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Title Edith Koivisto Diary and Memoirs, c.1940-1955
Author Koivisto, Edith
Date c.1940-1955
Document Type Personal Account
Reference IHRC1233, Box 1, Folder 5
Library / Archive Immigration History Research Center Archives, University of Minnesota
Collection Name Koivisto, Edith Papers
Description Diary and reminiscences written by Edith Koivisto, a Finnish immigrant to the United States, including accounts of travel to Germany, Finland and Russia. The diary focuses on everyday life, covering the Second World War, diet, money, the cooperative movement, and various entertainments.
Biographical Note / History 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.
Theme(s) Permanent Settlement and Successive Generations; Religion, Ethnic Identity and Community Relations; Politics, Legislation and Governance
Country (from) Finland
Country (to) United States of America
Places United States; Russia; Berlin, Germany
Nationality Finnish; European
Keywords cooperatives, employment, money, marriage, transportation, diet, clothing, music, health and sickness, activism, socialism, death, poverty, holidays and celebrations, travel, health and sickness, broadcasting, newspaper, press, education, war, Second World War, films
Additional Information Please note: Some of the metadata for this document has been taken from the Immigration History Research Center Archives catalogue.
Catalogue Link Immigration History Research Center Archives Catalogue
Language English; Finnish
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