Swedish Roots in oregon

An Immigration Research Project


An Immigration Research Project

    Our new book is now available!

The next book to come

Our newest book, Swedes in Oregon, is now available for purchase. The cost of a copy is $21.99 plus shipping by priority mail ($7.75). The book is filled with authentic vintage photos depicting the contributions of Swedish immigrants to the development of the state of Oregon. Many of the photos are from private collections made available to the authors, David A. Anderson and Ann Baudin Stuller

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Photographs taken by J F Ford in the early 1900’s are featured in our latest book “Swedes in Oregon.”  Those photographs were taken back to Sweden by Herman Olsson who spent several years working in the forests along the lower Columbia River.  Herman is wearing a white shirt and dark hat in each of those photos, which are now in the possession of Unnie Malmén.  The original black and white photograph which is found on page 74 of “Swedes in Oregon” has been colorized for this recently acquired postcard published by E P Charlton & Co., Portland.  E P Charlton Co., published postcards from 1899-1912.

SRIO has a new address as of June, 2020:

PO Box 90242
Portland, OR 97290-0242

Upcoming Events

Do you have any old photos, documents or letters?

SRIO wants to archive old photos, documents and letters that are relevant to the Swedish immigration to Oregon.  We can scan and return them if you provide a return address.
Contact president@swedishrootsinoregon.org for details.

SRIO Needs Web Help

SRIO seeks to design a new website! Do you have website design experience? Are you interested in volunteering your time to help SRIO make the leap to a responsive, mobile friendly website? If so, please contact David Anderson at  president@swedishrootsinoregon.org

A Brief History

Swedish Roots in Oregon (SRIO) was formed in 1999 when Ross Fogelquist of Oregon’s New Sweden Cultural Heritage Society suggested that a project be initiated to research, document, and preserve the rich history of Oregon’s Swedish immigrants. Due to the extensive effort that would be required for such a project it was decided that a separate organization be formed to carry out the project. It was also recommended that this new group was to be a small, tightly focused research organization unencumbered by the responsibilities of maintaining a general membership.  Read more...

Olof Grafström
A Swedish Artist in Portland 1886 - 1890

Olof GrafströmOlof Grafström (1855 – 1933) was born in Attmar, Medelpad, the son of a well-to-do farmer. In 1875 he was admitted to the Academy of Fine Arts in Stockholm, where he became a protégé of Per Daniel Holm and was considered one of his most promising students. He graduated in 1882 as an accomplished landscape painter. During his years at the academy Grafström was a contemporary and friend of Swedish artists such as Anders Zorn, Bruno Liljefors, Richard Bergh, and Johan Tirén.
Read more and see the pictures...

Selma Lagerlöf

Selma Lagerlöf A hundred years ago, Selma Lagerlöf had an admiring reader in the United States named Samuel Magnus Hill. He was a Professor of Swedish literature and served as one of the editors of Ungdomsvännen [Youth‘s Friend], an illustrated Swedish-American ―Magazine for the Home.   Read more from links on the Hill page...

Samuel Magnus Hill

Samuel Magnus Hill OrdainedTheses biographical portraits of Samuel Magnus Hill have been written by James Iverne Dowie and Lars Nordström. Dowie’s chapters were originally included as two separate chapters in his doctoral thesis  and they describes Hill’s life from his arrival in the United States in 1868 to his move to Oregon in 1915.   Read more...

Ernst Skarstedt's Biographies

SkarstedtIn 1911, the well-known Swedish-American journalist Ernst Skarstedt finished the third volume in his trilogy of Swedes in the Far West, Oregon och dess svenska befolkning [Oregon and its Swedish population]. The book covered the period 1880 to 1910, and it was organized in the same way as its two predecessors – it began with a general history of the state, moved on to the various activities of the Swedes, and concluded with a substantial biographical section of prominent Swedish immigrants.