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Jack Ujanen papers

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: IHRC2649


Collection of Jack Ujanen includes photographs, membership cards, personal correspondence, issues of Finnish American newspapers (Industrialisti, Raivaaja, Amerikan Uutiset, New Yorkin Uutiset), bulletins of Industrial Workers of the World, articles about Jack Ujanen, and newspaper clippings. Major part of the collection pertains to Eva Vastari Haitto, elocutionist, and Heimo Haitto, violinist. Ujanen was close friend of this famous Finnish artist couple, and most of the letters are from Eva Haitto. Included are also newspaper articles about the couple and brochures of their performances.


  • 1953-1992

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Jack Ujanen (1890-1989) was born in Ylistaro, Finland. He moved to the United States at the age of 20, in 1910, and started working in mines and as a lumberjack. He studied at the Work People's College in Duluth, Minnesota, and became active in the worker's movement. He also wrote local news to the Raivaaja newspaper. In 1914, Finnish supporters of industrial unionism founded the Socialist Publishing Company in Duluth, Minn., and began publication of the Sosialisti, a daily paper. In 1916, its name was changed to Teollisuustyolainen (The Industrial Worker); a law suit was brought against it, and it ceased publication later that year. In 1917, it reappeared as the Industrialisti, published by the newly formed Worker's Socialist Publishing Company. Ujanen was the editor of the paper from 1951 to 1975, when the Industrialisti, one of the last foreign-language I.W.W. newspapers published in the United States, ceased publication. After that, Ujanen finally retired at the age of 85, and moved to Lake Worth, Florida, where he died in 1998.


1 Linear foot

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