Booklets

The essays, diary entries, and articles found in SRIO’s booklets focus on ordinary people who took the extraordinary leap of emigration from Sweden to America. In addition to first-hand accounts, you’ll also find the perspectives of first-generation Swedish Americans born to immigrant parents. Most of these booklets were featured in SRIO’s first book, Swedish Oregon, compiled and edited by Lars Nordstöm, which is now out of print.


Swedish Emigration After WWII
Swedish Emigration After WWII

Swedish Emigration to America and Oregon after World War II

By Lars Nordström, 2007

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Portland's Swedish-American Community after World War II
Portland’s Swedish-American Community after World War II

Portland’s Swedish-American Community after World War II

By Lars Nordström, 2007

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Winter Crossing
Winter Crossing

Winter Crossing

The story of Anna Björkmans emigration to Oregon in 1890

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Trapped In America
Trapped In America

Trapped In Oregon

Excerpt from Anton Swanson’s Diaries 1908-1911

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Oregon Posten
Oregon Posten

Victoria Owenius: Oregon Posten

The Story of an Immigrant Newspaper

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Vigale
Vigale

Vi Gale: The Immigrant Story Behind the Poetry

An interview with one of Oregon’s better known women poets. Portland: Swedish Roots in Oregon, 2001, 28 p.

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Skarstedt
Skarstedt

Ernst Skarstedt: Oregon and its Swedish Population

Excerpt from the book  Oregon och dess Svenska befolkning originally published in Swedish in Seattle, 1911.

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Martin Peterson: The Swedes of Yamhill

Martin Peterson’s article “The Swedes of Yamhill” is a valuable contribution to the Swedish history of Oregon because it illustrates how a coherent Swedish farming community happened to come into being in the 1890s

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Swedes of Oregon
Swedes of Oregon

William Carlson Smith: The Swedes of Oregon

This article was originally published by the American Swedish Historical Museum in Philadelphia in its Year Book for 1946. The author, William Carlson Smith, Ph.D., was then a professor of sociology at Linfield College, in McMinnville, Oregon. He was born of Swedish immigrant parents in Minnesota and spent his early years on a farm in a Swedish community at Oakland, Nebraska.

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Red Hill
Red Hill

Samuel Magnus Hill, Swedish Educator, Poet and Minister by James I Dowie and Lars Nordström

This biographical portrait of Samuel Magnus Hill, written by James Iverne Dowie and originally included as two separate chapters in his doctoral thesis (later published as Prairie Grass Dividing in 1959), describes Hill’s life from his arrival in the United States in 1868 to his move to Oregon in 1915

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Hill Diary
Hill Diary

Diary Kept on the Journey to America 1868 by Samuel Magnus Hill

During the summer of 1914, the year before he moved to Oregon, Samuel Magnus Hill started spending a great deal of time in front of his Swedish typewriter. He typed up a large stack of old letters to and from relatives and friends in Sweden and the United States,
and he cleaned up the diary he had kept during the family’s emigration in 1868

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