Bietila Brothers photographs
MSS-072

Summary Information

Repository
Central Upper Peninsula and Northern Michigan University Archives
Title
Bietila Brothers photographs
ID
MSS-072
Date [inclusive]
1936 - 1942
Extent
1.0 folder
Language
Graphic materials [Folder]
17-02-01

Preferred Citation Note

[Identification of item], in the Bietila Brothers photographs, MSS-072, Central Upper Peninsula and Northern Michigan University Archives, Northern Michigan University.

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Biographical note

The Bietila brothers (Walter, Paul, Ralph, Roy, Leonard, and Jackie) of Ishpeming, Michigan were all gifted skiers and consequently dubbed the Flying Bietila Brothers. Paul, acknowledged as the best U.S. jumper of his time, was hurt in a 1939 ski accident and died from pneaumonia a few weeks later at age 20. Paul was posthumously inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1970. Walter was among the top U.S. ski jumpers at the start of World War II, and competed on three U.S. Olympic teams (1936, 1940, and 1948). He was inducted into the U.S. Ski Hall of Fame in 1966.

Source:

Baulch, Valerie M. "Michigan's Long History of Ski Jumping." The Detroit News.

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Scope and Contents Note

This collection contains photographs from of Walter Bietila and his brothers Ralph and Paul. The pictures chronicle the family's success in the sport of ski jumping. The photographs are dated between 1936 and 1942.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Central Upper Peninsula and Northern Michigan University Archives 5/20/2010

Harden Learning Resources Center 126
1401 Presque Isle Ave
Marquette, Michigan, 49855
906-227-1225
archives@nmu.edu

Revision Description

  5/20/2010

Conditions Governing Access note

No restrictions. Open for research.

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Controlled Access Headings

Personal Name(s)

  • Bietila, Paul
  • Bietila, Ralph
  • Bietila, Walter

Subject(s)

  • Ski jumping--Michigan--Ishpeming.
  • Skis and skiing--Michigan--Ishpeming.

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