University of Minnesota

Finlandia Foundation, Pasadena, California, Records

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Immigration History Research Center Archives, University of Minnesota

Descriptive summary

Creator: Finlandia Foundation
Dates: ca. 1950-2004
Abstract: The material includes correspondence, newsletters, minutes, photographs, and various other documents, roughly organized chronologically within the various collections of papers.
Quantity: 13 linear ft.
Language: English, some Finnish
Collection ID: IHRC3379

PROVENANCE/PROCESSING

Seven large boxes of historical material dealing with the fifty year history of the Finlandia Foundation and Finlandia Foundation Trust were delivered to the IHRC on Monday, October 10, 2005 by Jon L. Saari, a current Trustee of the Foundation. Saari, an historian at Northern Michigan University (Marquette, MI), used this material as the primary source material to write a history of the Foundation in 2003-2004; it was called Black Ties and Miners' Boots: Inventing Finnish-American Philanthropy - A History of the Finlandia Foundation National 1953-2003. 8,000 copies were printed and distributed free of charge to members during 2003 and 2004; it has also been used as an outreach tool to publicize the Foundation's story to non-members. The Paloheimo Papers, Collanus Papers, and Kujala Papers were received from Trustee Paul Halme of Solvang, California, who is the executor of the Paloheimo Estate and former President of Finlandia Foundation. The Olkio Papers and Smith Tapes were received directly from Kalevi Olkio and Vera Smith in 2002. The collection was processed by Johanna Leinonen in 2006. Provenance sketch by Jon Saari, 2005, and Johanna Leinonen, 2006.

HISTORICAL SKETCH

The Finlandia Foundation was founded in 1953 in California with the twin goals of nurturing the connection with Finland and preserving Finnish culture in America. Yrjo A. Paloheimo, the founder of the organization, got the inspiration for the Foundation from the unprecedented unity in which Finnish Americans supported their homeland during the Second World War years; Paloheimo was the Field Secretary for the Help Finland organization and traveled throughout Finnish American communities in 1945-1946 assisting with the relief efforts. After the war Paloheimo, then the Honorary Consul of Finland for Southern California, wrote the official version of how the Finlandia Foundation was conceived and brought to life.

On January 21, 1953, nine founders met at the home of Yrjo and Leonora Paloheimo in Pasadena, California, and unanimously approved the Constitution and By-laws that Paloheimo had modeled after the American Scandinavian Foundation. Yrjo Paloheimo was also elected the first President of the Foundation. He remained in this position for nearly a decade, until Dr. Vaino Hoover replaced him in 1962. During the long term of these first two Presidents – Hoover resigned two decades later, in 1983 – local Finnish American chapters were formed throughout the country. In addition to local chapters, the national body was composed of two parts: The Finlandia Foundation National, a non-tax exempt administrative body, and the tax-exempt Finlandia Foundation Trust, which was later initiated by Dr. Vaino Hoover. Without Hoover, the longest serving President of the Foundation, there would have been little chance for the Foundation to succeed, as he endowed the tax-exempt Finlandia Foundation Trust with his own money. The income from the Trust was used exclusively to fund scholarships and grants. During Hoover’s administration, there were also two Boards of Trustees; however, after the death of Vaino Hoover in 1983, the Foundation went through a process of reorganization. In this process, a single Board of Trustees was created to coordinate both the Finlandia Foundation National and the Finlandia Foundation Trust.

Finally in 2002 the Trust was discontinued completely and today, after defining a narrower mission of the Foundation’s function as a funding organization rather than a unifying force among all Finnish American organizations, the Finlandia Foundation operates as a private philanthropic foundation. Under the leadership of Gertrude Kujala (1984), Jorma Kaukonen (1989), Juha Makipaa (1991), Carl W. Jarvie (1993), Paul O. Halme (1995), Inger Pancoast-Edwards (1999), John Suomela (2001), and John Laine (2003) the Foundation has increased its grants and scholarships and become the major source of private funding for Finnish and Finnish-American cultural activities in the United States. The Foundation also publishes its own bi-annual newsletter.

