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Special Collections

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Academic semester:  Monday through Thursday, 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Academic breaks: Monday through Thursday from 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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Search Collections

Special Collections contains published and unpublished resources in a variety of formats. To search one of our core collections, select one of the options below. Please contact us for assistance if you have any questions or concerns.

Manuscript Collections

  • Personal papers (such as letters, diaries, and scrapbooks)
  • Organizational records (such as meeting minutes and membership records)
  • Other formats: photographs, audiovisual materials, artifacts, computer files, or archived web content


Book Collections

  • Augustana  institutional publications
  • Early printed works and first editions
  • Diverse genres: women's prescriptive literature, children's literature and illustrations, artists' books


Vertical Files

  • Clippings and ephemera
  • Programs, newsletters, and announcements
  • Some original manuscripts, archival records, and photographs


Photograph Collection

  • Print and negative images
  • Varying sizes, from snapshots to panoramic
  • Electronic photographs


Digital Collections and Exhibits

  • Augustana Observer and Rockety-I yearbooks
  • Augustana campus, students, and faculty resources
  • Illinois/ Iowa regional photographs