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John A. Nyden Family Collection


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John A. Nyden Family Collection, 1850-1989 | North Park University

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ID: 88/SAAGC/040

Primary Creator: Nyden, John A. (1878-1932)

Extent: 7.3 Cubic Feet

Arrangement: Arranged by person or topic.

Languages: Swedish, English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The collection consists of family and personal information of a number of Swedish and American families, as well as incoming and outgoing correspondence between the Nydens and the relatives they had identified. Most of the information included in the collection has been gathered from this correspondence with relatives rather than from searching original records. This has made the collection somewhat inaccurate, since much of the information appears to have come from the memories of the relatives in question. However, there are remarkably few discrepancies in the information in the collection, considering its size and method of collection.

Collection Historical Note

The Nyden Collection of correspondence and genealogical information was begun by John Augustus Nyden. The work of collecting this information was carried on for nearly 50 years by his daughter, Miss Valborg Nyden.

John Augustus Nyden was born in Nybygget, Moheda, Sweden on March 25th, 1878. He immigrated to the United States in 1897, arriving at the port of New York with only one dollar in his pocket. From that humble beginning, he put himself through school and became a prominent architect, including State Architect for the State of Illinois in 1926-1927. Mr. Nyden also was very active in church and community affairs, serving on the boards of directors of numerous businesses and organizations.

He died of a heart attack September 4th, 1932, and was survived by his wife and two daughters. One of those daughters, Valborg Nyden, took up his interest in family history and began corresponding with her known relatives. This work grew as she learned of additional relatives, and she dedicated the better part of almost 50 years of her life pursuing it.

Administrative Information

Repository: North Park University

Access Restrictions: There are no access restrictions on the materials, and the collection is open to all members of the public. However, the researcher assumes full responsibility for conforming with the laws of libel, privacy, and copyright that may be involved in the use of this collection.

Preferred Citation: Item-specific information, Manuscript Series #40 John A. Nyden Family Collection, Box #, Folder #, Swedish-American Archives of Greater Chicago, North Park University.

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