Finding and Using Archival Resources
The F.M. Johnson Archives and Special Collections exists to support research and is open to the public. Please consult the finding aids, catalog records, and digital collections linked below before scheduling an appointment. Archives staff can also help you find relevant materials before and during your visit.
Books and Periodicals
Search for books and periodicals in the Covenant Historical Library, Swedish-American Archives of Greater Chicago Book Collection, Scandinavian Collections, and some of our Rare Book Collection
Using Archival Materials
The collections do not circulate. If you are unable to visit, archives staff can provide limited copies of material or help locate a researcher-for-hire. A small portion of the collections is available online
Photocopying and Scanning
The material in the archives can be copied in accordance with copyright and other restrictions and at the discretion of the archivist. Copy limits may apply depending on the collection. The archives staff reserves the right to use their discretion for all reproduction requests and fees.
All reproductions will be done by archives staff; the archives staff reserves the right to charge fees starting at $5 per project and $0.10 per page. There is no charge for images you create for reference purposes using a personal camera or phone. We do not permit tripods or flash photography in the archives.
The archives will grant permission to publish images from its collections on a case-by-case basis. Contact the archivist to request permissions.
Our collections are of interest to genealogists if there is a direct connection to the Evangelical Covenant Church or to the collections held in the Swedish-American Archives of Greater Chicago. Beyond this, we do not hold general genealogical resources. We recommend contacting an organization that specializes in genealogy, such as the Swenson Swedish Immigration Research Center, the Swedish American Museum, and, for Chicago-area genealogy, the Newberry Library.