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Here are examples of some of the many subjects that can be researched using the Swenson Center's collections. Also see our page on Academic Research Assistance & Topics.

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Augustana College Founders

Most of the founders of Augustana College were Swedish immigrants and members of The Scandinavian Evangelical Lutheran Augustana Synod. The Swenson Center has some materials relating to the founding members of Augustana College, and pastors of the Augustana Synod. However, Augustana College Special Collections holds many more book and manuscript materials that address the history of the college as well as the papers of past Augustana presidents. Please contact Special Collections for more information.  

Also see the Religious Life & Clergy section, below.

Bishop Hill

Bishop Hill Bibliography

This bibliography was developed to assist with Bishop Hill research. Books with call numbers are available at Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois. Abbreviations are used for the various locations on campus:  "AC" = Thomas Tredway Library, "SC" = Augustana College Special Collections, and "SSIRC" = Swenson Swedish Immigration Research Center.

Printed Books

Anniversaries and Jubilees

Booton, Joseph F, and George M. Nedved. Centennial Celebration of the Bishop Hill Colony, Bishop Hill, Ill: Monday, September 23, 1946. Springfield: Illinois Dept. of  Public Works and Buildings, 1946.

Det blåser en vind: Bishop Hill-sällskapets Jubiléumsskrift 1996. Örsundsbro : Bishop Hill-sällskapet, 1996. [SSIRC Immig. F549.B6 B3 1996]

Illustrated Souvenir, Seventy-fifth Anniversary, Historic Bishop Hill, 1846-1921.  
[SSIRC Immig. F549.B6 I54 and Linder 325.773 .B5B5h]

Root, John, eds. Semi-Centennial Celebration of the Settlement of Bishop Hill Colony: held at Bishop Hill, Illinois, Wednesday and Thursday, September 23 and 24, 1896. 1909.  [SSIRC Immig. F549.B6 R7 1896 and NWO F549.B6 R7]


Galva and Bishop Hill as of the year 1936: An illustrated review of public buildings, homes and citizens. Altona, Ill.: K. Krans, 1936. [SC Mississippi Valley F549.G16 G3 1936] 

Historic Bishop Hill, Preservation and Planning: Class Report, UP 320, Planning for Historic Preservation. [Urbana]: Dept. of Urban and Regional Planning, College of Fine and Applied Arts, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1976. [SSIRC Immig. F549.B6 H57 1976]

McKay, Joyce. An Analysis of Archaeological Excavations at Bishop Hill, Illinois, 1972-1975. Springfield, Ill: The Department, 1979.

Van, Ness J. R, and Hiram Wilson. The Bjorklund Stable Site, Bishop Hill, Illinois: Site Report. Springfield, Ill: Illinois Dept. of Conservation, 1981.  


Sparks, Esther. Olof Krans, Prairie Painter. Washington, D.C.: National Trust for Historic Preservation, 1972. [SSIRC Immig. E184.S23 H5 1972]

Swank, George. Painter Krans of Bishop Hill Colony. Galva, Ill.: Galvaland Press, 1976. [SSIRC Immig. ND237.K67 S9 1976]


Anderson, Theodore J. 100 Years: a History of Bishop Hill, Illinois: also Biographical Sketches of Many Early Pioneers in Illinois. Chicago: T.G. Anderson, 1946. 

Badger, David Alan., Clark, Crystle D.Tellier, Nancy A. Bishop Hill: Fifteen Years that Last Forever. Havana, Ill.: BADGER, 1996. [SSIRC Immig. F549.B6 B3 1996] 

Elmen, Paul. Wheat Flour Messiah: Eric Jansson of Bishop Hill. Carbondale: Published For the Swedish Pioneer Historical Society by Southern Illinois University Press, 1976. [SSIRC Immig. BX7990.J3 E45 and NWO BX7990.J3 E45]

Nelson, Rueben H. Little Nels and the Partner: Over 75 Years of living the great American Adventure as seen through the Highlights in the lives of a Swedish-American farmer and his wife in the Cambridge Ulah, Red Oak, and Bishop Hill Communities of Henry County, Illinois, 1882-1964. Tempe, Ariz. : [s.n.], 1965. [SSIRC Immig. CT275.N443 N4 1965]

Bonham, Jeriah. Fifty Years' Recollections: with Observations and Reflections on Historical Events, Giving Sketches of Eminent Citizens--their Lives and Public Services. Peoria, Ill.: J.W. Franks & Sons, 1883. [SC Mississippi Valley F540 .B71 1883]


Bishop Hill Heritage Cookbook: ... A Collection of Recipes. Bishop Hill. Ill.: Bishop Hill Heritage Association, 1982. [SSIRC Immig. TX722.S8 B57 1982]


Döhl, Inger. Profetens barn: roman. [Malung : I. Döhl], 2000. [SSIRC Immig. PT9876.14.O34 P7 2001] 

