The Finnish American Historical Archive

Search the Archive Collections

The FAHC 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. Visitors to the FAHC can view the artifacts on display and access the historical collections.  To search the collections online, follow the links below.

Archival Finding Aids & Resources

Past Perfect – Online Collections Catalog


If you would like to donate materials, please e-mail the archivist at for more details on our collection policy.


Hours and Location – IMPORTANT UPDATE

The Finnish American Historical Archive will reopen to the general public on June 1, 2021 under the following guidelines:

  • Hours of operation will be 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday
  • The archive is open to researchers by appointment only; masks are required when inside the archive reading room and other research areas
  • Research appointments must be made with the archivist in advance, either by phone or email
    • 906-487-7347

This plan will be reviewed and updated monthly.  Contact information for all FAHC staff can be found HERE.  For full reopening information regarding other FAHC departments, please click HERE.

Where you can find us:

435 Quincy Street
Hancock, MI 49930


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.

At present, the collection features some 40,000 items in a climate-controlled setting. The archive continues to collect materials related to its mission of preserving and promoting Finnish-American culture.