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Swedish-language newspapers from US to be put online

Published fredag 6 februari 2015 kl 11.15
"These newspapers convinced a lot of people to move to the US"
(6:32 min)
Johan Ahlberg librarian at National Library of Sweden. Photo: Ryan Tebo / Sveriges Radio.
Johan Ahlberg librarian at National Library of Sweden. Photo: Ryan Tebo / Sveriges Radio.

There were around 600 Swedish-language newspapers published in America by Swedish immigrants. Now, the National Library of Sweden, in collaboration with several Swedish-American organizations in the US, is digitizing over 300,000 pages from the newspapers in the library's archives.

During the last half of the nineteenth century through the beginning of the twentieth, around 1.3 million Swedes emigrated to America, which was over a fifth of Sweden's population at the time.

The National Library of Sweden has over one million pages from around 300 Swedish-language newspapers published in America. Their collection contains all the large papers and many small papers, which may have only printed a few issues before shutting down. There is a big variety, including newspapers from the big cities and from the countryside and liberal, religious and socialist papers. Jonas Ahlberg said that they wanted to reflect this diversity when they selected which pages to digitize.

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