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Wish List

The following are specific materials that we would like to add to the Swenson Center's collections. If you would like to donate any of these items or make a donation toward their purchase, please contact us. Please let us know that you intend to make a gift purchase or donation so that we can avoid duplication. Thank you!

For more general information about what we collect and the donation process, please see the "Donation" section on our Policies & Services page. 

Wish List Items:

  • Bloodstoppers & Bearwalkers: Folk Traditions of Michigan's Upper Peninsula by Dorson and Leary, 3rd edition, 2008
  • A Century of Blessings, by Eugene K. Nelson, Freemount Lutheran Church, Lindsborg, Kansas, 1969
  • Echoes From Riverside Cemetery by Kathleen Seusy, Diann Moore, Curtis C. Roseman, Regena Schantz. Heritage Documentaries, Inc., with the cooperation of the Moline Preservation Society, 2009
  • Den faderlöse främlingen, autobiography of Bengt Gustaf (Persson) Bergenlund, who wrote under the alias “Fremling," publisher: A. Lundrens tryckeri, Göteborg 1871. Very rare. 
  • The Forest Finns of Scandinavia, by Maud Wedin, translated by Olof Lindman, 2011
  • Illustrated History of Jamestown, Chautauqua County, N.Y., edited by Vernelle A. Hatch, 1900
  • Jenny Lind Cook Book, Augustana Church, Andover, Illinois, 1975
  • John Engstrom, the last frontiersman, by Emil Engstrom, 1957
  • Pre-Raphaelitism and the Swedish 1890's, by Larry Emil Scott, doctoral thesis at University of Washington, 1973. Published Ann Arbor, Wash.: University Microfilms International, 1982
  • Swedes at War: Willing warriors of a neutral nation, 1914-1945, by Lars Gyllenhaal and Lennart Westberg, 2010
  • Time Magazine Man of the Year Charles Lindbergh, 1927
  • The vanishing logger, by Emil Engstrom, 1956
  • With fervent prayers and buoyant hopes: the story of Midland Lutheran College by William E. Christensen and Ann L. Wilhite, Midland Lutheran College, 2007
  • Yust Yokes bae Yansen, by anonymous, ca. 1915 


  • Missing issues in our Defunct Journals list
  • All materials published in Swedish in North America (1840s to present)
  • Publications of small Swedish-American publishing houses including Augustana Book Concern, Rock Island, Illinois and Engberg & Holmberg, Chicago
  • Publications issued by Swedish-American organizations, both current and defunct
  • Anniversary booklets from Swedish-American congregations (Lutheran, Covenant, Methodist, etc.)
  • Printed family histories and genealogies are accepted if they are compiled as a book and include a title page with a full title, compiler's name and date of compilation/publication, page numbering, and preferably a name index
  • Personal papers of Swedish-American individuals, businesses, and organizations
  • Photographs depicting Swedish immigrant life in the cities, e.g. storefronts, people working, photographs of gatherings and festivals
  • Diaries and journals (especially of underrepresented groups such as women, professionals, and working-class people)
  • Correspondence between immigrants in North America and between immigrants and family in Sweden
  • Records from Swedish-American organizations 1840s to present

Generally not accepted:

  • Swedish Bibles and hymnals
  • Duplicates
  • Items in poor condition (mildew- or mold-infested, dirty, or items with missing or torn pages).


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