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Phone outage

Campus is open today, Aug. 12, however, the main switchboard remains out of service. 

To reach Augustana, call 309-794-7711. 


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

Beginning on Monday, March 23rd, the Swenson Center will be closed for visitors until further notice. For assistance, please email

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 and Swedish-American studies. We also help people research their Swedish-American genealogy. 


Make an appointment by emailing or calling 309-794-7204. Location and hours

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March 25, 2020

Dear Friends:

Like you, we are practicing social distancing and doing our best to flatten the curve and lessen the spread of COVID-19. We've had to cancel or move online some of our exciting new events, which was a painful but necessary decision. We send our best wishes to everyone who has been affected by this pandemic.

While our physical location is closed, we are still working from home to assist you. We wanted to take a minute to highlight some of our online resources you may find handy while cooped up indoors:

For anyone:

For genealogists:

For researchers:


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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.