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The Swenson Center collections consist of library and archival resources as well as a collection of Swedish-American lodge records, newspapers, and church records on microfilm. 


The Swenson Center library contains approximately 20,000 books, periodicals, and audio/visual materials related to the Swedish-American experience in North America. The library is especially strong in Swedish-American imprints, which are books published in Swedish in the United States. 


The Swenson Center's archives contains unpublished primary source material including manuscripts, records, photographs, and more, measuring approximately 800 linear feet.  The archival collection contains both personal papers and organization/institution records. 

Digital Projects

The Swenson Center has digitized a small portion of its collections. These resources are available to view online. This page also includes links to our online exhibits. More digital projects are in the works!

Resources by Subject

Explore and browse materials available by subject or topic. 

Wish List

See a list of specific materials that we would like to add to the Swenson Center's collections.

Indexes to Other Records

The Swenson Center collections contain a number of other resources available both in print and on microfilm. Many of these records are not cataloged.

Church Records

A listing of Swedish-American and Swedish-Canadian church records by location.

Organization and Lodge Records

A listing of Swedish-American organization and lodge records (microfilm or archival collection). 

Vertical Files

Vertical files are reference files compiled by Swenson Center staff on a variety of topics. 


A sizeable collection of Swedish-American & Swedish-Canadian newspapers online, in print, and on microfilm. 

Uncataloged Defunct Journals and Serials

A listing of defunct Swedish-American journals and series. Some titles may only contain a few issues.


Over 700 pamphlets from 1850s-1940s on World War I, banking, Swedish travel guides, poetry, Sioux City, and more.

Name Indexes by States

Name indexes to brief bios of Swedish-Americans from books on California, Illinois, Texas, and Washington. 

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