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Collection Nytta och Nöje club (Rock Island, Ill.) records
Collection Number I/O:2
Dates of Creation 1900-1984
Extent of Description 3 boxes (1.5 linear feet)
Language Swedish (bulk), English
Creator Nytta och Nöje
Other Creators Bergendoff, Conrad, 1895-1997
Search Terms Nytta och Nöje
Augustana College (Rock Island, Ill.)
Bergendoff, Conrad, 1895-1997
Swedish Americans--Social life and customs
Swedish Americans--Illinois--Societies, etc.
Access Conditions Collection is open for research.
Physical characteristics The Swenson Center does not own playback equipment required for use of audio recordings in this collection.
Copyrights Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the Swenson Center and the copyright holder.
Existence of copies First 21 years of meeting minutes are photocopied and bound as Protokollsbok fo?r Fo?reningen Nytta och No?je, 1900-1921. See Immig. HS1928 .N9 R6.
Administrative or Biographical History Nytta och Nöje was founded at Augustana College on February 22, 1900. Its main mission was to preserve Swedish culture among people from or around Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois.

"Nytta och Nöje," which loosely translates as "Purpose and Pleasure," was called many names, including No Name Society, Svenska Klubb, and Swedish Club. It was formed as a literary society, but served as a group for the preservation of Swedish culture (Svenskhetens bevarande). The group met monthly from October to May in members' homes and gave programs in Swedish and English on cultural topics with special speakers. The group held annual Christmas dinners, social events, and celebrated group anniversaries with special events.

Charter members include Dr. Olaf Bersell, Uma Bersell, Prof. Ernst Zetterstrand (or Setterstrand), Elise Zetterstrand, Mrs. S. P. A. Lindahl, Edla Lund, Pastor J. Jesperson, Mrs. Jesperson, Dr. Emil A. Edlen, Hulda Edlen, C. H. Boman, and Margaret Boman. Many were Swedish immigrants. Later members included Conrad Bergendoff, Fritiof Ander, Esther Andreen Albrecht, John Norton, Birger Swenson, Glen Brolander, Gustav Andreen and Harold Sundelius.
Scope & Content The collection consists of meeting minutes 1900-1984, group histories, program information, a portrait of members from 1905, and 17 audiocassette recordings of programs from the 1970s.
System of arrangement Series I: Meeting Minutes
Series II: Club History, Programs, etc.
Series III: Cassette Recordings
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