Oral History Interviews

MSS 291
Approximately 7.5 linear inches


Molly Todd, 2009, 2011
Ellen Hay, 2011
Brian Leech, 2012




Individual interviews may have restrictions

Access points:

Augustana College (Rock Island, Ill.)
Augustana College and Theological Seminary (Rock Island, Ill.)-- Alumni and alumnae.
Quad Cities (Ill. and Iowa)
World War II--Personal narratives.
Oral history.

Finding aid prepared by:

Allison James, 2009. Updated by Helen Reinold, 2011, Julia G. Westblade, 2012, Gina Balestri, 2013 and Micaela Terronez, 2014.


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

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The interviews labeled "What is the Augustana Story?" and "World War II on the Quad Cities Homefront" were conducted for the final assignment of HIST369 Oral History from 2008 to 2013. The Augustana faculty biographies were written in a class as a apart of the first year liberal studies (LSFY) program.


HIST369 Oral History and Testimonio was an Augustana course first taught by Dr. Molly Todd during Winter term of the 2008 to 2009 academic year. The class focused on the oral history tradition in both theory and practice. The 2008 to 2009 and 2010 to 2011 students conducted an oral history interview with an Augustana alumnus to piece together "the Augustana Story." The 2012 to 2013 Oral History and Testimony course was taught by Dr. Brian Leech. This class conducted interviews with Augustana alumni, Quad Cities residents, and former Rock Island Arsenal employees to answer the question "What were the effects of World war II on residents of the Quad Cities?" Subsequent class projects may vary in subject or theme, but the overall goal will remain to better understand and practice oral history.

The Augustana faculty biographies were written based on oral interviews of retired Augsutana College professors in 2011. The papers were a part of an assignment for a first year writing class in the LSFY program. This LSFY course was taught by Dr. Ellen Hay of the Communications Depertment.



The Oral history interview collection consists of oral interviews conducted with various Augustana alumni, Augustana faculty, Quad Cities residents, and former Rock Island Arsenal employees. The interviews were conducted as a part of the HIST369 Oral History and Testimony course and a first year writing class in the LSFY program. A separate finding aid for each interviewee (prepared by the interviewers) is available online through the links below. Each interview's finding aid contains information about the interviewee, index, full transcript and a copy of the original audio available for download.

The What is the Augustana Story? series (2008-2009,2010- 2011) contains the following interviews: Frost, Marilyn; Johnson, Arthur; Nelson, Lillian; Parkander, Dorothy; Peterson, Donald; Horstmann, Jim and Carol; Olsen, Paul; Sundelius, Harold; Tredway, Thomas.

The Augustana faculty biographies series (2010-2011) contains papers based on interviews with Tom Banks,Tom Brown, Nancy Huse, Sonja Knudsen, Doug Nelson, Don Peterson, Ralph Troll, and Roald Tweet.

The World War II on the Quad Cities Homfront series (2012-2013) contains the following interviews: Aguilera, Maria Mercedes; Anonymous; Hammond, Eva; Johnson, Ben; Johnson, Keith; Masterson, Harry; McAdams, William; Pearson, Robert L.; Pierce, Charles and Marguerite (Peggy); Wahe, Martha.



The interviews are arranged by the year in which the class conducted them. Original folder order has been maintained.



Box 1
     What is the Augustana Story?, 2008-2009 and 2010-2011

            Interview with Marilyn Frost ( - )
            Interview with Arthur Johnson (1913- )
            Interview with Lillian Nelson ( - )
            Interview with Dorothy Parkander (1925- )
            Interview with Donald Peterson ( - )
          Interview with Jim and Carol Horstmann ( - )
          Interview with Paul Olsen ( - )
          Interview with Harold Sundelius ( - )
          Interview with Thomas Tredway (1935- )

Box 2
     Augustana faculty biographies, 2011
          Tom Banks
          Tom Brown
          Nancy Huse
          Sonja Knudsen
          Doug Nelson
          Don Peterson
          Ralph Troll
          Roald Tweet

Box 3
      World War II on the Quad Cities Homefront, 2012-2013
          Interview with Maria Mercedes Aguilera (1936- )
          Interview with Anonymous ( - )
          Interview with Eva Hammond ( - )
          Interview with Ben Johnson (1924- )
          Interview with Keith Johnson (1932- )          
          Interview with Harry Masterson (1915- )
          Interview with William McAdams (1928- )
          Interview with Robert L. Pearson (1936- )
          Interview with Charles and Marguerite (Peggy) Pierce ( - )
          Interview with Martha Wahe (1921- )




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