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Collections

The Swenson Center collections consist of library and archival resources as well as a collection of Swedish-American organization and lodge records, newspapers and church records on microfilm. Explore our resources by clicking the links below.

For information about donating, requesting photocopies, and publishing from our materials, please see our policies page. 

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Library

The Swenson Center's library collection contains approximately 20,000 volumes relating to the Swedish-American immigrant experience in North America, Swedish-American genealogy, and Swedish local history. Click the link to find out more about the different library sections and to search the library catalog.  

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Archives

The archival collections, which measure approximately 800 linear feet, consist of unpublished primary source material that documents the Swedish immigration and the Swedish-American experience in North America. The archival collection is composed of two categories: personal manuscript collections and institution/organization papers. It also contains many photographs. Click the link to see finding aids for the archival collections. 

Vertical Files

The Swenson Center has a large amount of ephemeral material related to the people, places, organizations, and events which have shaped Swedish-American history. Vertical files are compiled by Swenson Center staff. Most files contain ephemeral items like clippings, pamphlets, programs, brochures, newsletters, reports, and/or historical documents including original manuscripts, publications, or photographs. This ever-growing collection of topical files dates back to the 1980s when the Swenson Center was founded, and continues to be added to today.

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Organization and Lodge Records

Information on Swedish-American organizations and lodges from across the United States. Some of these materials are available on microfilm or as an archival collection. 

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Newspapers

A listing of Swedish-American and Swedish-Canadian newspapers organized by city of publication. Some titles may be available for interlibrary loan. Also links to a database of digitized Swedish-American newspapers. 

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Church records on Microfilm

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

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Uncataloged Journals & Serials

A listing of defunct Swedish-American journals and series. Some titles may only contain a few issues. This listing is not yet cataloged into our library catalog.

Online Collections Database

A searchable catalog of our collections, including records describing our archival collections and digital images of our photographs and artifacts. Browse records and images and leave comments on records to communicate with fellow researchers. 

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Digital Projects

The Swenson Center has digitized a small portion of its collections. These resources are available to view completely online. Currently, four collections are available digitally including the American Union of Swedish Singers journal Musiktidning, the Swedish American Genealogist (published by the Swenson Center), and two Swedish-American letter collections. Click the link for more information. More digital projects are in the works!

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Resources by Subject

Explore and browse materials available by subject or topic.