Fonds A 19 - Einar Nordstrom fonds

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Einar Nordstrom fonds

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CA ON00318 A 19

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  • 1903-1980, predominant 1933-1980 (Creation)

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108 cm of textual records and audio tapes

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Einar Nordstrom was a Lakehead labour leader and Communist Party member. He arrived in Canada in 1930 from his native Finland and rode the rails in the west during the Great Depression. Locally he was active in the Scandinavian Workers Association, the Lumber and Sawmill Workers Union and the Co-op movement. He was a member of the I.W.W. and the Fort William Trades and Labor Council. He was also involved with the running of the local Youth Communist League and spent many summers organizing a youth camp. Nordstrom, who ran the Record Centre store in Port Arthur, was a great music fan, and was responsible for bringing to the city many top names in folk music, such as Pete Seeger. In his later years he collaborated on a book dealing with labor history and a film about the lives of Rosval and Voutilainen, two young Communist union organizers who were allegedly murdered at the Lakehead in 1929.

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Fonds consists of Einar Nordstrom's papers and other material, primarily concerning labour and union activities at the Lakehead with a particular emphasis on the Finnish community and socialist movements locally. They are arranged into nine series and include taped interviews with past labor leaders, personal papers, research files containing historical clippings, local newspaper issues, copies of the Canadian Tribune, the Pacific Tribune and other left wing papers, books and promotional material relating to his occupation as a music salesman. Fonds is comprised of the following series: Series A 19/1/1-3 - Taped interviews - 8cm - 1978-1979 Series A 19/2/1-9 - Personal papers - 5cm - 1971-1980 Series A 19/3/1-15 - Clipping files - 9cm - 1903-1914, 1937-1976 Series A 19/4/1 - Newspapers local - 3cm - 1933, 1972-1976 Series A 19/5/1-7 - Newspapers - 53cm - 1946-1980 Series A 19/6/1-6 - Magazines - 3cm - 1950-1974 Series A 19/7/1-12 - Books - 20cm - 1946-1963 Series A 19/8/1-16 - Promotional material - 4cm - 1960s Series A 19/9/1-21 - Miscellaneous - 3cm - 1933-1980

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See photo catalogue, 980.84

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