Frommer, Sara Hoskinson. Witness in Bishop Hill. New York: St. Martin's Minotaur, 2002. [SSIRC Immig. PS3556.R5944 W58 2002]

McDonald, Julie. The Ballad of Bishop Hill. Montezuma, Iowa: Sutherland Publishing, 1985. [SSIRC Immig. F541.6 .M322 1985]

Steele, Tom. The Pied Piper of Sweden : A novel. Coral Springs, FL : Llumina Stars, 2009. [SSIRC Immig. PS3619.T44 P54 2009]


Henry County, Il Cemetery Inscriptions. Kewanee, Ill.: Henry County Genealogical Soc, 1987.

Guide Books

A Guidebook to Bishop Hill Colony Buildings. Bishop Hill, Ill.: Bishop Hill Heritage Assn., 1976. [SSIRC Immig. F549.B6 B57 1976] 

Bishop Hill, Illinois: Guidebook to Buildings. [Bishop Hill, Ill.: Bishop Hill Heritage Association], 1986. [SSIRC Immig. F549.B6 B57 1986]

Official Guide to the Old Colony Church and Catalogue of the Collection of Pioneer Relics of Bishop Hill. [S.l.: S.n.], 1946.  [SSIRC Immig. F549.B6 O5 1946]

Swank, George. Bishop Hill: A Pictorial History and Guide. [Galva, Ill.: G. Swank, 1965. [SSIRC Immig. F549.B6 S93 1965 and NWO F549.B6 S93x 1965]


Address of John Root: Delivered at Bishop Hill, Ill., 4th, 1899, in Presenting the Soldiers' Monument to Village. [S.l. : S.n.], 1899. [SSIRC Immig. F549.B6 R66] 

Anderson, Theodore J. 100 Years: A History of Bishop Hill, Illinois: also Biographical Sketches of many early Pioneers in Illinois. Chicago : T. G. Anderson, 1946. [SSIRC Immig. F549.B58 A5 1946 and NWO F549.B58 A5] 

Bishop Hill. Macomb, Ill. : University libraries and the College of Arts and Sciences at Western Illinois University, 1989. [SSIRC Immig. F536 .W47]

Bishop Hill svensk koloni på prärien. [Springfield, Ill.] : Illinois Dept. of Business and Economic Development, Division of Tourism, [1969]. Print. [SSIRC Immig. F549.B6 I83x 1969]

Bygdearvet Festskrift för Svenska Hembygsförbundet i America. Chicago : Published in Connection with Swedish Province Societies of America Fall Festival, 1946.  [SSIRC NWO F549.B6 B94 1946]

Erdahl, Siver. Eric Janson and the Bishop Hill Colony. Springfield, Illinois : Illinois State Register, n.d. [SSIRC Immig. F549.B6 E7 and NWO F549 .B6 E7]

Eriksson, Ulla and Johansson, Lars-Ove., eds. Emigrationen från Söderala till Bishop Hill och Norra Amerika åren 1845-1855. Söderhamn : Söderhamn Kommun, 1994. [SSIRC NWO F549.B6 E45 1994]

Hedstrom, Emmelyne Arnquis. Historic Bishop Hill, 1846-1946: Bishop Hill Centennial Souvenir : Observance September 22, 23 And 24, 1946. [Aldo, Ill. : Times Record Co., 1946?. Print. [SSIRC Immig. F549.B6 H437] 

Isaksson, Olov,ed. Pionjärer på Prärien: De första svenska utvandrarna. [Sweden] : En bok för alla, 1996. [SSIRC Immig. F549.B6 P56 1996]

Isaksson, Olov, Hallgren, Sören. Bishop Hill svensk koloni på prärien. Stockholm, LT: [Solna, Seelig], 1969. [SSIRC Immig. F549.B6 I83x 1969]

Isaksson, Olov. Historien om Bishop Hill. [Stockholm ] : LT, 1995. [SSIRC Immig. F549.B6 I84 1995]

Jacobson, Margaret E. Neville, Russell Trall. Bishop Hill, 1846. [Bishop Hill, Ill.?] : Bishop Hill Old Settlers Association, c1941.  [SSIRC Immig. F549.B6 J2 1941]

Johnson, Mark L., Norton, John E. Tornblom, Inez. Accounts of Conditions at Bishop Hill 1847-1850. Springfield, IL : Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, 2002. [SSIRC Immig. F549.B6 A3 2002]

Mikkelsen, Michael Andrew. Erdahl, Sivert. The Bishop Hill Colony: A Religious Communistic Settlement in Henry County, Illinois. Philadelphia : Porcupine Press, 1972. [SSIRC Immig. F549.B6 M6 1972]

