Minority Cultures and the Making of Cultural Heritage Archives in Finland

Kati Mikkola, Pia Olsson, Eija Stark

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The article analyzes the logic behind the archival policies concerning language and ethnic minorities in Finland, drawing examples from three minority groups: the Sámi, the Finnish Roma (the Kaale), and the Finland-Swedes. We base our discussion on the documented descriptions, manuscripts, questionnaires, and fieldwork activities dealing with language and ethnic minority groups archived by the Finnish Literature Society (Suomalaisen Kirjallisuuden Seura, SKS) and the Society of Swedish Literature in Finland (Svenska litteratursällskapet i Finland, SLS) from the beginning of the nineteenth century until the early twenty-first century. Viewed from a historical perspective, the establishment of archives in Finland was inextricably connected to the societal power enjoyed by certain ethnic and language groups seeking to preserve their heritage.

Original languageUndefined/Unknown
Pages (from-to)58–73
JournalEthnologia Europaea
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2019
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

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