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.
If you would like to donate materials, please e-mail the archivist at email@example.com 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 will be required when inside archive reading room and other research areas
- Research appointments must be made with the archivist in advance, either by phone or email
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.