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Augustana College campus, circa 1881
Augustana College campus, circa 1881

Special Collections

Home of the college archives, local history collections, and rare books.

 


Announcement 3/23/2020: The Special Collections reading room is closed and all Special Collections employees are working remotely.  We will continue to provide research/reference service via email, but please understand that without access to our physical holdings our ability to answer questions will be limited.  To communicate with us at this time, we ask that you use email only: specialcollections@augustana.edu.


 

Special Collections

Special Collections, located on the first floor of Tredway Library, holds Augustana's collections of rare books and manuscripts as well as the college archives. The materials held in Special Collections are non-circulating, but may be requested for on-site use in the Ernest and Mary Belle Espelie Special Collections Reading Room, which is named in honor of the generous contributions of the Espelie family.

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.