Resurrection – T-Bone Slim Corpus and Database Launching Event

Warmly welcome to celebrate the launching of the T-Bone Slim Corpus and Database!

When: Monday 20 May 2024 at 15:00–17:00
Where: Hybrid event at Finnish Literature Society, Great Hall (Hallituskatu 1, Helsinki, 2nd floor). Accessible entrance is from the front door of Finnish Literature Society on Mariankatu (see Accessibility).

Matti Valentinpoika Huhta (1882–1942), better known under his pseudonym “T-Bone Slim,” was one of the most seminal figures in the US Labor movement. He was a legendary hobo, songwriter, poet, and columnist in the periodicals of the IWW (Industrial Workers of the World). However, he stayed out of the limelight, and his identity remained a mystery to most of his readers. The Kone Foundation funded project “T-Bone Slim and the transnational poetics of the migrant left in North America” (2022–2023) has created a corpus and database consisting published and unpublished works of T-Bone Slim. The corpus and database will be published online in the Language Bank of Finland.

The launching event is a hybrid event and open to the public. The program can be followed both via Zoom and on-site at the Finnish Literature Society. Please register for the event if you wish to follow the program remotely. Register by May 19th, 23:59 (UTC +3): The Zoom link will be send prior to the event on 20 May morning. The Finnish Literature Society’s Great Hall can accommodate 100 people.


15:00 – 15:15  Greeting of Finnish Literature Society
15:15 – 15:30  T-Bone Slim – Collected works and new interpretations, Kirsti Salmi-Niklander (University of Helsinki, Project PI)
15:30 – 16:00 Introduction to the T-Bone Slim Corpus and Database, Lotta Leiwo (University of Helsinki)
16:00 – 16:15  Words from project’s researchers
16:15 – 16:30 Music: John Westmoreland
16:30 – 17:00  Bubbles

Fig. 1: FR_53678, T-Bone Slim papers, approximately 1934-1942, Franklin Rosemont – T-Bone Slim research collection, Modern Manuscripts, The Newberry Library.