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Special Collections Women's Resources Guide

Personal papers:

Anderson, Netta Bartholomew
Andreen, Esther
Bäckman, Helena
Bartholomew, Kate
Beck, Elizabeth
Beck, Esther
Beyer, Elfriede
Brissman, Jane
Brodahl, Betsey
Collins, Helen
Dahlberg, Emily Envall
Erickson, Ruth
First, Georgia
Foss, Sarah Margaret Shuey
Fryxell, Hulda
Fryxell, Regina Holmen
Hauberg, Susanne Denkmann
Johnson, Verna Gail Applegate
Lindeman, Erleen
Moretz-Stahl Family
Naeseth, Henriette
Nathanson, Louise
Noren, Carol
Odman, Charlotte
Olmsted, Margaret
Olson Moline, Heloise
Olsson, Anna
Olsson, Lydia
Olsson, Maria
Paulson, Ross
Pearson, Ethel
Purdy, Lenora
Santee, Cora
Schall, Alice Elizabeth
Schilling, Jean
Sister Ingeborg Nystul
Swanson, Tracy
Wheeler, Harriet
Zwicker, Miriam


Women's organizational records:

Aglaia Honor society
American Association of University Women
Augustana College Mortar Board
Augustana College S.O.S.
Augustana College Valkyries
Augustana Dames

Augustana Endowment Society
Chi Omega Gamma, Beta Alumnae Chapter
Delta Chi Theta
Kappa Epsilon
Kappa Epsilon Nu
National Organization for Women (QC chapter)
Phrateres, Omicron Chapter
Sigma Alpha Iota, Delta Tau Chapter
Sigma Kappa Tau
Sigma Pi Delta
The Vagina Monologues

Women's Club
Women and Gender Studies



MSS12 Margaret Olmsted Papers, 1914-1993


The Margaret Olmsted papers include textbooks, gradebooks, personal books, bulletins, magazines, and pamphlets pertaining to Margaret Olmsted's years as a student and professor at Augustana College. Margaret Olmsted joined the Augustana faculty in 1921. She was among one of the earliest female professors at the school. She was a member of several professional associations during her life, such as the Rock Island-Moline Branch of the American Association of University Women, the Delta Kappa Gamma Society (an honorary society for women educators) and Phi Beta Kappa. Margaret was also an active member of the Rock Island League of Women Voters.



MSS 18a Regina Holmen Fryxell papers, 1892-1995


Regina Holmen Fryxell attended Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois in 1918. She graduated with high honors in 1922 with both a BA in English and a Bachelor of Music degree. Fryxell continued her education at the Juilliard School of Music in New York, graduating in 1927 with a diploma in organ. She married fellow Augustana graduate Frithiof M. Fryxell on June 22, 1928. Soon after, she began to teach piano, organ, music theory, and French at Augustana College. Fryxell also taught at Black Hawk College and Knox College, and was an organist for several area churches. She was well known for her many liturgical pieces, and was often featured in Lutheran music publications. Materials in this collection include biographical information, news clippings, correspondence, photographs, college diplomas, cassette tapes, music written by Fryxell and notes on music and composition.



MSS 19 Edward Fry Bartholomew Papers, 1851-1968


The Kate L. Bartholomew series within the Edward Fry Bartholomew papers includes items saved and/or created by E. F. Bartholomew's wife, Kate. Kate Bartholomew's writings describe the circumstances of living in Africa and in particular the place of women in African society as compared to their American counterparts.

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MSS 19a Netta Bartholomew Anderson Papers, 1831-1959



MSS 19a  Netta Bartholomew Anderson Papers, 1831-1959


Netta C. Bartholomew attended Augustana College, after her family relocated to Rock Island, Illinois, when her father took a job at Augustana College and Theological Seminary in 1888. During her time at Augustana, Netta was very active in student groups, such as the Augustana Ladies' Choir, Philodoi Quartette, and Adelphic Society. In 1894, she was one of the first six women to be graduated from Augustana College. Netta Anderson was very active in the Rock Island community where she belonged to many groups including the board of the Bethany Home, the Rock Island's Woman's Club, the Augustana Endowment Fund Society, the Ladies' Aid Society of the Grace Lutheran Church, the Augustana Alumni Association and the Rock Island Historical Society. She was a founding member of several of these organizations and held various offices. Throughout her life, she was a prolific writer and speaker and was interested in the history of Rock Island. She wrote an article about pioneer women that she gave before the Illinois Historical Society that was later republished in pamphlet form by the Rock Island Historical Society. This article was the result of personal interviews that Ms. Anderson held with early women settlers from the area.

