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Collection Allan Kastrup collection. The American Swedish News Exchange.
Collection Number MSS P:308
Dates of Creation 1920-1980
Extent of Description 19.25 linear feet, 28 boxes
Language Swedish, English
Creator Kastrup, Allan, 1906-
Other Creators Hedin, Naboth, 1884-
Search Terms Kastrup, Allan, 1906-
Hedin, Naboth, 1884-
Bertil, Prince, son of Gustaf VI Adolf, King of Sweden, 1912-
Swedish Pioneer Centennial 1948
Sweden History 20th century
Sweden Social conditions 20th century
Sweden Economic conditions 20th century
Sweden Politics and government
Glass art
Decorative arts
The Asbury Swedish Methodist Church (Duluth, Minn.)
American Swedish News Exchange (New York, N.Y.)
Administrative or Biographical History The American-Swedish News Exchange was established upon an initiative by the Sweden-America Foundation in Stockholm in 1921 and the agency opened its office in New Your City in 1922. The main purposes of ASNE were to increase and broaden the general knowledge about Sweden and to provide the American press with news on cultural, economic and political developments in Sweden. The agency was also given the primary responsibility for publicity campaigns during Swedish official visits to the United States, such as the Crown Prince Gustav Adolf's visit in 1926, the News Sweden Tercentenary in 1938, and the Swedish Pioneer Centennial in 1948.

Between 1926 and 1946, ASNE was under the leadership of Naboth Hedin. Hedin increased the visibility of Sweden in the American press immensely, wrote countless of articles on Sweden, and co-edited with Adolph H. Benson Swedes in America: 1638-1938. Hedin was also instrumental in assisting many American writers with advice and information about Sweden; including Marquis W. Childs in his widely read and circulated work Sweden the Middle Way, first published in 1936.

Allan Kastrup assumed the leadership of ASNE in 1946. He held this position until his retirement in 1964, at which time ASNE ceased to exist and the Swedish Information Service assumed its responsibilities. Kastrup continued the mission of supplying the American press with information and developments in Sweden during times marked by various diplomatic tensions between the nations.

Kastrup's efforts to publicize and foster a general knowledge and interest in Sweden are evident in the pamphlets published by the American-Swedish News Exchange: the Making of Sweden, 1953 and Digest of Sweden, 1959.

Naboth Hedin immigrated to the United States from Reftele in Småland with his parents in 1900. He attended the Gunnery Preparatory School and Harvard from which he received a B.A. in 1908. From 1908 to 1918, Hedin was employed at the Brooklyn Daily Eagle and served as their war correspondent in Paris between the years of 1914 and 1918. In 1918, he assumed a position with the Universal Press to cover the Peace Conference. After returning to the United States, Hedin settled in Boston and worked as freelance writer and translator. Hedin begun to work for the American Swedish News Exchange in 1925 and assumed the role as Director in 1926, a position he held until 1946.

Allan Kastrup was born in Lund in 1906 and educated at the University of Lund and at the Swedish School of Economics and Business in Stockholm. Upon graduation from the university, Kastrup worked for the Swedish news agency TT, and as a political editor for Nya Upsala Tidning. In 1943, he moved to New York City and joined the staff at the American-Swedish News Exchange. Three years later, he became ASNE's director, a position he held until his retirement in 1964. After his retirement, Kastrup contributed significantly to the field of Swedish-American History with his works The Swedish Heritage in America, 1975; Partners in Progress, a chapter in American-Swedish Exchange of Knowledge. Edited by Allan Kastrup and Nils William Olsson, published by the Swedish Council of America in 1977; and Med Sverige i Amerika, 1985, which documents and recounts his own experience at the American-Swedish News Exchange in New York.
Scope & Content The collection spans from early 1920s up to the 1980s and includes a wide variety of materials which reflects ASNE's efforts in promoting Sweden in America and Allan Kastrup's own interest in Swedish immigrants and their achievements in the United States. The most prominent and inclusive material is the clipping collection which documents Swedish cultural, political and economical developments as portrayed in the American press during 1920s-1960s. The collection also includes extensive correspondence between Hedin and Kastrup, a variety of speeches given by Swedish officials in the United States incl. Prince Bertil's; annual reports of the agency; nearly 100 photos depicting the Swedish Pioneer Centennial in 1948; and information on Sweden's neutrality during WWII.
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