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Mattson, Helmi Dagmar, 1890-1974, Papers

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

Descriptive summary

Creator: Mattson, Helmi Dagmar, 1890-1974.
Dates: 1916-1974
Abstract: Papers of Helmi Dagmar Mattson (1890-1974) include an autobiography; correspondence; diaries; handwritten and typescript articles, plays, poetry and books; records and papers relating to the Northwestern Finnish Historical Society; minutes of meetings of the Mt. Solo Washington Finnish Club; bylaws of the Finnish Workers Association (Portland, Ore.); miscellany; memorabilia; photographs and photograph albums; and scrapbooks.
Quantity: 3 linear ft. (7 boxes).
Language: Mainly in Finnish; some materials in English.
Collection ID: IHRC1513


Helmi Dagmar (Lampila) Mattson was born in 1890 in central Finland. She attended a business college in Helsinki and a Home Economics school in Tampere before emigrating to Canada in 1911. With her husband William, she lived at various times in Minn., N.Y., and Ore. From the time of her arrival in the United States, Mattson was a prolific contributor of articles, poetry and serialized novels to Finnish American newspapers, particularly to Toveritar. In 1920 she became editor of Toveritar, a position she held for ten years. In later years, she was a frequent contributor of articles and poetry to the Tyomies-Eteenpain and Naisten Viiri newspapers. She also took an active interest in Finnish theatre and wrote full-length plays. She was one of the founders of the Northwest Finnish Historical Society (Pohjoislannen Suomalainen Historiaseura) in 1961 and edited the organization's memorial album in 1965.



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Index Terms

Finnish American press.
Finnish American Socialists.
Finnish Americans--Political activity.
Finnish American Communists.
Lyric poetry.

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