Profile: Augustana College Special Collections

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Special Collections consists of Augustana's collections of rare books and manuscripts, as well as the college archives. The largest collection is the Upper Mississippi Valley collection, which includes works on the Upper Mississippi Valley (from St. Paul to St. Louis), the exploration and settlement of the region, and local history. Topics covered include history, geography, geology, maps and charts, boating, and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reports; works of fiction and memoir are included. Quad Cities materials include local publications and local authors. The collection includes numerous books on Native American subjects, especially the Black Hawk War (a subject for which Special Collections is one of the premier repositories) and the Sioux Uprising of 1862. All topics covered are represented by both historical and contemporary publications.
The majority of the manuscript and archival collections in Special Collections are related to either Augustana history, local history, or both. Collections with Augustana roots include the papers of all the former presidents of Augustana, materials from current and former student clubs, organizations and societies, papers of various faculty and alumni, and materials from campus departments and offices. Materials with local connections include papers of prominent local families, area organizations, and local businesses. Of special note is the John Henry Hauberg papers, which contains some 60,000 images and approximately 150 unpublished volumes related to Rock Island County and Illinois history.