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United Finnish Kaleva Brothers and Sisters, Berkeley Lodge No. 21 records
BANC MSS 2018/192  
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  • Access Restrictions to Collection
  • Physical Location
  • Accruals
  • Immediate Source of Acquisition
  • Arrangement
  • Biographical / Historical
  • Preferred Citation
  • Processing Information
  • Scope and Contents
  • Conditions Governing Use

  • Contributing Institution: The Bancroft Library
    Title: United Finnish Kaleva Brothers and Sisters, Berkeley Lodge No. 21 records,
    Creator: United Finnish Kaleva Brothers and Sisters. Berkeley Lodge No. 21
    Identifier/Call Number: BANC MSS 2018/192
    Physical Description: 15 linear feet (12 cartons, 4 boxes, 3 oversize folders, 1 volume)
    Date (inclusive): approximately 1902-2009
    Language of Material: English , Finnish .

    Access Restrictions to Collection


    Physical Location

    Many of the Bancroft Library collections are stored offsite and advance notice may be required for use. For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.


    No future additions are expected.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    The United Finnish Kaleva Brothers and Sisters, Berkeley Lodge No. 21 records were gifted to The Bancroft Library by Frederic R. Mork in 2018.


    Arranged at the folder level. Within each series arrangement is generally chronological.

    Biographical / Historical

    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.
    The Berkeley Lodge corresponded actively with the other lodges all around California and the northwest. Berkeley Lodge No. 21 hosted several clubs and organizations including the Kaleva Ski Club, an association that provided relief and care to the sick in the community, a worker's educational club, a sewing club, and theater and choral groups, among others. This collection was housed in the Finnish Hall before its transfer to The Bancroft Library in 2018.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], United Finnish Kaleva Brothers and Sisters, Berkeley Lodge No. 21 records, BANC MSS 2018/192, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

    Processing Information

    Collection processed in 2018-2019 by Heini Ylärakkola with support from Lara Michels.

    Scope and Contents

    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.

    Conditions Governing Use

    Some materials in these collections may be protected by the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.). In addition, the reproduction of some materials may be restricted by terms of University of California gift or purchase agreements, donor restrictions, privacy and publicity rights, licensing and trademarks. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owner. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user. For additional information about the University of California, Berkeley Library's permissions policy please see: http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/about/permissions-policies

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Finnish Americans
    Finnish Americans -- California
    Finnish Americans -- Oregon
    Finnish Americans -- Societies, etc.
    Finnish Americans -- Social life and customs