Related Collections:

MSS 19 Edward Fry Bartholomew Papers, 1851-1968

MSS 207 Alumni Association of Augustana College collection



MSS 20a Sarah Margaret Shuey Foss papers, 1889-1949


The Sarah Margaret Shuey Foss papers concern Claude William Foss's wife, Sarah Foss. Foss was born in 1863, and married Claude Foss in 1887. They did not have any children of their own, but they raised an orphaned niece, Martha. Her papers include articles, newspaper clippings and correspondence of Sarah Margaret Shuey Foss's involvement with the Augustana Endowment Fund Society, of which she was president for a few years starting in 1915. She oversaw the society's first contribution of $40,000 to Augustana in 1943 shown in an article in the Lutheran companion, which is part of this collection.     

Related Collections:

MSS 205 Augustana Endowment Society records, 1894-2011  



MSS 25 Helen S. Collins Scrapbook, 1919-1922


The Helen S. Collins scrapbook contains photographs, newspaper clippings, invitations, programs, letters, scorecards, ticket stubs, and fellow students' autographs. These document Helen's involvement in social activities at Augustana College as a member of the Sigma Pi Delta sorority (the SPEED'S) and the women's basketball team from 1919-1922. The scrapbook also contains some later items dating into the 1970's, such as memorabilia from Sigma Pi Delta reunions and newspaper clippings about alumni.

Related collections:

MSS 279 Sigma Pi Delta records


MSS 62 Harriet Wheeler papers, 1921-1975


Harriet Rachel Wheeler enrolled at Augustana College in 1924. Wheeler was a member of the Woman's Club, and was often on the honor roll. She graduated in 1927 with a B.A. in History. After her graduation, she remained involved with the Alumni Association of Augustana College through correspondence and gift giving.

Related collections:

MSS 207 Alumni Association of Augustana College collection

MSS 226 Women's Club records, 1917-1958


MSS 63 Charlotte Odman papers, 1908-1990


Charlotte J. Odman attended Augustana College from 1934 to 1938 and graduated with a degree in Economics and Commerce. She was a member of Alpha Kappa Sigma, an honorary sorority for students of the secretarial sciences. Odman worked for the Augustana Book Concern in Rock Island, Illinois, and later at the Board of Publication of the Lutheran Church of America in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (she retired in 1982). She was the co-editor of the weekly Lutheran Companion and a co-author of The Home Altar, among other Lutheran publications. While living in the Quad Cities area, Charlotte Odman was actively involved in the Black Hawk Hiking Club, Eva B. Clarkson Circle of Kings' Daughters, Friends of the Rock Island Library, Augustana Historical Society, American Scandinavian Association, Rock Island Women's Club and the Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.



MSS 64 Elizabeth A. Beck Papers, 1919-1921


Elizabeth A. Nelson was valedictorian of her class at Augustana College in 1921, and taught English there for one year until she married Rev. Victor E. Beck in 1922. They moved to Fort Dodge, Iowa, Elizabeth was an officer of the Iowa Women's Home and Foreign Mission Society and a board member of the Y.W.C.A. This collection includes four folders of her writings.



MSS 70 Esther Beck Papers, 1941-1972


Esther Beck graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, Minnesota, in 1928 and later became a teacher and dean of women there. She moved to Rock Island with her Husband, Rev. Dr.Victor E. Beck in 1955. Esther served as a teacher and counselor in the Rock Island public schools between from 1955 until her retirement in 1970. Upon her retirement from the Rock Island School District, she travelled to Taipei where she taught English, speech, and debate at National Taiwan University. While in Taiwan she also did missionary work. Esther Beck was a member of the Beta Epsilon Chapter of the Delta Kappa Gamma Society, an international honor society of women educators that promotes professional and personal growth.



