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Welcome/Välkommen!

The Swenson Center is a national and international research center for the study of Swedish-American history and relations. 

We collect, preserve and make available archival and library materials, promote and initiate research, and are a leader in Swedish-American genealogy. 

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Academic Research

We are happy to assist scholars on-site or via remote requests

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Genealogy

Visitors can make a research appointment. Or we can be hired to conduct research for you.

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Events

Register for our upcoming book club, language classes, and more! 

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Class Instruction

Plan a class visit for students to use primary source materials

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Internships

Gain hands-on experience in a library/archives

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News

Recent posts

Newsletter

 

Events

Upcoming events
  • Swedish 2 (Nov.-Dec. 2021)
    Multiple Dates
    Wed, Dec 08
    Zoom
    Dec 08, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM CST
    Zoom
    Learn Swedish with us!
  • Nordic Book Club, December
    Dec 14, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM CST
    Zoom
    Show and tell your favorite Nordic holiday/winter stories.
  • Swedish 3 (Jan.-Feb. 2022)
    Multiple Dates
    Wed, Jan 05
    Zoom
    Jan 05, 2022, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM CST
    Zoom
    Learn Swedish with us!
  • Nordic Book Club, January
    Jan 11, 2022, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM CST
    Zoom
    Nordicana: 100 Icons of Nordic Cool & Scandi Style
  • Genealogy Club, January
    Jan 17, 2022, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM CST
    Zoom
    Join us to discuss using Swedish-American Church Records (online/print/microfilm) for your genealogical research.
  • Nordic Book Club, February
    Feb 08, 2022, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM CST
    Zoom
    The Nordic Theory of Everything: In Search of a Better Life
  • Genealogy Club, February
    Feb 21, 2022, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
    Zoom
    Join us to discuss genealogy research in Småland province.

Testimonials

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Anne-Charlotte Harvey

Professor Emerita, San Diego State University

Having twice been a guest scholar at the Center myself, I can testify to its unique holdings, its skilled and dedicated staff, and its welcoming ambience. In SSIRC's focused setting, research can be done more efficiently than at larger institutions. SSIRC is one of the two foremost archives worldwide holding Swedish-American newspapers, currently digitizing this resource to offer increased accessibility.