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Rockety-I records

Identifier: MSS 261

Scope and Contents

The records contained in this collection pertain to Augustana's student yearbook, the Rockety-I. Materials include papers, photographs, and computer files.

Early papers in the collection relate to the publication of the 1931 edition and primarily focus on the Rockety-I staff's finances. Materials include correspondence regarding advertising sales and financial records. The financial hardship faced by the Rockety-I staff at the onset of the Great Depression is evident in their correspondence and strained financial relationships with local businesses who purchased yearbook ads.

Also included among the papers is a 1990 scrapbook containing correspondence and information gathered at the end of the 1980s and notes and brief letters from editor Jon Sjolund to future editors giving tips and explaining practices.

Later records relate to the publication of various early-2000s editions of the Rockety-I, including an edition for 2006 that was never published. Papers primarily include page proofs, personal advertisement orders, and notes. Photographs include various images of athletic groups, student organizations, and faculty members slated to appear in the 2006 yearbook. Also included are 207 computer disks of various formats containing images, page proofs, mock-ups, and publishers' remarks.


  • Creation: 1929-1932, 1990-2007


Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on the use of this collection. Computer files may be inaccessible pending reformatting. Contact Special Collections for more information.

Conditions Governing Use

Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from Augustana College Special Collections and the copyright holder.

Historical Note

The Rockety-I, Augustana College's yearbook, first appeared in 1912 and was published annually under the same name until the 2003-2004 school year. As noted in the March 1912 issue of the Augustana Observer, the Rockety-I 1912 was "the second of its kind ever attempted at our institution of learning;" the previous attempt at a comprehensive yearbook was the Jubilee 1910 which was published in commemoration of the fiftieth anniversary of the College by the class of 1910.

The name Rockety-I appears to have been taken from the Augustana College yell: "Rockety-eye! Ki-eye! Ki-eye! Rockety-eye! Ki-eye! Ki-eye! Rah! Rah! Rah! Rah! Rah! Rah! Augustana! Rah! Rah!"


2.6 Cubic Feet (/ 6 boxes and 1 oversize box)

Language of Materials



The Rockety-I, Augustana College's yearbook, first appeared in 1912 and was published annually under the same name until the 2003-2004 school year. The records contained in this collection pertain to the creation of various editions of the Rockety-I, particularly the 1931 and failed 2006 editions. Materials include papers, photographs, and computer files.


Materials in boxes 2 and 3 arranged alphabetically. Original order maintained for materials in box 1. Original order and disk titles maintained for computer files.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Immediate source of acquisition for the early papers and scrapbook unknown. The 1990 scrapbook was found in a house near Sorensen Hall that was about to be torn down. 2014 accession transferred to Special Collections after being found in an abandoned Information Technology Services office in June 2014.

Processing Information

Processed by Emily Hughes Dominick, 2007. Updated by Julia Westblade, 2013, and Samantha Crisp, June 2015.

Rockety-I records, 1929-1932, 1990-2007.
Samantha Crisp
June 2015
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Repository Details

Part of the Augustana College Special Collections Repository

639 38th Street
Thomas Tredway Library
Rock Island Illinois 61201 United States