People in Traditional Costume at the Linné Monument, Lincoln Park, 1969

Swedish-American Archives of Greater Chicago

Established in 1968, the Swedish-American Archives of Greater Chicago (SAAGC) collects and makes available the rich documentary record of the Swedish-American experience in Chicago. Manuscript collections include organizational records of local Swedish-American groups and personal papers of Swedish-Americans. A library of Swedish and English language periodicals and books, largely Chicago imprints, complement the archival collection. Much of the SAAGC holdings are in the Swedish language.

The collection is owned by the Swedish-American Historical Society, a non-profit organization founded in 1948 with the mission of recording the achievements of Swedish pioneers. The Society is devoted to the mission of studying Swedish emigration and the history and culture of Swedes in North America through research, publications, programs, and archives.

The Swedish-American Historical Quarterly is an academic journal published continuously since 1950 by the Swedish-American Historical Society. The title of the journal wasThe Swedish Pioneer Historical Quarterly from 1950-1983. The Quarterly is currently being digitized and made freely available on-line thanks to a generous grant from the Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation.  Visit the website to view and search the content available now.

For Genealogists

The Swedish-American Archives of Greater Chicago contains primarily records of Chicago-area organizations, not the vital statistics usually sought by the genealogy researcher. The Society by definition does not perform genealogical research for patrons. Important repositories of information of genealogical interest in Chicago include The Newberry Library and the Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County. The Swenson Swedish Immigration Research Center in Rock Island, Illinois is a national archives and research institute assisting people researching their Swedish-American family history.