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Collection Ölandsklubben (Rockford, Ill.) records
Collection Number I/O:49
Dates of Creation 1929-1990
Extent of Description 1.75 linear feet, 4 boxes
Language Swedish, English
Creator Ölandsklubben (Rockford, Ill.) records
Search Terms Ölandsklubben (Rockford, Ill.)
Öland (Sweden)
Rockford (Ill.)
Related units of description The minutes are also on microfilm CSC-41.
Administrative or Biographical History Ölandsföreningen was organized in Rockford on October 29, 1929. The first meeting was held at the Tegner Hall on 4th Avenue in Rockford and attracted approximately 200 people, all with close ties to Öland. John F. Nelson (later known as nr. 1) was elected president of the organization, vice president another John Nelson (nr. 2) and for secretary, Alex Olson. Gust Larsson was elected financial secretary and Carl Olson cashier. The main purposes of the organization was to preserve the heritage and culture of Öland and to promote Swedish culture in general.

The organization was started with enthusiasm and support from members and managed to survive the depression era of the 1930s, which forced many young members to move elsewhere in the United States or back to Sweden. The organization arranged monthly meetings and social gatherings throughout the year, incl. hosting members from other landskapsföreningar in the Chicago area. It is evident from the minutes that the activities and membership is starting to decline in the late 1970s and by the beginning of 1984 the minutes are no longer kept in the Swedish language.

Scope & Content The collection contains a handwritten membership listing of original members which include both addresses in Rockford and places of birth on Öland, Sweden. The minutes from 1929-1950 and 1960-1990 (records from 1950-1960 missing) gives a clear and concise view of the activities the organization supported and arranged throughout the years. The minutes were kept in the Swedish language up until 1984. Please note also that the minutes exist on microfilm CSC-41 at the Swenson Center. The account books from 1930-1990 lists the organizations financial transactions and support the activities recorded in the minutes. Other items include a 40th anniversary history written by Albin L. Peterson, which was read at the anniversary gathering in October of 1969.

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