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Catalog Number M-0002
Object Name Manuscript
Collection Svenska Amerikanska Posten Collection
Title Svenska Amerikanska Posten Collection
Year Range from 1885
Year Range to 1999
Scope & Content Collection contains correspondence, legal documents, meeting minutes, financial ledgers, and lawsuit briefs documenting the existence of the Svenska Amerikanska Posten and related ownership, as well as the full run of the Svenska Amerikanska Posten from 1885-1940.
Biographical Information Svenska Amerikanska Posten was a Swedish language newspaper published in Minneapolis, Minnesota from 1885 through 1940. The paper began with a focus on temperance in 1885 but quickly became a paper with more of a general news focus, including local news in Minneapolis and St. Paul and later including broad international news stories. Swan J. Turnblad worked for the newspaper and after ten years became the sole owner of the newspaper. His brother, Magnus Turnblad, became editor of "Posten" in 1890.

Turnblad was very interested in new technology and was the first publisher of a Swedish language newspaper to use a Linotype machine. After acquiring a duplex rotary color printing press in 1903, Turnblad also included color illustrations. Though the paper was largely in Swedish, English language comics were often included. The paper often included chapters of novels in Swedish which could be cut out of the newspaper and folded up to make a book.

Under Turnblad's management circulation increased steadily. The success of Svenska Amerikanska Posten made Turnblad a wealthy man. His success in publishing together with his other investments eventually made him a millionaire. After his death in 1933 the paper was managed by Turnblad’s daughter, Lillian, but declined in readership and size each year until its final year, 1940, when the paper and its subscription list was sold to the Swedish American Newspaper Company (publisher of Svenska Amerikanska Tribunen in Chicago, Illinois) and publication was discontinued.
People Turnblad, Swan J., 1860-1933.
Turnblad, Magnus.
Series in Collection Collection is arranged in 10 series; folder names listed in parenthesis.

1. Information about Svenska Amerikanska Posten (Articles about Svenska Amerikanska Posten; City directory listings of employees; Personal recollections about Svenska Amerikanska Posten)

2. Correspondence (Correspondence from Swan Turnblad about Svenska Amerikanska Posten; letter to Wollmar Bostrom re: temporary sale of Posten to Magnus Martinson; Photocopies of original correspondence)

3. Subscriptions and circulation (Notes on circulation, 1889-1934; Subscription receipt, 1922)

4. Legal and organizational documents (Sale of Svenska Amerikanska Posten to Swedish American Newspaper Company, 1940)

5. Posten Publishing Company (Dissolution of company, 1928-1929; Minute book, 1927-1928; Sale of Svenska Amerikanska Posten to Swan J. Turnblad, 1928)

6. Posten building (Correspondence related to fire prevention improvements, 1951; Taxes, 1946-1951)

7. Posten lending library (Catalog of Posten lending library books, 1898; Photocopy of catalog of Posten lending library books)

8. Lawsuits (Appellant's brief, Ekeberg v. Turnblad, 1910; Articles on lawsuits; Correspondence from Swan Turnblad to Magnus Turnblad; Correspondence to shareholders on lawsuits; English translations of correspondence from Swan Turnblad to Magnus Turnblad; Magnus Turnblad's trial notebook, 1909; Notes and summaries from Magnus Turnblad's trial notebook; Paper book volume 4, Ekeberg v. Turnblad, 1910; Reply brief of appellant, Ekeberg v. Turnblad, 1910)

9. Finances (Profit and loss statements, 1931-1937; Check register, 1914-1920; Cash book, 1930; Stock certificates, 1927-1928; Stock certificates, 1927-1928; General ledger, 1930-1939; Payroll, 1934-1940; Ledgers of businesses contracted with, 1920-1930,1930-1940)

10 Svenska Amerikanska Posten (1885-1886; 1886-1887; 1887; 1888; 1889; 1890; 1891; 1892; 1893; 1894; 1895; 1896; 1897; 1898; 1898; 1899; 1900; 1901; 1902; 1903; 1904; 1905; 1906; 1907; 1908; 1909; 1910; 1911; 1912; 1913; 1914; 1915; 1916; 1917; 1918; 1919; 1920; 1921; 1922, Twin Cities edition; 1922, Twin Ports edition; 1923, Twin Cities edition; 1923, Twin Ports edition; 1924, Twin Cities edition; 1924, Twin Ports edition; 1925, Twin Cities edition; 1925, Twin Ports edition; 1926, Twin Cities edition; 1926, Twin Ports edition; 1927, regular edition; 1927, Twin Cities edition; 1927, Twin Ports edition; 1928, regular edition; 1928, Twin Cities edition; 1928, Twin Ports edition; 1929, regular edition; 1929, Twin Cities edition; 1929, Twin Ports edition; 1930, regular edition; 1930, Twin Cities edition; 1930, Twin Ports edition; 1931, regular edition; 1931, Twin Cities edition; 1932; 1933; 1934; 1935; 1936; 1937; 1938; 1939; 1940)
Physical Dimensions 2.0 cubic feet, plus full run of Svenska Amerikanska Posten (5 archives boxes and SAP section of archival stacks area)
Copyrights Copyright for this collection is held by the American Swedish Institute. Staff will provide photocopies of collection materials for personal use at researcher's expense. Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce materials must be secured in writing from the American Swedish Institute.