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Central Swedish Committee of Chicago Records

Identifier: SAAGC/025
The records of the Central Swedish Committee span the years 1960‑1985 and contain material in six general categories: administration, finance, membership, correspondence, programs, and clippings.


  • 1945 - 1993
  • Majority of material found within 1960 - 1985


Language of Materials


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.


3.2 Linear Feet (9 containers)

Biographical / Historical

The Central Swedish Committee of Chicago was founded to "further develop and to perpetuate Swedish culture" in the Chicago area (including Rockford, Illinois). The Central Swedish Committee has served as an umbrella group and coordinating body for the various Swedish‑American organizations in this area, helping to organize those activities of a city‑wide nature ‑ banquets for visiting dignitaries, concerts by touring groups, Swedish Flag Day in June, and the Chicago Santa Lucia pageant in December. The Committee has also helped to publicize the events of various groups, particularly since 1981 with the publication of a quarterly "Calendar of Events".

There are two classes of members within the Central Swedish Committee, annual and permanent. Permanent membership is conferred upon long‑standing members of the Swedish‑American community, whereas annual membership is on a short‑term basis. Each organization ideally sends two representatives to become annual members of the Committee.


Arranged by topic and then chronologically.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The records of the Central Swedish Committee have been donated over a period of time, primarily by Selma Jacobson, who served as president for many years.

Related Materials

Photographs are listed and stored separately in the Photograph Collection.
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