MSS 71 Elfriede Beyer papers, 1925-1927 


Elfriede Leschewski was born on August 1, 1893 in Germany. She married Reverend Earl A. Beyer on August 14, 1923. Elfriede worked as a banker in Germany until she and her husband moved to America. In 1931, Reverend Beyer took up a teaching position as a professor of Romance Languages at Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois. Elfriede became a member of the Blackhawk Hiking Club, and was an award-winning artist. Elfriede's sketchbooks make up the majority of this collection.



MSS 72 Betsey Brodahl papers, 1967-2005


The Betsey Brodahl papers include correspondence and other records of her involvement with the Augustana Musical Theatre and international students at Augustana College. Brodahl graduated from Augustana with a B. A. in history in 1944, returning to Augustana as Faculty after the President of the time, Conrad Bergendoff asked Brodahl to return to the college to teach history due to a huge influx of students following World War II. After that first year she was appointed Dean of Women; she would remain at Augustana College for the next 40 years. Throughout her tenure at Augustana, Brodahl took an active interest in music, arts, and historical organizations. She played violin in the Quad-City Symphony, held office in the Augustana Historical Society, American Scandinavian Association at Augustana, American Association of University Women (AAUW), and other groups. In 1997, President Thomas Tredway dedicated a new building in Brodahl's honor: the Betsey Brodahl Student Services Building.



MSS 80 Esther Andreen Alrecht printing plates, 1943


Esther Andreen Alrecht enrolled at Augustana College in the fall of 1914, where she studied Modern Languages. She was a member of the Sigma Kappa Tau sorority, the Adelphic Society, the Woman's Club and the Inter-collegiate Prohibition Association. She was a photographer for the Rockety-I and served as class secretary her freshman year. Albrecht graduated in 1918 with a Bachelor of Arts degree, and went on to receive two masters' degrees from the University of Illinois, one in education and one in English. One of her theses was titled, "Gustav Andreen and the Growth of Augustana College and Theological Seminary." She taught in public schools for 25 years, and served as Director of Student Teaching in the Education Department of Augustana College from 1962 to 1967. Albrecht published several books and articles relating to Augustana College heritage. She retired in 1967 with the status of Professor Emeritus.



MSS 82 Niel M.and Verna Gail Applegate Johnson papers, 1910-2008


Verna Gail Applegate Johnson attended Augustana College from 1949-1953. She was a member of the Chi Delta sorority and her junior year she sang in the chapel choir. Verna's scrapbook contains newspaper clippings of campus events and wedding announcements, choir programs, and welcome cards from sororities.



MSS 85 Henriette Naeseth Scrapbook, 1968


The Henriette Naeseth scrapbook contains letters of congratulations from colleagues and friends upon Naeseth's retirement from Augustana College in 1968. Henriette Naeseth became an Associate Professor of English at Augustana College, in 1934. Naeseth served as Head of the Department of English at Augustana College from 1936 until she retired in 1968. She was also chairman of the division of humanities starting in 1945. Naeseth had a major impact on the Department of English as well as the college as a whole. She was founder of the Augustana Writer's Club and its literary magazine, Saga. She also helped establish the Phi Beta Kappa chapter on campus and was instrumental in getting Augustana recognized by the American Association of University Women. Naeseth was honored by being cited in Who's Who American Women.



MSS 86 Sister Ingeborg Nystul Papers, 1869-1972


Sister Ingeborg Nystul attended the Bethesda Home and Deaconess Institute in St. Paul, Minnesota, becoming the first medically trained, consecrated deaconess in September 1906. Sister Ingeborg was the first deaconess sent to China by the Augustana Synod and also the longest serving missionary with forty two years of service.



MSS 87 Emily Envall Dahlberg Papers, 1889-1895


On 10 January 1889 she entered the Augustana Conservatory of Music at Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois. She studied music and other subjects, and was active in the Phrenokosmian Society. She attended Augustana for only one year, leaving at the end of the semester in December 1889. While a student at Augustana, Envall met seminarian Johan (John) G. Dahlberg, whom she married on 25 November 1891.



MSS 89 Tracy J. Swanson Papers, 1888-1903


Tracy Swanson attended the Augustana Conservatory of Music from 1901 to 1904. Correspondence (1901 and 1903) includes two letters written home to her parents in Calumet, Michigan, detailing her school life at Augustana.  Tracy Swanson tells of her studiousness and dedication, her budgeting of limited funds, and a trip to Chicago, among other topics.  One report card from her first term is also included.



