University of Minnesota

Maki, Vienna (Saari), Papers

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

Descriptive summary

Dates: 1818-1988
Abstract: Papers of Vienna C. Maki in the Minnesota Finnish American Family History Collection consist of typed memories from the early 1900's including biographies of her parents, Gust and Katri Saari.. Also included are a transcript of an interview with Katri Saari; a photocopy of Katri's death certificate and an obituary about her; a copy of memorial booklet of Katri's funeral service held in 1984; a genealogical chart; photocopies of postcards; photocopies of Vienna's and her brother Edwin's (b. 1921) birth certificates; snapshots and pictures of family members and friends in the U.S., the farm, and furnishings; documents; diplomas; Americanization School certificates; sales slips; maps; land descriptions, etc. Later supplement to her family history consists of a typewritten manuscript entitled Appendum: My Family History - Part I, where Maki describes her memories of home, community, and school in the Minnesota iron range.
Quantity: .25 linear in.
Language: English
Collection ID: IHRC1436


Vienna Maki is a daughter of Finnish immigrants Gust (Aukusti) and Katri Saari (nee Laakkonen). Her father moved to the U.S. in 1912 and mother in 1913. They got married in 1917 in Chisholm, Minnesota, and Vienna was born in 1918 in Virginia, Minnesota. In 1922 the family moved to Angora, Minnesota, where she spent her childhood and youth. She graduated from Cook High School in 1937 and married Mr. Eugene Maki, also a child of Finnish immigrants, in 1941 in Hibbing, Minnesota.. They have one daughter, Jeanne C. Maki. The family has lived in Hibbing and in Mountain Iron, MN.



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The Maki, Vienna (Saari) Papers, Finnish American Collection, Immigration History Research Center, University of Minnesota

Index Terms

Finnish Americans--Minnesota--Mountain Iron--Personal narratives
Children of immigrants
Manners and customs

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