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About & Visit

Basic information about the Swenson Center and how to visit. 

Contact

Phone: 309-794-7204

Fax: 309-794-7443

SwensonCenter@augustana.edu

Mailing address:

Swenson Center/Augustana College
639 38th Street
Rock Island, IL 61201

Hours

The Swenson Center is open to the public 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. 

During the summer we close at 12 pm on Fridays. 

Genealogists must have an appointment. See Genealogy page for more information. 

Staff

Dag Blanck, Director

Lisa Huntsha, Archivist/Librarian

Jill Seaholm, Head of Genealogical Services

Susanne Titus, Head of Library Services

Location

The Swenson Center entrance is located on the first floor of Denkmann Hall. 

Street address:

Denkmann Memorial Hall
Augustana College
3520 7th Ave
Rock Island, IL 61201

Swenson Center entry
Swenson Center entry

 

Exterior of Denkmann building
Exterior of Denkmann building

Parking

Street parking is available along 7th Avenue and 35th Street.

Some visitor parking spaces are available in Lot E, see interactive Campus Map or printable Campus Map.

Handicapped parking is available directly to the west of our building. 

Gifts & Donations

See our Policies & Services page for information on donating to our library or archives.

Please see our Funding & Support page for information about financial contributions. 

Mission & Vision

The Swenson Center, located at Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois, is a national archives and research institute providing resources for the study of Swedish immigration to North America, the communities the immigrants established, and the role the immigrants and their descendants have played in American life. This is achieved by promoting and initiating academic research in the field and by collecting and cataloging Swedish-American archival and library materials. Another major role for the Center is to assist people researching their Swedish-American genealogy.

The Swenson Swedish Immigration Research Center at Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois strives to be a leading national and international institution in Swedish-American studies.

History

The Swenson Center was founded by Birger and Lyal Swenson on December 31, 1980. Birger Swenson emigrated from Sweden in 1912, graduated from Augustana College, and worked for the Augustana Book Concern. The endowment established by the Swensons provided the initial financial support for the Swenson Swedish Immigration Research Center. 

Advisory Committee

Continuing

Steven Bahls, President of Augustana College
Dr. Wendy Hilton-Morrow, Vice President of Academic Affairs, Provost and Dean of Augustana College
Dr. Douglas Nelson, Chair
Dr. Dag Blanck, Director 

Term Ending 2018

Dr. Philip J. Anderson, Professor Emeritus of Church History, North Park University
Dr. Thomas Bengtson, Professor of Math and Computer Science, Earl H. Beling Endowed Chair in Mathematics, Augustana College
Dr. Ulf Jonas Björk, Professor of Journalism and Public Relations, Indiana University  
Dr. Peter Kivisto, Professor of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Welfare, Richard A. Swanson Chair of Social Thought, Augustana College
Dr. Byron Nordstrom, Professor Emeritus in History and Scandinavian Studies, Gustavus Adolphus College

Term Ending 2019

Dr. Anne-Charlotte Harvey, Professor Emerita of Theatre, San Diego State University
Bruce Karstadt, CEO, American Swedish Institute
Dr. Adam R. Kaul, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Sociology and Social Welfare, Augustana College
Dr. Joy K. Lintelman, Professor of History, Concordia College
Dr. Harald Runblom, Professor of History, Uppsala University, Sweden

Term Ending 2020

Dr. Jennifer Eastman Attebery, Professor of English; Director, Folklore Program, Idaho State University
Dr. Ellen Hay, Professor Emerita of Communication Studies, Augustana College
Kerstin Lane, Former Executive Director of the Swedish American Museum, Chicago

Emeritus

Dr. Nils Hasselmo, President Emeritus, University of Minnesota
Mariann Tiblin, Associate Professor Emeritus, University of Minnesota Libraries 

Staff

Lisa Huntsha, Archivist/Librarian
Jill Seaholm, Head of Genealogical Services
Susanne Titus, Head of Library Services
Elisabeth Thorsell, Editor, Swedish American Genealogist

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