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Swedish Cultural Society Records

Identifier: SAAGC/010

Scope and Contents

The Swedish Cultural Society Records contain records for the Supreme Council, the Swedish society Riksföreningen för Svenskhetens Bevarande i Utlandet, and nation wide chapters, as well as three Illinois chapters in Oak Park, Rockford, and Chicago. Records include minutes, correspondence, and financial records.


  • 1914 - 1985
  • Majority of material found within 1940 - 1970


Language of Materials

Swedish and English.

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.

Biographical / Historical

The Swedish Cultural Society (Riksföreningen för Svenskhetens Bevarande i Utlandet) was organized in the United States in 1910. In 1923 it was reorganized on a broader basis and a new constitution was adopted in 1946.

Riksföreningen för Svenskhetens Bevarande i Utlandet (The Swedish Cultural Society) was founded in Sweden in 1908. Its purpose was to keep in contact with Swedes abroad and those of Swedish descent in foreign countries. The background for the founding of this organization was the emigration over the Atlantic.

The chief purpose of the Society is to work for the preservation of the Swedish language and the Swedish culture among Americans of Swedish birth or descent. Another important aim is to acquaint other Americans with Sweden and Swedish life and culture.

The local chapters of the Society are located in Chicago, Duluth, Rockford, Minneapolis, Cleveland, New York, Buffalo, North California, Los Angeles, Seattle, East Orange, N.J., and until 1972, Oak Park, Illinois.

Most of the local chapters have public meetings every month or every other month, providing suitable programs including: lectures, addresses, and films or slides of an informative nature.

The Society's official journal is entitled "Kultur‑arvet" (The Cultural Heritage), which is published quarterly. Through the Society's connection with Riksföreningen for Svenskhetens Bevarande i Utlandet members receive the magazine "Allsvensk Samling" now entitled "Sverigekontact."


7.95 Linear Feet (15 containers)


Arranged by chapter, then topic, and then chronologically.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Received approximately 1970.

Related Materials

Manuscript Series 10a Swedish Cultural Society Records, Additions.

Separated Materials

"Kulturarvet", "Riksföreningen för Svenskhetens Bevarande i Utlandets Årsbok", "Allsvensk Samling", and "Sverige Kontakt" transferred to Serials Collection.

Processing Information

John W. H. Erickson, 6 April 1985.

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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