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Immigrant ship
Emigrant steamer "Orlando," 1880. Leaving Gothenburg, Sweden, for Hull, England, on first leg of Atlantic passage.

The Swenson Swedish Immigration Research Center (located at Augustana College in Rock Island, IL) is a national library and archives providing resources for the study of Swedish immigration to North America.

What do we do?

Preserving & promoting Swedish America since 1981

 

 

Features

Digital Permanent Exhibit

The Swenson Center's digital version of the permanent exhibit on Swedish immigration to North America. 

Translation Services

Swenson Center staff can be hired to translate from Swedish to English. We are fluent in Swedish and English and can read 19th and 20th Century script. 

Archives

The Swenson Center's archives contains unpublished primary source material including manuscripts, photographs, and more. The archival collection is composed of two categories: personal manuscript collections and institution/organization papers, and measures approximately 800 linear feet. 

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News

Shelby Jensen

Intern creates exhibit on Swedish arts

Swenson Swedish Immigration Research Center is showing the exhibit "Swedish Arts in North America" through October 15.

Newspaper covers

News from America: Reporting on the United States in Sweden

News from America occupies a prominent place in Swedish media. For decades, political, cultural, and social developments in the U.S. have been closely followed in Sweden. This interest has grown even more intense in recent years. Join the Swenson Center for a panel discussion on October 13, 2018. 

Bruce Karstadt honored at dinner

Swenson Center advisory committee member named Swedish American of the Year

Swenson Center advisory committee member, Bruce Karstadt, was honored as Swedish American of the Year by the Vasa Order of America at a celebration in Sweden last weekend. 

Events

Quad Cities Archives Crawl 2018

What hidden treasures exist at the libraries, archives, and museums of the Quad Cities? Join cultural and historical organizations on Saturday, October 6 to learn more about their collections and services.