The Swenson Center has digitized a small portion of its collections. These resources are available to view online. More digital projects are in the works!
Expand the following sections to learn more and access these digital projects.
PastPerfect Collections Database
Our PastPerfect Collections Database serves as a searchable catalog of our collections, including records describing our archival collections and digital images of our photographs and artifacts.
CARLI Digital Collections
The following collections are in Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois (CARLI) Digital Collections. See all CARLI Digital Collections, or see our collections below.
This collection contains the official newsletter and journal, Musiktidning, for the group American Union of Swedish Singers, an umbrella organization for Swedish choirs in the United States and Canada established in 1892. Musiktidning was first published in 1906 and continues to be published today.
Letter from Swedish immigrant Anna Persson to her sister, Sigrid, back in Sweden describing her journey to America. Anna Persson immigrated to the United States from Sweden in 1907. Includes an English translation.
This collection contains correspondence between Carl Lorimer, a student at Augustana College and Theological Seminary in Rock Island, Illinois and Mabel Anderson, a teacher in Ottumwa, Iowa, from 1907-1911. This correspondence sheds light on how their friendship evolved into a courtship and marriage in 1911. Carl's letters depict his life as a seminary student and summer obligations with Lutheran churches. He was involved with the student Republicans and wrote for the student newspaper, The Observer. Mabel describes her work as a teacher, church activities, and encounters with common friends and family members.
Nytta och Nöje club was founded at Augustana College in 1900 to preserve Swedish culture among people from or around Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois. This collection includes 17 audiocassette recordings of club programs from the 1970s, including a royal visit from the King of Sweden.
Correspondence between Swan Johnson, a student at the Augustana College and Theological Seminary in Rock Island, Illinois and Josephine Peterson of Swede Bend, Iowa from 1891-1892. Their courtship was conducted through these letters. The couple married a few weeks after Swan was ordained in June, 1892. In his affectionate letters to Josephine, he vividly describes his studies and daily life at Augustana as well as travels to towns in the Midwest to deliver sermons. Josephine writes about her family, close friends, and daily life in Swede Bend, Iowa.
Swedish American Genealogist is a quarterly journal devoted to Swedish American biography, genealogy, and personal history published by the Swenson Center. The journal was founded in 1981 by Nils William Olsson. Contact us to subscribe to current issues of Swedish American Genealogist.
Swedish American Newspapers
Swedish American Newspapers is an online portal which allows users to explore more than 300,000 pages from 28 different Swedish American newspaper titles published across the United States between 1859 and 2007. This project was produced through a joint partnership of institutions in the United States and Sweden.
Not all Swedish American newspapers are available through this portal. Many additional titles and issues are available in print or on microfilm at the Swenson Center
See our Collections page for more information on newspapers held here.
Augustana Digital Commons
See Swenson Center News, the occasional newsletter of the Swenson Swedish Immigration Research Center from 1986-2003, in Augustana Digital Commons.
Augustana Digital Commons showcases outstanding scholarly and creative works of the students, faculty, and staff of Augustana College.
Click on the images to see the virtual exhibits.