Allen H. Johnson was born June 27, 1906 in Elburn, Illinois, the son of Olof and Anna Johnson. Shortly after his birth, his family moved to Morrison, Illinois where he received his early education. He graduated from Augustana College in the class on 1929. While at Augustana, Johnson worked part time at the Augustana Book Concern and upon graduation, he became a full time cashier and payroll manager. He continued to work at the Book Concern for over 35 years. In 1940, Johnson married Marie Johansen. Johnson remained a long time resident of Rock Island where he was an active member of St. John's Lutheran Church. He died on March 14, 2003.
The collection is organized into 5 series: Programs (1923-1936 and undated), Augustana Book Concern (1927-1949); Photographs (1928 and undated); Books and Publications (1929-1993 and undated); Artifacts (1926-1940 and undated).
The Programs series is made up of primarily Augustana-related programs including Homecoming, Commencement, and Lyceum programs. There are also University of Iowa football programs, Chicago Cubs and White Sox box score books, and a smattering of programs to other events.
The Augustana Book Concern series
includes preservation photocopies of a special section of the Rock Island Argus newspaper devoted to the fiftieth anniversary of the Book Concern. The section was 11 pages long and includes many articles and photographs of the publishing house. The series also includes a small number of items produced by the Augustana Book Concern including newsletters.
The Photographs series includes mostly unidentified portraits and snapshots of individuals and groups. The series also includes one large panoramic group photo of the employees of the Augustana Book Concern.
The Books and Publications series includes an Augustana yearbook, one issue of the Augustana Observer, and a pamphlet about Swedish universities in America.
The Artifacts series consists of Augustana memorabilia including two college decals, three fobs, one wool blanket with a felt Viking patch, one letter jacket, seven wooden crests with the Augustana seal, and a brass calendar stand with the Augustana seal.
Augustana College Homecoming programs, 1926-1934
Augustana College Commencement programs, 1929
Lyceum Course programs, Augustana College, 1929-1931
Chicago Cubs and White Sox box score books, 1933-1934
University of Iowa football programs, 1929-1936
Other programs, 1923-1933 and undated
Augustana Book Concern
Newsletters, catalog covers, and convention kit envelope, 1927, 1935 and 1948-1949
Fiftieth anniversary edition, Augustana Book Concern, Rock Island Argus, June 9, 1934 (preservation copy)
Augustana Book Concern, "Annual Outing," 1928 [oversize: in box 7]
Books and publications
Rockety-I, Augustana College yearbook, 1930
Augustana Observer, Vol. 46, no. 21, April 1, 1948
A Swedish University Tradition in America by Conrad Bergendoff, 1993
Augustana Book Concern, 1889-1914: samt Augustana-synodens tidigare forlagsverksamhet: festskrift med anledning af verksamhetens 25 ars-jubileum. Rock Island, Ill.: Augustana Book Concern, [1914?]. [removed from collection; see Swenson Center Immigration Collection or Linder Collection]
Augustana annual: yearbook of the Augustana Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1956. Rock Island, Ill.: Augustana Book Concern, [1956?]. [removed from collection; see Tredway Library stacks]
Augustana College decals
Three metal fobs on leather straps, 1926 and 1929
Four wooden crests with metal Augustana seals, undated
Three wooden crests with metal Augustana seals, undated
Brass calendar stand with Augustana seal and small paper calendar, circa 1940
Oversize Box 1 [Formerly Box 5]
Blue woolen Augustana College letter jacket with gold trim, circa 1929
Blue woolen blanket with gold trim and felt Viking patch, undated
Box 6 [oversize]
Augustana Book Concern, "Annual Outing," 1928