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Sylvia Kinnunen papers

Identifier: MSS-138

Scope and Contents Note

This collection represents a partial documentation of the personal and professional life of Dr. Sylvia Kinnunen, who spent the majority of her career as a professor in the Department of Education at Northern Michigan University in Marquette, Michigan. The collection includes a scattering of personal photographs, correspondence, and teaching materials. The collection's materials range in date from 1920 to 2005.


  • 1920-2005


Conditions Governing Access note

No restrictions. Open for research.

Conditions Governing Use note

Permission to publish material from the Sylvia Kinnunen papers, MSS-138, must be obtained from the University Archivist. The University Archivist may be reached by phone at 906-227-1225, or e-mail, The University Archivist may also be reached in Room 126 of the Learning Resource Center, Northern Michigan University, Marquette, MI.

Biographical note

Sylvia Kinnunen was born in Lake Linden, Michigan, on August 24, 1920. She graduated from Dollar Bay High School in 1937 and attended Northern State Teachers' College (now Northern Michigan University). Kinnunen received a B.S. degree from Northern Michigan College of Education (as Northern State Teachers' College was then called) in 1953 and her M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Michigan in 1954 and 1957 respectively.

Kinnunen began her teaching career in a one-room school house in Rousseau, Michigan, and also taught elementary-school students in Alston, Michigan. She joined the faculty at what was by now called Northern Michigan College in 1956 and retired as a professor in the Department of Education in 1981. During Kinnunen's tenure at NMU, she established the Committee for Women in Academe, the predecessor of Committee W of the NMU chapter of the American Association of University Professors.

Sylvia Kinnunen died on July 25, 2005.


2.25 Cubic Feet

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Arrangement Note

This collection is arranged by three series: I. Personal; II. Teaching and Teaching Materials; III. Photographs.

The contents of the series are as follows:

I. Personal Contains awards and honors, a scrapbook, and personal mementos

II. Teaching and Teaching Materials Contains course preparation materials and note cards

III. Photographs Contains family images and a memorial montage dated 1920-2005

Related Archival Materials Note

Researchers should also consult the records of the Department of Education and the School of Education maintained by the Central Upper Peninsula and Northern Michigan University Archives.

Sylvia Kinnunen papers
Robin Kennedy and Marcus C. Robyns
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Repository Details

Part of the Central Upper Peninsula and Northern Michigan University Archives Repository

Harden Learning Resources Center 126
1401 Presque Isle Ave
Marquette 49855 United States
906-227-1333 (Fax)


This collection guide includes collections from member organizations of UPLINK (the Upper Peninsula Digital Network) as well as the Central Upper Peninsula and Northern Michigan University Archives. UPLINK collections document the history of the Upper Peninsula broadly, while the Central UP & NMU Archives focuses on such topics as Northern Michigan University history, the local iron mining industry, and the politics, economics, religion, environment, and culture of the Central Upper Peninsula region.

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