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Emil Alfred Swanson Papers
1908-1945

MSS 134
Oversized materials, 8 folders



Creator:

Swanson, Emil Alfred, 1891-

Language:

Swedish, English

Access:

There are no restrictions on the use of this collection.

Access points:

Swanson, Emil Alfred, 1891-
Augustana College (Rock Island, Ill.)--Students.
Augustana College (Rock Island, Ill.)--Alumni and alumnae.

Finding aid prepared by:

Emily Hughes Dominick, 2006.

Repository:

Augustana College Special Collections
Thomas Tredway Library
639 38th Street
Rock Island, Illinois 61201
309-794-7643
specialcollections@augustana.edu




Historical Note
Scope and Content
System of Arrangement
Box List
Related Collections



HISTORICAL NOTE

Emil Swanson was born in 1891 in Sweden and came to Moline, Illinois in 1908. He received his B.A. from Augustana College in 1923. During his time in Moline, he worked at several vocations including store owner, school teacher, school principal, factory safety inspector, and owner of apartments. Swanson was also was active in the municipal government where he served for 8 years as an alderman, 4 years as a member of the county board, and was also Democratic candidate for Mayor in 1945. He founded the Scandinavian-American Roosevelt club of Moline.

 

SCOPE AND CONTENT

Though this is a small collection of papers that belonged to Emil Swanson, there are several interesting pieces including his inspection card issued upon his departure from Liverpool en route to the United States in 1908, an emigrant contract from 1912, a passenger list and other ephemera from a trip to Sweden in 1937, and a letter of endorsement for Mayor of Moline. Also included in the collection are two personal letters in Swedish and two photographs.

 
SYSTEM OF ARRANGEMENT

The items are organized into 8 folders by type of item and then in alphabetical order by folder title.

 

BOX LIST

Box 1
      Emigrant contract, 1912
      Ephemera from trip to Sweden via Swedish American Line, 1937
      Inspection card and bill from trip to United States from Sweden, 1908
      Letter fragment from Betty Dahl, undated
      Letter from Carolina Swensson, undated
      Letter of endorsement for office of mayor of Moline, 1945
      Miscellaneous items, 1937 and undated
      Photographs, undated

 

RELATED COLLECTIONS

None known.

 

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