MSS 96 Alice Elizabeth Schall papers, 1880, 1992 


This collection is comprised of Alice Elizabeth Schall's diary written in 1880. In this diary Schall writes about both everyday and important occurrences in her life. She keeps tracks of visitors and correspondence shown by the inventory of her letters at the back of her diary. Schall artistic endeavors are also detailed with her comments on her art and music lessons.  In addition, this collection contains a student paper written in 1992 by Jennifer Putzi , titled "Gifts from the Fates: The Unique Scholarship of Women's Diaries" which discusses the importance of Schall's diary.



MSS 108a Helena Bäckman papers, 1910-1971


This collection holds the papers of Helena Bäckman, a prominent member in the Women's Missionary Society. She held various key positions in the group until she retired in 1945 at the age of 85. Her papers include several invitations, newsletters, news clippings and conference programs from the Women's Missionary Society between 1939 and 1950.



MSS 111 Cora Santee scrapbook, 1933-1938


This collection is comprised of a scrapbook of Cora Santee's experience from 1934-1937 in the Augustana College Choir, which includes programs, news clippings, cards, photographs, posters, and song lyrics. She was a member of Sigma Mu Alpha, Woman's Club, the Berean Bible Class, Luther League, Independent Woman's Organization, and the Handel Oratorio Society. She graduated at Augustana College with a degree in music education with a major in voice and graduated from Columbia University in New York City, with her Master of Arts degree in voice. She taught music and art in the West Frankfurt school system until 1941, and then taught music in grades one through twelve in Geneseo, Illinois until 1966.



MSS 113 Heloise Olson Moline Scrapbook, 1925-1929


This collection consists of Heloise Olson's scrapbook which contains photographs, newspaper clippings, invitations, programs, correspondence, ticket stubs and student autographs which detail her extracurricular activities at Augustana College  from 1925-1929, until she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in 1929. During her tenure at Augustana, she was involved with the QT, or Kappa Tau, sorority; the Roosevelt Outing Club; the Berean Bible Class; the Oriole Girls'Chorus; the Handel Oratorio Society; the debate team; the Board of Social Control; the Augustana Observer; and Tau Kappa Alpha.

Related Collections:

MSS 270 Sigma Kappa Tau records, 1917-2010 



MSS 117 Carol Noren papers, 1972-1982


Carol Noren was the first woman graduate of Augustana to enter the ministry. She graduated from Augustana College in 1973 with a B.A. in Scandinavian Studies and Religion. After Augustana, she became a deacon in 1974 and served as a pastor and hospital chaplain in Manchester, England from 1975-1976 and received her PhD in 1986 at Princeton Theological Seminary. She wrote a book in 1991 titled, The Woman and the Pulpit. Correspondence consists of letters written whilst Noren was a student at Augustana and continued through the years she pursued her career as a minister.



MSS 129 Hulda Fryxell papers, 1916-1981


Hulda Fryxell was a former teacher at Augustana College. She taught in several area schools, including the Augustana Conservatory. She then became a violin teacher at the college in 1924. Her papers include programs (some from Augustana College events), news clippings, photographs, portraits, and paintings.



MSS 137 Ethel E. Pearson scrapbook, 1918-1922


The Ethel E. Pearson scrapbook documents her social and personal activities she as involved in at Augustana College in 1918-1922. Pearson was involved in many organizations, the Adelphic Society, Edward Everett Debating Club, the Augustana Foreign Missionary Society, and the Senior Girl's Club. She was a founding member of the Phi Rho sorority and was on the Class Honor Roll. She acted as the Science Club secretary and treasurer in 1921 and 1922, and the Woman's Club treasurer in those years as well.



MSS 138 Miriam Zwicker scrapbook, 1935-1960


The Miriam Zicker scrapbook covers mainly 1935-1940 documenting Miriam's activities during her time at Augustana as a student of German until her graduation in 1938. She was involved with the Independent Women's Organization.



MSS 144 Ross Paulson papers


Ross Paulson taught women's history at Augustana College. His research focused on women in American history, and he published a book on the suffrage movement in relation to prohibition. In 1972 he arranged a visit of Betty Friedan to campus, and two of his courses have been part of the Women's Studies program since its inception. His papers are still unprocessed but contain a variety of his notes and research on woman's history.



