|The Swedish Emigrant Institute was founded in 1965 and is
situated in The House of Emigrants in Växjö. Here are archives,
consisting of emigrant letters, diaries, photos, and sound recordings of
interviews with Swedish-Americans . There is also a large exhibition about
the famous Swedish author Vilhelm Moberg including his extensive research
material, used when he wrote his emigrant novels. All in all, this is the
greatest collection of Swedes in America of our time. A gold mine for all
The Library holds an enormous collection of books and literature for
and about emigrants, including a large amount of published material in
America by and for Swedish emigrants. One can come here to study anything
concerning emigration, general history, family history, Swedish-America,
demography, genealogy and much, much more. Thousands of people visit the
research room every year to make use of the fantastic resources here.
This is also the place to come if you are an American looking for your
Swedish roots, or vice versa.
The permanent exhibition in The House of Emigrants is called The Dream
of America, and it describes the great Swedish Emigration to America in
1840-1930. Other exhibitions are The Snoose Boulevard, Titanic and Charles
Lindbergh and a multitude of temporary ones. Here one can also find The
Moberg Room where one can study the author's books and his life (1898-1998).
Vilhelm Moberg´s novels are current topics especially after the
great success of the musical Kristina From Duvemåla, one of the
most popular ones in Swedish history. The House of Emigrants is a must
when visiting Växjö and here there is always something new to
learn and experience. The Emigrant Café and The Emigrant Shop offers
refreshments, literature and souvenirs.