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Rock Maple Ridge Workers Association records

Identifier: MSS-012

Scope and Contents Note

This collection contains financial records, correspondence, meeting minutes, by-laws, constitution, collected publications (including books, pamphlets, plays, and periodicals), socialist party propaganda and information, and miscellaneous materials of the Rock Maple Ridge Workers Association, a radical Finnish Socialist labor hall which was established in Rock, Michigan in 1912. The materials cover years 1873-1983 and are mostly in Finnish.


  • 1873 - 1983


Conditions Governing Access note

No restrictions. Open for research.

Conditions Governing Use note

Permission to publish material from the Rock Maple Ridge Workers Association records, MSS-012, 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.

Historical Note

The Rock Maple Ridge Workers Association, a branch of the Socialist Party, may have originated in Princeton (Marquette County, Michigan), as indicated by the records, as early as 1908 and in Squaw Creek in 1911. These groups then probably formed the nucleus of the Maple Ridge Workers Association of Maple Ridge Township, which became active in 1912.

For a time, there wasn't a Maple Ridge Finnish Socialist Association because the State Socialist Secretary, James Hoogerhyde dropped the local charter from the State Socialist Party in 1914. They were reinstated in May of 1915. At the end of 1916, the Delta County Socialist groups split into two, the more leftist thinking Maple Ridge Workers Association and, apparently, the Finnish Socialist Association.

In 1918 the group built and managed a power station until 1929 when the machines were sold. In 1924 they purchased a movie projector and showed silent movies in the Finn Hall until the talkies came in 1933. The Association was also active in sports, orchestra, chorus, and drama with a special emphasis on producing and acting in plays. The group also established a local defense committee. In 1930 some of the Association's members formed a new group, the name of which is not given.

Other groups that were associated with or sprang from the Maple Ridge Workers Association were the Rock Cooperative store, the Rock Cooperative Youth League, a farmers group, the Industrial Workers of the World (I.W.W.), and a recreation board.


13 boxes (13 gray, metal edge boxes)

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Arrangement note

Arranged in 2 series: 1. Subject and correspondence. 2. Photographs. Subseries are arranged alphabetically by subject.

Separated Materials note

During collection processing, the staff separated several items to various locations and repositories. For a complete list of these items, please see the donor agreement located in the Archives reading room.

Rock Maple Ridge Workers Association records
Clare Hensley and Marcus C. Robyns
Processed, June 1996
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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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