The Finnish American Historical Archive

The Finnish-American Historical Archive houses the largest collection of Finnish-North American materials in the world.

Along with archival materials, the collection includes genealogical resources, information about Finnish culture, artifacts, and North America’s largest collection of Finnish-American artwork.

At present, the collection features some 20,000 items in a climate-controlled setting. The archive continues to collect materials related to its mission of preserving and promoting Finnish-American culture.

History of the archive

Under the leadership of Dr. Armas Holmio, the Finnish American Historical Archive was established in 1932. Since that time, it has acquired many unique items, such as original artwork by Akseli Gallen-Kallela, Eero Nelimarkka and other famous Finnish and Finnish-American artists, and two 1642 Bibles known as the Christina Bible and commissioned by Queen Christina of Sweden, the first printed edition of the Bible completely in the Finnish language.

Archive Information

Archival Finding Aids & Resources


For information about the archive accession policy, please e-mail the lead archivist at

Hours and Location

The Finnish American Historical Archive is located in the lower level of the Finnish American Heritage Center, 435 Quincy Street, Hancock.

The archive is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Archive staff can provide limited research assistance, or referrals to local researchers.