Collection of Paper Keepsakes


MSS 343
5 linear inches (2 boxes)

Name of Creator(s):

Augustana College (Rock Island, Ill.)
Augustana College (Rock Island, Ill.). Woman's Athletic Assocation.
Hasselquist, Eva Helena (Cervin)
Hasselquist, Hanna.
Huesing, Anna.
Huesing, Helen.
Huesing, Martha.
Hultberg, Grant.
Kron, E. Einar.
Susin, Barbara Ann.
Wilson, Mary Drusilla.  


English, Swedish


There are no restrictions on the use of this collection.

Access points:

Augustana College (Rock Island, Ill.)—Students.
Augustana College (Rock Island, Ill.)—Faculty.
Commencement ceremonies.
Greeting cards.
Invitation cards.

Finding aid prepared by:

Rebecca Hopman, 2011.
Updated by Sarah Horowitz, 2011 and 2012.
Julia G. Westblade, 2013.


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

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E. Einar Kron donated a freshman class banquet program, a senior formal program, a commencement invitation, and a senior dinner party invitation in 1987. Descendents of Per-Hugo Kristensson donated the GABS invitation, a commencement invitation, a Mother's Tea program, Alumni Day banquet program, and Homecoming program at an unknown date. The C.J. Bergman attendence record was donated by Helen Sommers in 1997. The Commencement Memories booklet was donated by Fritiof Fryxell. The collection of valentines might have been donated by Charlotte Huesing or a member of the Huesing family. A few programs were taken from a house near Sorensen Hall which was about to be razed. The rest of this collection was assembled by Special Collections librarians from vertical files and other sources in Special Collections. 

The materials in this collection were created by numerous sources, many of whom remain unnamed. However, the following information has been gathered about several of the creators:

The collection of valentines is from the Huesing sisters. Annie (Anna) Huesing (1871-1916), Helen Huesing (1872-?), and Martha Huesing (1875-1954) were sisters and life-long residents of Rock Island, Illinois. Their father, John August Huesing, moved to Rock Island from Prussia in the mid-1860s. He married Charlotte Frances Steffensen and had one child, Albert Dietrich Huesing (1860-1930). When his first wife died, Huesing married Marie Stark and had Annie, Helen, and Martha. Albert later married Charlotte F. Tremann and had Charlotte Francis Huesing (1900-?). Charlotte attended Grinnell College and the University of Wisconsin before earning her English degree at Augustana College in 1926. While at Augustana, Charlotte was a member of the Key sorority. She was also the president of the Woman’s Club and part of the Department of Oral Expression. Charlotte married Fred N. Helpenstell on June 10, 1927. Charlotte might have donated the valentines to Special Collections.

Grant Hultberg was a 1898 graduate of Augustana College. He earned his L.L. B. from Drake University in 1901, and then joined the editorial department of West Publishing Company of St. Paul, Minnesota. In 1907, Hultberg was hired as the assistant manager of the Augustana Book Concern. He also became an instructor of commercial law in the Business Department. He left Augustana College in 1919 to become the manager of the United Lutheran Church’s publication house.

Mary Drusilla Wilson was a 1912 graduate of Augustana College. She was originally from Knoxville, Illinois, and graduated from Knoxville High School in 1909. Wilson took part in several activities on campus, including: Adelphic Literary Society, Elsinore, Oratorio Society, the Observer (Social Page editor), the Rockety-I, and the girls’ basketball team (team captain ’10). She was also her class historian and class salutatorian. After graduation, Wilson taught English, German, and Latin at a high school in Wagnersville, Illinois.

E. Einar Kron was a 1923 graduate of Augustana College. He was originally from Bertrand, Nebraska, and graduated from Dayton High School in 1917. Kron participated in many campus activities, such as: the Ozo fraternity, Tau Kappa Alpha (the national forensic fraternity), Webster Debating Society, Phrenokosmian Literary Society, Augustana Band, Foreign Missionary Society, Oratorio Society, French Club, Christian Brotherhood, Inter-fraternal Council, Intercollegiate Debate, Lyceum Board, Students’ Unions, the Rockety-I, and the Observer (Exchanges editor).

Barbara Ann Susin was a 1962 graduate of Augustana College. She majored in English and participated in campus activities, including: Pi Epsilon Nu (the honorary music fraternity), Student Union, Fine Arts Committee, Rockety-I, International Relations Club, and Debate Team.

The Woman's Athletic Association (W.A.A.) was the successor to the Augustana Girls' Athletic Association (A.G.A.A.), originally founded by Dorothy Rogers in 1923. Under the direction of Jane Sweet Brissman, the W.A.A. grew to include every woman at Augustana. Its most famous annual event was the Kat banquet, an all-woman event at which attendees roasted one another in song and verse and awards were given.

Eva Helena (Cervin) Hasselquist was the wife of Tufve Nilsson Hasselquist, Augustana’s second president. The couple was married shortly before they travelled from Sweden to Galesburg, Illinois in 1852. Hanna Hasselquist was also related to Tufve Nilsson Hasselquist.  



The Collection on Paper Keepsakes dates from 1876-1994, and measures 5 linear inches (1 box). The materials are arranged into the following series:

The Augustana Keepsakes series, 1883-1994, contains invitations, programs, class reminiscences, rolls of graduates, Christmas cards, tickets, stickers, and membership cards related to Augustana College.

The Non-Augustana Keepsakes series, 1876-1931, contains funeral programs, wedding invitations, holiday cards, tickets, party favors, an invitation, and a needle case. These materials were created and collected by members of the Augustana community, but have no relation to Augustana College.


The materials in this collection were arranged by subject matter, then by type of material and date.


MSS 248 Augustana College Office of the President




Augustana Keepsakes, 1883-1994

Invitations, 1902-1957

Commencement and graduation invitations, 1903-1957

Miscellaneous, 1902-1955 and undated

Programs, 1898-1962

Commencement programs, 1898-1957

Banquet programs, 1908-1962 and undated

Christmas Cards, 1928, 1962-1994, undated

Roll of Graduates, 1916-1931, 1953, 1954 [oversize: Box 2]

Class Reminiscences, 1891-1898

Miscellaneous, 1883-1959

Tickets, 1883-1947

Permission to enter Augustana College letter, 1890

Certificate of payment of tuition and matriculation fees, 1893

Record of standing credits and attendance, 1905

Augustana Missionary Society membership card, 1912

Commencement Memories, 1927

Basketball program, 1929

Augustana College engagement calendar, 1949

Red Cross swimmer’s card, 1959

Denkmann Memorial Library stickers, n.d.

"Avoid back-to-school daze" pamphlet, n.d.

Non-Augustana Keepsakes, 1876-1931

Funeral programs, 1876-1881

Wedding invitations, 1896-1900

Holiday cards, n.d.

Valentines, n.d.

Christmas cards, n.d.

Other cards, n.d.

Miscellaneous, 1896-1931

Tickets, 1905

Party favors, 1908-1931

Business and Professional Men of Rock Island dinner invitation, 1917

Choir reception invitation, First Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1922

Embroidered needle case, n.d.

Seventieth Anniversary Banquet in honor of S.G. Youngert program, n.d.


Augustana Keepsakes, 1883-1994

Roll of Graduates, 1916-1931, 1953, 1954

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