ABSTRACT

In this chapter I present some perspectives and preliminary results of an ongoing  study of post-World War II Finnish immigration to the Swedish pulp and paper  industry. This chapter focuses primarily on Lessebo, a small industrial community  in the south of Sweden, which is dominated by a paper mill. Besides traditional  written sources, I also use oral sources, and since fall 2006 I have been working  in a research circle with six Finnish female immigrants who arrived in Sweden  in the 1960s. I have searched different archives and distributed copies of written  sources to the participants in this circle. This method allows the oral sources to  communicate directly with the written sources. Memories that have been altered  and adjusted to fit in with personal life stories could in this respect be corrected  by the written sources. Instead of studying history backwards, this way of research  provides us with a way of reconstructing “futures past,” making it possible to  reconstruct horizons of expectations of the past (Koselleck 1985).