Mikkelsen, Michael A. The Bishop Hill Colony: A Religious Communistic Settlement in Henry County, Illinois. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins Press, 1892. [SSIRC Immig. F549.B6 M6 1892 AC F549.B6 M6 1892]

Nobler Things to View: Collected Essays on the Erik-Janssonists. Bishop Hill, Ill. : Bishop Hill Heritage Association, 1998. [SSIRC Immig. F549.B6 N63 1998]

Norton, John E. "And Utopia Became Bishop Hill...". Washington, D.C.: National Trust for Historic Preservation, 1972. [SSIRC Immig. E184.S23 H5 1972]

Norton, John E. The Janssonist Faith. 1972. [SSIRC Immig. BX7990.J3 N6]

Norton, John E. "This Land Flows with Milk and Honey": A Documentary Survey of Pioneering Agriculture at the Swedish Colony of Bishop Hill, Illinois 1846-1854. 1972. [SSIRC Immig. E184.S23 N67 1972]

Ohlsson, Johan. Om Erikjansismen och Kolonien Bishop Hill. Malung: Malungs Boktr., 1964. [SSIRC Immig. DL971.H15 H34x 1964/65]

O'Neill, Linda. History, Memory, and Ethnic Identification: Rediscovering Community in Bishop Hill, Illinois. DeKalb, Ill.: LEPS Press, 1996. [SSIRC Immig. F549.B6 O54 1996]

O'Neill, Linda. History, Memory, and Ethnic Identification: Rediscovering Community in Bishop Hill, Illinois: 1994. [SSIRC Immig. F549.B6 O54 1994]

Pinzke, Nancy Lindberg. Faces of Utopia: A Bishop Hill Family Album. Chicago, Ill.: N. Lindberg, 1982. [SSIRC Immig. F549.B6 P56 1982 and NWO F549.B6 P56 1982 AC F550.S8 P5]

Semel, Jay., Wilcox, Annie Tremmel. Utopian Visions of Work and Community: A Collection of Essays from Presentations Sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Iowa City, Iowa : The Obermann Center for Advanced Studies, The University of Iowa, 1996. [Special Collections HX806 .U86 1996]

Setterdahl, Lilly, ed. Emigrant Letter: By Bishop Hill Colonists from Nora Parish. Macomb, Illinois: Western Illinois University, 197. Print. [SSIRC Immig. F549.B6 S4 1978]

Stephenson, George M. The Religious Aspects of Swedish Immigration: A Study of Immigrant Churches. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1932.

Swank, George. Bishop Hill: Showcase of Swedish History; History of the Bishop Hill Colony. Galva, Ill.: Galvaland Magazine, 1978. [SSIRC NWO F549.B5 S9]

Swank, George. Bishop Hill: Showcase of Swedish History. Galva, Ill.: Galvaland Magazine, 1970. [SSIRC Immig. F536.S92 B57 1970 and NWO F536.S92 B57]

Wilson, Carolyn Anderson.Wilson, J. Hiram. Material Culture in the Bishop Hill Colony: Restoration Inventory for Bishop Hill State Historic Site. [Springfield, Ill.] : Historic Sites Division, Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, 1980. [SSIRC Immig. F549.B6 M3 1980]

Wilson, J. Hiram. Property as a Social Institution in the Bishop Hill Colony: An Ethnohistorical Study.  [SSIRC Immig. F549.B6 W54]

Wilson, J. Hiram. Visions of Heaven: the Idea of Community in a Nineteenth Century Swedish Commune. Bloomington, Indiana: Annual Meeting of the C. S. A. S., 1978.  [SSIRC Immig. F549.B6 W54 1978]

Language and Dialects

Hedblom, Folke. En Hälsingedialekt i Amerika: Hanebomål från Bishop Hill, Illinois : Text och Kommentar = A Hälsingland Dialect in America : Hanebo Parish Dialect Recorded in Bishop Hill, Illinois : Text and Commentaries. Uppsala : Lundequistska Bokh., 1978. [SSIRC Immig. PD5827.H35 H4 and NWO PD5827.H35 H4]

Liljeholm, Johan Edvard. Detta förlovade land: resa i Amerika, 1846-1850. Stockholm : LTs Förlag, [c1981]. [AC E184.S23 L49 D4]


Jansson, Erik. Förklaring öfwer Den Heliga Skrift: Eller, Cateches. Söderhamn : Tryckt Hos C.G. Blombergsson, 1846. [SSIRC Immig. BX7990.J3 J367 1846]

Youth Books

Cosentine, Sherry. Rickman, Deborah. Bishop Hill: Children's Activity Book. Moline, Ill.: Illinois Writer's Guild, 1980. [SSIRC Immig. F549.B6 C67 1980]


Barton, H. Arnold. "The Eric-Janssonists and the Shifting Contours of Community." Swedish-American Historical Quarterly 47.3 (1996): 133-155 and Western Illinois Regional Studies 12.2 (1989): 16-35 

Dowell, Cheryl Wexell. "Dear Diary, 1886-1890: Clara Lindbeck writes from Bishop Hill." Illinois Historical Journal82.4 (1989): 231-238.  

