Swedish American Newspapers Available Online for the First Time

For immediate release

Release dated: 
October 20, 2016
Media contacts: 

Minnesota Historical Society: Jessica Kohen, jessica.kohen@mnhs.org, 651-259-3148 or Lauren Peck, lauren.peck@mnhs.org, 651-259-3137
American Swedish Institute: Karen R. Nelson, Karen.N@ASIMN.org, 612-870-3373

Swedish American Newspapers Available Online for the First Time

New web portal launched today lets people search 300,000 newspaper pages

Launched today, Swedish American Newspapers is an online portal which allows users to explore more than 300,000 pages from 28 different Swedish American newspaper titles published across the United States between 1859 and 2007.

“For the first time these incredible resources are widely available in a searchable digital format,” said Jennifer Jones, director of the Minnesota Historical Society’s Library and Collections. “Family historians, researchers and anyone curious about Swedish American history has at their fingertips the wealth of information contained within these pages.”

The portal is available in Swedish and English and includes a keyword search, text correction and annotation tools to help researchers dig deep into the Swedish-language newspapers. Users can explore more about Swedish America through essays, photographs and recommendations for further reading.

Find out more about MNHS online newspaper collections, including the Minnesota Digital Newspaper Hub, Historical Minneapolis Tribune and the National Digital Newspaper Program.

Swedish American Newspapers is part of the Swedish American Newspaper Project, a multi-year collaboration of the Minnesota Historical Society, National Library of Sweden (Kungliga biblioteket), the American Swedish Institute, and the Swenson Swedish Immigration Research Center at Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois.

Swedish American Newspapers was made possible by generous funding from the Marianne and Marcus Wallenberg Foundation. Funding for digitization was provided by the Riksbankens Jubileumsfond, the Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation, and the King Gustaf VI Adolf's Fund for Swedish Culture.


About the American Swedish Institute
THE AMERICAN SWEDISH INSTITUTE (ASI) is a vibrant arts and cultural organization, museum, and historic home located at 2600 Park Avenue near downtown Minneapolis.  ASI serves as a gathering place for people to share stories and experiences around universal themes of tradition, migration, craft and the arts, all informed by enduring ties to Sweden.  In 2013, the Wall Street Journal called ASI “[a] model of how a small institution can draw visitors through exciting programming.” www.ASImn.org. For tickets, visit ASImn.org or call 612-871-4907.

About the National Library of Sweden
The National Library of Sweden in Stockholm has been collecting virtually everything printed in Sweden or in Swedish since 1661. The Library also collects TV and radio programs, movies and videos distributed in Sweden, Swedish music and computer games. The collections can be accessed by visiting the library or in certain cases through online services. The National Library is a humanities research library that purchases scholarly publications in several languages. They coordinate services and programs for all publically funded libraries in Sweden and administer and developed Libris, the national library catalog system.
About the Swenson Center at Augustana College
The Swenson Center at Augustana College, IL is a national archives and research institute providing resources for the study of Swedish immigration to North America, the communities the immigrants established, and the role the immigrants and their descendants have played in American life. This is achieved by promoting and initiating academic research in the field and by collecting and cataloging Swedish-American archival and library materials. Another major role for the Center is to assist people researching their Swedish-American genealogy

About the Minnesota Historical Society
The Minnesota Historical Society is a non-profit educational and cultural institution established in 1849. MNHS collects, preserves and tells the story of Minnesota’s past through museum exhibits, libraries and collections, historic sites, educational programs and book publishing. Using the power of history to transform lives, MNHS preserves our past, shares our state’s stories and connects people with history. Visit us at www.mnhs.org

The Minnesota Historical Society is supported in part by its Premier Partners: Xcel Energy and Explore Minnesota Tourism.