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Special Collections

Home of the college archives, local history collections, and rare books. 

Special Collections, located on the first floor of Tredway Library, holds Augustana's collections of rare books and manuscripts as well as the college archives. The materials held in Special Collections are non-circulating, but may be requested for on-site use in the Ernest and Mary Belle Espelie Special Collections Reading Room, which is named in honor of the generous contributions of the Espelie family.

The primary mission of Special Collections is to collect, preserve, and make available materials that serve the teaching and research needs of Augustana College and the local community. Materials in Special Collections support the college curriculum and assist in faculty teaching and student learning. Materials also further the research of students, faculty, and staff, independent researchers, and the public.


Contact Information

Special Collections welcomes inquiries about our materials, Augustana history, and topics related to our collections. You do not have to be a member of the Augustana community in order to use or inquire about our resources.

In person: Special Collections is located on the first floor of the Thomas Tredway Library. Walk-in visits to view items of interest are welcome. If you prefer an alternative time, please book an appointment. 

By phone: (309) 794-7643

By e-mail: specialcollections@augustana.edu

By mail:
Special Collections
Thomas Tredway Library
Augustana College
639 38th St. 
Rock Island, IL 61201