Archival Collections

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, complements 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.

Digital Collections

Swedish-American Historical Quarterly

The Swedish-American Historical Quarterly, formerly the Swedish Pioneer Historical Quarterly from 1950 to 1983, is an academic journal published since 1950 by the Swedish-American Historical Society that documents and interprets the Swedish-American presence in North America.

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St. Ansgarius Episcopal Church Records

This collection presents the surviving records and registry of the St. Ansgarius Episcopal Church, the first parish established for the growing community of Swedish immigrants in the city of Chicago.

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Swedish-American Historical Book Collection

Browse out-of-print books on the history and meaning of the Swedish presence in North America. Included are histories, biographies, memoirs, and reference works covering many aspects of the Swedish-American experience since the mid-19th century.

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