Howard Wiitala photographs

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Wiitala, Harold
Harold Wiitala photographs
Date [inclusive]
1952 - 1955
2.0 folders

Preferred Citation Note

[Identification of Item] in the Harold Wiitala photographs, MSS-020, Central Upper Peninsula and Northern Michigan University Archives, Northern Michigan University.

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Biographical Note

Harold Wiitala was born in 1927 and graduated from Northern Michigan College of Education in June of 1955. He also attended NFSI in the summer of 1960 at Northern. He had experience in the logging industry as a cook's helper, as well as skidding logs, loading trucks, and railing cars. He worked at a sawmill piling lumber and at a veneer plant, which was located where Northern's lumber Services building is presently, and he was a janitor's helper at the Cliff Dow office. Mr. Wiitala spent over six years in the military service, mostly in the North Pacific and a few months north of the Canadian mainland. He taught high school math and scinece for fourteen years. He was self-employed, and his last job was as the area leader for the Green Thumb Program. He retired in 1988.

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Scope and Contents note

This collection contains photographs of families in "Vetville," the common name for married student housing at Northern Michigan University, preparing to move or for graduation, including images of the students' children. The collection also contains photographs of a Rod and Gun Club outing and of fans and concession stands at Memorial Field (located where the Berry Events Center now stands) during an NMU football game. The photographs were taken by Harold Wiitala between 1952 and 1955.

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Conditions Governing Access note

No restrictions. Open for research.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Gift of Harold Wiitala in 1990.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Northern Michigan University--Alumni and alumnae.
  • Northern Michigan University--Football.
  • Northern Michigan University. Memorial Field.
  • Northern Michigan University. Rod and Gun Club.
  • Northern Michigan University. Vetville.


  • College students--Michigan--Marquette.
  • Married students--Michigan--Marquette.
  • Student activities--Michigan--Marquette.

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Collection Inventory


 MSS-020 Photographs - Vetville Families 1952-1955   1.0 folder

35-03-08 LRC

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 MSS-020 Photographs - Football; Rod and Gun Club 1952-1955   1.0 folder

35-03-08 LRC

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