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Swedish-American Historical Society Records - H. Arnold Barton Additions

Identifier: SAAGC/038
These records contain materials related to the publication of the Swedish-American Historical Quarterly and includes official records, correspondence, and materials related to published articles.


  • 1968 - 1990


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.


3.5 Linear Feet (7 containers)

Biographical / Historical

H. Arnold Barton succeeded Franklin D. Scott not only as editor of the Swedish Pioneer (now Swedish-American) Historical Quarterly, in 1974, but subsequently as the preeminent scholar of Swedish America.

Born in 1929 in Los Angeles and raised in California, he is a great great grandson of Peter Andersson, one of the original members of the Peter Casell party that settled New Sweden, Iowa. He graduated from Pomona College and served in the U.S. Coast Guard from 1953-57 before receiving a Ph.D. from Princeton in 1962.

He taught at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, 1960-63, and the University of California-Santa Barbara, 1963-70, when he joined the faculty at Southern Illinois University, from which he retired in 1996. He has served the Society in various positions (director and publications committee member) almost continuously since 1972, a period of more than forty years. He was Swedish American of the Year in 1988, received an honorary doctorate from Uppsala University in 1989 and was awarded the Society Carl Sandburg Medal in 1995. In 2009, he and his Swedish-born wife, Aina, moved to Sweden. He passed away September 28, 2016 in Stockholm at the age of 86.


Arranged by topic and then chronologically.
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