MSS 160 Lenora Purdy papers, 1905-1973


A scrapbook from 1929-1936 consists mainly of photographs detailing her time at Augustana intermittently from 1929 to 1936. She worked on the staff of the Observer for several years, and was a member of the Omicron Delta Kappa sorority. She graduated in 1936 with a bachelor's degree in history and later earned her master's degree at the University of Iowa. There are newspaper clippings detailing her career as a teacher in Illinois schools.



MSS 161 Jane Brissman Scrapbook, 1936-1954


Jane Sweet Brissman joined the faculty in 1936 as Augustana's first full-time physical education teacher for women. The Jane Brismann scrapbook dates from 1936 to 1954 and documents the first 18 years of her time at Augustana as the advisor of the Women's Athletic Association (WAA).  She instituted a physical education program for women and founded "play days" for female students.  These contests, which were later known as Women's Sports Days, commenced competitive athletics for women at Augustana.  She coached women's swimming and diving from 1961-1974 and organized the college's first pom-pom squad. Loose photographs show group pictures of women's teams and gatherings and loose ephemeral materials such as newspaper clippings and a program from a WAA event.



MSS 195 Louise Nathanson Collection, 1926-2007


The Louise Nathanson collection includes correspondence, photographs, newspaper clippings, sheet music, recordings, programs, posters, and artifacts which reflect her music career. Nathanson performed as a soloist with most of the major symphony orchestras in the U.S. and Europe, including the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. Nathanson began to teach part-time at Augustana College and Rivermont Collegiate High School in the 1980s, giving private lessons for more than twenty years. She also acted as an accompanist for faculty and student recitals and for the Quad City Arts Visiting Artist Series.



MSS 197 Ruth Erickson Scrapbooks, 1920s-1951


The Ruth Erickson scrapbook collection dates from the early 1920s to 1950.  It consists of a photo album and two scrapbooks of her time at Augustana. The scrapbooks include newspaper clippings, handouts and programs from campus events and keepsakes such as invitations, awards and membership cards. She was a member of various women's organizations; the Berean Bible Class (a women's Bible study), the Women's League and the Women's Athletic Association. She was a member of the Kappa Epsilon Nu sorority, where she served as the secretary her junior year and as president her senior year.  She also served on the Intersorority Council as a senior.  She also kept information about pledging and rushing and mailings from the 25th anniversary of the Kappa Epsilon Nu sorority.

Related materials:

MSS 161 Jane Brissman Scrapbook, 1936-1954

MSS 277 Kappa Epsilon Nu records, 1945-1970



MSS 198 Erleen Linderman Scrapbook, 1941-1943


The Erleen Lindeman scrapbook dates from 1941-1943.  This scrapbook contains keepsakes and pictures of her time at Augustana.  There are programs from concerts and events on campus as well as invitations to sorority events. She was very involved in religious organizations and was a member of the Lutheran Student Association,  Religious Board, Campus Devotion, and the Berean Bible Class of which she was president her senior year.  She participated in the Women's Athletic Association, Women's League, and the Augustana Art Association; Lindeman was also a member of Phi Kappa Delta, the professional education honorary, and the Kappa Tau sorority where she served as treasurer in the fall of her senior year. 



MSS 305 Jean Schilling Scrapbooks, 1975-2003


Jean Schilling was a long time member of the Black Hawk Hiking Club, and went on over 25 Big Hikes. She won the hike attendance award in 1975-1976 and 1977-1978. During 1977 she was one of the club's directors, arranging three hikes. She served as the club's Vice President during 1986-1987 and 1987-1988. The collection contains scrapbooks compiled by Jean Schilling, mostly of her own photos of the Black Hawk Hiking Club's annual Big Hikes, which were the culmination of the club's activities for that year. 



MSS 307 Georgia First papers, 1893-1950


Georgia T. First was a member of the Black Hawk Hiking Club and lived in Rock Island, Illinois for most of her life. She was also a member of the Upper Alton's Woman's Club and the Business and Professional Women of Rock Island. She served on the Black Hawk Hiking Club Board as the Publicity manager.






