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Augustana College campus, circa 1881

Special Collections

Special Collections

Special Collections holds Augustana's collections of rare books and manuscripts as well as the college archives. It is on the first floor of the Thomas Tredway Library.

When classes are in session, researchers may access Special Collections without an appointment from 1:00-5:00 p.m. Monday-Thursday.  During academic breaks and over the summer, the reading room is open from 1:00-4:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday.  The current academic calendar for the college is available here. For more information or to schedule an appointment with the librarian, see the Contact page.

Researchers are encouraged to search our collections for relevant materials prior to making a research visit, in order to maximize time spent in the reading room. Researchers are also welcome to contact us to schedule an appointment outside our open hours or ask a question about our collections.

The primary mission of Special Collections is to collect, preserve, and make available materials that serve the teaching and research needs of Augustana College and the local community.

Materials in Special Collections support the college curriculum and assist in faculty teaching and student learning. Materials also further the research of students, faculty, and staff, independent researchers and the public.

Special Collections attempts to support and foster intellectual curiosity and provides an opportunity for users to develop rhetorical and critical thinking skills, cultural stewardship, empathy and engagement with materials, and acceptance of ambiguity through interactions with primary materials.