For more information about the history of the Foundation, please resort to Jon L. Saari: Black Ties and Miners’ Boots: Inventing Finnish American Philanthropy. A History of Finlandia Foundation National, 1953-2003 (Solvang, CA: Finlandia Foundation National, 2003).


DESCRIPTION OF THE COLLECTION

The Finlandia Foundation collection consists of records and materials that document the establishment, activity and evolution of an ethnic organization created by Consul Yrjo Paloheimo in 1953. This material, spanning from the creation of the Foundation to the recent past (2004), covers the Foundation’s dual mission of promoting Finland in America and strengthening the Finnish American community. The collection contains materials throughout the 50-plus years of its history: the creation of the Foundation and chapters in the 1950s, Dr. Vaino Hoover’s era from the defining of the Foundation’s national aspirations in the 1960s through the growing tensions of the 1970s to Dr. Hoover’s resignation in 1983, and the reorganization of the Foundation in the 1980s and 1990s, ending in a narrower definition of the Foundation’s function as a funding organization rather than a unifying force among all Finnish American organizations.

The collection also contains recent materials (up to the year 2004) pertaining to the Foundation’s role as a private philanthropic foundation. The materials are comprised of correspondence, reports, minutes, newsletters, newspaper clippings, photographs, audio tapes, etc., and pertain to a wide variety of topics, among others scholarship and grant programs, local chapters and their relations with Headquarters, relationships between Board Members, the Foundation’s tax exempt status, and activities of the Finlandia Foundation National, chapters, and the Finnish American community in general. A small amount of documentation is in Finnish, but most of it is in English, as the Foundation’s official language has been English from the start – Paloheimo’s vision was to “unite all Finland Friends” in the United States. The organization of the collection reflects the way in which the materials were transferred to the IHRC; the donors themselves grouped the materials and the IHRC retained them in the same order. As a result, the materials are not always in chronological or thematic order.


ACCESS RESTRICTIONS

The Finlandia Foundation collection is available for public research.

OWNERSHIP & LITERARY RIGHTS

The Finlandia Foundation collection is the physical property of the Immigration History Research Center Archives, University of Minnesota.

For further information regarding the copyright, please contact the IHRC Archives.


CITE AS

The Finlandia Foundation Records, Finnish American Collection, IHRC Archives, University of Minnesota

Index Terms

Finnish
Charity
Education
Arts
Political activity

Description of Series

This section briefly describes each series in the collection. A more detailed description of the contents of each series may be found in the following section.

SERIES 1. Yrjo Paloheimo (Boxes 1-3)

The Paloheimo series consists of records and materials that cover the period from the establishment of the Foundation in 1953 until Paloheimo’s death in 1986. Paloheimo served more than three decades as a Board Member (1953-1985), and almost a decade as a President (1953-1962) of the Foundation. The series offers documentation of the beginning of the organization, the Paloheimo and Hoover presidencies, and the growing tensions between the two prominent men, finally culminating in the “1983 crisis” (as described by historian Jon L. Saari) after which Hoover resigned from his presidency. The series also includes materials pertaining to the scholarship programs of the Foundation and the Foundation’s communications with Suomi College, materials of different local chapters of the Foundation and relations between the Finlandia Foundation National and the local chapters. Additionally, Yrjo and Leonora Paloheimo’s active life in the Finnish American community and in their hometown Pasadena, California, is documented. The series also includes materials of Paloheimo’s close friend, Reverend Omar Halme, who was the Vice President of the Foundation from 1953 to 1984, and Mrs. Vera Smith, the Secretary of the Foundation 1988-1992. More specifically, the series includes Paloheimo’s correspondence – both personal and with Board Members and other people affiliated with the Foundation; meeting minutes and other materials concerning meetings of the Board of Trustees; financial statements and materials concerning the Foundation’s tax-exempt status; the original Articles of Incorporation, Constitution and By-laws of the Foundation and later revisions to them; papers of the Finnish American Cultural Exchange Agency (FACE); scholarship and grant documents and applications; newsletters of local chapters and of the Finland Foundation National; chapter and member lists and materials about chapters’ activities; photographs, newspaper clippings, and miscellaneous materials.