Family papers:

MSS 3 Olof Olsson Family Papers, 1841-2011


This collection contains the papers of Anna, Maria and Lydia Olsson. Anna's papers span 1800-1941, and include correspondence, diaries and journals and her writings, both published and unpublished. Anna was originally from Värmland, Sweden but migrated to the United States with the Olsson family, in 1869 when her father Olof accepted a position of pastor in Lindsborg, Kansas. Later, Olof accepted a professorship at Augustana College and the family moved to Illinois. Anna details this train trip from Lindsborg, Kansas to Moline, Illinois in her diary. She herself attended Augustana in 1883 studying German Language and literature. In 1887 her mother died and Anna had to step into the woman's role, caretaking the family, fulfilling the duties of a pastor's wife.  In 1888 Anna was the second woman to ever graduate from Augustana College. Anna was the principle of Ladies' Hall at Augustana College from 1895-1900. Anna's writings include a book, entitled "I'm Scairt", a biography of her life as a Swedish immigrant and her time at Augustana College. 

Anna's sister, Maria Olsson was interested in dressmaking, ever since she took lessons in Europe between 1889 and 1890. She patented the "Combination Collar Fastener" which was used to secure collars and belt. Her career is documented in the design sub-series of her papers which contain sample sheets, advertisements and pictures for the Collar Fastener. Lydia Olsson was the third sister. She was a librarian at Augustana College Library in 1897, a career she returned to several times, settling in 1922 into the position of library assistant at Denkmann Memorial Library until 1945. Lydia's papers contain concert programs, journals and correspondence, which documents her social life, during the first part of the 1900s. 



MSS 27 John H. Hauberg papers


In this collection, the diaries and correspondence of Susanne C. Denkmann Hauberg cover the late 1800s to early 1900s. Susanne Denkmann was a very influential woman for over half a decade in Rock Island, Ill.  Susanne Denkmann was from a pioneer Rock Island Industrial family and spent a large portion of her time serving the Rock Island community through various civil and business organizations. After being in New York to help her friend, Norma Allen of Davenport, to assist in the kindergarten department of St. Bartholomew's Parish house, she decided to build a similar institution when she returned home to Rock Island, Ill. Called the West End Settlement, Denkmann created children's cripple clinic, trained nurse service, taught typing and dressmaking just to name a few activities. The Correspondence series, shows Susanne was also involved extensively in the Young Women's Christian Association (Y.W.C.A). A letter from the organization, thanks Susanne for her 'contributions, making the camp comfortable and attractive".  She donated time and money to a young people's training camp for church workers, serving on the finance committee, attending national conventions and paying the full annual budget for several years. During the depression era, she kept many Rock Island businesses and factories going through her donations.



MSS 299 Moretz-Stahl Family Collection of Augustana materials, 1924-1990


This collection contains the papers of Ethel Paulson Moretz and Helen Moretz Stahl. Ethel was an Augustana graduate, attending the college from 1924-1926. Whilst at Augustana she was involved in a couple of Women's organizations; the Berean Bible Class and the Augustana Women's Club. Helen also attended Augustana but during 1960-1964, and was part of the Augustana College Band as a flutist. Most of this collection belongs to Helen, which she gathered during her time at Augustana.  


Women's organizational records:


MSS 24 Augustana Dames Records, 1946-1996 & MSS 57 Augustana Women, 1984-1992


In 1946, the Augustana Dames were formed primarily by female faculty, and wives of past and present faculty and administrators. The Augustana Dames changed name to Augustana Women in 1984. The scrapbook in the Augustana Dames records contains invitations, programs, and newspaper clippings of Augustana Dames events. Meetings were held a few times a year for discussion shown by the small collection of fliers that are the Augustana Women collection. 



MSS 45 Augustana College Valkyries, 1928-1935 


This collection is comprised of a treasurer's record book showing the expenses of the Augustana College Valkyries, a club created to honor the best female athletes at Augustana College. The club was formed Spring Term 1928, after the name was selected from a contest in December 1927. The group's members were the top 24 female athletes at the college. Their goal was to expand and improve the athletics programs for women at Augustana.



MSS 48 Augustana College S.O.S., 1971-1972 


S.O.S. was a service organization at Augustana College from 1971 until 1974. S.O.S. was briefly the counterpart to APO. The group was for female students as, at that time, APO was only open to men. S.O.S. was approved as an organization in March 1971. The purpose of the group was to create interest and participation in community involvement. They worked with APO on certain projects, and initiated their own service projects such as the Easter Seal Drive, a cancer fund drive, and Red Cross events. This collection contains correspondence, a constitution, news clippings, a membership list, and an explanation of the APO-SOS program.



