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Catalog Number M-0184
Object Name Manuscript
Collection Scandinavian Fraternity of America History
Title History of Three Scandinavian Fraternal Organizations Consolidated under the name of The Scandinavian Fraternity of America
Year Range from 1915
Year Range to 1915
Scope & Content This book, as the title indicates, contains the history of three fraternal organizations who eventually combined to form the Scandinavian Fraternity of America: The Scandinavian Brotherhood of America; the Eastern Scandinavian Brotherhood of America' and the S.H. & E.F. ("Skandinaviska Hjälp och Enighets Föreningen," or Scandinavian Aid and Unity Organization). Detailed histories of particular lodges and prominent members are in Swedish; there is also a more general overview of the organization's history and principles in English.
Biographical Information The Scandinavian Fraternity of America, the result of the consolidation of three Scandinavian-American fraternal organizations, was founded in 1915. Like other organizations of this type, it existed primarily as a support network to benefit members threatened by sickness, unemployment, or death. It also had a social aspect, and strove to promote the "best qualities of citizenship" in its members. Despite the name, the organization was rather unique in that it admitted both men and women. Membership peaked in the 1920s, and by 1991 had dwindled down to about 2500 members.
Physical Dimensions 2.5 linear inches (1 small archives box).
Copyrights Copyright for this item 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.