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Special Collections Resources by Subject

Augustana College

Many of the book and manuscript materials in Special Collections address the history of the college. Resources include publications by and about the college, such as catalogs, alumni magazines, yearbooks, and the Observer (the student newspaper), as well as histories of the college and biographies of founding members. Special Collections also holds the papers of all past Augustana presidents, as well as records from various offices on campus. Also available are materials from student organizations and clubs, and from faculty and alumni of the college. We continue to add materials to this collection in order to preserve the ongoing history of the College for future users.

Upper Mississippi River Valley

Materials about the Upper Mississippi River Valley (from St. Paul to St. Louis), include information about the exploration and settlement of the region, travel on the Mississippi River, and local history. Materials can be found in book and manuscript collections as well as vertical files. The greatest concentration of materials is related to the Quad Cities area, and many materials may be of interest to those researching local history. In addition to historical materials, Special Collections also holds current publications about the region.

Native Americans

Special Collections includes many canonical materials related to Native Americans, including George Catlin's North American Indians and McKenney and Hall's Indian Tribes of North America, both of which contain some of the most iconic and recognized images of Native Americans. Materials related to the Black Hawk War are particularly strong. In addition to numerous contemporary and modern printed accounts of the war, as well as many editions of Black Hawk's autobiography, the John H. Hauberg Papers include Hauberg's research on the Sauk and Fox tribes in the Rock Island area, as well as interviews with and photographs of Black Hawk's descendents. Another area of strength within the Native American collection relates to the Sioux Uprising of 1862.

Children's Literature and Illustration

Special Collections holds a variety of materials related to children's literature and illustration. Especially strong are materials from the golden age of illustration, including books by Randolph Caldecott, Kate Greenaway, Walter Crane, and Arthur Rackham. Also included are instructional texts such as McGuffey readers, a New England Primer, and religious books for children.

Westward Expansion and Exploration

Materials on Westward expansion and exploration relate mostly to the Old Northwest Territory and to overland routes to the West Coast.

Women's and Gender Studies

Books related to women's and gender studies are focused on the domestic arts, including late 18th and 19th century cookbooks and housekeeping guides. Also included are several 19th century magazines, including Godey's Lady's Book. Manuscript collections of several alumnae and early women faculty are available, including those on Netta C. Bartholomew Anderson and Jane Sweet Brissman. Records of certain college groups, like the Woman's Club are another resource. For a guide to manuscript collections containing information about women at Augustana, please click here.

Reformation Imprints

Many of our Reformation materials originally belonged to the Augustana Seminary Library. Included are various works by Martin Luther, contemporaries such as Melancthon, and others. There are four sixteenth-century editions of the Augsburg Confession, and several examples of flugschriften, or Reformation pamphlets.

British and American Literature

Special Collections's literature holdings are strongest in the 19th century. Authors who are well-represented in our collections include John Milton; Sir Walter Scott; Alfred, Lord Tennyson; Charles Dickens; William Makepeace Thackeray; Ralph Waldo Emerson; Henry David Thoreau; Mark Twain; Henry Wadsworth Longfellow; John Greenleaf Whittier; Bret Harte; Robert Louis Stevenson; Carl Sandburg; and Susan Glaspell. Many of these holdings are first editions.

History of Printing

Materials related to the history of printing cover early periods of printing as well as modern fine press books. Included are a page from the Gutenberg Bible, 10 incunabula, a block book, an illuminated manuscript, examples of different types of historical and modern bindings, and a fore-edge painting.