The American Swedish Institute’s Wallenberg Library and Archives is a welcoming place to browse books about Sweden and Swedish America, perform scholarly research, or simply sit and read. Visitors may peruse materials in Swedish and English regarding immigration, traditions, arts, history, literature, music, and food as well as other topics. The collection, which includes books, photographs, manuscripts, audio recordings and more, is closed-stacks and non-circulating. While the Reading Room is open during all museum open hours, access to the stacks is by appointment only.
ASI Library Collection consists of published material on the following subjects:
- Sweden and its Provinces and Cities
- Swedish Life in America
- Swedish and Swedish-American History
- Biographies of Swedes and Swedish-Americans
- Swedish Arts & Crafts
- Swedish sheet music and songbooks
- Emphasizing secular music, particularly folk music
- Religious music is not generally collected. Hymnals are added only for exhibition (object) quality or because of the historical personage associated with the hymnal
- Swedish Cooking and Food
- Swedish Literature
- Swedish Children’s Books
- Swedish-American Church Histories
The Archives include non-published materials related to:
- The Turnblad family, the Mansion and the Svenska Amerikanska Posten
- American Swedish Institute history
- Swedish-American life, with priority given to materials about the immigrant experience in Minnesota.
- Swedish-American artists, musicians and craftspeople especially those who reflect ASI's material collection and related programs and exhibits
- Swedish royal visits
- ASI clubs and organizations
Contact Inga Theissen, ASI Collections Registrar, with questions about the collections, scheduling a visit, or general inquiries regarding Swedish and Swedish-American topics.
Swedish American Newspapers
This new online portal 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 founder Swan Turnblad. 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.