MSS 49 Augustana College Mortar Board, 1940-1990


The Augustana College Mortar Board chapter is an organization for students of excellent academic standing. The group originated from the Aglaia Society, a senior women's honor society. The society was granted a charter from the national Mortar Board organization - also a group that recognized women's excellence in the academic world - in March 1965. The national organization approved including men in their ranks in October 1975, due to Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. Materials in this collection include correspondence, invitations, reports, membership lists, news clippings, and a constitution.

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MSS 50 Aglaia Honor society Records, 1940-1964



MSS 50 Aglaia Honor society Records, 1940-1964


Founded in 1940 as an honors society for senior class women. The name 'Aglaia' is translated to 'brilliance', one of the three graces of Greek mythology. The small collection includes meeting minutes, correspondence and newspaper clippings which cover two decades (1940-1960).

Related Collections:

MSS 49 Augustana College Mortar Board, 1940-1990



MSS 69 Women and Gender Studies records, 1989-2007 


Within this collection, various event flyers, "Dare to Compete: The Struggle of women in sports". Various Augustana women studies awards, the Mary Wollstonecraft award for example promotes scholarship on women's topics at the undergraduate level. In box two, there is a report on sexual harassment/sexual assault programming.



MSS 173 Phrateres, Omicron Chapter records, 1940-1945


The Phrateres was an all-female organization for college students centered around socialization, leadership, networking and service. By 1944, there were 13 official chapters, including one at the University of British Columbia, making it an international organization. Though structured like a sorority with pledging and rushing, the Phrateres emphasized membership with few restrictions. Their group slogan was "Famous for Friendliness."  A Phrateres chapter was organized and installed at Augustana College on January 30, 1941, and was labeled the Omicron Chapter.  At the February 27, 1945 meeting, the group voted to disband Phrateres and to form instead an organization that would include a "council of independent girls" as the leaders of the larger group.



MSS 205 Augustana Endowment Society records, 1894-2011  


The Augustana Endowment Society was formed in 1894, by women who were concerned over the long-term financial stability of Augustana College. Through modest membership fees and occasional gifts, the Endowment Society was as able to contribute $40,000 to the college in 1943. The yearbooks date from 1907 to 2011 and document some of the activities the women undertook to raise money over the century for the school.


MSS 20a Sarah Margaret Shuey Foss papers, 1889-1949



MSS 226 Women's Club records, 1917-1958


The Augustana Woman's Club was founded March 20, 1917, by Florence Anderson, the originator and promoter of the "girls-get together idea", mentioned in the 1917-1930 Minutes. Women enrolled in any Augustana College department were eligible to join.  The constitution of the club was soon amended to include women faculty members and wives of the faculty.   Many of the activities organized by the club were social in nature while other activities were service-related.  Often the group discussed an issue effecting women on campus and came to a consensus before approaching the administration with concerns.  The records reflect Augustana Women's Red Cross work during World Wars I and II, their growing involvement on campus and in national women's organizations, their interest in physical education, and the effect of the Great Depression on campus activities.


MSS 299 Moretz-Stahl Family Collection of Augustana materials, 1924-1990



MSS 270 Sigma Kappa Tau records, 1917-2010 


(Some sections restricted to active members)

This sorority was founded in 1909, members were known as the QT's an abbreviation for 'quiet' as this was a secret organization which was not permitted by the Augustana College, instead they met at a professors home. Photo albums and scrapbooks depict various Sigma Kappa Tau sorority activities such as Homecoming, rushing and pledging, from 1917 onwards, giving a good span of this sorority's history. The WWI era scrapbook is also available digitally.


MSS 113 Heloise Olson Moline Scrapbook, 1925-1929



MSS 272 Sigma Alpha Iota, Delta Tau Chapter records, 1964-1999

The Sigma Alpha Iota, Delta Tau Chapter was initiated at Augustana College in 1964. The sorority is for women in the field of music. Materials in this collection include scrapbooks of photographs, newspaper clippings, programs, correspondence, and other materials, loose photographs, programs, and a chapter yearbook.




