Collection of Augustana Athletics and Physical Education records


MSS 217
17 linear feet (25 boxes)

Name of Creator(s):

Augustana College and Theological Seminary (Rock Island, Ill.). Augustana College Athletic Association
Augustana College and Theological Seminary (Rock Island, Ill.). Board of Control of Athletics
Augustana College (Rock Island, Ill.). Department of Physical Education
Augustana College (Rock Island, Ill.). Tribe of Vikings




There are no restrictions on the use of this collection. Audiovisual materials may be inaccessible pending reformatting. Contact Special Collections for more information.

Access points:

Augustana College (Rock Island, Ill.)
Augustana College (Rock Island, Ill.)--Students.
College students--Recreation.
College sports--United States.
College sports for women--United States.
Intramural sports--United States.
College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin.

Finding aid prepared by:

Helen Reinold, 2011. Updated by Julia G. Westblade, 2012; Rachel Bruce, 2012; and Samantha Crisp, October 2014; Caroline McPherson, February 2015.


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

Custodial History
Administrative History/Biographical Sketch
Scope and Content
System of Arrangement
Related Materials
Container List


 The Tribe of Vikings Hall of Fame sketches and CDs are donated to Special Collections each year by Dave Wrath.



Athletics and physical education at Augustana College date back to 1873, when the college was still located in Paxton, Illinois. T.N. Hasselquist, a faculty member, noted in a letter that students lacked exercise. It was not until the college moved to Rock Island, however, that formal athletic teams and organizations were formed. There the college had access to better facilities, so local physicians were employed to offer gymnastics classes. The first football team was organized in 1893 and operated without regulation. In that same year, students petitioned the Board of Directors for repairs on the old gymnasium hall, or for the construction of a new building altogether. Between 1894 and 1895, the old hall was torn down and the new gymnasium was built.
The Augustana College Athletic Association was organized in 1899. Its stated purpose was to facilitate “the promotion of all healthful exercises at the institution.” In its first year the club had 100 active members, including both students and faculty members. The Association oversaw all of the college’s sports clubs and teams, including basketball, gymnastics, baseball, football, and the bicycle club. Its early goals were to hire an athletic director, to buy equipment for the gymnasium, and to raise money for a swimming pool.
Though there was no formal department, physical education classes were first offered in 1894. In 1897, the Ladies Physical Culture Class was established to offer female students a chance to exercise. By 1900 the college had drawn up rules and regulations for athletic clubs and teams. Managers or captains of teams had to get approval from the specially formed Faculty Committee of Athletics in order to compete against other colleges. The committee also scheduled the use of the gymnasium for practices and games. Teams were only allowed to compete against other colleges, and any student reported as delinquent in their studies could not participate in any athletic group. The Board of Control of Athletics was established in 1901. It was responsible for overseeing the intercollegiate sports teams, scheduling games and matches, and judging the eligibility of the athletes. The first complete football season was in 1902, and the first track and field meet was in 1903.
In June 1905 the Augustana Synod placed a ban on college baseball, basketball, and football, due to the injuries the sports caused and the “immoral behavior” they encouraged. Students at Augustana responded negatively, especially regarding basketball. In 1906, 157 students signed a petition to reinstate intercollegiate basketball, but were refused by the Board of Directors. On October 23, 1906, over 100 members of the student body staged a violent demonstration in favor of basketball. The crowd marched to the houses of four professors, chanting and shouting insults. A portion of the crowd broke off and followed two Board members to the Rock Island train station, where they were boarding a train to Omaha. Students entered the coach and shouted at the men for several minutes. Some of the students assaulted the Board members by hitting them with drum sticks, pulling on their coat tails, and pinching them. The college punished all members of the demonstration severely, and at least seventy two students were suspended for one week. The student body continued to send petitions to the Synodical Council every year and in 1910 basketball and baseball were reinstated. Football was reinstated by the Board of Directors in 1917. As a result of the ban, students formed other clubs, including the Olympic Gymnastic Club, the Tennis Association, and the Terfing Fencing Club.    
The Tribe of Vikings was formed in 1927. It was originally a student group that functioned to recognize men who had earned their letters in a varsity sport. Eventually, the group evolved into an alumni association, and began inducting athletes into the Hall of Fame. 
The Department of Physical Education was established in 1912, under the name Department of Physical Training. It was listed in the college catalog with student organizations and was mainly responsible for fulfilling the students’ athletics requirement. Students had to complete two hours of exercise a week under the supervision of an instructor. In 1930 the department was first listed with the academic departments. The Physical Education major and minor first became available in 1947, listed in the Social Studies category. The major was expanded in the 1970s and 80s to include specializations in coaching, teaching, and sports and fitness management. 2000 was the last year Physical Education was offered as a major at Augustana. Since then, the department has mainly offered activity courses, which count towards the student athletic requirement.
The college was a member of the “Little 19” conference until 1937, when it and nine others withdrew to form the College Conference of Illinois (and later, Wisconsin). Conference sports included football, basketball, wrestling, swimming, baseball, track and field, tennis, and golf. At the time, there were no intercollegiate sports available for women, who could only participate in intramural sports. The first intercollegiate varsity sports for women became available in the 1970s, and included swimming, basketball, tennis, and volleyball. A varsity gymnastics team was added in 1974, the same year that the first Women’s Athletic Director was hired. The Roy J. Carver Center for Physical Education was completed in 1971, and was responsible for creating new interest in conference and intramural sports, physical education, and general recreation. Also during this time, the college became a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association, Division III. Conference sports expanded, and by 2010 the college offered eleven women’s varsity and twelve men’s varsity teams. Eight club sports were available, including crew, equestrian team, rugby, and cheerleading. Thirty three intramural sports were offered, including badminton, bowling, dodgeball, mini golf, table tennis, and euchre.      



