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T-78 Holmio, Dr. Armas K.E. collection

Title: Holmio, Dr. Armas K.E. collection
Creator: Dr. Armas K.E. Holmio, Sep. 26, 1897 - Feb. 21, 1977
Inclusive Dates: 1940-1974
Bulk dates: 1950-1970
Extent: 5 linear ft.
Languages: Finnish and English

Abstract: Collection of speeches, sermons, and other ephemera of Doctor of theology and pastor, Armas Kustaa Ensio Holmio, former Archivist and Professor of Theology at Suomi College, now Finlandia University.  Many speeches and sermons address the events of World World II.  This collection was donated by one of his daugthers.  See also T-38 for a collection for his biographical file and manuscript drafts which was left in the Finnish American Historical Archive and Museum. See also Dr. Holmio's 'History of Finns In Michigan'.

Biographical and Historical Notes:  Armas Kustaa Ensio Holmio was born 26 September 1897 in Rauma, Finland.  Following his doctoral studies at Boston University, a chaplaincy in the U.S. Army and many East Coast communities, he came to teach at Suomi College in 1946.  He took over as archivist of the Finnish American Historical Archive and Museum in 1954 and later served as seminary dean.  Dr. Holmio had previously served as Finnish seamen's pastor in San Francisco (1930-1933), pastor of various New England congregations (1933-1943), and served in the U.S. Army as chaplain during World War II.  He received a Doctorate of Theology from Boston University in 1940. His publication of History of Finns in Michigan received unprecedented support from Finns of all political and religious backgrounds, and accordingly leaves out no major element of Finnish-American life and history. He continued as Archivist until 1975.

Collection Scope and Content Note: Dr. Holmio recorded the date and place of each of his dates and sermons on the last page of his notes. Some of these notes are hand-written while others are type-written.  All contain corrections. Some of the material in this collection predates Dr. Holmio's 1946 arrival to Suomi College, as evidenced by the dates of his speeches and sermons.  The speech, P.E. Svinhufvud, President of the Finnish Republic, is typed on his Hyannis, Massachusetts letterhead.

Finding Aid Created By: Archivist, Kent Randell, May 2011.


Folder 1: Sermons and Sermon Notes (x17), English. 1943-1970

(Each sermon and speech has a list of where and when it was preached.)

   A Mighty Fotress Is Our God : 1939-1962, 25 times
   A More Excellent Way : 1953-1970, 58 times
   The Birth Of Christmas : 1955, 1969, 2 times
   Christian Symbolism : 1944-1955, 16 times
   Christianity and War : 1943-1965, 19 times
   Christmas : 1944, 1961, 2 times
   The Conquering Cross : 1944-1961, 23 times
   Delivered into the Hands of Men : 1943-1963, 55 times
   Facing the Facts of Today : 1950-1970, 9 times
   Forgiveness of Sins : 1945-1972, 64 times
   John 14: 23-31 : 1953-1954, 2 times
   Luke 2: 1-20 : 1943-1963, 12 times
   Pentecost : 1947-1965, 10 times
   The Way of God. Psalm 25: 1-10 : 1943-1963, 48 times

Folder 2: Sermons and Sermon Notes (x5), Finnish. 1942-1967

Folder 3: Speeches (x10), English. 1944-1963

   Armistice Day : 12 Nov 1947
   Christianity in Suomi College : Faculty meeting, 14 Nov 1961
   Day of Memorial Service, Those Who Will Not Return, Veteran's Day,  Psalm 100 : 1951, 1954
   Invasion Day Service : 12 Nov 1944
   John F. Kennedy Assasinated : 22 Nov 1963
   Lönnrot and Kalevala : 1956, 1958  
   Memorial day : 28 May 1944
   Memorial Service : 1945
   P.E. Svinhufvud, President of the Finnish Republic : undated (Hyannis, Mass. letterhead)
   Suomi College - The Institute of Higher Learning Founded by the Finns : 1956
   V-J Day [Victory in Japan] : 14 Aug 1945

Folder 4: Clippings and Ephemera. 1940, 1964-1974

Includes Funeral and Military Funeral Programs and Guides; one obituary (name illeg.); Newspaper Clippings (2 have pictures of Holmio); 1964 "SPACE" stamp, Synod Program for Advancement of Christian Education; notes; Service Prayer Book; two Finnish songs; two press releases of the Lutheran Council in the USA News Bureau (1964, 1974).

Folder 5: Amerikan Suomalainen Historiallinen Arkisto pamphlet. March 1960

Fold-out pamhplet concerning the Finnish-American Historical Archive and Museum.

Books: Unique titles which were added to the Archive's Rare Book Collection:

Hattula, John E., Sana rististä : (10 radio esitelmää). Portland, Oreg.: [by the author], 1939.

Luther, Martin, Suomen evankelis-luterilaisen kirkon katekismus : hyväksytty Suomen kuudennessatoista varsinaisessa kirkolliskokouksessa vuonna 1948. Helsinki, Finland: Otava, 1950.

Luther, Martin (translated by Wilh. Malmberg), Tohtori Martti Luteeruksen Isä meidän selitys. Lapua, Finland: Kustannusoy Herättäjä, 1933.

Polack, William Gustave, Bringing Christ to the Ojibways in Michigan : a story of the mission work of G.R. Baierlein (1848-1953). New York, N.Y.: Ernst Kaufmann, 1927.

Snellman, Elli, The brass of St. Henrik of Finland, Nousiainen church, c. 1420 = Suomen Pyhä Henrik-piispa : Nousiaisten kirkossa olevaa Pyhän Henrikin muistohautaa eli kenotafia koristava kaiverrettu kuparilaatta n. v:lta 1420. Helsinki, Finland: St. Henrik's Market, 1967.