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American Daughters of Sweden Records

Identifier: SAAGC/011
The records of the American Daughters of Sweden include meeting minutes, constitution and bylaws, membership and financial records, correspondence, and reports from various committees of the organization. Also included are scrapbooks with photographs, programs and correspondence, including postcards.


  • 1921 - 1996


Conditions Governing Access:

There are no access restrictions on the materials, and the collection is open to all members of the public. However, the researcher assumes full responsibility for conforming with the laws of libel, privacy, and copyright that may be involved in the use of this collection.


13.85 Linear Feet (25 containers)

Administrative History:

On January 19, 1926, a meeting of representative Swedish‑American women was held at the Swedish Club of Chicago for the purpose of organizing a society, the aim of which would be to foster and encourage interest in the culture of the land from which they had come. The result of this meeting was the formation of the American Daughters of Sweden. The organization was incorporated on September 1, 1926 under the laws of the state of Illinois, and Mrs. Othelia Myhrman was elected president.

The American Daughters of Sweden have participated in a variety of activities, a major one being the establishment of a scholarship fund for girls of Swedish descent. The scholarship fund is intended to help young women who are studying Swedish at the University of Chicago, North Park University (then College) in Chicago, Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois, and for 7‑18 year olds at Concordia Language Village in Moorhead, Minnesota.

The American Daughters have worked with the Red Cross and the Save The Children Federation as well, and have been members of the Illinois Federation of Women's Club.

The organization participates in the annual Chicago International Festival and other events within the Swedish community in Chicago, and sponsors bazaars, games parties, and scholarship luncheons annually.

The American Daughters publish a monthly newsletter, The American Daughters of Sweden and a cookbook, Swedish Recipes Old and New, which has been their chief fundraising activity.

The American Daughters continue to offer scholarships and hold annual activities to keep alive and foster the heritage of Sweden.

Arrangement of Materials:

Arranged by topic and then chronologically.

Acquisition Information:

These records of the American Daughters of Sweden have been donated over a period of time primarily by Selma Jacobson, who served as chairperson of the American Daughters of Sweden many years.

Separated Materials:

Photographs are stored separately. A glass Göteborg ornament from 1987 was moved to the artifacts collection in August 2013.

Processing Information:

Steven Jones, November 1984 - January 1985. Additional items processed in August 2013 by Janet Leu.
Guide to the American Daughters of Sweden Records
Funding to migrate and update this finding aid was provided by the Swedish Council of America through the 2019 grant "Improving and Expanding Access to the Swedish–American Archives of Greater Chicago."

Repository Details

Part of the Swedish-American Archives of Greater Chicago Repository

3225 W Foster Ave
Box 38
Chicago IL 60625 USA