SERIES 2. Gertrude Kujala (Boxes 4-5)

The Gertrude Kujala series mainly includes materials pertaining to her presidency years. Mrs. Kujala served as the President of the Foundation after Dr. Vaino Hoover’s resignation, from 1984 to 1989. During the Kujala’s presidency, the Foundation started a process of reorganization, the main focus of which was improving relations between National Headquarters and chapters. The papers of the series document this reorganization process; included in the series are: revised By-laws (1987); documents from the May 1987 meeting in which – among other things – chapter relations were discussed; a resolution amending the Finlandia Foundation Trust (1989); materials pertaining to the scholarship programs; newsletters, and miscellany.

SERIES 3. Recent Materials (Boxes 6-7)

The series “Recent Materials” covers the time period from the mid-1990s to 2004. It includes scholarship reports, financial reports and profit and loss details, the Annual Report of the year 2000, a Performer of the Year report, papers from meetings of the Board of Trustees, e-mail correspondence between Board Members, newsletters, materials on the opening of the Finlandia Foundation National Office in 2004 and on the Finland Music and Art Festival in Michigan in 2004, Jon L. Saari’s history of the Foundation Black Ties and Miners’ Boots: Inventing Finnish American Philanthropy: A History of Finlandia Foundation National, 1953-2003, and miscellany.

SERIES 4. Otto Collanus (Box 8)

Mr. Otto I. Collanus served as a Board Member of the Foundation over two decades, 1953-1975. Mr. Collanus, an experienced Finnish American journalist, was also a principal writer for the newsletters of the Foundation until his death in 1975. The Collanus series roughly covers this time period from the establishment of the Foundation to Collanus’s death. The series includes correspondence; Collanus’s suggested changes to the By-laws of the Foundation (1962); amendments to the By-laws (1969); Finlandia Foundation National newsletters with Collanus’s comments and Collanus’s writings for the 1969-1970 newsletter; Collanus’s personal notes and correspondence on Dr. Vaino Hoover’s illness in 1969 and its ramifications for the functioning of the Foundation; minutes of Board meetings from the 1970s; newspaper clippings, and some miscellaneous materials.

SERIES 5. Kalevi Olkio (Boxes 9-16)

The Olkio series spans a lengthy time period starting from the early 1960s and ending in the year 2003. Mr. Kalevi Olkio served as Board Member 1980-2001, as Vice President 1991-2001, and as Emeritus Member to present. He was also the first President of Baltimore Area Chapter. During his membership, the Foundation went through many significant developments: the growing discontent of chapters with Headquarters in the 1970s, the 1983 crisis and the subsequent resignation of Dr. Vaino Hoover, and the years of reorganization of the 1980s and 1990s, which resulted in a change in the Foundation’s emphasis, its trustee composition, and its programs. Mr. Olkio was an active participant – and sometimes an acute critic – in all these developments. Thus, the Olkio series is a rich source of the past two-three decades of the history of the Foundation. Most importantly, the series offers a great amount of correspondence between Board Members concerning a multitude of issues related to the Foundation starting from the 1970s and ending in 2001, including both mail and e-mail correspondence. The series also includes records from Board of Trustees’ meetings and conventions from 1978 to 2000. In addition, as Mr. Olkio was the first President of Baltimore Area Chapter, the series contains papers on the historic start of the Chapter (starting from 1963) and also on later activities of the Chapter. More specifically, the series contains correspondence pertaining to Finlandia Foundation National and chapters; materials about relations between chapters and Headquarters; materials about activities of the Foundation and its chapters; meeting minutes and other meeting records; newsletters of the Finlandia Foundation National and different chapters; press releases; general materials about the Foundation such as Articles of Incorporation, by-laws, and materials on tax-exempt status; newspaper clippings; mailing lists; materials pertaining to grants, scholarships and the creation of the Performer of the Year Program; and miscellaneous papers.

