Oblong wood and leather case was used by donor, Nanni Helena Korolainen, to hold possessions when she emigrated from Finland to Chicago in 1921.
This object helps to document Chicago’s diverse immigrant communities. The case was owned and used by Finnish immigrant Nanni Helena Korolainen who came to Chicago in 1920. Chicago’s small Finnish community began to form in the 1880s. Most Finns hailed from the rural, northern part of that country and had little interest in the urban factories of Chicago. Those who found factory work along the Chicago River settled among the Swedes in the Near North Side and West Town neighborhoods. By 1910 Chicago's Finnish population had risen from 500 to over 1,500. Nearly one-third of these new immigrants were single women.