Preserving the Legacy of the New Sweden Colony in America

The Swedish Colonial Society

97 Wanamaker Avenue
Essington, PA 19029

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Terms of Use

Disclaimer, Terms of Use, Copyright, Privacy, Archive Policies, and Usage Rights

General Disclaimer

Material on The Swedish Colonial Society’s Website is provided without a warranty of any kind, either express or implied. The Swedish Colonial Society assumes no responsibility for any damages to your property on account of your use of this website. The Swedish Colonial Society Website provides content, information and discussion utilizing such technologies as links to external Websites, audio and video presentations, podcasts and e-newsletters. These materials may include content from external contributors, individuals or organizations. The assertions, opinions, and conclusions expressed therein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of The Swedish Colonial Society, its trustees, staff or contractors. The Swedish Colonial Society provides links to external Websites to help users in their search for information. The Swedish Colonial Society has made a reasonable effort to examine such links, but does not guarantee the accuracy or completeness of the information provided by the linked site, nor is The Swedish Colonial Society responsible for the contents, advertising, products or services of other sites; you use these sites at your own risk. Such links do not imply an explicit or implicit endorsement of any linked site, and do not imply any Swedish Colonial Society connection or support of a site. Return to the Top

Terms of Use & Copyright

Access to and use of the text, images, and other content on this Web site are subject to the following terms and conditions: The text, images, audio and video clips, and other content on the Swedish Colonial Society/Swedish Heritage (Society) Web site are protected by copyright and may also be subject to other restrictions. The Society retains all rights, including copyright, in and to the text, images, audio and video clips, and other content on this Web site. Copyright and other proprietary rights may be held by individuals and entities other than or in addition to the Society. The text, images, and audio and video clips on this Web site are available for limited non-commercial, educational, and personal use only, or for fair use as defined in the United States copyright laws. Users may download these files for their own use, subject to any additional terms or restrictions that may be applicable to a particular file or program. The user must cite the author and source of the content that is used just as for a printed work, and the citation must include “The Swedish Colonial Society” and the Society’s URLs’ “,,,,” The Society does not warrant that use of the text, images, and video and audio clips on this Web site will not infringe the rights of third parties. Some text, images, and audio and video clips may not be used in any form or manner without prior permission from a third party copyright owner. Whenever possible, the Society has provided information on this Web site about third party copyright owners and related restrictions. Many of the trademarks, service marks, and logos (collectively “Marks”) displayed on this Web site, including “The Swedish Colonial Society” and the The Swedish Colonial Society’s logo, are registered or unregistered Marks of The Swedish Colonial Society. The Marks of third parties may also be displayed on this site. Nothing contained in this Web site should be construed as granting, whether by implication, estoppel, or otherwise, any license or right to use any Marks displayed on this Web site without the prior, written permission of the Swedish Colonial Society or any third party that may own the Marks. Any unauthorized use of the Marks or any other content of this Web site, except as authorized by these terms and conditions, is strictly prohibited. Material on The Swedish Colonial Society website is intended for personal and educational use only, and may not be published, redistributed, reproduced, modified or otherwise used for commercial (that is, income-producing) purposes, whether or not intended for education or research, in any form or media, including electronic transmission, without The Swedish Colonial Society’s prior written consent, or the consent of the copyright owner. Permission is granted to educators and researchers to use portions of this website’s contents for individual research or classroom use only, for non-commercial (that is, non-income-producing) educational or research purposes only. The Swedish Colonial Society must be acknowledged in all such uses and the original copyright line must be included in all uses. The Swedish Colonial Society makes available images, text and data on the Swedish Colonial Society Website and its collections to scholars, students and the general public according to its Archives Policies. For commercial or unusual requests, curatorial approval is required. Fees are customary for the right to reproduce images, text and data, along with other associated fees (for example, for photographic and research services) from the Gloria Dei Records Project and The Peter Craig Collection Archives and The Swedish Colonial Society. For information contact SCS Governor, Joseph Mathews, at The Swedish Colonial Society, The Lazaretto, 97 Wanamaker Avenue, Essington PA 19029. Return to the Top


The Swedish Colonial Society will not intentionally disclose any personal information about you as an individual user (such as your name, street address, telephone number, credit card number, or email address) to any third party without having received your prior permission. With the exception of the Archivists and those who purchase an archives membership. Return to the Top

Third Party Partners

The Swedish Colonial Society uses the services of reputable third-party vendors in order to provide certain services to its online users, including membership, donation processing, the online shop, and its e-mail newsletters. The Swedish Colonial Society has taken precautions to insure that the privacy of its online visitors is protected by our online partners. In cases when users leave the Swedish Colonial Society’s site to visit one of its partners’ sites, users are encouraged to become familiar with the privacy statements of each site they visit. Return to the Top


The Swedish Colonial Society protects personal and non-personally identifiable information that it receives via the Internet against unauthorized access. In addition, the Swedish Colonial Society’s Members Only Web site and third-party vendors use Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) encryption to process online transactions, such as purchases made through the online store and donations. By using this technology, online customers can feel confident that their personal information is protected from interception by a third party. Sensitive credit card information is not permanently stored on any Swedish Colonial Society Web server and though your order information is retained for our records, this information is not shared with other companies or persons except as needed to process your transaction. Return to the Top

What is a secure connection?