SERIES 6. Audio Tapes (Box 17)

The series “Audio Tapes” contains recordings of Finlandia Foundation Board Meetings made by Vera Smith. The series includes 103 cassettes from 1980 to 2002.

SERIES 7. Finlandia Foundation National Grants (Boxes 18-23)

The Finlandia Foundation National awards grants in support of Finnish cultural programs, events, scholarships, and the Performer of the Year Program. The series “Finlandia Foundation National Grants” includes six boxes of both funded and unfunded grant proposals from 1999 to 2004, each box covering one year. The grant proposals comprise various kinds of projects that relate to Finnish and Finnish-American culture.


Detailed Description of the Collection

SERIES 1. Yrjo Paloheimo (Boxes 1-3)

The Paloheimo series consists of records and materials that cover the period from the establishment of the Foundation in 1953 until Paloheimo’s death in 1986. Paloheimo served more than three decades as a Board Member (1953-1985), and almost a decade as a President (1953-1962) of the Foundation. The series offers documentation of the beginning of the organization, the Paloheimo and Hoover presidencies, and the growing tensions between the two prominent men, finally culminating in the “1983 crisis” (as described by historian Jon L. Saari) after which Hoover resigned from his presidency. The series also includes materials pertaining to the scholarship programs of the Foundation and the Foundation’s communications with Suomi College, materials of different local chapters of the Foundation and relations between the Finlandia Foundation National and the local chapters. Additionally, Yrjo and Leonora Paloheimo’s active life in the Finnish American community and in their hometown Pasadena, California, is documented. The series also includes materials of Paloheimo’s close friend, Reverend Omar Halme, who was the Vice President of the Foundation from 1953 to 1984, and Mrs. Vera Smith, the Secretary of the Foundation 1988-1992. More specifically, the series includes Paloheimo’s correspondence – both personal and with Board Members and other people affiliated with the Foundation; meeting minutes and other materials concerning meetings of the Board of Trustees; financial statements and materials concerning the Foundation’s tax-exempt status; the original Articles of Incorporation, Constitution and By-laws of the Foundation and later revisions to them; papers of the Finnish American Cultural Exchange Agency (FACE); scholarship and grant documents and applications; newsletters of local chapters and of the Finland Foundation National; chapter and member lists and materials about chapters’ activities; photographs, newspaper clippings, and miscellaneous materials.
BOX 1.
FOLDER 1. Articles of Incorporation, Constitution and By-Laws 1954
FOLDER 2. 10th Anniversary Celebration in Pasadena, CA February 1963
Photographs
FOLDER 3. Dr. Vaino Hoover and Consul Yrjo Paloheimo 1970s-1986
FOLDER 4. Board of Trustees meetings 1976-1980
FOLDER 5. Membership dues and tax exempt status 1977-1978
FOLDER 6. 25th Year Convention in Washington, D.C. October 1978
FOLDER 7. Chapters' activities 1978-1979
FOLDER 8. Miscellaneous correspondence 1979-1981
FOLDER 9. National Meeting of Chapters, New York City March 1980
FOLDER 10. Board of Trustees meetings 1980-1982
FOLDER 11. Newspaper clippings 1981
FOLDER 12. West Coast and Southwest Chapters' Regional Conference in Pasadena, CA April 1981
FOLDER 13. Board of Trustees meetings 1981-1982
FOLDER 14. Finlandia Foundation National and Chapters 1981-1984
FOLDER 15. Finnish American Cultural Exchange Agency (FACE) 1982-1984
BOX 2.
FOLDER 1. 30th Anniversary Celebration in Pasadena, CA March 1983
FOLDER 2. Paloheimo's speech for the 30th Anniversary Luncheon March 19, 1983
FOLDER 3. Vaino Hoover's resignation 1983
FOLDER 4. Vaino Hoover in memoriam 1983
FOLDER 5. Finlandia Foundation meetings at FinnFest USA, Minneapolis, MN August 1983
FOLDER 6. Grants and scholarships 1983-1984
FOLDER 7. FinnFest USA 1983-1984
FOLDER 8. Board members and chapter lists 1983-1987
FOLDER 9. Trustees meeting in Pasadena, CA April 1985
Photograph album
FOLDER 10. Alvar Aalto Symposium at CraftandFolk Art Museum in Los Angeles, CA 1985
FOLDER 11. Revision of Constitution and By-Laws April 1985 - January 1986
FOLDER 12. Santa Barbara Chapter 1978-1983
FOLDER 13. Inland Empire Chapter 1979-1981
BOX 3.
FOLDER 1. Los Angeles Chapter 1980-1983
FOLDER 2. Baltimore Area Chapter 1980-1983
FOLDER 3. Albuquerque Chapter 1981
FOLDER 4. Portland Chapter 1981
FOLDER 5. Palo Alto - Stanford Chapter 1981-1983
FOLDER 6. New York Metropolitan Chapter 1981-1983
FOLDER 7. Finlandia Foundation chapters 1982-1984
FOLDER 8. National Capital Chapter 1983
FOLDER 9. Suomi College 1974-1983
FOLDER 10. Paloheimo Scholarship and Suomi College 1978
FOLDER 11. Paloheimo Scholarship and Suomi College 1979-1983
FOLDER 12. Finnish Chair Project, Suomi College and Indiana University 1981-1983
FOLDER 13. Finnish-American activities 1979-1981
FOLDER 14. Finnish-American activities 1981-1983
FOLDER 15. Finnish-American activities 1983-1984


