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Digital Projects

Special Collections has created a number of digital projects incorporating material from our collections. These digital projects fall into two categories: digital collections, which consist of searchable online databases of original content from our collections that has been scanned and made publicly accessible online; and online exhibits, which present selected resources and information from our collections organized around a specific topic. To explore our digital projects, choose an option below.

Digital Collections

Digital collections consist of searchable databases of original content from our manuscript and archival collections. The main portal for accessing digitized content from our collections is Digital Special Collections, but also included below are links to other databases containing digitized content on various topics.

Digital Special Collections

Use this portal to access digitized content from Special Collections' manuscript and archival collections.

Augustana Observer and Rockety-I Database

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. The Rockety-I is Augustana's yearbook. It spans the years 1900 to 2004, the last year Augustana produced a yearbook. Published copies of both these resources are available in Special Collections.

Special Collections on Flickr

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.

Augustana Digital Commons

Augustana Digital Commons, the college's institutional repository, showcases outstanding scholarly and creative works of the students, faculty, and staff of Augustana College, as well as campus governance documents and internal records. 

Online Exhibits

The online exhibits listed below were created by Special Collections staff and/or researchers using materials found in our collections.

150 Years of Augustana College: A Timeline

This timeline of Augustana history was constructed for the sesquicentennial in 2010, and contains 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.

Reunion Resources

Special Collections contains many resources that may be useful in planning a reunion for your class or major anniversary for your student group.  For assistance, please contact us at well in advance of your event.

For the Class of 1968's 50th reunion in 2018, and the Class of 1969's 50th reunion in 2019, Special Collections staff compiled "memory books" containing the front pages of every issue of the Augustana Observer from the fall of each class's freshman year to the spring of each class's graduation.  The PDF files are downloadable, and there are no restrictions on printing for class members wanting to have hard copies.  The files will print best on legal- or ledger-sized paper, and you may need to increase the margins if you would like to have the pages bound.

Click here to view the Class of 1968 50th Reunion Memory Book

Click here to view the Class of 1969 50th Reunion Memory Book