When a secure connection is established between your browser and a Web site, any data that is transferred over the connection will be encrypted to prevent it from being viewed by a third party. Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) encryption, the standard for most browsers and servers, makes it very difficult for anyone to intercept or decode messages exchanged over this type of secure connection. Browsers such as Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer display an image of a locked padlock in their status bar when connected to a secure site. Secure transactions are also indicated when the prefix in the location bar of your browser switches from http:// to https://. If you do not see the padlock at the bottom of your browser’s window, if the padlock is unlocked, or the protocol in the location bar is not listed as https://, then any data exchanged with the Web site is potentially visible to others. Depending on your browser, you may be able to view authentication information about a secure page by double-clicking on the locked padlock in the status bar. For more information on how your software establishes a secure connection, see the help files for your particular browser.

Information Collection and Use

The Swedish Colonial Society does not collect any personal information about individuals—such as names and postal or email addresses—except when such information is knowingly provided to the Swedish Colonial Society. Personal information may be obtained from online transactions as detailed below. Additionally, personal information may be transmitted as part of a form submission or in connection with other activities, services, or resources made available on our site. Any personal identification information retrieved by the Swedish Colonial Society must be voluntarily submitted by the user. Return to the Top

Swedish Colonial Society Membership and Donations

In order to purchase a Swedish Colonial Society membership or to donate to the Swedish Colonial Society at this Web site, you are required to give contact information (such as name and email address) and financial information (such as credit card number and expiration date). We use this information for billing purposes and to contact you about the Swedish Colonial Society services in which you have expressed interest. Return to the Top

Swedish Colonial Society Online Shop Orders

If you purchase a product or service from us, we request certain personally identifiable information from you on our order form. You must provide contact information (such as name, email address, and shipping address) and financial information (such as credit card number and expiration date). We use this information for billing purposes and to fill your orders. If we have trouble processing an order, we will use this information to contact you. Return to the Top


If you wish to subscribe to our e-newsletter(s), we will use your e-mail address to send the newsletter to you. Out of respect for your privacy, we provide a way for you to unsubscribe. We do not sell or share e-mail lists. Return to the Top

Contact Forms

The information provided to the Swedish Colonial Society using the online Contact Us form is used for responding to your comments and inquiries and will not be used for any other purpose without your prior notice and consent. Return to the Top

Aggregate Information (Not Personally Identifiable)

The Swedish Colonial Society’s Web site does collect some anonymous “non-personally identifiable” aggregate information about visitors automatically when pages on our Web site are requested through a browser. This information is used for statistical purposes and to help us monitor how guests navigate our site, allowing us to tailor our services for the majority of visitors. Non-personally identifiable information may refer to information about our visitors’ browsers (e.g., Mozilla Firefox or Internet Explorer), operating systems (e.g., Windows or Macintosh), Internet Service Providers, and other similar information. The Swedish Colonial Society’s Web site collects IP addresses as a component of the non-personally identifiable aggregate information. An IP address is a number assigned to your computer by a Web server when you’re on the Internet. This information is used only for non-user-specific purposes such as determining how many users visited a specific area of our site. Such information could, if necessary, be used to identify a user in order to comply with safety and/or security issues or with legal requirements. Any personal information provided to The Swedish Colonial Society is maintained and accessible only by the Society unless the Society explicitly states otherwise. Return to the Top

Electronic Transmission of Forms and Information Disclaimer

*These forms and any files transmitted with it are often confidential and intended solely for the use of the Swedish Colonial Society and their representatives. These messages often contain confidential information that is intended only for the Swedish Colonial Society. The Swedish Colonial Society, as well as the web manager, can not be held responsible, in the event of any mishaps, power outages, lost, misdirected mail, spam or hacked information should you choose to send these files via e-mail.
This sender is not aware of any virus or defect in this e-mail or any
attachment that might negatively affect any computer system into which
it is received and opened. It is the responsibility of the recipient
to ensure that it is virus free and no responsibility is accepted by
the sender for any loss or damage arising in any way in the event that
such a virus or defect exists.

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Usage Rights

The Swedish Colonial Society makes available images, text and data on the Society and its collections to scholars, students and the general public. Any use of Swedish Colonial Society images, text and data is governed by the conditions printed on the Society’s Permission Request and Agreement Form. Fees, including research fees, may be charged by the Society depending on the extent of the services provided, the rights required, and the nature of use. Images, text and data may be requested for Personal, Scholarly, or Commercial Use. The Society grants permission for the Personal or Scholarly Use of images, text and data for reproduction for personal, educational or academic purposes without personal or corporate gain (e.g., for study, teaching, theses, and published research). There is usually no fee for Personal or Scholarly Use of Swedish Colonial Society materials, but the Society reserves the right to charge fees for access to Pre determined and limited areas of the website. The Society requests that a copy of any publication that includes Society materials be provided to the appropriate Society Archivist and/or Curator. When permission is granted for Commercial Use, images, text and data may be reproduced for personal or corporate gain in publications, such as textbooks and field guides, and in films, television, electronic media and other commercial products. The Society reserves the right to limit access, regulate the nature and limit the duration of Commercial Use, to set fees, and to require that copies of any publication or product that includes Society materials be provided to the appropriate Society Archivist and/or Curator.

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