Elmen, Paul. "Bishop Hill: Utopia on the Prairie." Chicago History 5.1 (1976): 45-52.

Fogde, Myron. "A Tale of two Cities (of God): Bishop Hill and Nauvoo." Illinois Heritage 2.3 (2000): 22-28.

Ijams, Ethel W. "Philip J. Stoneberg and the Preservation of Bishop Hill." Swedish-American Historical Quarterly 36.1 (1985): 26-38.

Isaksson, Olov. "Discover Bishop Hill." Swedish Pioneer Historical Quarterly 19.4 (1968): 221-233.

Johansson, Lars-Ove. "The Swedish Bishop Hill-Society." Swedish American Genealogist 24.2 (2004): 16.

Johnson, Mark L., John E. Norton and Inez Tornblom. "Accounts of Conditions at Bishop Hill, 1847-1850." Journal of Illinois History 5.3 (2002): 213-236

Larsson, Anders, and Erik Wikén. "John Root once more." Swedish American Genealogist 10.4 (1990): 178-185.  

Nelson, Ronald E. "Bishop Hill: Swedish Development of the Western Illinois frontier." Western Illinois Regional Studies 1.2 (1978): 109-120.

Nelson, Ronald E. "The Building of Bishop Hill." Western Illinois Regional Studies 12.2 (1989): 46-60.

Norton, John E. "The Swedish "Wil(l)sons" at Bishop Hill and St. Louis." Swedish American Genealogist 26.1 (2006): 5-6.

Pratt, Harry E. "The Murder of Eric Janson, Leader of Bishop Hill Colony." Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society 45.1 (1952): 55-69. Illinois State Historical Society.

Setterdahl, Lilly. "Emigrant Letters by Bishop Hill Colonists from Nora Parish." Western Illinois Regional Studies 1.2 (1978): 121-175.

Setterdahl, Lilly, and J. Hiram Wilson. "Hotel Accommodations in the Bishop Hill Colony." Swedish Pioneer Historical Quarterly 29.3 (1978): 180-197.

Spooner, Harry L. "Bishop Hill. An early Cradle of Liberty." American-Scandinavian Review 47.1 (1959): 31-38.

Swank, George. "Bishop Hill in Illinois as it is today." Swedish Pioneer Historical Quarterly 16.4 (1965): 183-192.

Swanson, Alan ed. and transl. "Erik Jansson's "Ski Letter." Swedish-American Historical Quarterly 35.4 (1984): 338-345.

Swanson, Alan. "The Road to Perfection." Scandinavian Studies 60.4 (1988): 437-444.  

Swanson, Alan. "The Texts of the Janssonists Song-Book : a Preliminary Report." Scandinavian Studies 54.3 (1982): 205-219.

Wagner, Jon. "Living in Community: Daily Life in the Bishop Hill Colony." Western Illinois Regional Studies 12.2 (1989): 61-81.

Westerberg, Wesley M. "Bethel ship to Bishop Hill." Swedish Pioneer Historical Quarterly 23.2 (1972): 55-59.

Wheeler, Wayne. "Eric Janssonsim: Community and Freedom in the Nineteenth-Century Sweden and America." Western Illinois Regional Studies 12.2 (1989): 7-15.

Wikén, Erik. "Brodd -Jonas and Brodd-Märta; Two Bishop Hill Colonists identified." Swedish American Genealogist10.4 (1990): 188-190.  

Wikén, Erik. "New light of the Erik Janssonists' emigration, 1845-1854." Swedish-American Historical Quarterly 35.3 (1984): 221-238.

Wilson, Charles, John E. Norton, and Mark L. Johnson. "Bishop Hill: and 1854 description by Charles Wilson." Journal of Illinois History 4.1 (2001): 41-54.  

Wright, Rochelle. "Stuart Engstrand and Bishop Hill." Swedish Pioneer Historical Quarterly 28.3 (1977): 192-204.


Lowe, David G. "A Prairie Dream Recaptured." American Heritage 20.6 (1969): 14-93.  

Murray, Anna Wadsworth. "Olof Krans." Chicago History 10.4 (1981): 244-247.

Other Bibliographies

"Bibliography of English Language Publications on Bishop Hill." Western Illinois Regional Studies 12.2 (1989): 105-108.  

Johnson, E. Gustav. "A selected Bibliography of Bishop Hill Literature." Swedish Pioneer Historical Quarterly 15.3 (1964): 109-122.

Vance, Mary A. Historic Bishop Hill, Illinois: Restoration of a Swedish Utopian Community. Architecture series--bibliography, A-380. Monticello, Ill. (P.O. Box 229, Monticello 61856: Vance Bibliographies, 1980.


