Augustana College Special Collections

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Address and Contact Info

Address: 639 38th St. Rock Island, Illinois 61201

Phone: (309) 794-7643

Fax: (309) 794-7640


Web page:

Online Finding Aid:

Special Collections Librarians (principal contacts for advice on the collection):

Hours and usage restrictions

Augustana College Special Collections is open Monday through Thursday, 1-5pm and by appointment during when Augustana College is in session. Researchers coming from out of town are advised to call ahead about open hours during college breaks.

Collection Summary

Special Collections consists of Augustana's collections of rare books and manuscripts, as well as the college archives. The primary mission of Special Collections is to collect, preserve, and make available materials which serve the teaching and research needs of Augustana College and the local community. Materials in Special Collections support the Augustana College curriculum and assist in faculty teaching and student learning. Materials also further the research of Augustana students, faculty, and staff, independent researchers, and the general 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.

Major collecting areas include the history of Augustana College, the Quad Cities community, and the Upper Mississippi River Valley. More information on collecting areas can be found at

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