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Collection American-Scandinavian Foundation Midwest Office records
Collection Number I/O:12
Dates of Creation 1969-1974
Extent of Description 15.5 linear feet, 36 boxes
Language English
Creator American-Scandinavian Foundation. Midwest Office
Search Terms American-Scandinavian Foundation. Midwest Office
American-Scandinavian Foundation
Rock Island (Ill.)
Minneapolis (Minn.)
Administrative or Biographical History The American-Scandinavian Foundation was founded in 1910 by Danish-American industrialist and philanthropist Niels Poulsen. The ASF is a publicly supported, non-profit organization engaged in educational exchange between the United States and Scandinavia and it offers extensive fellowships, grants and trainee placements, as well as publishes and supports cultural events. ASF is located in New York City and is governed by a Board of Trustees made up by individuals from Scandinavia and the United States and it has donors, alumni and members worldwide. ASF has published the American Scandinavian Review since 1913.

In the late 1960's, the Foundation felt it important to reach the Midwestern centers of Scandinavian-American population, to build both a membership- and financial base within that group. They asked Moline-resident, John Norton to set up a regional office at Augustana College in 1969, to help coordinate trainee placements, build membership, develop regional cultural programming, and seek funding- and program opportunities with Scandinavian-American institutions. The Midwestern office remained at Augustana College for two years, and then moved to Augsburg College in Minneapolis, in connection with John's decision to continue graduate work at the University of Minnesota. The office remained at Augsburg until the fall of 1972, and was closed as John moved back to Moline to resume his career with Deere & Company.

During the period 1969-1972, the Midwest chapter added over 1,000 new members, primarily through membership incentives connected with group travel to Scandinavia. During this time, five other Midwestern chapters were also established in Duluth, St. Peter, Des Moines, Northwest Iowa and Lindsborg, KS.

For further information about the American-Scandinavian Foundation Midwest, please contact John E. Norton, 4015 36th Ave. Ct., Moline, IL 61265, tel. 309 736-31

Scope & Content The material includes correspondence with individuals and organizations promoting programming and various cultural exchanges. Included are also membership records, financial records, and the constitution.
System of arrangement The records are arranged in alphabetical order by subject or last name of person.
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