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    Oct 20, 2016

Swedish American Newspapers Available Online for the First Time

NEWS ANNOUNCEMENT:                                   

New web portal lets people search 300,000 newspaper pages

Minneapolis—The Swedish American Newspapers, (mnhs.org/newspapers/swedishamerican) launched on October 20, 2016, is a new online portal that allows users to explore more than 300,000 pages from 28 different Swedish American newspapers. These titles were published across the United States between 1859 and 2007 and catered to America's Swedish immigrant communities.

Among these papers is the Svenska Amerikanska Posten, which began in 1885 and was published for 55 years, flourishing under the leadership of American Swedish Institute (ASI) founder Swan Turnblad, who used it to build his fortune. Turnblad implemented new practices for the time including English as well as Swedish articles, extravagant advertising, color, comic strips, special sections for women on gardening and children, and a “People’s Voice” column to run letters to the editor.

 “This is an extremely valuable resource for historians, researchers and anyone curious about Swedish American history,” said Bruce Karstadt, President/CEO of the American Swedish Institute. “We are proud to be one of the partners who collaborated to make this wealth of information widely available in searchable digital format for the first time to the public, especially given its historical significance to our organization.”

The portal is available in Swedish and English and includes a keyword search, text correction and annotation tools to help researchers dig deep into the Swedish-language newspapers. Users can explore more about Swedish America through essays, photographs and recommendations for further reading.

Swedish American Newspapers is the first result of the Swedish American Newspaper Project, an eight-year collaboration of the National Library of Sweden (Kungliga biblioteket), Stockholm, Sweden; the Minnesota Historical Society, St. Paul, MN; the American Swedish Institute, Minneapolis, MN; and the Swenson Swedish Immigration Research Center (SSIRC), Augustana College, Rock Island, IL. To find out more about the Minnesota Historical Society’s online newspaper collections, visit http://www.mnhs.org/newspapers , including the Minnesota Digital Newspaper Hub, Historical Minneapolis Tribune and the National Digital Newspaper Program.

SUPPORTERS:  Swedish American Newspapers was created through a partnership of the Minnesota Historical Society, Kungliga biblioteket (National Library of Sweden), the American Swedish Institute, and the Swenson Swedish Immigration Research Center at Augustana College, Illinois. Funding for digitization was provided by the Riksbankens Jubileumsfond, the Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation, and the King Gustaf VI Adolf's Fund for Swedish Culture. Funding for online access was provided by the Marianne and Marcus Wallenberg Foundation.             

PRESS CONTACTS

American Swedish Institute:  Karen R. Nelson, Karen.N@ASIMN.org, 612-870-3373

Minnesota Historical Society:  Jessica Kohen, jessica.kohen@mnhs.org, 651-259-3148 or lauren.peck@mnhs.org, 651-259-3148

The American Swedish Institute (ASI) is a vibrant arts and cultural organization, museum, and historic home located at 2600 Park Avenue near downtown Minneapolis.  ASI serves as a gathering place for people to share stories and experiences around universal themes of tradition, migration, craft and the arts, all informed by enduring ties to Sweden.  In 2013, the Wall Street Journal called ASI “[a] model of how a small institution can draw visitors through exciting programming.” www.ASImn.org. For tickets, visit ASImn.org or call 612-871-4907.

The Minnesota Historical Society is a non-profit educational and cultural institution established in 1849. MNHS collects, preserves and tells the story of Minnesota’s past through museum exhibits, libraries and collections, historic sites, educational programs and book publishing. Using the power of history to transform lives, MNHS preserves our past, shares our state’s stories and connects people with history. Visit us at www.mnhs.org

The National Library of Sweden in Stockholm has been collecting virtually everything printed in Sweden or in Swedish since 1661. The Library also collects TV and radio programs, movies and videos distributed in Sweden, Swedish music and computer games. The collections can be accessed by visiting the library or in certain cases through online services. The National Library is a humanities research library that purchases scholarly publications in several languages. They coordinate services and programs for all publically funded libraries in Sweden and administer and developed Libris, the national library catalog system.

The Swenson Center at Augustana College, IL is a national archives and research institute providing resources for the study of Swedish immigration to North America, the communities the immigrants established, and the role the immigrants and their descendants have played in American life. This is achieved by promoting and initiating academic research in the field and by collecting and cataloging Swedish-American archival and library materials. Another major role for the Center is to assist people researching their Swedish-American genealogy

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