Pohja Local History Archive
The Pohja Local History Archive houses a diversity of archive material, starting from private letters and family records from the 19th century to documentation of modern life. With regard to genealogical research, there are microfiche copies of parish registers from Pohja Parish covering the period 1750-1850, and of the minutes of the Pohja Parish from 1725-1881.
The purpose of the archive is to collect, organize and preserve material of the history of what used to be the municipality of Pohja. Through outward oriented activity, the archive maintains interest in local history. You will not need any experience with archives, since the staff will be there to help you!
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Private and Association Records
The actual archive collection consists of over hundred separate archives. These include private and family records, manor records, associations, communities and companies.
Eugen Fritz’s diploma
According to the above illustrated diploma, The General Fire-Brigade Association in Finland granted in 1943 a commemorative medal to Mr. Eugen Fritz, who was a member of the fire-brigade in Fiskars. Eugen Fritz was of Walloon descent and a third-generation copper smith. The Fritz’ family archive contains e.g. letters, certificates and contracts from the 19th and 20th centuries.
The audiovisual material of the archive consists mainly of interviews. Interviews of the people of Fiskars cover various stories from everyday lives to holidays.
Börje Sjöblom’s and the Fiskars Local Association’s news-cutting collections from the beginning of the 20th century to the 2000s are thematically organized and describe, for example, the Pohja municipality and local people. There is a separate collection of the events of the Second World War.
The archive houses some 70 maps from the 19th and 20th centuries. Most of the maps are from the former Pohja municipality. There are also a few old city maps from abroad.
The Collection of Drawings
The collection of ca 90 drawings dating to the 19th and 20th century depicts mainly buildings from the former Pohja municipality, but also includes certain drawings of products that the Fiskars Corporation has manufactured over the years.
“Ritning till en Byggnad för fyra stycken arbetare vid Malmberg grufvor”
The building in the drawing was designed by A. Lax on January 17th in 1829 as a house for the miners at the Malmberg mine. The mines were located by the Lake Määrjärvi in Kisko Parish. The drawing shows the facade, layout and end of the building. The mines are first mentioned in the 1670s, when the Ironworks was owned by Johan Thorwöste. The mines were in use in 1670-1866.
The poster collection has around 60 posters from the 19th and 20th centuries. They include, for example, commercials for events organized in Pohja.
A poster of a fashion show
The poster is an advertisement for a fashion show in 1972, which served as a fundraising event for the Pohja Red Cross. The venue was the club house of the Pohja Youth Association at Högåsa situated near Pohja hamlet. The archive of Pohja Youth Association (Pojo Ungdomsförening) is also kept in the Pohja Local History Archive.
Borrowing Materials from the Archive?
Original archive materials are not available for loan but can be read in the reading room. There is also a small library in the reading room. This is to ensure the preservation of the archival material for future generations. Instead, most of the archive material can be copied for study-purposes.
Do Research on your own!
Learn more about Fiskars Ironworks and Pohja area by visiting the digital museum and reading our articles.