Toward an oral history of Cape Ann : Uusitalo, Lempi


Toward an oral history of Cape Ann : Uusitalo, Lempi


Uusitalo, Lempi Interviewee.;Brayton, Linda Interviewer.


[Gloucester, Mass] : Sawyer Free Library




2 sound files, digital, MPEG3 file

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OH 58 Part 1
OH 58 Part 2

Linda Brayton and David Masters, principal oral historians.;Interviewer(s):Linda Brayton (5/16/1978).

TRACKS:Miss Uusitalo's background, trip to U.S.A. in 1912 (six or seven weeks) and subsequent trips to and from Finland -- Reasons for coming to U.S.A., hardships of family members being separated from each other -- Employment as a domestic, homesickness -- Entering U.S.A. via Ellis Island, N.Y., travel to Boston and Cape Ann, immigrants sometimes helped each other out -- Arriving in Rockport, employment -- Employment (cont'd.), reasons for staying in U.S.A., war -- Churches and halls . social activity, fund raising for church -- Citizenship classes in Rockport, voting -- Finnish service in Lanesville church now held just once a month -- Finnish publications.

The following names and terms were used in this interview:Leppalankyla, Lemoi Walkanen, Uunentalo Lempi, Straitsmouth Inn, Svenske, Lempi Niemi, New Yorkin uutiset, Keski Suomi Amerikan Sanomat, Kanankoski, Mattson, Straightman Inn, Mr.s Eldredge, Maisie Poole, Raivaja, Lannen Sanomat, Keski Suomen Laani, Babson Fish Co,m Harwood, Miss Churchill, Rev. Ronka, Mrs. Ranta, Pohian Tahti.

Originally issued on sound cassettes and transferred to compact discs.


Rockport (Mass.) -- Emigration and immigration.;Finnish Americans -- Massachusetts -- Rockport.;Oral history -- Massachusetts -- Cape Ann.

Ann, Cape (Mass.) -- History -- Anecdotes.;Ann, Cape (Mass.) -- Social life and customs.

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Gloucester Oral History Collection

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Citation :

Uusitalo, Lempi Interviewee.;Brayton, Linda Interviewer., "Toward an oral history of Cape Ann : Uusitalo, Lempi," in NOBLE Digital Heritage, Item #7663, (accessed August 21, 2017).