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

Saturday, January 31, 1:00-2:30 PM
SHER Colorado Room

A panel and discussion on special collections of Scandinaviana in the Midwest

The WESS Scandinavian Discussion Group meeting was devoted mainly to reports on libraries and archives in Illinois and Wisconsin that have unique and significant Scandinavian holdings and special collections of publications by Scandinavian immigrants to North America. We also heard some news about the Nord-Lib discussion list.

Charles Spetland, Libraries Collections Officer, University of Minnesota (Minneapolis)
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)
Todd Michelson-Ambelang, Scandinavian, Humanities, and Classics Librarian, University of Wisconsin (Madison)
Julianne Haahr, Western European Studies Librarian, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Other attendees:

Anna Shparberg, Librarian for German, History, Linguistics, and Slavic Studies, Rice University (Houston, Texas)
Richard Hacken, Librarian for European Studies, Brigham Young University (Provo, Utah).
Gordon Anderson [convenor], Librarian for Scandinavian Studies at the Universities of Minnesota and Chicago
Gordon Anderson [convenor], Librarian for Scandinavian Studies at the Universities of Minnesota and Chicago

I. Nord-Lib discussion list

Charles Spetland, University of Minnesota, founded the WESS Scandinavian Discussion Group in 1991 and served as its first chair and otherwise active member for the next decade. Charles also started Nord-Lib, the companion discussion list, in 1997. These past few years have seen its largest number of members -- 65, ten of whom are in Europe.

As with so many internet-based communications programs, the University of Minnesota, which hosts the list, will soon discontinue hosting discussion lists in general. Thus, Nord-Lib must find a new home, and quite possibly a new look. Consider this news, then, as a call for a volunteer or group of volunteers to find a new home for the Nord-Lib discussion list.

II. Scandinavian Collections in the Midwest and Beyond

1. http://www.northpark.edu/Brandel-Library/Archives Archives and Special Collections, North Park University, Chicago.] -- Kajsa Anderson

North Park University (then College) was founded in 1891 by the Evangelical Covenant Church, itself founded in 1885 by Swedish immigrants. The University is located in northwest Chicago. Brandel Library has three major special collections with a major Swedish heritage component:

A. The Evangelical Covenant Church Archives are the oldest and largest of the three archives, was established in 1935. The earliest ECC materials are of the most importance to historians of Sweden in America and Swedish religious life in the United States.
B. The North Park University Archives date from 1891. The early decades parallel the Evangelical Covenant Church's development and often overlap with the Church archives, because the same people were involved in both institutions.
C. The Swedish-American Archives of Greater Chicago are owned by the Swedish-American Historical Association, which has offices on the North Park campus. Part of the North Park Archives, the SAAGC materials document the Swedish experience in Chicago. There is a conscious effort not to duplicate the collection scope of other major collections, such as the Swenson Center for Swedish Genealogical Research in Rock Island, Illinois, and the ECC Archives at North Park.
D. Other collections include the Jenny Lind Collection of artifacts, books, music, and The Archives contain the administrative records and publication of the Society for the Advancement of Scandinavian Study (SASS), as well as all historical book collection of the Swedish American Historical Association and the issues of the SAHA's Swedish-American Historical Quarterly and its predecessor, the Swedish Pioneer Historical Quarterly. These have been digitized and are available in open access up to the most recent three years.

2. Scandinavian Studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign -- Paula Mae Karns

The University of Illinois' Scandinavian Studies webpage states:

"There are independent studies, and then there are fiercely independent studies. Find your true north in a wide range of Scandinavian studies courses covering everything from Vikings to contemporary cinema and beyond."

Teaching and research in Scandinavian studies at the University of Illinois have been broad-based and cover several centuries.

Traditional Collecting Areas were influenced by two recent emerita professors: Marianne Kalinke, Professor Emerita in medieval studies, with a specialization in Norse romances and Icelandic sagas and Rochelle Wright, Professor Emerita, with a specialization in 19th-and 20th-century Scandinavian literature and poetry

Current Collecting Areas have moved beyond literature and poetry to a number of other areas.

Anna Westerståhl Stenport, Director, Scandinavian Studies Program, focuses on modern European film, literature, theater, media, and culture, and has a special interest in on Nordic and Arctic studies, which are reflected in her teaching and research.
Mark Safstrom, Lecturer in Swedish and Scandinavian Studies, is the Coordinator and Advisor for the Scandinavian Studies Program. His primary research interests are 19th and early 20th century Scandinavian history, with emphasis on the so called "folk movements" (the temperance movement, labor movement, and the religious revivals), Scandinavian immigration to North America, and Scandinavian polar explorers and their travel accounts.
Theo Malekin<M/b>, Visiting Lecturer, teaches courses and pursues research in Scandinavian cinema. He also has an ongoing engagement with August Strindberg and more recently a new departure into Scandinavian children’s literature.
<b>Jensen Beach
, Lecturer, teaches courses and carries out research in contemporary and modern American fiction and poetry, Scandinavian literatures, and literature in translation.

Also, the University of Illinois is part of a partnership called INSPIRE (Illinois-Sweden Program for Educational and Research Exchange). This includes University of Illinois (U-C) and leading research universities in Stockholm, Sweden: the Swedish Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) and Stockholm University (SU), and the Karolinska Institutet (KI). This expertise-exchange program incorporates faculties of engineering, humanities, law, medicine, natural sciences, and the social sciences.

Library Collections feature special holdings in medieval sagas and society, Nordic film, artic studies, and Sámi studies, as well as special holdings in 19th century Swedish Americana.

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