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Collection Swedish Women’s Educational Association International (SWEA) records
Collection Number I/O:46
Dates of Creation 1979-2001
Extent of Description 39 linear feet, 94 boxes
Language English
Creator Swedish Women's Educational Association International (SWEA)
Other Creators Nilsson, Agneta
Search Terms Swedish Women’s Educational Association International
Nilsson, Agneta
Related units of description I/O: 66
Administrative or Biographical History The Swedish Women's Educational Association is a global non-profit organization for Swedish speaking women who live and have lived outside Sweden. Swea was founded in Los Angeles in 1979 by Agneta Nilsson. The mission of the organization is to promote Swedish culture, the use of the Swedish language, to facilitate personal and professional contacts and to establish networks for its members across the world. As of 2003, SWEA had approximately 8000 members in 76 local chapters in 34 countries.

SWEA arranges a variety of activities on both the International and local levels. On the international level most notably is the selection of the "Swedish Woman of the Year." Previous recipients include Queen Silvia in recognition of her involvement with the World Childhood Foundation, and Maria Nyström Reuterswärd for her work with NASA. Two scholarships at the doctorate level are also presented on an annual basis at the annual summer dinner in Stockholm. One stipend is rewarded for studies in the Swedish language, literature or area studies and another in Intercultural Studies.

SWEA International publishes a biannual magazine which is distributed to all members, as well as companies with Swedish connections, universities, and embassies. It offers all its members and families a life, accident, and medical insurance and special support and or/advice when returning to Sweden from an extended stay abroad. Swea is also very active within the Confederation of Swedish Enterprise, which is an organization in Sweden that represents the private business sector.

The local chapters support various projects with Swedish connections such performances of Swedish artists, exhibits, lectures and seminars. Swedish Christmas, Lucia and midsummer celebrations are other important events sponsored by at the local level. The events are often attended by both members and people from the local communities with an interest in Swedish culture. Each chapter publishes their own newsletter and a majority now has their own web pages.

Scope & Content The collection includes minutes from meetings held by the International and local chapters, financial statements, newsletters, and some correspondence. The collection is organized in alphabetical order by place and includes all SWEA chapters as well as SWEA International. The collection is arranged in three series:
I. Swea chapters around the world organized in alphabetical order by place.
II. Swea International
III. The Agneta Nilsson papers

System of arrangement The collection is arranged in three series:
I. Swea chapters around the world.
II. Swea International
III. The Agneta Nilsson papers
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