O'Neill, Linda. "History, Memory, and Ethnic Identification in a Swedish-American Community: an Ethnographic Account with implications for Multicultural Adult Education." Northern Illinois University (1994).

Wejryd, Cecilia Birgitta. "Läsarna som brände bocker: Erik Jansson och erikjansarna i 1840-talets Sverige." Uppsala Universitet (2002).

White, Janet Ruth. "The Intersection of Socio-Cultural Structures and the built Environment in three Nineteenth-Century Utopian Communities: The Bethel Colony, the Bishop Hill Colony, and the Oneida Community (Missouri, Illinois, New York)." Cornell University (2001).

Book Reviews

Elmen, Paul. "Bishop Hill, Illinois: A Utopia on the Prairie." Chicago History 4.4 (1975): 257-259.


Bishop Hill Heritage News. Bishop Hill, Ill. : Bishop Hill Heritage Association, 1979. [SSIRC Periodicals F536 .B57]

Bishop Hill Heritage Association Newsletter Bishop Hill, Ill. : Bishop Hill Heritage Association . [SSIRC Periodicals F536 .B57]

Other Archival Institutions

Knox College Library and Archives, Galesburg, Illinois

Bishop Hill Heritage Association, Bishop Hill, Illinois

Vasa Archives, Bishop Hill, Illinois

Business, Accounting & Economics

Canadian Swedes

Children's Literature

The Swenson Center holds a variety of educational, religious, and leisure reading for children. 

Children's Literature Bibliography

Books for children and young readers about Swedish immigrants in North America and Swedish immigration history based on the collections of the Swenson Swedish Immigration Research Center.

Åberg, Alf. The people of New Sweden: our colony on the Delaware River, 1638-1655.
Roger Tanner, translator. (Stockholm: Natur och Kultur, c1988).
199 pages: illustrations, maps; 22 cm. Includes index and bibliography.

Cavanah, Frances. Jenny Lind's America
(Philadelphia, Chilton Book Co.,1969).
226 pages, 21 cm.
Summary: A biography of the "Swedish Nightingale" whose vocal range and tone quality made her one of the leading opera stars of the mid-nineteenth century.

Cosentine, Sherry, Bishop Hill: children's activity book
(Moline, Ill.: Illinois Writer's Guild, c1980).
32 pages: illustrations; 28 cm.
Summary: Creative activities and seat work.

Frank, Irene M., The Scandinavian-American heritage
(New York, N.Y.: Facts On File, 1988).
Series: America's ethnic heritage series.
148 pages: illustrations; 25 cm.
Summary: Explores the history, culture, and contributions of Scandinavian-Americans from colonial times to the present day.

Gunderson, Cory Gideon. Swedish Americans
(Philadelphia: Chelsea House Publishers, c2003)
Series: Immigrants in America.
106 p. : color Illustrations, color map ; 25 cm.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents: The Swedes in America -- The old country -- America fever -- Tamers of the frontier -- Social issues in industrial America -- Swedish identity across the Atlantic -- Into the melting pot : the Swedish-American influence.

Hopkins, M. Johnson. I, Amanda
(Bloomington, IN: 1st Books, 2003).
130 pages: 23 cm.
Includes recipes pages 125-28.

Hubalek, Linda K., Butter in the well series. 1992-1994.

Book 1. Butter in the well: a Scandinavian woman's tale of life on the prairie
(Hillsboro, Kan.: Hearth Pub., c1992)
128 pages: illustrations, maps; 23 cm. Includes bibliographical references (pages. 125-128).
Summary: This is a fictionalized account of Kajsa Svensson Runeberg's first 20 years on her Kansas farm.

Book 2. Prarieblomman: the prairie blossoms for an immigrant's daughter
(Hillsboro, KS: Hearth Pub., c1993).
On cover: Historical diary 1889-1900.
132 pages: illustrations; 23 cm. Bibliography: pages. 129-132.
Summary: The book starts in 1889 when Alma turns sixteen, and ends in 1900 when she marries at age twenty-seven and leaves Kansas.--Foreword

Book 3. Egg gravy: authentic recipes from the Butter in the well series
(Aurora, Colo.: Butterfield Books, c1994)
123 pages: illustrations; 22 cm.
Includes index.

Book 4. Looking back: the final tale of life on the prairie
(Aurora, Colo.: Butterfield Books, c1994).
123 pages: illustrations, maps; 23 cm.
Includes bibliographical references (pages. 121-122).

Hubalek, Linda K., Planting dreams series.
(Lindsborg, Kan.: Butterfield Books, c1997-1999)

Book 1, 1868-1869. Planting dreams: a Swedish immigrant's journey to America
111 pages: maps; 23 cm.
Includes bibliographical references (pages. 101-103).
Summary from the preface: This is a fictionalized account of Charlotta Johnson's journey from Sweden to Kansas in 1868.

