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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




Digital Permanent Exhibit

The Swenson Center's digital version of the permanent exhibit on Swedish immigration to North America. 

Translation Services

Swenson Center staff can be hired to translate from Swedish to English. We are fluent in Swedish and English and can read 19th and 20th Century script. 


The Swenson Center's archives contains unpublished primary source material including manuscripts, photographs, and more. The archival collection is composed of two categories: personal manuscript collections and institution/organization papers, and measures approximately 800 linear feet. 

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Bruce Karstadt honored at dinner

Swenson Center advisory committee member named Swedish American of the Year

Swenson Center advisory committee member, Bruce Karstadt, was honored as Swedish American of the Year by the Vasa Order of America at a celebration in Sweden last weekend. 

Letters at the Swenson Center

Swenson Center feature video

Video of Swenson Center by Rachel Leman, Augustana College class of 2020. Her goal was to make the campus more aware of the Center as a resource for students. 

Swedish-American church records on microfilm

Swedish-American and Swedish-Canadian church records now online

Swedish-American and Swedish-Canadian church record microfilms have been scanned and indexed, and are now available on