2015 Chicago Midwinter Agenda

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WESS Scandinavian Discussion Group meeting
2015 Midwinter ALA Conference, Chicago, Illinois

Saturday, January 30, 1:00-2:30 PM
SHER Colorado Room

Between 1945 and 1930, over one million Swedes left the country permanently for the United States. During this period Chicago was a major gateway to these immigrants' settling in the Midwest, both on the land and in the rapidly expanding industrial cities. By 1910, one-fifth of all people who were born in Sweden lived in the United States, a proportion exceeded only by the Irish and the Norwegians. By 1930, over 110,000 native-born Swedes and Norwegians had settled in Chicago alone. (source: The Electronic Encyclopedia of Chicago 2005 [1]) The language and cultural life of Scandinavian-Americans was highly developed in the 19th century and is reflected in all manner of publishing media. The WESS Scandinavian Discussion Group will focus on libraries and archives in Illinois and Wisconsin that have unique and significant Scandinavian holdings and special collections.

Our discussants are:

Anna-Kajsa Anderson, Director of Archives and Special Collections, North Park University (Chicago)

Paula Mae Carns, Head of the Literatures and Languages Library, University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign

Lisa Huntsha, Archivist/Librarian, Swenson Swedish Immigration Research Center, Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois

Jill Seaholm, Head of Genealogical Services, Swenson Swedish Immigration Research Center

Todd Michelson-Ambelang, Scandinavian Humanities and Classics Librarian, University of Wisconsin (Madison)

Each will give a five-ten minute overview of her/his library's noteworthy Scandinaviana, and then the discussion will be open to questions and comments from all attendees.

The Convener hopes that this discussion will lead to greater communication among Scandinavian-studies librarians and perhaps a publication documenting these special collections and archives.

--Gordon Anderson, University of Minnesota Libraries

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