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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The Swenson Center turns 40

In our 40th year, join us as we explore what a new focus Swedish-American relations means for the Center.

A special anniversary event on Saturday, May 7th features a symposium, open house, and celebratory dinner. 

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Newsletter

 
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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

Events

Upcoming events
  • Genealogy Club, May
    Mon, May 16
    Zoom
    May 16, 6:00 PM CDT – May 17, 7:30 PM CDT
    Zoom
    Q&A night – Answer each other’s (brief) genealogy and handwriting questions.
  • Swedish 2
    Multiple Dates
    Sun, May 22
    Zoom
    May 22, 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM CDT
    Zoom
    Want to learn Swedish?
  • Swedish 3
    Multiple Dates
    Sun, Jun 12
    Zoom
    Jun 12, 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM CDT
    Zoom
    Learn Swedish with us!
  • Nordic Book Club, June
    Tue, Jun 14
    Zoom
    Jun 14, 6:00 PM CDT – Jun 15, 7:00 PM CDT
    Zoom
    Pole Raising and Speech Making: Modalities of Swedish American Summer Celebration
  • Genealogy Club, June
    Mon, Jun 20
    Zoom
    Jun 20, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM CDT
    Zoom
    Researching Swedes in Emigration and Immigration Records
  • Nordic Book Club, July
    Tue, Jul 12
    Zoom
    Jul 12, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM CDT
    Zoom
    The Finnish-Soviet Winter War 1939-40: Stalin's Hollow Victory
  • Swedish 4
    Multiple Dates
    Sun, Aug 07
    Zoom
    Aug 07, 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM CDT
    Zoom
    Learn Swedish with us!
  • Nordic Book Club, August
    Aug 09, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM CDT
    Zoom
    Power, Passion, and Faith : Emmy Evald Carlsson, Suffragist and Social Activist
  • Swedish 1
    Multiple Dates
    Sun, Sep 25
    Zoom
    Sep 25, 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM CDT
    Zoom
    Learn Swedish with us!

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.