SERIES 2. Gertrude Kujala (Boxes 4-5)

The Gertrude Kujala series mainly includes materials pertaining to her presidency years. Mrs. Kujala served as the President of the Foundation after Dr. Vaino Hoover’s resignation, from 1984 to 1989. During the Kujala’s presidency, the Foundation started a process of reorganization, the main focus of which was improving relations between National Headquarters and chapters. The papers of the series document this reorganization process; included in the series are: revised By-laws (1987); documents from the May 1987 meeting in which – among other things – chapter relations were discussed; a resolution amending the Finlandia Foundation Trust (1989); materials pertaining to the scholarship programs; newsletters, and miscellany.
BOX 4.
FOLDER 1. Miscellaneous, Finlandia Foundation National and Chapters 1971-1977
FOLDER 2. Finnish Relief Committee, California app. 1940
Posters
FOLDER 3. Constitution and By-Laws 1953, 1969
FOLDER 4. Financial statements 1954-1971
FOLDER 5. Newsletters of the Finlandia Foundation National 1958-1997
FOLDER 6. Meeting minutes of the Board of Trustees 1963-1982
FOLDER 7. 10th and 30th Anniversaries of the Foundation 1963, 1983
FOLDER 8. Omar Halme materials 1963-1995
FOLDER 9. Paloheimo Home Dedication to Pasadena Historical Society for a Museum June 1970
FOLDER 10. Finlandia Foundation National and Chapters 1980, 1988-1995
FOLDER 11. 30th Anniversary Celebration in Pasadena, CA March 1983
BOX 5.
FOLDER 1. Newsletters of the Finlandia Foundation National 1984-1999
FOLDER 2. Paloheimo Scholarship 1986-1991
FOLDER 3. Timo T. Kouri grant application 1987
FOLDER 4. Liisa Rinne application for the Paloheimo Scholarship 1987
FOLDER 5. Finlandia Foundation Trust 1987
FOLDER 6. Trustees meeting in San Diego, CA May 1987
FOLDER 7. Revised By-Laws 1987
FOLDER 8. Resolution Amending Trust 1989
FOLDER 9. Sibelius Academy applications 1989
FOLDER 10. Vera Smith materials 1989-2002
FOLDER 11. "The Finlandia Foundation - A Briefing Paper and Possible Notes for a History" by Jorma L. Kaukonen 1991
FOLDER 12. Financial statements and reports 1982, 1990, 1995-1999
FOLDER 13. Scholarship reports 1999-2002
FOLDER 14. Annual Report of the Finlandia Foundation Trust Summer 2000


