Sällskapet Idun is a Swedish association for men, founded in 1862 in Stockholm.[1][2]

Sällskapet Idun
Formation22 November 1862; 161 years ago (1862-11-22)
TypeMen's association
HeadquartersStockholm, Sweden
En skål i Idun, 1892, by Anders Zorn

Founding edit

Sällskapet Idun traces its founding back to 22 November 1862 at the Hotel Fenix in Stockholm, Sweden.[3] Its founders consisted of Edward Bergh and Johan Fredrik Höckert, artists and professors at the Royal Swedish Academy of Fine Arts; Adolf Erik Nordenskiöld, researcher and professor at the Swedish Museum of Natural History; Axel Key, professor and rector of the Karolinska Institute; Harald Wieselgren, librarian of the National Library, and composer Ivar Hallström.[4] Wieselgren, as secretary, was the unifying and driving force for several decades. He is the main character in Zorn's painting En skål i Idun ('A Toast in the Idun Society') from 1892.[5]

Activity edit

The statutes of 1862 stated that the association was for "men living in Stockholm who have their own activities and interests in science, literature and art in various fields." According to the latest revised statutes of 6 December 2000, the organization's mission is "to promote interaction between people active in different cultural fields."[6]

Sällskapet Idun meets once a month, except during the summer months, with lectures and art sessions at which artists give insights into their work. The November meeting is devoted to music.[4]

The association is governed by an annually elected board, whose chairman is appointed from within the board. The secretary is responsible for the day-to-day running of the association, together with a treasurer and a club master, also appointed at the annual general meeting. New members are elected in the order provided for by the statutes by the committee on the proposal of at least two members. The number of members has been between 550 and 600 for a long time.

In 1912, archivist Theodor Westrin wrote about the society's history in Några bidrag till sällskapet Iduns historia.

Similar associations edit

Corresponding associations for men elsewhere in the country with similar programs are Sällskapet Concordia [sv] in Örebro (also founded in 1862), Sällskapet Gnistan [sv], also for women, in Gothenburg (founded in 1878) and the Sällskapet Heimdall [sv] in Malmö (founded in 1891). In Denmark there is a similar society, Selskabet for Historie, Litteratur og Kunst, and in Norway Foreningen Andvake.

Nya Idun is a women's association in Stockholm founded by Calla Curman in 1885, originally as a female counterpart to Sällskapet Idun.[7]

Asteroid 176 Iduna edit

The asteroid 176 Iduna was named after the association.[8]

References edit

Notes edit

  1. ^ Ljunggren, Bengt (2002). The nobel prize in medicine and the Karolinska Institute: the story of Axel Key and Alfred Nobel. Basel: Karger. ISBN 978-3-8055-7297-2. OCLC 48966443. Archived from the original on 7 April 2022. Retrieved 20 March 2022.
  2. ^ Westrin, Theodor, ed. (1910). "Idun". Nordisk familjebok (in Swedish). Stockholm. pp. 369–370. Archived from the original on 20 March 2022. Retrieved 20 March 2022.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: location missing publisher (link)
  3. ^ "On Swedish and Scandinavian Heritage", The Nobel Prize in Medicine and the Karolinska Institute, Basel: KARGER, pp. 41–54, archived from the original on 1 May 2019, retrieved 2 April 2022
  4. ^ a b "Sällskapet Idun - ARKEN". Kungliga Biblioteket (in Swedish). Archived from the original on 18 September 2020. Retrieved 20 March 2022.
  5. ^ "Film om Anders Zorn på Nationalmuseum". Nationalmusei Vänner (in Swedish). Archived from the original on 7 April 2022. Retrieved 20 March 2022.
  6. ^ "Sällskapets historia". Sällskapet Idun (in Swedish). 19 March 2014. Archived from the original on 13 June 2021. Retrieved 20 March 2022.
  7. ^ Burman, Carina (3 August 2015). K.J.: En biografi över Klara Johanson (in Swedish). Marina Mattsson. Albert Bonniers förlag. ISBN 978-91-0-014970-3. OCLC 943802529. Archived from the original on 21 March 2022. Retrieved 20 March 2022.
  8. ^ "Motiveringar till asteroidnamn med svensk anknytning". Uppsala University (in Swedish). Archived from the original on 8 July 2009.

Sources edit

  • Carlquist, Gunnar, ed. (1932). Svensk uppslagsbok (in Swedish). Vol. 13. Malmö: Svensk Uppslagsbok. p. 887.

Further reading edit

  • Westrin, Theodor (1912). Några bidrag till sällskapet Iduns historia i anledning af dess 50-års jubileum (in Swedish). Stockholm: Tullberg. OCLC 39666945.
  • Gyllenbok, Jan (2008). I gott sällskap – Om sällskapslivet i Sverige (in Swedish). Stockholm: ICD Publishing. ISBN 9789197173117.
  • Hildebrand, Albin; Levertin, Alfred, eds. (1896). Sällskapet Idun 1862–1896. Svenskt porträttgalleri (in Swedish). Vol. 23. Stockholm: Tullberg. OCLC 185162278.
  • Björnsson, Anders; Frank, Pär, eds. (2012). Idun 150 år: 1862–2012: en jubileumsantologi (in Swedish). Stockholm: Sällskapet Idun. ISBN 9789163707650.

External links edit