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Special Collections Digital Projects

Augustana Observer

The online Augustana Observer, Augustana's student newspaper, covers the years 1902-through the previous academic year and is an invaluable resource on the history of Augustana College. Published paper issues of the current academic year to date are available in Special Collections.


The Rockety-I is Augustana's yearbook. It spans the years 1900 to 2004, the last year Augustana produced a yearbook.


A sampling of the historical photos of Augustana's campus, students, and faculty held in Special Collections.

Upper Mississippi Valley Digital Image Archive

A digital repository of which Augustana was a founding member, the UMVDIA is collection of historic images showcasing the Mississippi River region along the Iowa/Illinois border.

Civil War Diaries

Images and transcriptions from the diaries kept by two Illinois soldiers, Gould D. Molineaux and Basil Messler, during the Civil War. Both served in the Union Army in the Missouri area, and Molineaux was active in the siege of Vicksburg.

150 Years of Augustana College: A Timeline

This timeline of Augustana history was constructed for the sesquicentennial in 2010, and covers information on important events from the first 150 years of Augustana College.

Augustana's Campus History

Augustana's campus has gone through many changes since the college moved to Rock Island in 1875. This project documents the history of the buildings on Augustana's campus, as well as the ways the campus has changed in size and shape, from its beginning until the present.

Early Pioneer Biographies

Interviews with Western Illinois pioneers taken in the early 20th century by John Hauberg, an amateur local historian. Especially curious about the first settlers of Quad Cities area, Hauberg interviewed many of the members of the Old Settler's Association. Hauberg's papers, held in Special Collections, contain over 350 pioneer interviews, a fraction of which are represented here.

Farm Life

Images of local farming, including farm implements, animals, barns, and homesteads.

Native Americans

Photographs taken by John Hauberg, an amateur local historian, of Western Illinois Native Americans, including descendants of Black Hawk.

Quad City Views

Images of the Quad Cities, mainly from postcards. Images are sorted by city and by type of scene.

Town and Country in Miniature: Color Plate Books at Augustana

A digital exhibition focusing on the popular nineteenth century phenomenon of books with hand-colored plates.


Images of various methods of transportation, including animals, automobiles, boats, trolleys, trains, buses, etc. Most of the images are local and are mainly from postcards.

Cardinal Pole's Mission to England

This website was constructed based on research done by a history seminar in the Fall of 2000. Students in the seminar, conducted by Professor Thomas F. Mayer, worked directly with a seventeenth-century manuscript which Special Collections had recently purchased. The manuscript contains the correspondence of Reginald Pole (1500-1558) during the first part of his two diplomatic missions from the Pope, first for the reconciliation of England to the Catholic Church, and second for peace between France and the Empire. Students produced research papers in the class, and these papers, as well as images from the codex, are found on this website.