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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!




Swedish Immigration to North America

A brief history of Swedish immigration to North America, written by Swenson Center director Dr. Dag Blanck. 

The Dagmar and Nils William Olsson Visiting Scholar Award

This research award is open to anyone doing academic research on any aspect of Swedish-American history at the Swenson Swedish Immigration Research Center. Applications due May 1!

Faculty Research Stipend

The Swenson Center offers a Faculty Research Stipend for Augustana College faculty members. Applications due May 1!

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Katie Laschanzky in SCA Today

Swenson Center student worker featured in magazine

Swenson Center student worker Katie Laschanzky is featured in the Spring 2018 edition of SCA Today magazine. 

Church historian visiting April 23-24

Augustana alumna and church historian the Rev. Dr. Maria E. Erling '78 will visit campus April 23-24. She will offer a public talk, "Augustana's Belief in the Power of Young Adults," at 4:30 p.m. April 23 at the Wilson Center.

Elsie Ahlwén Sundeen poster

Exhibit dedicated to female musician and evangelist

Swenson Swedish Immigration Research Center is showing the exhibit "Elsie Ahlwén Sundeen: The Singing Evangelist" through June 15.


Swenson Center open house and exhibit unveiling

The Swenson Swedish Immigration Research Center will host an open house and the unveiling of the new permanent exhibit "Swedish Immigration to North America."