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Emigrant steamer "Orlando," 1880. Leaving Gothenburg, Sweden, for Hull, England, on first leg of Atlantic passage.

Beginning September 1st the Center is reopening for onsite research by appointment only. To request an appointment, email

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 and Swedish-American studies. We also help people research their Swedish-American genealogy. 


Make an appointment by emailing or calling 309-794-7204. Location and hours

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ReopeningReopening Procedures

Beginning September 1st, the Swenson Center is reopening for onsite research! We will be open by appointment only. Appointments may be requested by emailing

We still recommend that you seek assistance remotely. We’re happy to provide scans and photocopies when possible. We’re also able to arrange virtual visits for classes. 

Visitors will need to:

  • Request an appointment at least 2 business days in advance
  • Wear a mask
  • Practice physical distancing 
  • Wash hands immediately prior to entering
  • Be limited to one individual/couple per appointment
  • Submit to a temperature check 
  • Fill out the Augustana College visitor form
  • Follow directional signage in the building

These procedures are subject to change. More specific information will be provided to you when you make an appointment. Materials used by patrons will be quarantined for 72 hours before they can be made available again.

We're happy to help, whether in-person or remotely!


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The Swenson Center offers fun learning opportunities for students of all ages! We offer Swedish language classes, craft workshops, and a Nordic Book Club.

Genealogy Research Services

The Swenson Center has experienced and well-trained staff members who can be hired to efficiently search for your ancestor in the Center's genealogical resources. 

Academic Research Assistance & Topics

The Swenson Center is happy to assist academic researchers. See this page for some suggested research topics. 


Nordic Book Club, November

November's book is Anxious People: A Novel by Fredrick Backman. 

Nordic Book Club, December

December's book is A Very Scandinavian Christmas: The Greatest Nordic Holiday Stories of all Time compiled by New Vessel Press, 2019.