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News Release Feb. 7, 2005

Finnish Radical Organizations' and Leaders' Photographs Available Online

The Immigration History Research Center announces the recent addition of the complete photograph collections of the Tyomies Society and the Finnish Workers’ Federation records to its Web resource COLLAGE, an online searchable database of digitized items from the IHRC’s photograph, print, and manuscript collections.

Tyomies staff
Tyomies staff, Superior, Wisconsin, late 1920s, Tyomies Society records

The Tyomies Society, founded in 1903, was a radical Finnish American publishing company that published the newspaper Tyomies (The Worker). The photograph collection, consisting of over 600 images and ranging in time from 1900 to 1989, depicts Finnish American political and social groups, the publishing industry, women’s organizations, drama societies, performing arts, youth gymnastics, leftist schools, home and work life, and subject files for the Tyomies newspaper.

The Finnish Workers’ Federation was the political, cultural, and educational organization of the Finnish American Communists. The photograph collection consists of more than 50 images relating to FWF meetings, members, events, and sponsored youth and sporting activities.

In addition, a selection of photographs from the personal papers of Carl Paivio (1893-1952), a prominent leftist political organizer, lecturer, and instructor, are also included in COLLAGE. The photographs are of Paivio with his friends, family, and his travels abroad.

The Tyomies Society, Finnish Workers’ Federation, and the Carl Paivio photograph collections comprise the "Finnish American Workers and Their Organizations: An Inventory of Three Photograph Collections," processed with funding from the Wirtanen Family Fund and the United Fund for Finnish American Archives.

Founded in 1965, the IHRC, a unit of the College of Liberal Arts located at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, is an international resource on American immigration and ethnic history. The IHRC collects, preserves, and makes available archival and published resources documenting immigration and ethnicity. The Center also produces a wide array of programs and publications aimed at fostering greater understanding of the immigrant experience.

For more information contact Erik Moore, COLLAGE Coordinator, Immigration History Research Center, (612) 624-8353, moore144@umn.edu.