Esther Andreen Albrecht papers and printing plates
1943, circa 1985

MSS 80
3.9 linear feet (3 boxes)

Name of Creator(s):

Albrecht, Esther Andreen, 1896-2001




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Access points:

Augustana College (Rock Island, Ill.).
Andreen, Gustav Albert, 1864-1940.
Augustana College (Rock Island, Ill.)--Students.
Augustana College (Rock Island, Ill.)--Alumni and alumnae.

Finding aid prepared by:

Helen Reinold, 2010. Updated by Samantha Crisp, January 2016.


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

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The origin of this collection is unknown. It is possible that the plates were donated by Esther Andreen Albrecht, who donated some of her father’s papers to Special Collections. Most of the collection was found in a storage room on the first floor of the Thomas Tredway Library in June 2010. The "Confessions of a Schoolteacher" manuscript was transferred to Special Collections by Gustavus Adolphus College in December 2015.



Esther Miriam Andreen was born on September 4, 1896 in New Haven, Connecticut to parents Gustav and Marie Andreen. Her father became the fourth president of Augustana College in 1901. Albrecht had two older brothers, Paul and Marion, and two younger, Gustav and Carl. She attended the Augustana Academy from 1908 to 1914, and enrolled at Augustana College in the fall of 1914, where she studied Modern Languages. She was a member of the Sigma Kappa Tau sorority, the Adelphic Society, the Woman’s Club and the Inter-collegiate Prohibition Association. She was a photographer for the Rockety-I and served as class secretary her freshman year.

Albrecht graduated in 1918 with a Bachelor of Arts degree, and went on to receive two masters’ degrees from the University of Illinois, one in education and one in English. One of her theses was titled, “Gustav Andreen and the Growth of Augustana College and Theological Seminary .” She taught in public schools for 25 years, and served as Director of Student Teaching in the Education Department of Augustana College from 1962 to 1967. Albrecht published several books and articles relating to Augustana College heritage. She retired in 1967 with the status of Professor Emeritus. Albrecht published a fiction book in 1970.

Esther Miriam Andreen married Arthur J. Albrecht, an attorney and later teacher in the Rock Island Public Schools, in 1922. They had three daughters, Greta, Miriam and Lorraine. Arthur Albrecht died in 1961. Esther Andreen Albrecht died in Austin, Texas, on September 1, 2001, at the age of 105.      



This collection contains original writings by Esther Andreen Albrecht and printing plates. Papers include a printed copy of her master's thesis, "Gustav Andreen and the Growth of Augustana College and Theological Seminary," and a typed manuscript of her memoir, "Confessions of a Schoolteacher," written around 1985. The memoir ends with several pages of family trees compiled by Albrecht for the Andreen, Albrecht, Fryxell, Peterson, and Brigida families. The printing plates in the collection were used to print Albrecht's thesis in 1943.



MSS 4 Gustav Andreen Papers, 1864-1940 
For more writings by Esther Andreen Albrecht on her father, see the chapter she authored, “In the family circle,” in Andreen of Augustana (Aug Inst BX 8080 .A59 1943).





"Gustav Andreen and the Growth of Augustana College and Theological Seminary," University of Illinois, 1943.

"Confessions of a Schoolteacher" manuscript, circa 1985

Printing Plates

Printing Plates


Printing Plates


Printing Plates

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