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About & Visit

Basic information about the Swenson Center and how to visit. 


Phone: 309-794-7204

Fax: 309-794-7443

Mailing address:

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


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. 


Dag Blanck, Director

Lisa Huntsha, Archivist/Librarian

Jill Seaholm, Head of Genealogical Services

Susanne Titus, Head of Library Services


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


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.


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. 

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