Book 2, 1869-1886. Cultivating hope: homesteading on the Great Plains
119 pages: illustrations, maps ; 23 cm.
Includes bibliographical references (pages. 109-110).
Summary: This is a fictionalized account of Charlotta Johnson's life as she and her husband build a farmstead on the Kansas prairie.

Book 3, 1869-1886. Harvesting faith: life on the changing prairie.
99 pages: illustrations, maps; 23 cm.
Includes bibliographical references (pages. 109-110).
Summary: This is a mixture of fact and fiction of Charlotta Johnson's life of events that shaped this Swedish immigrant's family, join Charlotta as she reminisces about the important places and events in her past as she bids farewell to her mortal life on the Kansas prairie.

Immigration to Minnesota.
(St. Paul, MN: Minnesota Historical Society, 1983).
Series: Roots; vol. 12, no. 1 (fall 1983).
39 pages: illustrations; 28 cm.
Includes bibliography.

Johnson, Lois Walfrid. Adventures of the Northwoods series.
(Minneapolis, Minn.: Bethany House Publishers, c1990-1992).

Book 1. The disappearing stranger
144 pages. ; 21 cm.
Summary: When her mother marries Mr. Nordstrom, Kate moves to a farm in northwest Wisconsin, solves a mystery, and learns to adjust to her new stepfamily.

Book 2. The hidden message
144 pages. ; 21 cm.
Summary: When their father leaves to earn money away from home, Kate and Anders assume more responsibility at the farm and uncover a mystery.

Book 3. The creeping shadows
160 pages; 21 cm.
Summary: Kate plans a birthday party for her stepbrother Anders and gets involved in the mysterious disappearance of items from the Erickson household.

Book 4. The vanishing footprints
158 pages; 21 cm.
Summary: Kate, Anders, and Erik try to solve the mystery of the stolen creamery checks.

Book 5. Trouble at Wild River
160 pages: illustrations, map; 21 cm.
Summary: In 1907 in Wisconsin, Kate and her friends discover a timber swindler while visiting their Indian friend Running Deer and suspect that Kate's uncle, newly arrived from Sweden, may be involved.

Book 6. The mysterious hideaway.
158 pages. ; 21 cm.
Summary: Kate, Anders, and Erik investigate baffling clues that lead them to tunnels in the woodpile, stolen food, and a hidden ladder.

Book 7. Grandpa's stolen treasure
159 pages: illustrations; 21 cm.
Summary: Kate and Anders try to follow the guidance of God when his grandparents travel from Sweden to Wisconsin and Grandma vanishes under mysterious circumstances.

Book 8. The Runaway Clown
160 pages: 21 cm.
Summary: While working for the circus that is touring Wisconsin in 1907, Kate and her stepbrother Anders uncover a mystery.

Book 9. Mystery of the missing map
158 pages: 21 cm.
Summary: When thirteen-year-old Kate, her stepbrother Anders, and their friend Erik go to visit Kate's blind second cousin in Red Jacket, Michigan, in 1907, they decide to try to find a long-lost map that will supposedly lead to a fortune in silver.

Book 10. Disaster on Windy Hill
170 pages: 21 cm.
Summary: After Kate buys Windsong and Breeza, two horses with a mysterious past, someone sets the Nordstrom barn on fire and Windsong disappears.

Kyle, Elisabeth. The Swedish nightingale: Jenny Lind
(New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1964)
223 pages: 22 cm.
Summary: This biographical novel, set in the mid 19th century, tells the dramatic story of Jenny Lind , who became an almost legendary singer despite intense timidity and formidable obstacles.

Malmberg, Carl. America is also Scandinavian.
(New York: Putnam, 1970).
126 pages. illustrations, 21 cm.
Summary: Traces the history and causes of Scandinavian immigration to the United States and explains the contributions of Danes, Finns, Swedes, Norwegians, and Icelanders to the culture and history of their adopted country.

McGill, Allyson. The Swedish Americans
(Philadelphia: Chelsea House, 1997).
The immigrant experience series. 109 pages: illustrations (some color), maps; 24 cm.
Includes bibliographical references and index.

Meyer, Carolyn, Kristina, the girl king: [Sweden, 1638]
(New York: Scholastic, 2003).
Royal diaries Series. 170 pages: illustrations, map, genealogy table; 19 cm.
Summary: A novel in diary form about Kristina, the young queen of Sweden. Kristina, Queen of Sweden, 1626-1689 --Fiction.

Montgomery, Kathy. The Kalmar-Nyckel: Johan's honor
(Baltimore: Publish America, 2002).
258 pages. 23 cm.
New Sweden, fiction.

