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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

 

 

Features

Swenson Center Internships

The Swenson Center offers a number of library and archival internships during the school year and summer. Students interested in careers in libraries, archives, museums or one related to historical research will benefit from an internship.

Swedish Immigrant Trail Video Game

Play the Swedish Immigrant Trail! You are a young Swedish immigrant to America in 1880. You have made the tough decision to leave your family and life in Sweden behind. Will you survive and prosper in America?

Archives

The Swenson Center's archives contains unpublished primary source material including manuscripts, photographs, and more.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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News

Symposium to address Swedish experiences and the Holocaust

Augustana College will host a one-day symposium,  “Dealing with the Past in the Present: Swedish Experiences of World War II and the Holocaust”  on Oct. 26.

Birdies for Charity

Support the Swenson Center with Birdies for Charity

Support the Swenson Center with Birdies for Charity. Your donation goes even further with this program!

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Augustana's historical books digitized

The Augustana Historical Society has launched an initiative to make the Society’s books freely available through Augustana College’s online Digital Commons.

Events

Harbour of Hope film screening

This 76-minute remarkable film is about Jewish survivors arriving from the concentration camps in Malmö, Sweden after the war. Original footage is combined with narration from the survivors themselves.