Olga Segerberg was a photographer and an activist in the National Association for Women’s Suffrage.
Olga Segerberg was born in 1868 in Stenstorp, the youngest of five children. Their parents were landowners. Both her brothers emigrated to America but her two sisters remained in Sweden. Her elder sister Malvina married the photographer Olof Andersson from Arvika in 1884.
In 1890, Olga Segerberg and their parents also moved to Arvika. Two years later, in 1892, she moved to Karlskrona where she started her own photography atelier. In 1895, she returned to Arvika where she continued to work with photography, and when her brother-in-law Olof Andersson died in 1901, Olga Segerberg took over his atelier. She also had branches in Charlottenberg, Åmotfors, Trossnäs and Färgelanda. In 1935, she took over a second atelier in Arvika that had previously been run by the photographer A. Rydberg.
Olga Segerberg was active in the National Association for Women’s Suffrage (LKPR) and was the chairwoman in the Arvika local branch. In Färgelanda, she opened her studio for meetings of the local branch there. They held meetings every other Monday and did handwork to be sold in aid of their activities.
Olga Segerberg never married, but adopted a girl from Stockholm, Margareta, born in 1909. In Arvika, Olga Segerberg lived with Brita Crona from Karlskrona. Brita Crona worked partly as a photography assistant, but was a nurse and childcare inspector who sat in the municipal council in 1918–1922. She was also engaged in the suffrage issue and wrote in the LKPR magazine Rösträtt för Kvinnor under the signature “Cronan”. Brita Crona was awarded the Kungliga Patriotiska sällskapets medal in 1939.
Olga Segerberg’s sister Malvina and her husband Olof Andersson owned two houses in Fabriksgatan in Arvika: the Segerbergska gården. After Malvina and Olof had died, both houses were owned by Folke, Malvina’s son, and Olga Segerberg. Folke Segerberg and his family lived on the second floor of one building, and Brita Crona and Olga Segerberg lived on the ground floor. Folke’s son Hans-Olof Segerberg described Olga Segerberg as “a very resolute woman”. Olga Segerberg’s and Brita Crona’s engagement in the suffrage issue and their work as photographers have been given attention by the Arvika-based art group OTALT in among other things the exhibition Kvinnor bakom kameran at Sågudden Museum in the summer of 2020.
Olga Segerberg and Brita Crona died the same year, in 1951, and they lie buried in Arvika cemetery.