Munson, Sammye. HEJ, Texas goodbye Sweden: a Swedish boy in early Texas
(Austin, Tex.: Eakin Press, 1994). 114 pages: illustrations; 23 cm.
Include bibliographical reference (pages. 113-114)
Summary: In 1880 fifteen-year-old Carl Olsson leaves Sweden to work on his brother's farm in Texas.

Nixon, Joan Lowery. Land of dreams.
(New York: Delacorte Press, 1994). 153 pages: 22 cm.
Ellis Island series.
Summary: In 1902 sixteen-year-old Kristin travels with her family from Sweden to a new life in Minnesota, where she finds herself frustrated by the restrictions placed on what girls of her age are expected or allowed to do.

North, Sterling. The wolfling: a documentary novel of the eighteen-seventies
(New York: Bantam Books, 1970, c1969)
182 pages: illustrations; 18 cm.
Documentary notes on pages 169-182.
Summary: In the nineteenth-century Midwest, a young boy adopts a wolf whelp and gains the attention and friendship of the Swedish-American naturalist Thure Kumlien.

Olson, Kay Melchisedech. Norwegian, Swedish, and Danish immigrants, 1820-1920
(Mankato, Minn.: Blue Earth Books, c2002).
Coming to America Series.
32 pages: illustrations (some color), color map; 21 x 26 cm.
Includes bibliographical references (pages. 31) and index.

Olson, Marianne. Over the waves
(Tucson: Rafter Five Press, 1999).
147 pages; 22 cm.
Summary: In 1914, 12 year-old Joel & his mother travel from Omaha to Sweden to visit family just before the war starts. There he finds his first love, learns to handle trolls, and what he wants to do with his life. Ages 9 and up.

Peterson, Melissa. Hanna's Christmas
Melissa Iwai, illustator.
(New York: Harper Collins, 2001).
27 pages: color illustrations; 24 cm.

Peterson, Tiffany. Swedish Americans
(Chicago: Heinemann Library, c2004)
Series: We Are America 32 p. : color illustrations ; 27 cm.
Includes glossary, bibliographical references and index.
Summary: An overview of the history and daily lives of Swedish people who immigrated to the United States.
Topics: Early Swedish immigrants, the journey, arriving in the United States, America fever, land and lumber, life in the cities, Swedish-American culture, celebrations, Swedish food and dining, arts and entertainment, a Swedish-American family, Swedish immigration chart.

Raatma, Lucia. Swedish Americans
(Chanhassen, Minn.: Child's World, c2003)
Series: Spirit of America: Our Cultural Heritage
32 pages: color illustrations; 25 cm.
Includes time line, glossary, list for further reading, and index.
Summary: A brief introduction to Swedish Americans, their historical backgrounds, customs and traditions, their impact on society, and life in the United States today.

Sandin, Joan. The long way westward
(New York, N.Y.: Harper & Row, c1989).
Series: An I can read book.
63 pages: color illustrations; 23 cm.
Summary: Relates the experiences of two young brothers and their family, immigrants from Sweden, from their arrival in New York through the journey to their new home in Minnesota.

Sandin, Joan. The long way to a new land
(New York, N.Y.: Harper & Row, c1981).
Series: An I can read history book.
63 pages: color illustrations; 22 cm.

Shaw, Janet Beeler. The American Girls Collection: 1854. Kirsten.
(Middleton, WI: Pleasant Co., 1986)

Book 1. Meet Kirsten, an American girl
61 pages: color illustrations; 23 cm.
Summary from the book jacket: "Kirsten Larson and her family arrive in America in the summer of 1854 after a long and dangerous journey on a small ship. They have come to begin a new life on the American frontier - a world of wilderness and prairie. Ages 7 and up."

Book 2. Kirsten learns a lesson: a school story
69 pages: color illustrations; 23 cm.
Summary from the book jacket: "Kirsten has a hard time in her new American school because she doesn't speak English very well. Ages 7 and up."

Book 3. Kirsten's surprise: a Christmas story
61 pages: color illustrations; 23 cm.
Summary from the book jacket: "Kirsten and her family celebrate their first Christmas in America, and Kirsten wants to keep some of their old Swedish traditions alive in the new country.

Book 4. Happy birthday, Kirsten!: a springtime story
58 pages: color illustrations; 23 cm.
Summary: On a Minnesota farm in the mid 1800's, the hard working members of the Larson family find time to celebrate Kirsten's tenth birthday.

Book 5. Kirsten saves the day: a summer story
66 pages: color illustrations; 23 cm.
Summary: Ten-year-old Kirsten is proud and excited when she finds a bee tree full of honey, one of the natural treasures of her Minnesota frontier world, but she exposes herself to great danger by trying to harvest the honey by herself.

