Allen Johnson Papers

MSS 81
Approximately 2 linear feet plus oversize materials


Johnson, Allen H., 1906-2003.




There are no restrictions on the use of this collection.

Access points:

Augustana Book Concern (Rock Island, Ill. : 1903-1962)
Augustana College (Rock Island, Ill.)--Students.
Augustana College (Rock Island, Ill.)--Alumni and alumnae.

Finding aid prepared by:

Emily Hughes Dominick, 2007


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

Acquisition Information
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Allen Johnsonís niece, Faye White, donated the materials in this collection through Kai Swanson in August 2003 and February 2004.



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.



In general, the series are organized chronologically.



Box 1
            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)

            Photographs, undated
            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
            Other books
                  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

Box 2
      Artifacts (continued)
            Three metal fobs on leather straps, 1926 and 1929

Box 3
      Artifacts (continued)
            Four wooden crests with metal Augustana seals, undated

Box 4
      Artifacts (continued)
            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]
      Artifacts (continued)
            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



None known.


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