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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




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. 


The Swenson Center's archives contains unpublished primary source material including manuscripts, photographs, and more.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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Letters at the Swenson Center

Swenson Center feature video

Video of Swenson Center by Rachel Leman, Augustana College class of 2020. Her goal was to make the campus more aware of the Center as a resource for students. 

Swedish-American church records on microfilm

Swedish-American and Swedish-Canadian church records now online

Swedish-American and Swedish-Canadian church record microfilms have been scanned and indexed, and are now available on

Swenson Center director in Swedish Press

Swenson Center director featured in magazine

Interview with Dr. Dag Blanck in Swedish Press magazine. 

Birdies for Charity

Support the Swenson Center with Birdies for Charity

Support the Swenson Center with Birdies for Charity. Your donation goes even further with this program!

Katie Laschanzky in SCA Today

Swenson Center student worker featured in magazine

Swenson Center student worker Katie Laschanzky is featured in the Spring 2018 edition of SCA Today magazine. 

Elsie Ahlwén Sundeen poster

Exhibit dedicated to female musician and evangelist

Swenson Swedish Immigration Research Center is showing the exhibit "Elsie Ahlwén Sundeen: The Singing Evangelist" through June 15.


Scandinavian Midsommar program

The Scandinavian Midsommar Program will feature the crowning of the 2018 Midsommar Queen and attendants, music, and dancing around the Midsommar pole. Participants may help decorate the maypole at 12:30; program starts at 1:00.

Jenny Lind Concert: Kine Sandtrø

Soprano Kine Sandtrø, winner of the 2018 Jenny Lind scholarship, will perform along with accompanist Julia Sjöstedt.

This prestigious scholarship is awarded annually by the Royal Swedish Academy of Music in Sweden.