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American Scandinavian Foundation Chicago Chapter Records

Identifier: SAAGC/021
The records of the Chicago Chapter of the American Scandinavian Foundation include historical material as well as material on the Foundation's headquarters, the Chicago chapter, and invitations. The records span the years 1946 to 1979.


  • 1946 - 1981
  • Majority of material found within 1946 - 1976


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.


0.2 Linear Feet (1 container)

Biographical / Historical

The American Scandinavian Foundation was founded in 1910 by Niels Paulson, who wanted to see the friendly bonds between the United States and the Scandinavian countries strengthened. It's headquarters are located in New York City and it was comprised of ten local chapters throughout the United States. The foundation's fellowship program began in 1912 when scholarships were given to six Scandinavians. As the organization evolved, it emphasized three major activities: membership, student exchange, and publications. Discontinuation of local chapters took place in 1983, with the Chicago Chapter reforming as the American‑Scandinavian Association of Illinois in April 1983.


Arranged by topic.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Collected by Selma Jacobson, Curator, Swedish‑American Archives of the MidWest, 1961‑1981. Transferred to the Swedish American Archives of Greater Chicago, January 1984.

Processing Information

Steve Jones, January 1985.
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