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Consists of additional organizations affiliated with labour and the Finnish immigrant experience. Materials on the Temperance Society, Defence Leagues, Workers International Relief, Finnish Organization of Canada, Finnish Socialist Local, INudstrial Worker, Work People's College, Communist Party, Lumberworkers International Union of Canada, numerous membership cards, community clubs, cooperative stores, photographs, and framed watercolours.

Canadian News Service

The CTKL distributed and supported the I.W.W. Finnish language paper Industrialisti, published in Duluth, Minnesota, by the Workers (Socialist) Publishing Company. The Canadian News Service (C.N.S), in Finnish the Canadan Uutistoimisto (C.U.T.), was the agency of the CTKL which managed the distribution of the paper. The CTKL secretary-treasurer was also the agent of the news service unless otherwise designated.

The C.N.S. was much more than a distributor of newspapers; it existed as a supportive agency for new immigrants. The C.N.S. at times operated as a travel agency, a book store, a record store, a book and play library, and often sent parcels and money on behalf of Finns and their relatives in Finland. During the latter part of the CTKL, it was the C.N.S. that was the active component in the community.

Series consists primarily of correspondence and financial records. Includes Workers (Socialist) Publishing Company minutes, correspondence, and financial records.

Lumberworkers #120 of the I.W.W.

Many lumberworkers in Northern Ontario joined the I.W.W. during World War 1 but later joined the O.B.U. during the ban on the I.W.W. Some of the lumberworkers returned to the I.W.W. #120 in 1924. The Sudbury branch appeared to be the primary I.W.W. organizers for the lumberworkers in Northern Ontario. The Sudbury branch of the I.W.W. #120 Lumberworkers moved to Port Arthur in 1926 and operated out of 260 Bay St. until 1931 at which time all their supplies were moved to the Labour Temple at 314 Bay St. However, the hub of the lumberworkers' union activity was based out of the Labour Temple during this time. After 192? local #120 was competition to the Lumberworkers Industrial Union of Canada based at 316 Bay Street.

Series consists of minutes, correspondence, financial records, publications, lumberworkers' joint conference minutes, strike reports, and poetry. Includes minutes, correspondence, and resolutions from union locals throughout North America.


Articles, clippings, research notes, correspondence, copies of organizational minutes, diaries, and other materials not categorized elsewhere in the TBFCHS collection. Includes materials related to the Finnish Building Company, Otava Male Choir, and a diary of the Finnish Civil War.

Industrial Workers of the World

The C.T.K.L. supported the American-based labour organization, the Industrial Workers of the World (I.W.W.) The Canadian Administration of the I.W.W. was established in 1932 and was headquartered in Port Arthur at 314 Bay St, until [1936-1940?].

This series consists of minutes, correspondence, resolutions, ballots, financial records, and publications from both the Port Arthur office and from other branches throughout North America.Includes miscellaneous materials from individual union locals.


Original records and research collections arranged by a variety of subjects and creators.

  • Bay Street Project research materials
  • Business & industry
  • Genealogy, people, & families
  • Greeting cards
  • News articles
  • Einar Nordstrom collection (phonographs & transcripts)
  • Organizations (including Suomalainen Osasto (Finnish Association), Finnish Building Company, Canadan Teollisuusunionistinen Kannatus Liitto (CTKL), Canadan Uutistoimisto (CUT), Vapaus Publishing Company, Tyolaisnaisten Liitto, Port Arthur Finnish History Society, Port Arthur Finnish Language School)

One Big Union

The One Big Union came into existence in 1919 as a Western Canadian industrial union revolt against the craft-dominated Trades and Labour Congress of Canada. For a short time the Lumber Workers Industrial Union #120 of the Industrial Workers of the World affiliated themselves with the O.B.U. since the I.W.W. was banned under the War Measures Act in 1918. Along with the I.W.W., the original majority shareholder in the Finnish Building Company, the Finnish Socialist Local was also banned. The Local donated its shares, nearly equally, to the Finnish O.B.U. Support Circle and the O.B.U. Central Committee, thus allowing the local O.B.U. Support Circle to gain control of the Labour Temple. However, the O.B.U. disappeared nearly as quickly as it came into existence and, by 1925, the former O.B.U. Finnish Support Circle, which had been acting independently of any remnant activities of the O.B.U. central organization, affiliated itself with the C.T.K.L. The O.B.U. turned over its shares in the Finnish Building Company to the C.T.K.L.

This series consists of minutes, correspondence, and financial records.

Finnpraxis Project

Collected records related to organized labour and the Finnish community in Thunder Bay. Include records related to the Canadan Suomalaisen Jarjesto (Finnish Organization of Canada), Vapaus Publishing Company, Canadan Farmarien Yhteysliitto (Farmers' Unity League of Canada), Lumber & Agricultural Workers Industrial Union of Canada.

Also includes forms and notes related to oral history interviews.

