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A. William Hoglund papers

Identifier: IHRC3325

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of unpublished and published materials pertaining most prominently to the history of Finnish Americans, but encompasses all of Hoglund's professional career and personal life. The materials are arranged into the following series:

(1) Early and personal papers -- includes early schoolwork of both William and his sister Thelma; personal correspondence and cards; correspondence of parents Arthur and Sigrid; estate and wills; war ration books and receipts; army notebooks and dogtags; photographs; personal journals and writings; travel scrapbooks; and stamps from a stamp collection

(2) Undergraduate and graduate studies materials -- research, notes, and papers from undergraduate studies at Cornell and graduate studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison; various correspondence and ephemera from university years including recepits, programs, bulletins, and course catalogs

(3) Teaching: Muskingum College -- course notes, syllabi, handouts, quizzes, and lectures from various History classes taught during time at Muskingum; faculty materials including department correspondence, meeting minutes, handouts, bulletins, and course catalogs

(4) Teaching: University of Connecticut -- course notes, syllabi, handouts, quizzes, and lectures from various History classes taught during time at University of Connecticut; faculty materials including department corrsepondence, meeting minutes, handouts, bulletins, and course catalogs

(5) General Correspondence -- various correspondence with personal and professional colleagues

(6) Publications, reviews, and research materials -- includes notes on research topics; publishing contracts and correspondence with publishers; various publications and reviews for journals, magazines, and newspapers; typescripts and drafts of publications; CVs and resumes; planning materials for Library of Congress exhibit Bearers of the Word; and materials related to presentations given at symposiums and conferences

(7) Professional organizations -- correspondence, meeting minutes, and publications from various professional organizations that Hoglund was a member of

(8) Artifacts -- three-dimensional materials including needlepoint and woodblocks


  • Creation: 1882-2007
  • Creation: Majority of material found in 1940s-1990s


Language of Materials

English, Finnish

Conditions Governing Access

Open for use in the Elmer L. Andersen Library reading room.

Conditions Governing Use

This collection may be protected by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, U.S. Code). It is the user's responsibility to verify copyright ownership and to obtain all necessary permissions prior to the reproduction, publication, or other use of any portion of these materials. Researchers may quote from the collection under the fair use provision of the copyright law..

For further information regarding the copyright, please contact the IHRCA.

Biographical / Historical

Born in 1926 in Baltimore, Maryland, Arthur William Hoglund spent his childhood on a farm Spencer-Van Etten in upper New York state where his parents Arthur and Sigrid purchased land with a number of other Finnish immigrants. His sister, Thelma, was born in 1927 and passed away in 1946 at age 18 when her car crashed into the river in Elmira, NY. After Hoglund graduated from Spencer High School in 1945, he studied History at Cornell University (B.A. '49) and at the Univeristy of Wisconsin in Madison (M.A. '50, PhD '57). From 1954 to 1956 he was a Private in the Army, stationed at Ft. Dix in New Jersey. His PhD dissertation was eventually published in 1960 and was on Finnish Immigrants. Hoglund taught history at Muskingum College, Ohio starting in 1957, but in 1961 he joined the History Department at the University of Connecticut in Storrs where his stayed for the remaineder of his career, until 1997.

Among many other published works, he is the author of the "Finnish Immigrants in America, 1880-1920" (1960), "Union list of Finnish newspapers published by Finns in the United States and Canada, 1876-1985" (1985) and "Immigrants and their children in the United States : a bibliography of doctoral dissertations, 1885-1982" (1986). He curated the 1992 Library of Congress exhibition "Bearers of the Word: Finnish Immigrant Literature in America 1876-1992." Hoglund published under the name A. William Hoglund but went simply by William or Bill throughout his life.

Hoglund passed away in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida in May 2008. He was survived by his partner, Kaz Takahashi.


85 Linear Feet (90 boxes -- 78 paige boxes, 2 Hollinger boxes, 10 oversize boxes)


This collection consists of both published and unpublished materials pertaining predominantly to the history of Finnish American communities, but also includes the history of various ethnic groups, immigration history, and agricultural history; materials are all related to A.W. Hoglund's teaching career and personal life and include personal and work related correspondence, family records, papers and research.


This collection is arranged into the following series:

-- Early and personal papers

-- Undergraduate and graduate studies materials

-- Teaching: Muskingum College

-- Teaching: University of Connecticut

-- General Correspondence

-- Publications, reviews, and research materials

-- Professional organizations

-- Artifacts

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Collection donated by Professor. A. William Hoglund (University of Connecticut) in August 2004.

Related Materials

Over 42 linear feet worth of A. William Hoglund's papers can also be found at the University of Connecticut (1993.0045).

A. William Hoglund collection, 1882-2007
Kate Dietrick
September 2018
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