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George Malcolm Stephenson newspaper clipping collection

Collection #:
MSS P:45

Size: .5 linear feet (1 over-heightbox)
Stephenson, George Malcolm (1883-1958)
Grafström, Olof (1855-1933)

Language: Swedish
The collection is open for research onsite. A limited amount of photocopies may be requested via mail. 

Subject Headings: Bishop Hill (Ill.)
Henry County (Ill.)
Jansson, Erik, 1808-1850
Esbjörn, Lars Paul, 1808-1870
Processed by:

Swenson Center Staff
Finding aid updated by: Lisa Huntsha, 2013

Swenson Swedish Immigration Research Center
Augustana College
639 38th Street
Rock Island, IL 61201

Custodial History

Transferred to the Swenson Center in fall 1981 from the Denkmann Memorial Library.

Biographical Sketch

G.M. Stephenson was the grandson of Steffan Steffansson (1807-1855), a crofter from Södra Vi in Northeastern Småland, who came to New Sweden, Iowa, in 1849 (see Kastrup, The Swedish Heritage in America, p. 177). G.M. Stephenson served on the faculties of De Paw University and Dartmouth College before joining the University of Minnesota as Professor of History. 


The papers include photocopies of letters sent to Swedish newspapers from 1841-1878. Many of the letters concern the Bishop Hill Colony in Illinois. Collection includes a chronological index.  

Also includes a photograph and some letters written by Augustana Art Professor Olof Grafström to G.M. Stephenson, 1928.

Also includes a clipping of "Mitt Möte med Svensk-Amerika vid Sekelskiftet"

Inventory List


1. Notes on collection
2. Letters from Olof Grafström
3. clipping: "Mitt Möte med Svensk-Amerika vid Sekelskiftet"
4-40. Clippings from years 1841-1878

Publication Note

When citing this collection, use the following credit line: George Malcolm Stephenson newspaper clipping collection (MSS P:45), Swenson Swedish Immigration Research Center, Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois