Fonds RBSC-ARC-1780 - Kustaa Ketola fonds

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Kustaa Ketola fonds

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10 cm of textual records.

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(1904 - ?)

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Kustaa Ketola was born October 30, 1904, in Poytya, Jalkala, Finland. He was drafted into the Porin Regiment of the army in 1924 for a minimum required service time of one year. He trained as a combat first aid medic but did not serve in battle and was honorably discharged in September 1925. Ketola also lived in Vancouver, Canada, and worked as a miner. He was also authorized by the Finnish consulate to enter the USA for six months in 1938. The material in his fonds indicates involvement with unions, specifically the International Woodworkers of America.

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Materials were donated to Rare Books and Special Collections by Patricia Hotel in 1984, after being left behind in a hotel locker.

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Personal and professional records of Kustaa Adolf Ketola, including personal documents, correspondence, International Woodworkers of America pamphlets, newspapers, and magazines. The personal documents include his passport and his military service pass. Correspondence consists of Christmas postcards from his family in Finland and letters from his sisters, friends, and family friends describing their lives in Finland, which provides context about the impact that World War II had upon Finland and Finnish migrants to Canada. I.W.A. pamphlets describe the values, goals, and struggles of union workers in 1940s North America. Fonds also contains small pocket calendars or planners written in Finnish and denoting important holidays, metric conversions, and information about the United States.

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  • Finnish

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The attached item-level list and translations document describes the following items, which are missing from the fonds: Vapaus newspaper; Vapaa Sana newspaper; Suomen Kuvalehti magazine (No. 18-33); Suomen Kuvalehti magazine (No. 35-50); Finland and the Finns, 3rd ed., edited by Borje Sandberg, Helsinki, 1946.

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Finding aid created by Ashlynn Prasad in December 2017.

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