R-Series : Historical Societies and Museums
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R-Series : Historical Societies and Museums

R-1 Finnish-American Historical Society of Hiawathaland records (and Hjalmer Mäkilä papers) 3.5 linear feet and 2 oversize scrapbooks.  The Finnish-American Historical Society of Hiawathaland first met as the Iron Kauntin suomalaisten historiaseura (Finnish-American Historical Society of Iron County) on June 4, 1938.  They later changed their name to the Iron Kauntin ja ympäristan suomalaisten historiaseura (Finnish-American Historical Society of Iron County and Surrounding Areas) in 1939 before settling on Finnish-American Historical Society of Hiawathaland.  The collection was donated by Hjlamer Mäkilä / Makila of Crystal Falls, Mich., and about 1.5 linear feet of the collection is his personal correspondence and ephemera, including letters to and from various temperance societies, Help Finland, Inc., and the Knights of Kaleva organization.  The collection also contains a wealth of Iron County, Michigan Finnish-American genealogical information (see index), as all 266 members of the society were required to fill out a long membership form, containing places of marriages, deaths, births, and other data (some forms even have short autobiographies). 

R-2 Society for the Publication of the History of Michigan Finns records 1 linear ft.  Business records and correspondence related to the publication of Armas K.E. Holmio's History of the Finns in Michigan in 1967.  The name index for this book and other information are available on this genealogy page.

R-3 Finnish-American Historical Society records (and Wilho Hedman papers) 1936-1942 4 folders. Record books, correspondence and ephmera related to the Finnish-American Historical Society of New York City from the papers of Wilho Hedman, who worked for the Raivajaa Publishing Company and served as an executive officer in said organization.  The main aim of the organization was to prepare for the Delaware 300-Year Tercentenary Celebration of 1941 in Chester, Penn.

R-4 Suomalaisten Yhdistyneitten Seurojen Itsenäisyysjuhla-toimikunta collection 1937-1940 1 folder. Federation of Finnish-American Societies Finnish Independence Celebration Committee. Includes 1937 speech and 1940 program for the celebration held at the Finnish Education Hall in New York City.

R-5 New Yorkin Suomalaisten Seurojen Keskustoimikunta collection 1944-1947 1 folder.  Greater New York Federation of Finnish-American Societies.  Letter from 1944, addressed to the President [possibly of the United States (?)], regarding Finland's precarious wartime position, and a Finnish and English copy of the 1947 Juhannus (Mid-Summer) speech delivered by Judge Roger J. Brock at Central Park in New York City.

R-6 Finland Day Committee, 1939 New York World's Fair records 1938-1939 6 folders. Includes program, itinerary, advertising contracts, financial records, correspondence, and ephemera.

R-7 Finnish American Historical Society of Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia collection 1973-1981 1 item.  Scrapbook of newspaper clippings and correspondence. 

R-8 Finnish American Society of Washington, D.C. records 1939-1941 1 folder.  1941 by-laws, two membership applications, meeting minutes, 1939-1941.

R-9 Federation of Finnish Amerian Historical Societies in North America records 1970 1 folder. One set of meeting minutes dated June 30, 1970.  The meeting took place at Suomi College (Finlandia University) in Hancock, Mich.

R-10 Minnesotan Suomalais-Amerikkalaisen Historiallisen Seura / Minneostan Suomalainen Historiallinen Seura records 1953 2 items.  Minnesota Finnish-American Historical Society.  Published set of 1953 by-laws (Perussäännöt ja Sivusäännöt) printed by the Duluth Cooperative Society, and undated publication titled Vielä ei ole myöhäistä

R-11 Canadan Suomalaisten Historiaseura records 1963 1 folder. Candian Finnish Historical Society of Copper Cliff, Ontario, membership forms and other ephemera.  Membership Forms contain a lot of autobiographical information and some photographs.

R-12 Ohio Finnish-American Historical Society records 1 linear ft. Includes the Warren, Ohio and Fairport, Ohio branches of the Ohio Finnish-American Historical Society. 

R-13 Finnish American Historical Society of Michigan records 1 folder.  Based in Detroit, Mich., the records include the 1940 All-Sibelius Concert program, Articles of Incorporation (1947), program, correspondence, and texts of speeches related to the 1961 banquet in honor of President Urho K. Kekkonen at the Detroit Civic Center and the 1953, 1961, 1963  and 1966 Finnish Independence Celebrations, the published "Finnish Album to Commemorate Detroit's 250th Birthday" (1951), various clippings, and blank membership applications.

R-14 Irowood, Michigan Finnish Historical Society records 1952-1963 1 folder.  Minute book ranging from 1952-1963.  Ironwood branch of the Finnish American Historical Society of Michigan (see R-13).

R-15 Marquette St. John's Celebration records 1921-1952 3 folders. Two ledger books, minutes and financial records, as well as ephemera, concerning the Committee to organize a Juhannus (Midsummer / St. John's Festival) in Marquette County, Mich.