The Collection on Augustana Athletics and Physical Education includes meeting minutes and record books from several early athletic clubs, departmental records, sports schedules and brochures, sweaters and jerseys, and sketches of the Tribe of Vikings Hall of Fame inductees. It encompasses 12.84 linear feet and includes documents from 1889 to 2011. It is divided into two series: Department of Physical Education and Athletics

The Department of Physical Education (1899-1933) series contains two subseries: Department Records (1949-1965) and Publications (1936-1983). The Department Records subseries contains the Physical Education Club Charter (1949) and Department objectives (1965). The Publications subseries contains a Physical Education pamphlet from 1936, a Women's P. E. Majors and Minors newsletter from 1963, and P. E. major/minor pamphlets (1977-1983).

The Athletics (1899-2014) series contains nine subseries: Augustana Athletic Association (1899-1913 and undated), Board of Control of Athletics (1902-1974), Club and Intramural Sports (1906-1920 and undated), Women's Athletics (1924-1936 and undated), Protests and Scandals (1906, 1958),Publications (1937-2011 and undated), Athletic Events (1923-2009), Athletic Uniforms (1930-1938 and undated), and Tribe of Vikings (1935-2014).

The Augustana Athletic Association subseries contains invitations and rules from 1899, meeting minutes (1899-1913), and a scrapbook.

The Board of Control of Athletics subseries contains meeting minutes (1902-1974) and the 1912-1913 treasury report.

The Clubs and Intramural Sports subseries contains six sub-subseries: Terfing Fencing Club (1906-1907), Augustana Tennis Association (1913-1919), Academy Athletics (1914-1915), Olymipic Gymnastic Club (1915-1920), Intramural Sports (undated), and Pompoms Club (1968). The Terfing Fencing Club sub-subseries contains minutes and correspondence from the 1906-1907 school year. The Augustana Tennis Association sub-subseries contains membership rolls (1913-1919) and financial records (1919). The Academy Athletics sub-subseries contains financial reports and athletic schedules from 1914-1915. The Olympic Gymnastics Club sub-subseries contains secretary's records from 1915-1920. The Intramural Sports sub-subseries contains an undated intramural handbook.

The Protests and Scandals subseries includes information about the 1906 protests by students against the ban on sports, particularly basketball and correspondence regarding the 1958 incident in Rockford in which Augustana's basketball was accused of not playing to their full potential.

The Women's Athletics subseries contains three sub-subseries: Augustana Girls Athletic Association (1924-1933), Women's Athletic Association (1935-1936), and Kat's Klaws (undated). The Augustana Girls Athletic Association sub-subseries contains a record book from 1924-1933. The Women's Athletics Association contains minutes from the 1935-1936 school year. The Kat's Klaws sub-subseries contains an undated newsletter.

The Publications subseries contains eighteen sub-subseries: General Athletics (1960-2011), "Sports News from Augustana College" (1983-2011), Baseball (1970-1999), Men's Basketball (1906-1999), Women's Basketball (1987-1999), Men's Cross Country (1973-1998), Women's Cross Country (1979-1998), Football (1934-1999 and undated), Golf (1970-1989), Men's Soccer (1980-1998), Women's Soccer (1994-1998), Softball (1980-1999), Swimming (1970-1999 and undated), Tennis (1970-1999 and undated), Track and Field (1941-1999 and undated), Volleyball (1980-1999), and Wrestling (1963-1999). The General Athletics sub-subseries contains CCIW materials, press books, publicity brochures, an athletic handbook from 1968, brochures and guides about athletics at Augustana, sports schedules, and sports statistics. "Sports News from Augustana College" is a newsletter which summarizes highlights of each sporting season. This sub-subseries contains issues from 1983 to 2011. Each individual varsity sport has its own sub-subseries, each of which contains various programs, clippings, brochures, and guides.

