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Collection Svenska Kulturförbundet/Swedish Cultural Society of America
Collection Number I/O:59
Dates of Creation 1962-2002
Extent of Description 4.25 linear feet, 9 boxes (1 oversized)
Language English
Search Terms Swedish Cultural Society (Minneapolis, Minn.)
Minneapolis (Minn.)
Minnesota
Administrative or Biographical History The Swedish Cultural Society was organized in Rock Island, Illinois in 1910. The Society was affiliated with Riksföreningen för Svenskhetens bevarande i Utlandet based in Göteborg. Local chapters were formed in Chicago, Duluth, Rockford, Minneapolis, Cleveland, New York, Buffalo, North Carolina, Los Angeles, Seattle, East Orange N.J. and Oak Park, Illinois. The Minneapolis chapter was organized in 1923.

The main purpose of the Society was to preserve the Swedish language and to promote Swedish culture within the Swedish-American community.

The Minneapolis, St. Paul chapter held monthly meetings at which a cultural program was often presented. The Society also frequently organized trips to various Swedish-American sites in Minnesota.

The official periodical for the Swedish Cultural Society was Kulturarvet and it was published by the Minneapolis, St. Paul chapter 1985-1988. The editor for this period was Mariann Tiblin.

Scope & Content The material includes minutes from the organization for the years 1962-1970, Membership listings, addresses and mailing lists, correspondence, information about trips and tours arranged by the society, and financial records 1950-2002. The early years of the Society are not well represented in this collection and it is not known if they exist today.    

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