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Manuscripts in Special Collections

About our Manuscript Collections

Manuscript Collections in Special Collections

Special Collections Finding Aids

The manuscript holdings in Special Collections measure slightly over 2,000 linear feet and consist of more than 300 collections. Each collection can range from one small box to over 100 boxes. Many of our manuscript holdings have been described in detail by Special Collections staff. To see a list of online descriptions and finding aids, click here. In addition, numerous manuscript collections have finding aids which are not available online but which can be consulted in the Special Collections Reading Room.

A girl watering the garden at the West End Settlement in Rock Island, Illinois. From the John H. Hauberg papers.

The majority of the manuscript collections in Special Collections are related to either Augustana history, local history, or both. Collections with Augustana roots include the papers of all the former presidents of Augustana, materials from current and former student clubs, organizations and societies, papers of various faculty and alumni, and materials from campus departments and offices.

Materials with local connections include papers of prominent local families, such as the McMurphy family and the Hauberg family, area organizations such as the Quad-City Symphony and the Col. George Davenport Historical Foundation, and local businesses such as the Rock River Navigation and Water Power Company and the Kahlke Bros. Boatyard records.