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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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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.

Scandinavian Film Fest April 12-14

Augustana will present its first Scandinavian Film Fest April 12-14. The films are free and open to the public. Screenings will take place at 7 p.m. in room 304, Hanson Hall.

Dag Blanck

Explaining the U.S. to Swedes

Dag Blanck, director of the Swenson Swedish Immigration Research Center at Augustana, has become one of the most sought-after experts in the Swedish media for explaining what is going on in the U.S. 


Waffle Day

The American Scandinavian Association will serve a Waffle Day meal of waffles and sausage. It is open to the public and reservations are due March 17.