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Moretz-Stahl Family Collection of Augustana Materials

1924-1990 and 2012-2013, and undated

MSS 299
2.0 linear feet (3 boxes)



Name of Creator(s):

Ethel Paulson Moretz
Helen Moretz Stahl
Richard Stahl

Languages:

English

Access:

There are no restrictions on the use of this collection.

Access points:

Augustana College (Rock Island, Ill.)
Quad-City Poet Laureate.

Finding aid prepared by:

Kaylee Vande Voorde, 2011. Updated by Madison Neece, July 2014.

Preferred citation:

[identification of item], in MSS 299 Moretz-Stahl Family Collection of Augustana Materials, Special Collections, Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois.

Repository:

Augustana College Special Collections
Thomas Tredway Library
639 38th Street
Rock Island, Illinois 61201
309-794-7643
specialcollections@augustana.edu




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



CUSTODIAL HISTORY
Materials were donated to the Alumni/Advancement office in 2009 and were transferred to Special Collections in 2010. 
 
HISTORICAL SKETCH

Ethel Paulson Moretz was an Augustana graduate, class of 1926. She was originally from Sioux City, Iowa, and attended Augustana College from 1924-1926; she transferred from Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa, to Augustana where she finished her Bachelorís Degree. Ethel Paulson Moretz graduated from the collegiate program with a B. A. in Mathematics and was a member of the honor roll. While at Augustana she participated in several organizations: the Roosevelt Outing Club, Phrenokosmian, the Messiah Choir, the Berean Bible Class, the Augustana Womenís Club, and the Augustana Girlís Athletics Association. She later married Herbert Moretz and mothered two children: John Moretz and Helen Moretz. Several of the items included in the collection belonged to Ethel, such as her diploma, her class ring, and her sorority pin.

Helen Moretz Stahl attended Augustana from 1960-1964. She graduated with a bachelorís degree in elementary education and was a member of the Student National Education Association. She also participated in the Augustana College Band as a flutist. She married Richard Stahl, who later became the first Quad City Poet Laureate. Together they had three children: Rita Stahl, Randall Stahl, and Renee Stahl. The majority of this collection belonged to Helen Ė presumably gathered during her attendance at Augustana College.

Richard Hugo Stahl was born and raised in Davenport, Iowa. He graduated from Davenport High School in 1957 and then attended Augustana College from 1959-1963. He graduated from Augustana with a bachelorís degree in English. After serving in Germany with the U.S. Army, Stahl then attended the University of Iowa and was awarded a masterís degree in English in 1970. In 1981, he also completed an education specialist degree (Ed. S.) with Western Illinois University while teaching high school English at Davenport Central High School. He retired in 2001, when he became the first Quad City Poet Laureate. As Quad City Poet Laureate (an otherwise honorary title) Stahl was required to give public readings in three different Iowa counties: Scott, Clinton, and Muscatine; and three different Illinois counties: Rock Island, Mercer, and Henry. Stahl was succeeded in his title by Augustana professor Rebecca Wee.  

 

SCOPE AND CONTENT

The materials from the Moretz-Stahl Family Collection include the personal possessions of Ethel Paulson Moretz, Helen Moretz Stahl, Richard Stahl, and John Moretz (son of Ethel Paulson Moretz and brother of Helen Moretz Stahl). Covering a 67 year span, the 2.0 linear feet of materials in the Moretz-Stahl Family Collection are dated from 1924 to 1990 and 2012 to 2013 and include documents, photographs, postcards, and memorabilia from the familyís time at Augustana College. When this collection was accessioned, an abundance of materials were duplicates of materials already held by Augustana College Special Collections and those have been separated from the collection. Separated items include: Augustana College catalogs, Augustana Band programs, Sorensen Inaugural Ceremony papers, graduation programs, and issues of Saga, the Observer, Inside Augustana, and the Alumni Bulletin. The collection has been arranged chronologically and into two series: the Ethel Paulson Moretz Items and the Helen Moretz Stahl and Richard Stahl Items (1961-1990 and 2012-2013).

The Ethel Paulson Moretz Items (1924-1979) have been arranged into three subseries, Augustana Documents, Photographs, and Memorabilia. The Augustana Documents subseries includes documents collected from before and during Ethel Paulson Moretzís enrollment at Augustana College; this includes a listing of materials that were duplicative and returned to Helen Moretz Stahl, or items from this collection that were stored elsewhere in Special Collections. The Photographs subseries is a collection of photographs taken of and by Ethel on the Augustana College campus. The final subseries, Memorabilia, consists of Ethelís sorority pin, class ring, and an Augustana Founderís Association paperweight.

The second series of the collection, Helen Moretz Stahl and Richard Stahl Items (1961-1990 and 2012-2013), is also arranged into three subseries, Augustana Documents, Photographs, and Memorabilia. Augustana Documents are the coupleís collected papers in association with Augustana College during and after their enrollment; this includes a listing of materials that were duplicative and returned to Helen Moretz Stahl, or items from this collection that were stored elsewhere in Special Collections. The Photographs include photographs of the Tredway Library Dedication ceremony in 1990 and Wallenberg Hallís renovations in 1991. Taken by Richard Stahl, photographs documenting the 2012-2013 construction and renovation of Augustana's campus were added in July 2014. The Memorabilia subseries includes a freshman beanie and Richard Stahlís Augustana College t-shirt.

 

SYSTEM OF ARRANGEMENT

The collection had no discernible order and has been arranged to reflect the original ownership of the materials.

 

RELATED MATERIALS
Augustana College Band vertical file
Dick Stahl veritcal file
Rita Stahl vertical file  

 

CONTAINER LIST

BOX 1


Series I. Ethel Paulson-Moretz Items (1924-1979)

Augustana Documents (1924-1979)

List of Separated Items

Documents

Photographs (1926-1979)

Series II. Helen Moretz-Stahl and Richard Stahl Items (1961-1990 and 2012-2013)

Augustana Documents(1958-1984)

List of Separated Items

Graduation (1961-1964)

Augustana College Band (1962-1964)

Athletics (1961-1984)

Observer (1961-1963)

Miscellaneous (undated-1962)

Photographs (1960?-1991)

BOX 2 (oversize)

Series I. Ethel Paulson-Moretz Items (1924-1979)

Memorabilia (undated)

Series II. Helen Moretz-Stahl and Richard Stahl Items (1961-1990 and 2012-2013)

Memorabilia (undated)

Box 3

Series II. Helen Moretz-Stahl and Richard Stahl Items (1961-1990 and 2012-2013)

Photographs, 2012-2013 (4 folders)

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