Contains materials related to the life and work Eino Friberg. The collection contains correspondence, clippings, writings, publications, photographs, materials related to the translation of the Kalevala, and other memorabilia including an award, a game, Friberg’s Braille tablet, framed photographs, and a collection of audio cassettes. Many materials are in Braille and a few in the Finnish language.
PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: 9 linear feet
LANGUAGE: English, Finnish
Eino Friberg was born in Marikarvia, Finland in 1901. He moved to the United States in 1906 and died at the age of 94 in 1995. Friberg was blinded as a child through an accident involving an exploding soda bottle. Friberg is a graduate of the Perkins School for the Blind.
Friberg was called a “renaissance man”. He engaged in many activities, and was an author, poet, playwright, union organizer, English-Finnish translator, minister, machinist, tree farmer, and even started his own experimental school (Harvard Crimson, 1976).
Friberg studied at Boston University and Harvard. Harvard later created a Finnish literature award in Friberg’s honor for his major life-work: the translation of the Finnish epic tale the Kalevala, which took twelve years (New York Times, 1995). His wife Adele aided in the translation by reading to Friberg, she died in 1985. They have two daughters Sandra Friberg and Jill Ryan (New York Times).
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Eino Friberg Collection. Perkins School for the Blind.