Collection consists of records and correspondence documenting the administration of United Finnish Kaleva Brothers and Sisters
Berkeley Lodge No. 21 and its relationship to the United Finnish Kaleva Brothers and Sisters Grand Lodge in Astoria, Oregon;
records of the Lodge's events and activities, including clubs, organizations, and theatrical/musical programs; records of
and copies of the Lodge's publications and other Finnish magazines and publications. Also included are a few scrapbooks documenting
a predecessor organization, United Finnish Kaleva Brothers and Sisters San Francisco Lodge No. 1.
United Finnish Kaleva Brothers and Sisters was founded to assist Finnish immigrants and their descendants in the Western United
States and Canada. The organization's lodges were located in various cities on the West Coast. This particular collection
mostly documents Berkeley Lodge No. 21, which was founded in 1911 as a mutual aid society for the East Bay's Finnish community,
though materials documenting other lodges and the Grand Lodge can also be found throughout. Prior to the founding of Lodge
No. 21 in 1911, some of its early members belonged to San Francisco Lodge No. 1, which was founded in 1882. After the 1906
San Francisco earthquake, many Finnish immigrants relocated across the Bay to Berkeley and Oakland. The Finnish Hall, the
building on Chestnut Street that provided a center of activity for the Lodge and for the larger Finnish community, was built
in 1932 on land donated by Berkeley Finnish-American manufacturer Walter Mork.
15 linear feet
(12 cartons, 4 boxes, 3 oversize folders, 1 volume)
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