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Augustana College (Rock Island, IL 61201-2210)
Dag Blanck (Project Director: May 2014 to October 2016)
Preservation Assessment and Disaster Preparedness for the Swenson Swedish Immigration Research Center

A preservation assessment and purchase of emergency response supplies based on a consultant’s recommendations. The Center’s collection includes 800 linear feet of manuscript materials and over 20,000 volumes of books and periodicals by or about Swedish-Americans. The archival collections span the 19th to 20th centuries and include the papers of Eric Norelius, an early Swedish-American newspaper publisher, as well as nearly a century’s worth of records from Upsala College, located in East Orange, New Jersey, which document the Swedish neighborhood around the college and the community’s change from 1893 to 1995.

Established in 1981, the Swenson Swedish Immigration Research Center is a national non-profit archives, library, and research institute committed to acquiring, maintaining, and interpreting the history of Swedish immigration to North America. The Center maintains the most extensive collection of Swedish-American materials in the United States and publishes Swedish American Genealogist, the only journal in the field of Swedish-American genealogy. The collection includes library and archival materials documenting lives of Swedish immigrants, records of Swedish-American organizations and scholarly secondary sources. Unfortunately, the Center is facing preservation challenges that compromise its ability to act as a steward of this unique past. Support from the NEH would provide the Center with its very first preservation needs assessment and preservation policy. Together, they will provide a working plan to address both immediate preservation challenges and long-term storage issues.

Project fields:
Immigration History; International Studies; U.S. History

Preservation Assistance Grants

Preservation and Access

$6,000 (approved)
$6,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2015 – 6/30/2016