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Theater in Sweden and Swedish America

This guide is for anyone looking to conduct research on Swedish and Swedish American Theater using Swenson Center resources. The Swenson Center is located at Augustana College and is a national and international research center for the study of Swedish-A

Archival Collections

The Swenson Center is home to collections related to theatre in Sweden and Swedish America. 


MSS P:5 Arthur Helge Swan papers

The collection is divided into series. See especially:

Series III. The manuscripts contain original drafts and bound versions of plays, stories, essays, articles, poetry written by Swan, as well as notes relating to his career as a playwright. 

Series V. This series include articles, essays written by A.H.S. friends, poetry, and theatre programs, musical and opera programs from New York, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, and London.   


MSS P:337  Harriet E. Carlson papers

The collection represents the lifetime of a Swedish-American woman's work in advertising, writing, and publishing. The bulk of the collection centers on Carlson's writing, self-editing, notes, inspiration, and quest to publish a manuscript and screenplay. See especially:

Series VII: Working Life (1944-2001 and undated) includes subseries related to her advertising work, newspaper and article writing, screenplay writing, and manuscript projects.

Subseries III: Screenplays (1957-1997 and undated) includes Harriet's one-act plays and classroom film scripts, a script "The Black American," a screenplay that was never produced titled "Big in New York," and correspondence seeking representation for that script, and Harriet's research on writing and selling screenplays.