University of Minnesota

Milford Finnish Relief Committee (Milford, New Hampshire), Records

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

Descriptive summary

Creator: Milford Finnish Relief Committee (Milford, N.H.)
Dates: 1939-1941
Abstract: Records (1939-1941) of the Milford, N.H., Finnish Relief Committee contain correspondence; lists of contributors; receipts; and miscellaneous newspaper clippings on the relief effort. Correspondents include Herbert Hoover; Oskari Tokoi; the Finnish consulate in New York; the Finnish legation in Washington, D.C.; the Finnish Relief Fund, Inc.; and New Hampshire senators.
Quantity: 1 linear in. (5 folders).
Language: In English and Finnish.
Collection ID: IHRC1545


The papers of the Milford Finnish Relief Committee of Milford, New Hampshire were deposited at the Immigration History Research Center in 1974. They were secured from Ms. Veina Kokko of Milford, New Hampshire through the efforts of Dr. Michael G. Karni, Administrative Fellow at the Immigration Heritage Research Center, University of Minnesota. The collection was processed in 1976 by Timo Riipa, Research Assistant.


The Milford (New Hampshire) Finnish Relief Committee was formed in 1939 when the local club of the Finnish American League for Democracy elected a committee to begin relief efforts in the Milford area. Finnish relief efforts had begun prior to the 1939 Russo-Finnish conflict when Finnish Americans sent funds to aid in evacuation of Finnish civilians. Funds were also raised to support families of Finnish men called into the army reserves. Aid was channeled first through the Finnish embassy and then also through Herbert Hoover's Finnish Relief Fund, Inc., as well as being sent directly to relief organizations in Finland. The Milford Chapter raised over eleven hundred dollars by sponsoring coffee parties, dances, and collection drives.



The Milford Finnish Relief Committee (Milford, New Hampshire) collection is available for public research.


The Milford Finnish Relief Committee (Milford, New Hampshire) collection is the physical property of the Immigration History Research Center, University of Minnesota.

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The Milford Finnish Relief Committee (Milford, New Hampshire) Records, Finnish American Collection, Immigration History Research Center, University of Minnesota

Index Terms

Finnish Americans--New Hampshire--Societies, etc.
World War, 1939-1945--Civilian relief--Finland.
Diplomatic and consular service, Finnish--New York (N.Y.)
Diplomatic and consular service, Finnish--Washington (D.C.)

Detailed Description of the Collection

BOX 1. Milford Finnish Relief Committee

Organizational records
FOLDER 1. Correspondence 1939-1941
The correspondence in this folder covers the period from December 1939 to October 1941 and includes correspondences with the Finnish consulate in New York, the Finnish legislation in Washington D.C., the Finnish Relief Fund, Inc., and with both of New Hampshire's Senators. Of particular interest are letters from Herbert Hoover and Oskari Tokoi.
FOLDER 2. Contributor Lists 1939-1945
This folder contains lists of contributors and amounts contributed for the period from December 1939 to November 1941. Also included is a listing of Milford civic organizations and an audit dated June 27, 1945 of monies collected from December 1939 to June 1941.
FOLDER 3. Milford Relief Committee Receipts 1940-1941
The receipts in this folder are from contributions to the Finnish Relief Fund, Inc. And the Fitchburg Relief Committee for Finland. Also included are several miscellaneous receipts.
FOLDER 4. Miscellaneous Clippings 1940-1941
The clippings in this folder include articles entitled "New Hampshire Organizes to Aid Finns," "Suomen avustus ja Amerikan suomalaiset" and its English equivalent "Finnish relief and Finnish Americans," and "Finnish Relief Committee resents statements that Russo-Finnish peace can be beneficial."

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