MSS 273 Delta Chi Theta records, 1965-2002

The Delta Chi Theta sorority is a campus Greek group created in 1965. Materials in this collection include the original pledge book, photographs, a newspaper photograph clipping and photocopy of the original members of the sorority, a procedures document, blank award forms, and composite photographs. The original pledge book is restricted from general use to protect the privacy of the group, its traditions, and its members.




MSS 275 Kappa Epsilon records, 1952-1988

The Kappa Epsilon sorority was founded as a sort of secret society in 1913. The group initially took the name Qui Est Qui (or "Who's Who"). The group changed its name to Kappa Epsilon in 1917 when it became a sorority. The girls nicknamed themselves the "Keys" and used a key shape for their pins. The sorority's membership waned in the late 1980s and early 1990s, and the group finally decided to disband in the mid-1990s. Materials in this collection include dance cards, correspondence, news clippings, photographs, scrapbooks, and loose scrapbook pages.




MSS 277 Kappa Epsilon Nu records, 1945-1970

The Kappa Epsilon Nu sorority was arranged at the Homecoming Banquet of 1923 to promote friendship and spirit among women at Augustana College. Their members were called "Kens," but they later changed their nickname to the "Kappas." They were particularly active in music and athletic activities. They also won the honor of having the highest scholastic average for several years. Materials in this collection include scrapbooks and minutes.



MSS 197 Ruth Erickson Scrapbooks, 1920s-1951



MSS 279 Sigma Pi Delta records

The Sigma Pi Delta sorority was originally founded as a tennis club in 1909. The group quickly morphed into a sorority to justify their year-round existence. However, Augustana faculty and board members were opposed to social organizations without specific purposes. They believed such groups detracted from the school's purpose of learning. The sorority survived the administration's disapproval, and soon more fraternities and sororities were founded. The Sigma Pi Delta girls were nicknamed the "Speeds," and have remained a strong presence in campus Greek life. Materials in the collection include membership lists, minutes, financial records, photographs, attendance sheets, calendars, newsletters, pledging information, and a scrapbook.


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MSS 25 Helen S. Collins Scrapbook, 1919-1922



MSS 290 The Vagina Monologues records, 2003-2004

The Vagina Monologues is a play written by Eve Ensler and is part of a global movement called V-Day to raise awareness and prevent violence against women. The suggested donations from the college's production of the play benefit the Family Resource Center of the Quad Cities. Augustana College began performing the Monologues in the 2003-2004 academic year and has performed the show annually each February since. The theatre group Alpha Pi Omega sponsors the event.




MSS 294 Chi Omega Gamma, Beta Alumnae Chapter records, 1945-1964

The Chi Omega Gamma, Beta Alumnae Chapter was organized on January 21, 1945 in Chicago, Illinois. The members met to keep in touch with alumnae from the Augustana College sorority, Chi Omega Gamma. The group took turns meeting once a month at the home of an alumna. The Beta Chapter also donated regularly to Augustana College's Annual Fund.




MSS 309 American Association of University Women, Rock Island-Moline Branch Records, 1916-2003

The American Association of University Women encourages equality for women and girls in educational, social, political, and economic situations. The AAUW Rock Island-Moline Branch was founded on November 13, 1909. The collection contains minutes of AAUW Board meetings and yearbooks which span from 1926-1989 and 1999-2009, indicating study groups and programs on topics on women and leadership. In the 1951, one topic of discussion was, "Enlightened Ladies in an Embattled Age". In the 2001-2002 topics included 'Rock Island City Council Women Leading the Way' and 'Empowering Adolescent Female Students through Authentic Voices'. Scrapbook pages containing various newspaper clippings from the 1930s through to the 1980s show various events of AAUW history.




MSS 310 National Organization for Women (QC chapter) records, 1966-1989

Although restrictions apply to this collection with sensitive items such as membership and minute records, much can be explored, namely the newsletters.  The Quad Cities NOW series contains newsletters, press clippings, photographs and artifacts on the organization on a local level.  Regional NOW contains materials pertaining to conventions and council meetings held in the Midwest. National NOW contains newsletters also and bylaws. The ERA campaign has its own sub-series, containing press clippings related to the campaign for the adoption of the Equal Rights Amendment.  In addition, the subject files contain pamphlets, correspondence and other materials dealing with important issues such as abortion, sexism and women in the military.