SERIES 3. Recent Materials (Boxes 6-7)

The series “Recent Materials” covers the time period from the mid-1990s to 2004. It includes scholarship reports, financial reports and profit and loss details, the Annual Report of the year 2000, a Performer of the Year report, papers from meetings of the Board of Trustees, e-mail correspondence between Board Members, newsletters, materials on the opening of the Finlandia Foundation National Office in 2004 and on the Finland Music and Art Festival in Michigan in 2004, Jon L. Saari’s history of the Foundation "Black Ties and Miners’ Boots: Inventing Finnish American Philanthropy: A History of Finlandia Foundation National, 1953-2003," and miscellany.
BOX 6.
FOLDER 1. Finlandia Foundation National 2002-2004
FOLDER 2. "Black Ties and Miners' Boots: A History of Finlandia Foundation National, 1953-2003" by Jon L. Saari 2003
FOLDER 3. Miscellaneous 1965-2004
FOLDER 4. Establishment of the Finlandia Foundation 1953-1954
FOLDER 5. Finlandia Foundation Newsletters 1953-1954
FOLDER 6. Membership lists 1953-1954
FOLDER 7. Board of Trustees 1953-1962
FOLDER 8. Annual reports; 5- and 10-year summaries 1953-1968
FOLDER 9. Sibelius Memorial Scholarship Fund 1954-1961
FOLDER 10. Newspaper clippings: Finlandia Foundation and miscellaneous 1955-1970
BOX 7.
FOLDER 1. Finlandia Foundation correspondence 1956-1963
FOLDER 2. Finlandia Foundation activities 1958-1972
FOLDER 3. Board of Trustees 1959-1972
FOLDER 4. Reception in Honor of Ambassador Richard R. Seppala in Carpinteria, CA November 1961
FOLDER 5. Paloheimo correspondence 1969-1977
FOLDER 6. Paloheimo's notes app.1970
FOLDER 7. Finnish Folk Art Museum, Pasadena, CA 1977
FOLDER 8. Correspondence on Leonora Paloheimo's book "Finland - The Champion of Independence" 1977


SERIES 4. Otto Collanus (Box 8)

Mr. Otto I. Collanus served as a Board Member of the Foundation over two decades, 1953-1975. Mr. Collanus, an experienced Finnish American journalist, was also a principal writer for the newsletters of the Foundation until his death in 1975. The Collanus series roughly covers this time period from the establishment of the Foundation to Collanus’s death. The series includes correspondence; Collanus’s suggested changes to the By-laws of the Foundation (1962); amendments to the By-laws (1969); Finlandia Foundation National newsletters with Collanus’s comments and Collanus’s writings for the 1969-1970 newsletter; Collanus’s personal notes and correspondence on Dr. Vaino Hoover’s illness in 1969 and its ramifications for the functioning of the Foundation; minutes of Board meetings from the 1970s; newspaper clippings, and some miscellaneous materials.
BOX 8.
FOLDER 1. Finlandia Foundation National and Chapters 1977-1978
FOLDER 2. Finnish-American activities 1978-1984
FOLDER 3. Miscellaneous photocopies 1980s
FOLDER 4. 30th Anniversary Celebration in Pasadena, CA March 1983
Mostly photographs
FOLDER 5. Otto I. Collanus records 1953-1975
FOLDER 6. Collanus: "Twenty Years of Finlandia Foundation" 1953-1973
FOLDER 7. Otto I. Collanus correspondence 1953-1970
FOLDER 8. By-Laws and Collanus's amendments to By-Laws 1954-1970
FOLDER 9. First "The Finlandia Review" 1955
FOLDER 10. Finlandia Foundation National Newsletters with Collanus's comments 1957-1970
FOLDER 11. Finnish-American press on the Finlandia Foundation 1950s
FOLDER 12. Yrjo Paloheimo: "Seven Years of Finlandia Foundation Activities, 1963-1970" 1963-1970
FOLDER 13. Collanus on Vaino Hoover's illness 1969
FOLDER 14. Collanus's materials for the 1969-1970 newsletter 1969


