University of Minnesota

Saari, Onni, b. 1887, Papers

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

Descriptive summary

Creator: Saari, Onni, b. 1887.
Dates: ca 1900-1965
Abstract: Papers (1900-1965) of Onni Saari (1887-198- ) consist of personal correspondence, including letters to Saari's first wife Aino Saari; materials on Finnish Americans and their activities; materials on the Finnish American press; writings; and materials on the Ashburnham (Massachusetts) Farmers' Club, the United Co-operative Farms, and other cooperative activities. The collection includes histories of Finns in Friberg, Worcester, and Westminster (Massachusetts) and Troy (New Hampshire) written for the WPA Federal Writers Project.
Quantity: 3 linear ft.
Language: In English and Finnish.
Collection ID: IHRC2338


Onni Saari (1887-198- ) was born in Finland and attended secondary school there before he came to the United States. He studied at the Work People's College in Duluth, Minnesota and later at the Cass Technical High School in Detroit, Michigan. He served at various times as editor of the Finnish American and Finnish Canadian Socialist and Communist newspapers such as Raivaaja, Tyomies, Sosialisti, Eteenpain and Vapaus. He co-edited an English-Finnish dictionary with Santeri Nuorteva and translated numerous books from English into Finnish. In his later years, he made his home in Ashburnham, Massachusetts where he owned and operated a summer resort, remaining active in cooperative activities and writing on labor and political issues for various Finnish newspapers.



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The Saari, Onni, b. 1887 Papers, Finnish American Collection, Immigration History Research Center, University of Minnesota

Index Terms

Finnish American journalists.
Finnish American press.
Finnish Americans--Massachusetts--Westminister--History.
Finnish Americans--Massachusetts--Worcester--History.
Finnish Americans--Massachusetts--Friberg--History.

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