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

11/9/2020 See COVID-19 Update below. Research is by appointment only. To request an appointment, email swensoncenter@augustana.edu

The Swenson Swedish Immigration Research Center (located at Augustana College in Rock Island, IL) is a national and international research center, library and archives for the study of Swedish-American history and relations. 

The Center collects, preserves and makes available archival and library materials, promotes and initiates research and is a leader in Swedish-American genealogy. 

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ReopeningCOVID-19 Update

11/9/2020

Augustana College has moved to Alert Level 3. The Swenson Center is open for limited onsite research by appointment only. We are happy to offer virtual appointments as an alternative to visiting. Appointments (onsite or virtual) may be requested by emailing swensoncenter@augustana.edu.

Virtual Appointments
We recommend that you seek assistance remotely. Appointments can be scheduled with our volunteers or staff members for both genealogy and academic research assistance. We’re happy to provide scans and photocopies when possible. We’re also able to arrange virtual visits for classes. 

Onsite Appointments
Visitors will need to:

  • Request an appointment at least 2 business days in advance
  • Wear a mask
  • Practice physical distancing 
  • Wash hands immediately prior to entering
  • Be limited to one individual/couple per appointment
  • Be limited to 1 hour
  • Submit to a temperature check 
  • Fill out the Augustana College visitor form
  • Follow directional signage in the building

These procedures are subject to change. More specific information will be provided to you when you make an appointment. Materials used by patrons will be quarantined for 72 hours before they can be made available again.

We're happy to help, whether in-person or remotely.

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Highlights

Classes

The Swenson Center offers fun learning opportunities for students of all ages! We offer Swedish language classes, craft workshops, and a Nordic Book Club.

Genealogy Research Services

The Swenson Center has experienced and well-trained staff members who can be hired to efficiently search for your ancestor in the Center's genealogical resources. 

Academic Research Assistance & Topics

The Swenson Center is happy to assist academic researchers. See this page for some suggested research topics. 

Events

Nordic Book Club, December

December's book is A Very Scandinavian Christmas: The Greatest Nordic Holiday Stories of all Time compiled by New Vessel Press, 2019.