SERIES 5. Kalevi Olkio (Boxes 9-16)

The Olkio series spans a lengthy time period starting from the early 1960s and ending in the year 2003. Mr. Kalevi Olkio served as Board Member 1980-2001, as Vice President 1991-2001, and as Emeritus Member to present. He was also the first President of Baltimore Area Chapter. During his membership, the Foundation went through many significant developments: the growing discontent of chapters with Headquarters in the 1970s, the 1983 crisis and the subsequent resignation of Dr. Vaino Hoover, and the years of reorganization of the 1980s and 1990s, which resulted in a change in the Foundation’s emphasis, its trustee composition, and its programs. Mr. Olkio was an active participant – and sometimes an acute critic – in all these developments. Thus, the Olkio series is a rich source of the past two-three decades of the history of the Foundation. Most importantly, the series offers a great amount of correspondence between Board Members concerning a multitude of issues related to the Foundation starting from the 1970s and ending in 2001, including both mail and e-mail correspondence. The series also includes records from Board of Trustees’ meetings and conventions from 1978 to 2000. In addition, as Mr. Olkio was the first President of Baltimore Area Chapter, the series contains papers on the historic start of the Chapter (starting from 1963) and also on later activities of the Chapter. More specifically, the series contains correspondence pertaining to Finlandia Foundation National and chapters; materials about relations between chapters and Headquarters; materials about activities of the Foundation and its chapters; meeting minutes and other meeting records; newsletters of the Finlandia Foundation National and different chapters; press releases; general materials about the Foundation such as Articles of Incorporation, by-laws, and materials on tax-exempt status; newspaper clippings; mailing lists; materials pertaining to grants, scholarships and the creation of the Performer of the Year Program; and miscellaneous papers.
BOX 9.
FOLDER 1. Historic Start of the Baltimore Area Chapter 1963-1974
FOLDER 2. Inland Empire Chapter/Inland Northwest Chapter 1971-1991
FOLDER 3. Recommendations for chapters by the President of the Finlandia Foundation National 1977-1980
FOLDER 4. Baltimore Area Chapter 1978
FOLDER 5. 40th Anniversary of the First Finnish Settlers Monument in Chester, PA June 18, 1978
FOLDER 6. Finlandia Foundation National Conventions 1978-1980
FOLDER 7. Vaino Hoover's resignation 1983
FOLDER 8. Finlandia Foundation National and Trust, Board of Trustees 1983-1984
FOLDER 9. Trustees meeting in Berkeley, CA September 1985
FOLDER 10. Discussions on the reorganization of the Finlandia Foundation 1985-1988
FOLDER 11. Trustees meeting in Pasadena, CA March 1988
BOX 10.
FOLDER 1. Reorganization of the Finlandia Foundation 1989
FOLDER 2. Reorganization of the Finlandia Foundation Fall 1989
FOLDER 3. Finlandia Foundation National and Trust, Board of Trustees 1989-1991
FOLDER 4. Finlandia Foundation National and Trust, Board of Trustees 1990
FOLDER 5. Finlandia Foundation National and Trust 1990-1993
FOLDER 6. Finlandia Foundation National and Trust, Board of Trustees 1991
BOX 11.
FOLDER 1. Juha Makipaa's Presidency 1991-1993
FOLDER 2. Trustees meeting in Virginia Beach, VA March 1994
FOLDER 3. Chapter relations 1994
FOLDER 4. Finlandia Foundation National and Trust 1995-1996
FOLDER 5. Baltimore Area Chapter 1975-1976
BOX 12.
FOLDER 1. Miscellaneous, Baltimore Area Chapter 1977-2002
FOLDER 2. Miscellaneous writings by Kalevi Olkio 1977-2003
