May 2112:30 pm – 3:30 pm
May 2110 am – 1 pm
The time when syrener–that is, lilacs–bloom is as much beloved in Sweden as in Minnesota. It tends to happen a little later in Sweden–late May or early June.
Jag tycker att doften av syren är världens ljuvligaste. I think the scent of lilacs is the sweetest scent in the world.
I had such a wonderful time at ASI that I became a member! Thank you for the excellent programming you bring to our Twin Cities community!— ASI Member
I had such a wonderful time at ASI that I became a member! Thank you for the excellent programming you bring to our Twin Cities community!
A trip to Minneapolis isn't complete without a visit to ASI— CNN
A trip to Minneapolis isn't complete without a visit to ASI
2600 Park Ave
ASI maintains a Library, Archives and museum object collection relating to Swedish and Swedish-American culture and history. Originally associated with the Svenska Amerikanska Posten lending library, ASI’s collections have grown over the decades to support the museum’s work and provide resources for scholarly research in all its areas of focus.
Please note! Due to COVID-19, access to ASI’s Library, Archive, and Material collections is limited. Please contact ASI’s Collections Manager for more information.
Turnblad Mansion & Collections
ASI maintains a collection of more than 7,000 objects related to Sweden and Swedish America as well as generational collections documenting immigration and settlement in America. Among its many treasured objects, ASI is fortunate to have one of the finest collections of Swedish art glass outside of Sweden, plus an exemplary collection of flat-plane wood carvings. Access to ASI’s material collections is by appointment only.
Browse Material Collections
The Wallenberg Library collection is older than ASI with volumes collected by ASI’s founder Swan Turnblad and his family during the early 20th century. Over the decades, the library’s non-circulating collection has grown to include more than 17,000 volumes that offer both the public and scholars an opportunity to explore an array of topics related to Swedish and Swedish-American life. Access to the library is by appointment only.
Since its founding in 1929, ASI has amassed unique archival collections containing personal papers, correspondences, diaries, photographs, and other unpublished materials that enable inquiry into subjects pertaining to the immigration, resettlement, way of life, and culture of Scandinavian-Americans who lived throughout the United States. Access to the archives is by appointment only.
The American Swedish Institute collects donations on a very limited basis.
The decision to accept donations is a complex one involving many factors, including relevance and substance of materials, available documentation, condition and associated legal issues, and cost and storage concerns. Please contact ASI’s Collections Manager before bringing in any materials for donation. Unsolicited materials that are dropped off may be discarded at the discretion of ASI staff.
Preference is given to English-language publications published after 1975; religious material is not generally collected.
For questions related to ASI’s Library, Archives, or Material Collections, to schedule an appointment, or to discuss a donation, please contact Inga Theissen, Collections Manager
The Minnesota Historical Society’s Library contains a great deal of information on Swedish immigration to Minnesota. Search their catalog, which includes many images relevant to Swedish immigration.
This online portal allows users to explore more than 300,000 pages from 28 different Swedish-American newspapers, including the Svenska Amerikanska Posten, which flourished under the leadership of ASI founder Swan Turnblad.
The Swenson Immigration Research Center at Augustana College, Rock Island, IL also has an extensive catalog of information on Swedish immigration. Their website offers many links useful to researchers.
“The Official Gateway to Sweden” is a website produced by the Swedish Institute in Sweden and offers extensive information on the culture, society, and history of Sweden.
The Swedish Genealogical Society of Minnesota is the preferred link not only for general information on Swedish-American genealogy but for resources and people who can help you with your genealogical research.
Discover more than 55,000 images of Minnesota scenes from museums, collections and repositories throughout the state.
Housed in Andersen Library at the University of Minnesota, the Dahllöf Collection of almost 7,000 books, periodicals, newspapers, and other publications documents American history seen from a Swedish perspective, including the history of Swedish emigration to and Swedish culture in North America.
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