Helga Stromberg (nee Henning) was born March 14, 1886 in Gothenberg, Sweden. After graduating from secondary school in 1904, Helga attended a teachers college in Stockholm for a year. She then attended a nurses training school in Hamburg, Germany and in 1913 joined a Swedish Red Cross ambulance team serving in Serbia, where she was decorated. In 1914 she married a student of astronomy, Gustav B. Stromberg (MSS 22) in Paris, France. In 1916 Gustav received a stipend from the Mt. Wilson observatory, and the two moved to Pasadena, California where they lived the rest of their lives.
Helga started writing poetry in Pasadena under the nom de plum of Sister (or Syster) Benediction. She was published quite frequently in the Swedish‑American press and the Pasadena Star. She also had six poem collections published, three in English and three in Swedish. She became an honorary member of the Eugene Field Society in 1940.
Helga's husband Gustav died in 1962, and Helga continued to live in the same house, 1383 North Marengo, until her death on July 7, 1971 at the age of 85.
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The Helga Stromberg Papers were donated to the Archives of the Swedish American Historical Society in 1976 by Frances Paelian, 2304 Paloma Street, Pasadena, California. Relevant material may also be found among the papers of her husband, Gustav Stromberg, in these same archives (MSS 22).
Preferred Citation: Item-specific information, Manuscript Series #29 Helga Stromberg (1886-1971) Papers, Box #, Folder #, Swedish-American Archives of Greater Chicago, North Park University.