes correspondence and other papers of Arvid Koivisto (18- -1964) and of the Koivistos' daughter Armida (Koivisto) Caird (1922-1972). Major topics include the Finnish midsummer festivals; cooperatives; history of the Finnish Americans in Minnesota; the temperance movement and temperance societies.
Quantity: 5.3 linear ft.
Language: In Finnish and English.
Collection ID: IHRC1233


Edith (Laine) Koivisto (1888-1981) was born in Kuusenkoski, Finland and immigrated to Spokane, Washington in 1910. In 1912, she moved to Smithville, Minnesota where she worked at and attended Työväen Opisto (Work People's College). In 1913 she married Arvid Koivisto; they lived in Duluth, Minnesota and Quincy, Massachusetts before settling in Hibbing, Minnesota where Arvid worked for the Hibbing Co-op and then for Central Cooperative Wholesale. In Hibbing, Edith Koivisto participated in numerous choral and theatrical groups. She also published articles frequently in the Hibbing newspapers and wrote many plays in Finnish and English as well as various histories of the Finnish Americans in the Hibbing area. Throughout her long life, she was deeply involved in cultural activities in the Hibbing area.



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The Koivisto, Edith Papers, Finnish American Collection, Immigration History Research Center, University of Minnesota


Related collection at IHRC: Central Cooperative Wholesale (Superior, Wisc.).

Index Terms

Folk festivals--Minnesota.
Finnish Americans--Minnesota--Hibbing--Societies, etc.
Temperance--Societies, etc.--Minnesota--Hibbing.
Cooperative societies--Wisconsin--Superior.
Finnish Americans--Minnesota--History.

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