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The Swenson Center archives collects, preserves, and promotes the use of unpublished primary source material that documents the Swedish immigration and the Swedish-American experience in North America. The archival collection is composed of two categories: personal manuscript collections and institution/organization papers. The archival collections measure approximately 800 linear feet.

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The Swenson Center gratefully accepts donations that support our mission and are of historical value. Potential donors must contact the Swenson Center directly to discuss if their donation is appropriate for the Center's collection. Potential donors to the archives are encouraged to fill out the Archival Donation Worksheet and submit it to the Swenson Center for consideration.

Please do not bring or send boxes without consulting the staff first.

The Center archives is particularly interested acquiring:

  • Personal papers of Swedish-American individuals, businesses, and organizations;
  • Photographs depicting Swedish immigrant life in the cities, e.g. store fronts, people working, photographs of gatherings and festivals;
  • Diaries and journals (especially of underrepresented groups such as women, professionals, and working-class people);
  • Correspondence between immigrants in North America and between immigrants and family in Sweden;
  • Records from Swedish-American organizations 1840s to present.

Family Histories

  • Printed family histories and genealogies are only accepted if they are compiled as a book and include: title page with full title; compiler's name and date of compilation/publication; page numbering; and preferably a name index.

Types of gift generally not accepted:

  • Swedish Bibles and hymnals;
  • Duplicates;
  • Items in poor condition (mildew- or mold-infested, dirty, or items with missing or torn pages).

Duplication Policies

Please note that all duplication regardless of format is for study purposes only, and cannot be published or posted on the internet, or reproduced in any other form. It is also the responsibility of the researcher to keep accurate citations.

The turn-around time for photocopy and digital reproduction orders will depend on the number of reproductions and the availability of the staff. All duplication requests must be prepaid and accompanied by the Requests for Photocopies or Scans form. The Swenson Center accepts online payments, VISA, MasterCard and checks. Please make checks payable to: Swenson Center.

Photocopies: in-house requests

Photocopies: mail orders
$0.25/page, $5.00 minimum charge

Digital images (for images requiring scanning)
For Augustana College students, staff, alumni and Swenson Center affiliates (includes members and donors): $5.00 for first image, $2.00 for each additional image.

Non-Augustana affiliates: $15.00 for first image, $5.00 for each additional image.

Digital images (from previously scanned images on file)
Augustana College students, staff, alumni and Swenson Center affiliates: No charge

Non-Augustana affiliates: $5.00 for first image, $2.00 for each additional image.

Publication from Swenson Center Materials

Researchers wishing to include a Swenson Center image or text in a publication must complete the Permission to Publish form and return it to the Swenson Center for approval. Swenson Center sources cited in a publication should be accompanied by the credit line: Swenson Swedish Immigration Research Center, Rock Island, IL.

Last updated September 16, 2014