Ryden, Anders Johan. Scrapbooks of A.J. Ryden, 1884-1889. LCA Collection 21. 1 folder.
The A.J. (Anders Johan) Ryden Collection consists of two scrapbooks from 1884-88 and 1889. Content consists mainly of collected poetry clippings in Swedish, although English poems are present. Swedish and English articles of apparent interest to Ryden are included along with religious material. There are equal amounts of poetry and articles. Scrapbooks contain many poems of a sentimental nature, especially regarding Ryden’s homeland of Sweden, often describing a desire to return to one’s ancestral home.
Anders Johan Ryden was born in Sweden on 17 June 1862 and emigrated to America in 1884. He attended Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois, and became an ordained minister in 1889. He went on to serve multiple congregations in Minnesota, as well as in Pennsylvania, Texas, Wisconsin, and Manitoba, Canada.