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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

Swedish Immigrant Trail Video Game

Play the Swedish Immigrant Trail! You are a young Swedish immigrant to America in 1880. You have made the tough decision to leave your family and life in Sweden behind. Will you survive and prosper in America?

Digital Permanent Exhibit

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

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The Swenson Center's archives contains unpublished primary source material including manuscripts, photographs, and more.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

Swenson Center co-hosts seminar with Swedish Embassy

The seminar “Swedish Footprints in the U.S.—New Perspectives on Swedish-American History” explores new ways of understanding Swedish-American history.

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.

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.