Collection on East Hall and the Augustana College English Department
1881, 1962, 1970-1999

MSS 250
approximately 7.5 linear inches


Augustana College (Rock Island, Ill.). English Department.




There are no restrictions on the use of this collection.

Access points:

Augustana College (Rock Island, Ill.)--Faculty.
English teachers.
English language--Study and teaching (Higher)

Finding aid prepared by:

Allison James, 2007. Updated by Julia G. Westblade, 2013, Rukmini Girish, 2013, and Samantha Crisp, July 2014.

Preferred citation:

[identification of item], in MSS 250 Collection on East Hall and the Augustana Colllege English Department, Special Collections, Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois.


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

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Color photographs donated by Dr. Roald Tweet on October 15, 1984. In 2012, Ann Boaden donated materials, among which was a packet of materials for prospective English majors. In 2013, the English department donated a letter from Don Erickson to former graduates.



The Augustana College English Department was housed in East Hall from 1955 to 1978. The interior and exterior of the historic building were remodeled many times. Two notable features of East Hall were a stairwell mural of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales and "The Graffiti Room." The Graffitti Room was a project sponsored by Dr. Roald Tweet to curb vandalism on the building's exterior. It was a classroom covered with drawings, quotations and poetry created by Augustana students after the Kent State shootings in 1970.



The Augustana College Department of English collection consists of three series: East Hall, Events, and Brochures/Pamphlets.

The East Hall series (1881, 1962, 1970-1978) contains newspaper article tributes and information on the history and eventual destruction of East Hall as well as many photographs of its interior and exterior.

The Events series (1972-1990) contains correspondence and pamphlets about English Department affiliated programs such as the Writers on Campus and the two hosted Medieval banquets.

The Brochures/Pamphlets series (1970-1999) contains promotional information for the English major and material used during classes that describe the program, as well as a letter sent to former students asking for information regarding the usefulness of the major.



Box 1
      Series I. East Hall
            Newspaper Articles:
            "Student recommends ways for East Hall improvement." Observer, Oct. 8 1970
            "Augustana's oldest building facing last days."
            Rock Island Argus, Feb. 26 1978
            "Farewell for East Hall." Rock Island Argus, Feb 22, 1978
            "Augie's East Hall razed." Rock Island Argus, March 18, 1978.
            "The History of East Hall" English 101 Essay, Dec 29, 1976
            Notices of Demolition and Farewell Supper, Feb 21, 1978, March 3, 1978
            Early Photographs, circa 1881
            Photographs of Reconstruction, 1962
            Exterior Photographs by D. McLaughlin, 1977
            Sketch, Photographs and Negatives by E. Weber, 1978
            Exterior Photographs by E. Weber, 1978
            Interior and Demolition Photographs by Rock Island Argus, 1978
            Color Photographs of Chaucer Mural (6 copies), 1978
            Colored slides of exterior and interior of East Hall, 1977-1978

OPF-250/1 [formerly box 2]
            5 colored photographs of Graffiti Room, 1978
            1 colored photograph of Chaucer mural, 1978
            1 black and white photograph of hall exterior, 1978

      Series II. Events
            Writers on Campus Programs, Dec 12, 1984, Jan 15, 1984
            Medieval Banquet News Articles and Flyers, 1979
            Medieval Banquet Correspondence, 1979
            Miscellaneous Programs and Banquets, 1972, 1988-1990, undated

      Series III. Brochures/Pamphlets
            Department Brochures, circa 1970
            EN101 Pamphlet "Freshman Rhetoric", undated
            Guide to English Studies and College Writing, 1978, 1995
            Packet for prospective English majors, 1996
            Don Erickson letter, 1999



MSS 67 Augustana College Buildings and Grounds records



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