J. G. Winnberg family papers
Held at: American Swedish Historical Museum [Contact Us]1900 Pattison Avenue, Philadelphia, PA, 19145
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Johan (John) Gustav Winnberg (1824-1899) was a pharmacist in Jamestown, New York. He came to Jamestown in 1891, having been a druggist in Leksand, Norrköping, and Falun, Sweden and in Åbo, Finland. His wife was named Laura, and his three children were named Jennie, Hulda, and John.
This collection is comprised of scrapbooks compiled by Johan Gustav Winnberg, poems by Johan, and English-translation school exercise books belonging to his daughters. The scrapbooks are of several types: newspaper clippings, "småplock" ("odds and ends"), and autographs/letters.
The items in this collection are as follows:
-ENGLISH EXERCISES BY JENNY WINNBERG, 19th c.: School Exercise book with blue cover, blue ruled white pages, filled with English text (translation form Swedish), in black ink, in numbered sections. The teacher has collected some (but not all) of the grammatical mistakes.
-ENGLISH EXERCISES BY HULDA WINNBERG, 19th c.: School Exercise book with blue cover, blue ruled white pages, filled with English text (translation form Swedish), in black ink, in numbered sections. The teacher has collected some (but not all) of the grammatical mistakes.
-AUTOGRAPH COLLECTION OF J.G. WINNBERG, 19th c.: Green scrapbook indexed alphabetically, and containing a mixed collection of autographs (cut out and pasted up), letters to the collector and others, and some newspaper clippings. Included are the autographs of several Swedish kings, Adolf Fredrik, Gustaf IV Adolf, Carl XIII, Carl XIV Johan, and Carl XV, writers August Strindberg, Esaias Tegnér, Z. Topelius and Mark Twain, a resolution signed by Carl XIII, a letter from Oscar I, two letters from Johan Henric Thomander (one of them to Jonas Love Almqvist), and a childhood drawing by Gustav (IV) Adolf. Also loose papers inside covers front and back, and some loose papers inserted alphabetically.
-AUTOGRAPH COLLECTION OF J.G. WINNBERG, 1896: Beige scrapbook with gilt-edged label and pale pink tie ribbons, indexed alphabetically. Contents of letters (mainly addressed either to Winnberg or Amalia Walin), are lying loose inside, only some sorted alphabetically, others inside covers. Several letters to Winnberg from Carl Soilsky. Some cards and clippings.
-SMÅPLOCK #1, 1850: Grey scrapbook titled Småplock (Odds and ends) No 1. It contains a mixture of newspaper clippings, poems, some handwritten material, and some letters including one from Johan Olof Walin dated Stockholm Oct. 28, 1822. Some of the printed material is from the 18th century and much from the early part of the 19th.
-SMÅPLOCK #2, 19th c.: Grey scrapbook labeled Småplock (odds and ends) No 2 containing clippings and handwritten material from the very early 19th century through the 1860's. There are also five loose items, two handwritten, three printed.
-SMÅPLOCK NO.4, 1860-1880: Clippings and handwritten material covering a wide range of subjects including royalty, short stories, archaeological finds, travel impressions, copies of etchings, humor, etc.
-CLIPPINGS, 1880-90: All clippings by a columnist called "Sigurd" covering a wide variety of subjects.
-CLIPPINGS, 1880-90: Collection of poetry from newspapers and some handwritten. Also copies of poetry for special occasions (farewells, weddings public celebrations).
-CLIPPINGS, 1880-90: Contains only contemporary samples of humor.
-CLIPPINGS, 1880-90: Contains only contemporary samples of humor.
-CLIPPINGS, 1880-90: Consists of "kaleidoscope" collections written by signature ""Sigurd"" from publication "Nordstjernan."
-CLIPPINGS, 19th c.: Contains a few very short stories (including "A Farm Wedding in Leksand," "Swedes in Russia") and misc. smaller articles and news of the day. Half of the pages are blank (latter part).
-CLIPPINGS, 1880-90: Clippings cover a wide variety of topics: daily life; criminal incidents; contemporary samples of humor, some with illustrations; advertisements placed by men and women in 1887 seeking marriage partners; Royal weddings; death notices; article on Ludvig Nobel and his endeavors in Russia; US lynchings in 1885; miscellaneous reproductions of etchings depicting various locations and buildings in the 19th century (NY City Central Park, St. Augustine, Philadelphia City Hall, Middle Eastern places and battle scenes, places in Europe); complimentary story on New York City Police; articles on Kristina Nilsson (Sept. 1885); August Strindberg and contemporary public figures; pictures of Victor Rydberg; opera prints; information concerning a much discussed Royal wedding (Prince Oskar - Ebba Munck); interesting article from 1885 on early attempt of fish-farming in Värmland.
-CLIPPINGS, 1880-90: No cover pages. Contains some poems from newspapers, reproduced etchings, contemporary humor, moralistic tales, "how-to" reports, inventions (sometimes reprinted from much earlier reports) , some foreign news including comments from Oct. 1862 on the US Civil War.
-SMÅPLOCK NO.4, 1870-90: Clippings include newspaper articles on a lecture on body changes in death, forest problems in Dalarna; also moralizing short comments, travel news, humor, poems, reproductions of etchings of places and persons, etc. .
-SMÅPLOCK NO.3, 19th c.: Reproductions of etchings, articles on morphine addiction, slavery in Turkey, contemporary humor, travel reports including a report on a walking trip across the USA in 95 days, obituaries, crime reports, royalty, a 4-page report on Benedictine liquor, a few short stories, etc. .
-Poems (29 items)
Gift of Hulda Winnberg, 1948 (accession #1995.004)
- American Swedish Historical Museum
- Finding Aid Author
- Finding aid prepared by Celia Caust-Ellenbogen and Michael Gubicza through the Historical Society of Pennsylvania's Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories
- This preliminary finding aid was created as part of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania's Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories. The HCI-PSAR project was made possible by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
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