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The Dagmar and Nils William Olsson Visiting Scholar Award

This annual award helps defray costs for one person doing research for an extended period of time at the Swenson Center and was established by Nils William Olsson, a leading authority in the field of Swedish-American studies, and his wife Dagmar.

The Olsson award is a reimbursement of travel and living expenses associated with your visit to the Swenson Center, up to $2,500, and is open to anyone doing academic research on any aspect of Swedish-American history. It is not intended to be used for genealogical research. We particularly encourage graduate students and younger scholars to apply. The minimum stay required at the Swenson Center is three weeks, and the award must be used within one year of notification. Following the completion of your study at the Swenson Center, you will be expected to write a short article summarizing your project and use of the Swenson Center's materials for publication in our quarterly journal and on our website. 

Anyone interested in applying for the research award should submit a two- to three-page proposal to the Swenson Center outlining the proposed research topic. The proposal should also include a current curriculum vitae, as well as a statement showing how the resources of the Swenson Center are appropriate for the particular project. Depending on your area of research, you may encounter a significant number of our resources in the Swedish language. The deadline for applications is May 1, 2014.

Past Recipients

2013
Juri Rebkowetz
Ludwig-Maximilians University. Munich, Germany
"German and Scandinavian Immigration to Minnesota and Wisconsin during the Second Half of the 19th Century - Contacts, Conflicts, and Cooperation."

2012
Jennifer Vanore
University of Chicago
"The Call to Care: Religion and the Making of the Modern Hospital Industry in Los Angeles, 1895-1965"

2011
Adam Hjorthén
Stockholm University, Sweden
"Commemorating Presence: Swedish-American Jubilees in Transnational Perspective, 1938-1996"

Katrin Leineweber
Christian-Albrechts University, Kiel, Germany
"The Integration of Swedish Immigrants in Seattle/King County since 1850"

2010
Brita Butler-Wall
University of Washington
"Women in the Bishop Hill Colony"

2009
Erika Jackson
Michigan State University
"Scandinavian Preferred": Nordic Ethnic Identity, Gender and Work within Chicago, 1879-1933

2008
Rachel Gianni Abbott
University of Alaska Fairbanks
Folklore and Material Culture among Swedish Immigrants in late Nineteenth-Century Utah

2007
Elizabeth Baigent
Oxford University, U.K.
Swedish Immigrants in McKeesport, Pennsylvania

Christopher Cantwell
Cornell University
Swedish Immigrants in Chicago and their Relationship to D.L. Moody

2006
Christopher Jaffe
Northern Illinois University
Swedes and Other Ethnic Groups in Rockford, Illinois

2005
Agnieszka Stasiewicz
Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland
Swedish Immigrant Children and Books Published for Them by the Augustana Book Concern

2004
Ms. Joanna Daxell
Université de Sherbrooke, Canada
Swedish Literature in North America

2003
Paul Lubotina
St. Louis University
Swedes and other Ethnic groups on Minnesota’s Mesabi Iron Range

2002
Lars Nordström
Beavercreek, Oregon
The Life and Work of Samuel Magnus Hill, a Pioneer Educator and Minister in Nebraska

Malin Glimäng
University of Hawai'i
The History of Swedish Female Immigration

2001
Gabriella Rundblad
University of East Anglia, U.K.
Language Use in the Creation of a Swedish-American Identity

2000
Anne-Charlotte Harvey
San Diego State University
Swedish Theatre in the United States 1880-1930

Eva St. Jean
University of British Columbia, Canada
Swedish Immigrants in British Columbia

1999
Barry L. Peterson
Tallahassee, Florida
Comparison of Swedish traditions in the Rural Midwestern United States and Sweden

1998
Christopher Mitchell
University of Georgia
Strindbergarna—A Swedish Theater Club in Chicago 1912-1915

1997
Edward Burton
University of Göteborg, Sweden
Social and Political Views of Postwar Swedish-America

Roger Kvist
Umeå University, Sweden
Swedish Immigrants in the American Civil War