Finnish-Language Records Held at Lakehead University Archives

Material written in Finnish, or related directly to the local Finnish-Canadian community, is held in a variety of different fonds and collections at Lakehead University Archives.

Amerikan Laulajat Fonds

An umbrella organization for Finnish male choruses in North America. The records relate to the organization’s administration and finances, and to major events.

An English-language finding aid is available.

Cairine Budner Fonds

Records created, held, or gathered by Cairine Budner over the course of her association with the Thunder Bay Finnish Canadian Historical Society, and other local heritage organizations and sports organizations. Includes oral history interviews, and historical photographs and documents gathered from the community, including sports photographs, records of the Finnish Building Company, and minutes of the Nahjus Athletic Club.

Not yet processed.

Canadan Suomalainen Jarjesto Fonds

Records of the Canadan Suomalainen Jarjesto (Finnish Organization of Canada), a cultural organization formerly connected with the Social Democratic Party of Canada and later the Communist Party of Canada.

Not yet processed.

Canadan Teollisuusunionistinen Kannatus Liitto Fonds

The Canadan Teollisuusunionistinen Kannatus Liitto (Canadian Industrial Union Support Circle) comprised of supporters of industrial unionism who formed associations in their own local communities. The records include minutes of meetings, correspondence, financial records, publications, and miscellaneous items, including for the following organizations: Finnish Building Company, Hoito Restaurant, One Big Union, CTKL, Industrial Workers of the World, Lumber Workers Industrial Union #120, and Canadian News Service.

Not yet processed.

Canadan Uutiset Fonds

Records of the Canadan Uutiset, a Finnish-language newspaper based in Port Arthur/Thunder Bay from 1915 to 2000. The records include correspondence and circulation information.

A rough English-language inventory exists, but further archival description is desirable.

Finlandia Club Collection

Records and minute books of the following organizations: Hoito Restaurant, Port Arthur Workingmen’s Association: Imatra no. 9, C.T.K.L. (Canadian Industrial Unions: Port Arthur’s Finnish Association), C.U.T. (Canadian News Service) and C.T.K.L., Finlandia Club, Finnish Socialist Local no. 6: Port Arthur, Lumber Workers’ Industrial Union of the One Big Union, New Attempt Temperance Society, Finnish Athletic Club: Nahjus, Finnish Building Company.

An English-language inventory exists, but further archival description is desirable.

Finnish Building Company Fonds

The Finnish Building Company was formed in 1909 and raised funds for the construction of the Finnish Labour Temple.

Not yet processed.

Finnish Radio Tapes

A set of recordings of radio programs produced in Finnish.

Not yet processed.

Reverend Toivo Pajala Fonds

Records of Rev. Toivo Pajala, minister of Saalem Pentecostal Church.

Not yet processed.

Thunder Bay Finnish Canadian Historical Society Collection

A vast and varied collection of records documenting the experiences of Finnish immigrants to Northwestern Ontario. Includes correspondence, manuscripts, photographs, interviews, published material, and ephemera. The photograph collection is extensive and covers a wide range of subjects.

An English-language finding aid is available.

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