University of Minnesota

Nashwauk Finnish Socialist Chapter and Related Organizations, Records

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Immigration History Research Center, College of Liberal Arts, University of Minnesota

Descriptive summary

Creator: Nashwauk Finnish Socialist Chapter and related organizations (Nashwauk, Minn.).
Dates: 1906-1953
Abstract: Records (1906-1953) of the Nashwauk Finnish Socialist Chapter and related organizations (Nashwauk, Minnesota) consist of twenty-two ledgers reflecting Finnish organization activity in Nashwauk. Included are minutes, membership ledgers; and financial records.
Quantity: 2.5 linear ft.
Language: In Finnish
Collection ID: IHRC1647


In 1905, Finnish workers in the mining community of Nashwauk, Minnesota organized a local Finnish Socialist Club which in 1906 became the Nashwauk Finnish Socialist Federation Chapter, affiliated with the Finnish Socialist Federation. The Chapter continued to use the Finnish Socialist Federation name until 1924, when its name was changed to the Nashwauk Worker's Party Chapter. In 1925, the Worker's Party abolished its ethnic chapters and the Nashwauk Finns founded a local Finnish Workers' Association. In 1932 the named was again changed to the Finnish Workers' Educational Society and that name was used until the group's termination in 1952. The hall built by the original group in 1909 had been used throughout and was eventually incorporated as the Finnish Hall Corporation. It was donated to the Nashwauk Elanto Cooperative and the cash on hand given to the Perch Lake Cooperative summer camp. In 1908, the women of the original Socialist Club organized a sewing circle which existed as a women's auxiliary throughout the various name changes of the parent organization. In 1929 the auxiliary became the Nashwauk Finnish Women's Cooperative Guild which existed until 1953.



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The Nashwauk Finnish Socialist Chapter and Related Organizations Records, Finnish American Collection, Immigration History Research Center, University of Minnesota


Related materials located at the Minnesota Historical Society, Division of Archives and Manuscripts, St. Paul, Minnesota: Finnish Workers' Club (Nashwauk, Minn.), Papers; Finnish Workers' Corporation (Nashwauk, Minn.), Papers; and Unidentified Sewing Circle (Nashwauk, Minn.), Papers.

Index Terms

Finnish Americans--Minnesota--Nashwauk--Societies, etc.
Finnish American Socialists.
Finnish American Communists.
Finnish Americans--Minnesota--Nashwauk--Political activity.
Cooperative societies--Minnesota--Nashwauk.

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