New Archival Collections Aug. 2022
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Northwestern Illinois Rebekah Lodge records (I/O:53)
This collection contains materials from five different Rebekah Lodges located on the Illinois side of the Quad Cities metropolitan area (Rock Island, Reynolds, Moline, East Moline, and Silvis) attended by Swedish-Americans. Rebekah Lodges were initially the women's auxiliary of the Independent order of Odd Fellows (IOOF), but later allowed both female and male members. Fraternal organizations such as the Oddfellows and Rebekahs provided insurance-like benefits to paying members. These organizations also fundraised for charitable causes and events in the community.
Victor Emmanuel "Manne" Lindholm papers (MSS P:354)
Manne Lindholm (1894-1962) was a Swedish diplomat who served in various Swedish consulates across the globe, most notably as Consul General in San Francisco from 1947 until his death in 1962. Manne's most important work involved facilitating trade for neutral Sweden during World War II and a strengthening of economic ties between the Western United States and Sweden in the 1950s and 1960s.
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