Hoito Restaurant

The Hoito was established in 1918 as a cooperative restaurant in response to a need by lumberworkers and others for good and reasonably priced meals. The restaurant rented premises from the Labour Temple.

The series consists primarily of invoices, receipts, cheques, etc.

Bay Street Project

Records and reference material from five major research projects sponsored by the Finlandia Club and other organizations.

  • Bay Street Project I: A study of Finnish immigration to Canada
  • Bay Street Project II: A study of Finnish settlements in the rural Thunder Bay District
  • Bay Street Project III: A study of sports and athletics in the Finnish community in Thunder Bay
  • Bay Street Project IV: A study of religion and churches in the Finnish community in Thunder Bay
  • Bay Street Project V: A study of the arts in the Finnish community in Thunder Bay, including literature, theatre, and music

Finnish Building Company

The Finnish Building Company was formed in 1909 and raised funds for the construction of the Finnish Labour Temple (Big Finn Hall) at 314 Bay Street which was completed by March, 1910. The building became a focal point for local and regional labour and community activities. The Finnish Building Company is in existence today though the majority block of shares in the Labour Temple has changed hands on several occasions.

The series consists primarily of financial records.


This series consists of correspondence, pamphlets, and various other material related the Ontario Naturalists Conferences held in Thunder Bay. The series is composed of the following files:
-Federation of Ontario Naturalists Annual Conference, Thunder Bay 1978 (Box 1, File 34)
-“Naturally Superior,” Federation of Ontario Naturalists Conference, Thunder Bay 1990 (Box 1, File 35)


This series consists of correspondence and notes related to the club’s lobbying for wildlife protection, and involvement in wildlife related projects. The series is composed of the following files:
-Lobbying, 1977-89 (Box 1, File 33)

Research and Information

This series consists of wildlife observations, species lists, book lists, and presentation notes. The series is composed of the following files:
-Bird, Plant, and Book Lists, 1964-86 (Box 1, File 28)
-Observations 1939-86 (Box 1, File 29)
-Publications and Presentations 1934-76 (Box 1, File 30)
-Breeding Bird Surveys, 1968-76 (Box 1, File 31)
-Ontario Nest Records Scheme, 1956-77 (Box 1, File 32)


This section includes correspondence mostly of a personal nature and other material which is self-explanatory from the titles.


This series consists of newsletters, newsletter supplements, correspondence and general announcements.
-First Newsletter, 1947 (Box 1, File 22)
-Annual Meeting and Event Announcements, 1940-85 (Box 1, File 23)
-Supplement No. 2, 1961 “Birds of the Canadian Lakehead Area” (Box 1, File 24)
-Supplement No. 3, 1977 “Fishes of the Lake Superior Basin Within Thunder Bay District” (Box 1, File 25)
-Correspondence, 1985-88 (Box 1, File 26)
-Your Club News, 1988 (Box 1, File 27)


This category is divided into two sections: 1. Background material from newspaper, labour organizations, and community groups, political groups and corporations on a multitude of topics in which Robinson was interested during his public career. 2. Files started by Mr. Robinson in 1959. In this year, Mr. Robinson 'Clipped and filed' on a number of subjects. Some of these clippings were included
in files started earlier but most are in separate files begun in 1959. Some of the material is of local interest.

Local and Municipal Affairs

This category relates to Robinson's role in civic affairs, as school trustee, as alderman, and as mayor. It also includes material relating to civic election campaigns. Of prime interest are the folders relating to Canadian oil and gas pipelines controversies in which Robinson as mayor played a leading post.

Club History

This series consists of copied newspaper clippings, notes, and other records detailing the history of the club. The series is composed of the following files:
-Club History/Wild Flowers of Thunder Bay (Box 1, File 16)
-Information on Past Presidents, 1933-82 (Box 1, File 17)
-Claude Garton the Person and Achievements (Box 1, File 18)
-Newspaper Clippings (Box 1, File 19)

Provincial and Local Affairs

This category relates to Robinson's dual roles in civic and provincial affairs, although material of national significance is sometimes included. The first three files relate to the history of the origins of Lakehead University and the local campaigns to obtain a university or institute of higher learning in Northwest Ontario. Robinson was in the forefront of this campaign, beginning with his election to the Board of Education; he continued to promote the university in the legislature and in government circles. Other folders relate to the ship-building crisis in the Lakehead, and other issues of local and broader concern.

The Ontario Legislature and Provincial Affairs, 1943-1951

This category concerns Robinson's role as M.L.A. Included is material on the work of the legislature, various government departments, and agencies, the role of the C.C.F. caucus, and C.C.F. policy, briefs by various lobbies and organizations, and background information on legislative matters. Also included is material concerning Robinson's activities as M.L.A. for Port Arthur, both in the house and in the riding. Since Robinson held civic office during this period, some of the material relates directly to civic affairs.

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