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Emigrant steamer "Orlando," 1880. Leaving Gothenburg, Sweden, for Hull, England, on first leg of Atlantic passage.

The Swenson Swedish Immigration Research Center (located at Augustana College in Rock Island, IL) is a national and international research center, library and archives for the study of Swedish-American history and relations. 

The Center collects, preserves and makes available archival and library materials, promotes and initiates research and is a leader in Swedish-American genealogy. 

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Make an appointment by emailing or calling 309-794-7204. Location and hours

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The Swenson Center offers fun learning opportunities for students of all ages! We offer Swedish language classes, craft workshops, and a Nordic Book Club.

Genealogy Research Services

The Swenson Center has experienced and well-trained staff members who can be hired to efficiently search for your ancestor in the Center's genealogical resources. 

Academic Research Assistance & Topics

The Swenson Center is happy to assist academic researchers. See this page for some suggested research topics.