Harry S. B. Johnson Papers
1948-1975 (bulk 1949-1956)

MSS 166
1.6 linear feet (4 boxes)


Johnson, Harry S. B., 1912-1976.




There are no restrictions on the use of this collection.  

Access points:

Augustana College (Rock Island, Ill.)--Administration.
Augustana College (Rock Island, Ill.)--Faculty.
College students.

Finding aid prepared by:

Kelsey O'Connell, 2010


Augustana College Special Collections
Thomas Tredway Library
639 38th Street
Rock Island, Illinois 61201

Custodial History
Biographical Sketch
Scope and Content
System of Arrangement
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Materials collected by Augustana College library staff over unknown period of time.



Harry Sigfrid Bernard Johnson was born on August 1, 1912 in Blue Island, Illinois. He attended local Blue Island schools and then went to Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois where he graduated in 1934. Four years later he graduated from the Augustana Theological Seminary. He did graduate work at the University of Chicago in Chicago, Illinois during the summers of 1942, 1944, 1945, and 1946. From 1938 to 1942, Johnson worked at the parish ministry of Bethesda Lutheran Church in Morrison, Illinois. In 1940 he began teaching at Augustana College as a part-time Greek teacher; in 1942 he became a full-time professor. Johnson taught Greek, Classics, Swedish, and courses in the Christianity Department at Augustana College. From 1945 forward, he also served as the Dean of Men and the tennis coach, and the Coordinator of Public Events. In 1960, the Augustana Theological Seminary awarded him an honorary doctorate. Johnson worked at Augustana College until he passed away in 1976.

Johnson served on the board of directors at the Lutheran Hospital in Moline, Illinois. He was a chairman of the Illinois Conference of Life and Growth of the former Augustana Synod, the Department of Social Missions, Illinois Synod, and the Lutheran Church in America. He was the president of the Augustana Chapter of The American Scandinavian Foundation, a member of the Illinois Classical Conference, and a past president of the Illinois Association of Deans and Advisers of Men.

Johnson married Verna Olson on July 23, 1938 and together they had two children: David (b. 1940) and Lois (b. 1944). He passed away in 1976 at age sixty-three.  



The Harry S. B. Johnson papers contain professional correspondence and other documents recording Johnson's activities as the Dean of Men at Augustana College in the 1950's. Topics include students’ academic standing, campus housing accommodations, and disciplinary actions.



The Harry S. B. Johnson papers are arranged in the following series: 

Series I. Correspondence as Dean of Men, 1949-1956
Series II. Miscellaneous, 1948-1975



Box 1
        Series I. Correspondence as Dean of Men, 1949-1956

                September 1, 1949-September 1, 1951, A-L

Box 2
                September 1, 1949-September 1, 1951, M-Z
                September 1, 1951-September 1, 1952, A-D

Box 3
                September 1, 1951-September 1, 1952, E-Z
                September 1, 1952-September 1, 1953, A-N

Box 4
                September 1, 1952-September 1, 1953, O-Z
                September 1, 1953-September 1, 1956, I-J and S

        Series II. Miscellaneous, 1948-1975

                Letters to students automatically dropped for poor scholarship, 1951-1952
                Correspondence regarding Nigernian student Mashood Ajala, 1949-1951
                Questionnaires, 1948-1964
                Translation of “Greeting from Lund University in Sweden to
                Augustana College Fiftieth Anniversary,” n.d.
                Tribute to Dr. Gustav Andreen, Founder’s Day, 1975

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