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Swedish Americans

 Subject
Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings

Found in 28 Collections and/or Records:

Andrew J. Alford papers

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Identifier: MSS 127
Overview Andrew J. Alford immigrated to the United States from Sweden in 1867, settling in Kankakee County, Illinois. Andrew J. Alford papers, 1855-1895 and undated, contains correspondence between members of Alford's family, title certificates and receipts, insurance policy receipts, Alford's naturalization certificate, and other papers.

Josef Anderson papers

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Identifier: MSS 114
Overview Josef Alfred Anderson (also spelled Joseph in some records) was born on July 10, 1868, in Lommaryd, Sweden. He immigrated to the United States in 1876, and began attending Augustana College and Theological Seminary in Rock Island, Illinois. Anderson earned his bachelor’s from the college in 1888, and his master’s in 1891. He then attended the seminary, and graduated in 1892. Anderson was ordained on June 5, 1892, in Lindsborg, Kansas. He was a minister for congregations in several different...

Gustav Andreen and family papers

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Identifier: MSS 4
Overview Gustav Andreen was the fourth president of Augustana College as well as its longest-serving president, having held office from 1901 to 1935. Andreen was the first Augustana president to be born in the United States, to have graduated from Augustana, and to serve more than 30 years. Andreen was also responsible for creating an organized fundraising campaign to establish a college endowment. During his time at Augustana, Andreen created a formal geology department, raised over $1 million for the...

Anniversaries and celebrations collection

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Identifier: MSS 179
Overview The Anniversaries and celebrations collection, 1882-2011 and undated, contains materials related to various anniversary events and commemorations involving the Augustana College community, including events both directly and indirectly related to the college. The collection represents the following events: The 400th Anniversary of Martin Luther’s Birth, 1883, The Jubilee celebrating the 1593 Uppsala Synod, 1893, The Augustana College 50th Anniversary Jubilee, 1910, The Augustana College 75th...

Collection of Augustana College scrapbooks

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Identifier: MSS 190
Overview The collection of Augustana College scrapbooks, 1896; 1960-1965, consists of scrapbooks related to Augustana College assembled by persons or departments unknown. The scrapbooks consist mainly of newspapers clippings; three include general Augustana-related items, while two specifically cover Augustana sports. The activities highlighted in the scrapbook pages include Greek life, social events in the Quad Cities area, Augustana choir events, campus construction projects, student groups, professor...

Augustana Historical Society records

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Identifier: MSS 203
Overview The Augustana Historical Society was founded in 1930 with the goal of preserving documents and artifacts related to Scandinavian and Lutheran history. By 1996, the group had revised its mission as being to: "locate, gather, preserve, and publish literary materials bearing on the history of Augustana College, on the relationships of the college to the Lutheran Church, on the history of Swedish immigration to the United States, and on cultural connections between the United States and Sweden."...

Backman Family papers

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Identifier: MSS 108
Overview The Backman family was active in Galesburg, Ill., in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The head of the family was Carl August Backman, who immigrated to the United States in 1868 and began to study at Augustana College in 1875. Backman received a BA in 1881 and graduated from Augustana Theological Seminary in 1883. After two years as a pastor in Ishpeming, Michigan, he accepted a position at the Swedish Lutheran congregation in Galesburg, Illinois, in the summer of 1885. The Backman...

Collection on Olof Z. Cervin

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Identifier: MSS 77
Overview Olof Zakarias Cervin graduated from Augustana College in 1887 and went on to study architecture at Columbia University. After working as an architect in various cities, Olof returned to Rock Island and established his own architecture firm on 1 April 1896. Cervin designed several buildings in Rock Island, Moline, and East Moline, Illinois, including schools, churches, and factories. During World War I, Cervin designed four hundred houses to accommodate the growing wartime workforce in the...

Emily Envall Dahlberg papers

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Identifier: MSS 87
Overview Emily Caroline Envall was born in Galesburg, Illinois, on 25 November 1869, the oldest child of John and Caroline Peterson Envall, recent immigrants from Sweden. She received less than seven years of formal education in the Galesburg public schools. On 10 January 1889 she entered the Augustana Conservatory of Music at Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois. She attended Augustana for only one year, leaving at the end of the semester in December 1889. The Emily Envall Dahlberg papers,...

Carl Linus Eugene Esbjörn papers

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Identifier: MSS 14
Overview Carl Linus Eugene Esbjörn (also spelled Esbjorn) was the son of Augustana College's first president, Lars Paul Esbjörn. He attended Augustana College in the 1870s, studying at both the college's Paxton campus and Rock Island campus. He taught at several colleges before taking a permanent position at Augustana as a professor of languages in 1887. He would remain at Augustana for 52 years until his death in 1939, when he was struck by a car while crossing 7th Avenue. Esbjörn was interested in...