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Finlandia Society of Albuquerque Oral History Project Collection,

Identifier: MSS -607 -BC

Scope and Content

This oral history collection consists of thirty-six (36) interviews recorded on thirty-three (33), ninety-minute cassette tapes. There are no transcripts although interview summaries written by Rev. Wargelin are included.

Included in the collection is a tape in which Rev. Wargelin recalls an interview that was done in 1985 with artist and illustrator, Hella Shattuck. The collection also contains biographical materials about Hella Shattuck, including photocopies of news clippings from The Las Vegas Daily Optic and The Taos News, 1955-1962, and photocopies of woodcut illustrations drawn by Hella Shattuck. These drawings were used to illustrate, The Story of New Mexico: Its History and Government, written by George P. Hammond and Thomas C. Donnelly, published by UNM Press, 1936.

Additionally, the collection contains a copy of a 1985 interview with Yrjo Paloheimo in which he reminisces about his youth in Finland. He remembers composer Arvid Jarnefelt, and recalls the 1918 Russian invasion and fall of Helsinki.

In general, the interviews address topics including birthplace, kinship, immigration, settlement, school, family, employment, language acquisition, and the role that religion played in preserving Finnish national customs and culture abroad. Archival copies of the cassette tapes are located in B3; second copies for patron use are housed within the manuscript collection.


  • 1955-1991

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Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Copy Restrictions

Limited duplication of CSWR material is allowed for research purposes. User is responsible for compliance with all copyright, privacy, and libel laws. Permssion is required for publication or distribution.

Project History

The purpose of the project was to record Finnish American recollections of community life, cultural tradition and heritage. The majority of the interviews were conducted in 1991 with first, second, and third generation New Mexicans of Finnish ancestry who were members of the Finlandia Society of Albuquerque. Rev. Raymond W. Wargelin was the project coordinator.


1 box (.35 cu. ft. )

Separated Material

Archival copies of the cassette tapes are located in B3.
Finding Aid of the Finlandia Society of Albuquerque Oral History Project Collection, 1955-1991
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Finding aid is in English

Revision Statements

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Repository Details

Part of the UNM Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections Repository

University of New Mexico Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections
University Libraries, MSC05 3020
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque NM 87131