The Athletic Events subseries (1923-2009)contains information on athletic banquets, the Vking Olympics from the late 1960s and early 1970s, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, the 1973 NAIA men's basketball tournament, and the 2009 Paul Olsen Track dedication.

The Athletic Uniforms subseries consists of a 1930s varsity letter sweater, an All-American sweater from 1938, a 1920s women's basketball jersey, and two undated letter sweaters.

The Tribe of Vikings subseries (1935-2014) contains pencil sketches and digital scans of those inducted into the Hall of Fame as well as the newsletter published by the alumni association.

The Audiovisual suberies (1975-1983 and undated) consists of thirteen U-Matic videotapes. These videos are recordings of the Augustana Men's Basketball team at the National Championships in 1975 and 1976. There is also video coverage of the Augustana Football team in 1981 in a game against Millikin, as well as the team in the National Championships in 1982 and 1983. There are also four untitled videotapes.



The collection is arranged chronologically within each series with undated materials at the end of the series. Undated documents are organized alphabetically by title.



MSS 216 Flavius Sten scrapbook




Department of Physical Education, 1899-1933

Department records, 1949-1965

Physical Education Charter, 1949

Department Objectives, 1965

Publications, 1936-1983

P.E. Pamphlet, 1936

Women's P.E. Majors and Minors newsletter, 1963

Women's P.E. Majors and Minors pamphlets, 1977-1983

Student Exercise sheet, undated

Athletics, 1899-2011

Augustana Athletic Association, 1899-1913, undated

Invitations and Rules, 1899 and undated

Minutes, 1899-1913 [oversize, Box 22]

Annual Dad's Day scrapbook, 1926-1927 [housed in Box 23]

Board of Control of Athletics, 1902-1974

Minutes, 1902-1905

Minutes, 1973-1974

Minutes, 1913-1923

Minutes, 1924-1935

Minutes, 1938-1941

Minutes, 1973-1974

Treasury report, 1912-1913[oversize, Box 22]

Club and Intramural Sports, 1906-1920, undated

Terfing Fencing Club

Minutes, 1906-1907 [oversize, Box 23]

Correspondence, 1906-1907

Augustana Tennis Association

Membership roll, 1913-1919

Financial records, 1919

Olympic Gymnastics Club

Secretary's record, 1915-1920


Academy Athletics

Financial reports and athletic schedules, 1914-1915

Intramural Sports

Intramural handbook, undated

Pompoms Club

Clippings, 1968

Protest and Scandals

Basketball demonstration documents, 1906

Protest correspondence, 1906

Basketball demonstrations committee report, 1906

Rockford incident, 1958

Women's Athletics, 1924-1936, undated

Augustana Girls Athletic Association

Record book, 1924-1933

Women's Athletic Association

Minutes, 1935-1936

Kat's Klaws

Newsletter, undated

Athletic Faculty

Sports Information Director, 1966-1981


Publications, 1937-2011, undated

General Athletics

CCIW constitution, 1960, 1971

CCIW records, 1972-1974, 1998-1999

Women's athletics clippings, 1973-1997

Pressbooks, 1960-1966

Pressbooks, 1966-1967

Publicity brochures, 1965-1972

Athletic handbook, 1968

Brochures and guides, 1970s

Sports schedules, 1962-1978

Sports schedules, 1980s

Sports schedules, 1990s

Sports schedules, 2000s

Sports schedules, 2010s

Sports statistics, 1983-1993


"Sports News from Augustana College"


January-April 1994

September-December 1994

May-August 1995

September-December 1995

January-April 1996

May-August 1996

September-December 1996


"Sports News from Augustana College"

January-April 1997

May-October 1997

November-December 1997

January-March 1998

May-August 1998

September-December 1998


"Sports News from Augustana College"

January-March 1999

April-May 1999, December 2000

November 2011, June-July 2012


Clippings, 1970s

Guides, 1970s

Guides, 1980s

Guides, 1990s

Men's Basketball

Clippings, 1914-1915

Clippings, 1968-1981, undated

Scrapbook, 1973 [oversize, Box 24]