Book 6. Changes for Kirsten: a winter story
64 pages: color illustrations; 23 cm.
Summary: A tough Minnesota winter brings many changes to Kirsten's frontier life, including the new responsibility of helping her brother Lars set his traps and a move into a new house for her family.

Sinnott, Susan. Welcome to Kirsten's world, 1854: growing up in pioneer America.
(Middleton, WI: Pleasant Co., 1999)
58 pages: many color illustrations, maps; 27 x 31 cm.
Summary: From the American Girls Collection. The story presents a look at daily life in pioneer America during the 1850s by following a family that emigrates from Sweden to Minnesota.

Tripp, Valerie. Kirsten's theatre kit : a play about Kirsten for you and your friends to perform. Home is where the heart is.
(Middleton, WI : Pleasant Co., c1994)
One portfolio: Envelope contains a Director's guide (15 p.) and four copies of the play Home is where the heart is, (32 p.) adapted by Valerie Tripp from Meet Kirsten, an American girl, by Janet Shaw.

Winter, Jeanette. Klara's new world.
(New York: Knopf, 1992).
42 pages: color. illustrations; 24 x 26 cm.
Summary:  A Swedish family faces many hardships when they immigrate to America in search of a better life. Books in English about Sweden. We find many Swedish customs, holidays and songs even in Swedish-American communities.

Larsson, Carl Olof. A home, text by Lennart Rudström; translated by Lone Thygesen-Blecher.
(New York: Putnam, 1974).
31 pages: color illustrations; 24 x 32 cm.
Summary: Sixteen of Carl Larsson's well known watercolors of his home, Sundborn, and family are accompanied by text explaining the pictures and something of the life of this great Swedish artist.  Larson and his wife Karin helped popularize a style of home decoration that we recognize today as classically Swedish.

Olsson, Kari. Sweden, a good life for all
(Minneapolis, Minn.: Dillon Press, c1983).
Series: Discovering our heritage. 144 pages: illustrations; 24 cm.
Bibliography: pages. 140. Includes index.

Sevig, Mike. Mike & Else's Swedish songbook
(Minneapolis, MN : Skandisk, c1997).
1 v. of music (unpaged): illustrations; 28 cm.
Folksongs, Children's songs, Christmas & Lucia songs, Hymns, Swedish, United States.

Unnerstad, Edith. The spettecake holiday.
Illustrated by Iben Clante.
Translation.from the Swedish, Farmorsresan, by Inger Boye.
(New York, Macmillan, 1958).
211 pages. illustrations, 21 cm.
Summary: Five-year-old Pelle-Göran goes unwillingly to visit grandmother while mama is recuperating from an accident. Adventures on the farm help his apprehensions to disappear and when he returns home he takes the doctor one of grandmother's fine spettecakes, promised if the doctor would make mama well.

Wiberg, Harald. Christmas at the Tomten's farm.
Written and illustrated by Harald Wiberg.
(New York, Coward-McCann, 1968). [92] pages, illustrations 22 x 27 cm.
Summary: The farm's watchful tomten lends a quiet helping hand during the two days of the Swedish Christmas celebration when the regular farm chores must be attended to in addition to holiday festivities.


The Swenson Center has digitized two love letter collections between students of the Augustana Theological Seminary and the women they courted, as well as countless other collections of correspondence. 


Literature & Poetry

Medicine & Health


Music records at the Swenson Center include choral books from singing groups and religious organizations. The largest single collection is of the American Union of Swedish Singers (AUSS), a singing group organized in 1892 to serve as a national umbrella organization for individual Swedish choirs and to arrange national singing conventions. Other music collections include the Ardith Melloh Papers which include psalmodikon information and instructions. Individual collections may contain sheet music or composed hymns. 

News, Press & Publishing

Materials about news organizations and publication offices involve several collections, including the Allan Kastrup collection of the American Swedish News Exchange. The purpose of the ASNE was to increase and broaden the general knowledge about Sweden and to provide the American press with news on cultural, economic and political developments in Sweden. Another press collection is of the Augustana Book Concern, a Swedish immigrant publishing house which printed religious and literary text, mostly in Swedish.  

Politics & Government

Religious Life & Clergy

Social Groups & Organizations



Arthur Helge Swan wrote plays and kept meticulous lists of plays and performances he attended in New York, Chicago, Boston, Paris, and London. He also kept playbills and advertisements from the performances he attended. 


The C.W. Mortenson Collection of our library consists of approximately 200 books on the Viking presence in North America.

This collection includes many of the standard scholarly works as well as fiction and several rare items such as C.C. Rafn's Antiquitates Americanae Sive Scriptores Septentrionales Rerum Ante-Columbianarum in America, printed in Copenhagen in 1837 and Arthur Middleton Reeves' The Finding of Wineland the Good. The History of the Icelandic Discovery of America, published in London in 1890.


World War I

The G. N. Swan collection includes a pamphlet collection World War I topics. 

World War II

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