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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

 

 

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The Swenson Center's archives contains unpublished primary source material including manuscripts, photographs, and more.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

Swenson Center Julbord Dinner

The Swenson Swedish Immigration Research Center at Augustana College invites the community to its second annual Julbord Dinner. 

Festival of Sankta Lucia Dec. 11

Augustana's annual celebration of the Festival of Sankta Lucia will take place on Dec. 11. The event commemorates the Scandinavian holiday with traditional songs and stories.

News

lucia night 2017

Swedish art, food and holiday music Dec. 11

The campus and community are invited to an evening of Swedish art, food and holiday music Dec. 11, organized by the Swenson Swedish Immigration Research Center at Augustana College.

Swenson Center co-hosts seminar with Swedish Embassy

The seminar “Swedish Footprints in the U.S.—New Perspectives on Swedish-American History” explores new ways of understanding Swedish-American history.

Shelby Jensen

Intern creates exhibit on Swedish arts

Swenson Swedish Immigration Research Center is showing the exhibit "Swedish Arts in North America" through October 15.