|Creator:||Wiita, John, 1888-1984.|
|Abstract:||Papers (1970-1984) of John Wiita (1888-1984) include his correspondence with Michael G. Karni, an autobiography, and short sketches on Finnish American labor history and biographies of Finnish Americans.|
|Language:||In Finnish and English.|
John Wiita (1888-1984) was born in Ylistaro, Finland. After attending folk school, he came to the United States at the age of seventeen. He settled in Superior, Wisconsin, where he worked as a longshoreman and railroad car repairman and was active in the Superior Chapter of the Finnish Socialist Federation. He also attended and taught at the Work People's College in Duluth, Minnesota. In 1916, he moved to Detroit, Michigan and later to other places, always remaining active in Socialist organizations, particularly with the Finnish American and Finnish Canadian labor press, including Toveri, Socialisti, Tyomies, Vapaus and Eteenpäin. After the 1921 split within the Finnish Socialist Federation, Wiita became a functionary within the Finnish Federation and Worker's Party of America; however, by 1945, when he moved to Brooklyn, Connecticut, he had dropped his Communist Party membership. He became a realtor, helping to found the Northeastern Board of Realtors.
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The Wiita, John, b. 1888 Papers, Finnish American Collection, Immigration History Research Center, University of Minnesota
|Finnish American newspapers.|
|Finnish American press.|
|Finnish American Socialists.|
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