FOLDER 3. Newsletters of chapters and Finnish-American organizations 1979-1986
FOLDER 4. Finlandia Foundation National and chapters 1980-1981
FOLDER 5. Chapters correspondence 1980-1982
FOLDER 6. Finlandia Foundation mailing lists 1980,1982
FOLDER 7. Baltimore Area Chapter 1985
FOLDER 8. Finlandia Foundation National and Baltimore Area Chapter Fall 1999
FOLDER 9. Finlandia Foundation National and Trust, Board of Trustees August 1999 - March 2000
BOX 13.
FOLDER 1. Trustees meeting in Chicago, IL March 2000
FOLDER 2. Discussions on the Annual Report March - July 2000
FOLDER 3. Finlandia Foundation National and Trust, Board of Trustees January 2000 - February 2001
FOLDER 4. Finlandia Foundation National and Trust, Board of Trustees February - July 2001
FOLDER 5. Articles of Incorporation and By-Laws 1954, 1990s, 2000
FOLDER 6. Tax exempt status and general materials 1955-1996
BOX 14.
FOLDER 1. Chapter newsletters 1975-1992
FOLDER 2. Miscellaneous annual reports 1980, 1998-1999
FOLDER 3. Finlandia Foundation National and Trust, Board of Trustees 1982-1989
FOLDER 4. Finlandia Foundation National and Trust, Board of Trustees 1987-1988
FOLDER 5. Finlandia Foundation National Newsletter 1990s
FOLDER 6. Finlandia Foundation in newspapers 1990s
FOLDER 7. Trustees meetings in Denver, CO, and Grapevine, TX 1990
FOLDER 8. Finlandia Foundation chapter mailing lists 1990-1996
BOX 15.
FOLDER 1. Newsletter materials and mailing lists 1991
FOLDER 2. Finlandia Foundation grants and scholarships 1992-1996
FOLDER 3. Creation of the Performer of the Year Program 1993-1995
FOLDER 4. Finlandia Foundation in newspapers 1994-1995
FOLDER 5. Reimbursement to Kalevi Olkio 1995
FOLDER 6. New Trustee Handbook 1995
FOLDER 7. Press releases 1995
FOLDER 8. Financial Reports 1995, 1997
FOLDER 9. Merja Soria, First Performer of the Year 1996
FOLDER 10. Press releases on grants and scholarships 1996
FOLDER 11. Finlandia Foundation National and Trust, Board of Trustees January 1996 - March 1997
FOLDER 12. Finlandia Foundation National and Trust, Board of Trustees April 1996 - December 1997
BOX 16.
FOLDER 1. Trustees meeting in Newark, NJ November 1997
FOLDER 2. Trustees meeting in Helsinki, Finland April 1998
FOLDER 3. Miscellaneous 1998-2000
FOLDER 4. Trustees meeting in Pasadena, CA March 1999
FOLDER 5. Finlandia Foundation National and Trust, Board of Trustees March - August 1999
FOLDER 6. Kalevi Olkio's letters to trustees September - October 1999
FOLDER 7. Trustees meeting in Chicago, IL November 1999
FOLDER 8. Finlandia Foundation National and Trust, Board of Trustees November 1999 - February 2000


SERIES 6. Audio Tapes (Box 17)

The series “Audio Tapes” contains recordings of Finlandia Foundation Board Meetings made by Vera Smith. The series includes 103 cassettes from 1980 to 2002.
BOX 17. Tapes from Vera Smith


SERIES 7. Finlandia Foundation National Grants (Boxes 18-23)

The Finlandia Foundation National awards grants in support of Finnish cultural programs, events, scholarships, and the Performer of the Year Program. The series “Finlandia Foundation National Grants” includes six boxes of both funded and unfunded grant proposals from 1999 to 2004, each box covering one year. The grant proposals comprise various kinds of projects that relate to Finnish and Finnish-American culture.
BOX 18. Finlandia Foundation National Grants 1999
BOX 19. Finlandia Foundation National Grants 2000
BOX 20. Finlandia Foundation National Grants 2001
BOX 21. Finlandia Foundation National Grants 2002
BOX 22. Finlandia Foundation National Grants 2003
BOX 23. Finlandia Foundation National Grants 2004




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