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Hilmer Borggren Collection (Rockford), 1905-1977

Collection Overview

Title: Hilmer Borggren Collection (Rockford), 1905-1977

ID: RHC/RC/012

Extent: 1.5 Linear Feet

Date Acquired: 08/08/1981

Languages: English [eng], Swedish [swe]

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Hilmer Borggren Collection contains a variety of materials collected by Borggren between 1932 and 1977. Borggren's role in the Scandinavian Fraternity of America, the Vasa Order of America, along with his experiences during World War II are revealed through the scrapbooks, the correspondence, programs, convention materials, songbooks, and photographs. Since Rockford comprises a large Scandinavian population, these records partially reveal the important social function of American Scandinavian organizations in northern Illinois.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions: There are no restrictions on access to the collection

Use Restrictions: Property rights in the collection belong to the Regional History Center; literary rights are dedicated to the public.

Acquisition Source: Randy Sisson

Acquisition Method: Randy Sisson donated the Hilmer Borggren Collection to the Northern Illinois Regional History Center on August 8, 1981

Related Materials: Researchers interested in the Swedish population of Rockford also may wish to consult several other collections held by the Regional History Center: Fred C. Soderboom Papers (RC 33); International Organization of Good Templars Records (RC 66); and Rockford First Lutheran Church Records (RC 83). Collections dealing with World War II include the Westclox, Inc. Records (RC 116); W.F. and John Barnes Company Records (RC 123); and the Rockford Council of Social Agencies Records (RC 125).

Box and Folder Listing

Box 1
Folder 1: Personal Memorabilia, 1932-1974
Folder 2-3: World War II Correspondence and Memorabilia, 1941-1945
Folder 4: National Lock Company, Scrapbook, 1945-1974
Folder 5: Station WROK, Scandinavian Hour, 1933-1964
Folder 6: Scandinavian Fraternity of America: History (In Swedish), 1869-1917
Folder 7: Scandinavian Fraternity of America: Constitution, 1953
Folder 8-9: Scandinavian Fraternity of America: Convention Proceedings, 1974, 1977
Folder 10-13: Scandinavian Fraternity of America: Scrapbooks, 1937-1977
Folder 14: Vasa Order of American: Historical Review, 1944-1968
Box 2
Folder 1-2: Vasa Order of American: Scrapbooks, 1943-1978
Folder 3: Kulturarvet, Newsletter, 1958-1969
Folder 4: Songbooks, 1932-1970
Folder 5: Scandinavian Publications, 1905-1951