The collection includes paintings, prints, woodcarvings, textiles, clothing, glass, housewares, furniture, tools and more. Highlights of the collection include the 1952 Värmland Gift as well as generational collections documenting immigration and settlement in America.
ASI’s material collection focuses on
- Artwork and objects pertaining to the Turnblad family and the American Swedish Institute
- Fine and Decorative arts, particularly works by Swedish-American or leading Swedish artists
- Objects reflecting the daily lives of Swedish Americans
- Objects related to select Swedish American organizations and businesses
- Objects representing all cultural groups in Sweden
The collection is strong in paintings, prints and drawings, Swedish glass, woven textiles, needle arts, as well as Swedish folk and vernacular clothing. Other collection categories include: armaments, art ceramics, birch weaving, ceremonial artifacts, dinnerware, figure carving, furniture, housewares, jewelry, memorabilia, music, personal artifacts, sculpture, tools and equipment, toys, models, miniatures, and the items in the Turnblad Mansion.
Contact ASI's Collection Manager Inga Theissen with questions about the collections or scheduling a visit.