Programs, 1960s-1980s

Guides, 1970s


Men's Basketball

Guides, 1980s

Guides, 1990s

Women's Basketball

Programs, 1979-1990

Brochures and guides, 1980-1989

Brochures, 1990-1998

CCIW packets, 1987-1996

Media information packets, 1980s


Women's Basketball

Media information packets, 1980s

Men's Cross Country

Programs, 1969-1989

Guides, 1973-1984

Brochures, 1990-1998

Women's Cross Country

Guides, 1979-1998

Programs, 1992,1997


Programs, 1937-1969

Programs, 1970-1979

Programs, 1980-1985

Programs, 1985-1988



Guides, 1969-1978

Guides, 1980s

Brochures, 1990s

Clippings, 1968-1986

Clippings, undated

Ken Anderson clippings, 1970-1975


Guides, 1970s-1980s

Brochures and clippings, undated

Men's Soccer

Brochures and guides, 1980-1998

Women's Soccer

Brochures and guides, 1994-1998


Brochures and guides, 1980s

BOX 10


Brochures and guides, 1990s


Guides, 1970s

Guides, 1980s

Brochures, 1990s

Clippings, undated


Guides, 1970s

Guides, 1980s

Brochures, 1990s

Clippings, undated

Track and Field

Programs, 1940, 1970

Guides, 1970s

Guides, 1980s

Brochures, 1990s

Clippings, undated


Guides, 1980s

Brochures, 1990s


Programs, 1963

Guides, 1970s

Guides, 1980s

Guides, 1990s

Athletic Events, 1923-2009

Banquets, 1923, 1969-1973

Viking Olympics, 1969-1972

Fellowship of Christian Athletes, 1970

NAIA men's basketball tournament, 1973

Paul Olsen Track dedication, 2009

BOX 11

Athletic Uniforms, 1920-1938, undated

Varsity Letter Sweater, 1930s

BOX 12

All-American Sweater, 1938

BOX 13

Women's Basketball Jersey, 1920s

Sweater, undated

BOX 14

Sweater, undated

BOX 15

Tribe of Vikings, 1935-2014

Inductee Portraits, 1977-2014

Inductee Portraits, 1977-1978

BOX 16

Inductee Portraits, 1978-1980

BOX 17

Inductee Portraits, 1980-1982

BOX 18

Inductee Portraits, 1982, 2005

BOX 19

Inductee Portraits, 2005-2007

BOX 20

Inductee Portraits, 2007-2009

BOX 21

Inductee Portraits, 2009-2010

Newsletter, 1935-2010

BOX 22 [oversize]

Augustana Athletic Association, 1899-1913, undated

Minutes, 1899-1913

Board of Control of Athletics, 1902-1974

Minutes, 1906-1913

Treasury report, 1912-1913

BOX 23 [oversize]

Club and Intramural Sports, 1906-1920, undated

Terfing Fencing Club

Minutes, 1906-1907

Augustana Tennis Association

Membership roll, 1913-1919

OVERSIZE BOX 1 [Formerly BOX 24]

Publications, 1937-2011, undated

Men's Basketball

Scrapbook, 1973

OVERSIZE BOX 2 [Formerly BOX 25]

Tribe of Vikings, 1935-2014

Inductee Portraits, 1977-2014

Inductee Portraits, 2002-2005

BOX 26 [oversize]

Inductee Portraits, 2002

BOX 27

Inductee Portraits, 2011-2013

BOX 28

Inductee Portraits, 2014


Audiovisual Materials, 1975-1983 and undated

VT-0217/1: Augustana Basketball, National Championship, 1975 [U-Matic]
VT-0217/2: Augustana Basketball, National Championship, 1976 [U-Matic]
VT-0217/3: Augustana Football VS. Millikin, 1981, Part I [U-Matic]
VT-0217/4: Augustana Football VS. Millikin, 1981, Part II [U-Matic]
VT-0217/5: Augustana Football VS. Millikin, 1981, Part III [U-Matic]
VT-0217/6: Augustana Football VS. Millikin, 1981, Part IV [U-Matic]
VT-0217/7: Augustana Football, National Championship, 1982, Part III [U-Matic]
VT-0217/8: Augustana Football, National Championship, 1982, Part IV [U-Matic]
VT-0217/9: Augustana Football, National Championship, 1983 [U-Matic]
VT-0217/10: Untitled 1 [U-Matic]
VT-0217/11: Untitled 2 [U-Matic]
VT-0217/12: Untitled 3 [U-Matic]
VT-0217/13: Untitled 4 [U-Matic]



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