ORGANIZATION: Vasa National Archives
109 S. Bishop Hill St.
P.O. Box 101
Bishop Hill, IL 61419
CONTACT PERSON(S): Kathy Cuff
January - March: Open by appointment
April - December: Tuesday - Saturday 1- 4, Sunday 11-4
TYPE OF ORGANIZATION: Museum, Archive, Non-profit organization
Setterdahl Interviews with Swedish immigrants http://www.sweame.org/showreport.php?reportID=162
The Vasa National Archives provides educational, historical and research to preserve and display and make available records, documents, works of art, science, inventions and manufacture by persons of Swedish ancestry and to promote public knowledge of an interest in the history of persons of Scandinavian and particularly Swedish ancestry.
The main purpose is to preserve the records of the Vasa Order of America and its members. We have set up a Family register where all Vasa members and their families will be chronicled. The completion of the register will be an important phase of our Archive activity. It will serve future generations in their search for ancestry.
NATIONAL HISTORIC LANDMARK. At a ceremony in Bishop Hill on April 27, 1984, U.S. Senator Charles Percy announced that Secretary of the Interior, William Clark had approved the designation of Bishop Hill as a NATIONAL HISTORIC LANDMARK. Many prominent persons from Sweden and America participated in the ceremony. The Archive building is located within the historic boundaries. In a survey of original buildings conducted by the U.S. Government, we were mentioned as "a recent building which had carefully embodied the structural pattern of the original buildings."
MICROFILMING OF VASA RECORDS. The microfilming of the records of all Vasa lodges in U.S. and Canada is an especially valuable and pioneering project carried out by the Vasa Order of America. The project is now almost completed. Copies of the films, over 32,000 feet of 35mm film are stored in 500 boxes in a fireproof cabinet in the Archive building. The films will be available in the Archive to lodges and researchers upon request. A microfilm reader is available in the Archive.
LILLY AND LENNART SETTERDAHL IMMIGRANT INTERVIEW COLLECTION Born in Frandefors, Sweden, Lennart Setterdahl moved with his family to Cleveland, Ohio in 1959 to pursue his dream of locating countrymen. Having found many of them in northern Ohio, and the western parts of Pennsylvania and New York states, he purchased a reel-reel tape recorder and began recording interviews. The Setterdahl Family owns the resulting 800 interviews recorded between 1962 and 1984. The cassettes are housed at the Vasa National Archives and researchers are welcomed to use this collection.