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Tufve Nilsson Hasselquist papers

Identifier: MSS 2

Scope and Contents

The Tufve Nilsson Hasselquist papers, 1840-1988 and undated, primarily documents the personal and professional life of the second president of Augustana College, Tufve Nilsson Hasselquist. Also included are papers from T.N. Hasselquist’s wife, Eva Cervin Hasselquist. This collection has been arranged into five series.

Series I: Correspondence (1852-1897 and undated) contains personal and professional letters and copies of letters from Hasselquist’s time as president of Augustana College, together with letterpress books copied by Hasselquist.

Series II: Writings (1876 and undated) includes Hasselquist’s unpublished works, including books, sheet music, and notes on various subjects.

Series III: Sermons (1840-1891 and undated) comprises sermons written by Hasselquist and several collections of sermons copied by Eric Norelius.

Series IV: Biography (1858-1988 and undated) includes articles, publications, and tributes to Hasselquist both during and after his time at Augustana. This series includes one sub-series, Eva Cervin Hasselquist (1870 and undated) which consists of several manuscripts written and translated by Eva Hasselquist and a diary documenting a trip back to Sweden in 1870.

Series V: Augustana College and Theological Seminary (1860-1887 and undated) consists of letters and endorsements by and for students at Augustana College and Theological Seminary by faculty and staff, including Hasselquist.


  • Creation: 1840-1988 and undated


Language of Materials

Swedish, English

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on the use of this collection.

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Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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.

Biographical / Historical

Born in Osby in the province of Skåne in southern Sweden in 1816, educated at Lund University, and ordained in the Church of Sweden in 1839, Hasselquist immigrated to the United States in 1852. Once in the United States, Hasselquist served as pastor of a church in Galesburg, editor of the Swedish-language newspaper Hemlandet, president of the Augustana Synod, and president of Augustana College (then called Augustana Seminary). Before assuming the presidency, Hasselquist was influential in moving the college from Chicago, Illinois to Paxton, Illinois in response to a railway land grant of 900 acres. Once in Paxton, Hasselquist succeeded in increasing enrollment from ten students in 1863 to 81 a decade later, and the faculty from two to four, plus two tutors. In 1875, Hasselquist oversaw the school’s second relocation to a 16-acre plot in Rock Island, Illinois.

Along with the classic curriculum of the classics, language, religion, science, and mathematics, he also introduced physical education, music, and a commercial course. He welcomed the presence of women on campus, witnessing the graduation of the first woman in 1885. Tuvfe Nilsson Hasselquist married Eva Helena Cervin in 1852. He passed away in 1891.


7.8 Cubic Feet (/ 20 boxes, 1 oversize box, and 2 oversize folders)


The Tufve Nilsson Hasselquist papers, 1840-1988 and undated, primarily documents the personal and professional life of the second president of Augustana College, Tufve Nilsson Hasselquist. Hasselquist was born in Sweden in 1816 and traveled to America in 1852. Before assuming the presidency of the college in 1863, Hasselquist was the president of the Augustana Synod, the editor of a Swedish-language newspaper, and a pastor. At Augustana College, Hasselquist oversaw many changes to the school and its population, including an increase in staff and curriculum subjects. He served as president of Augustana College until his death in 1891. His papers include correspondence, letterpress books, sermons, published and unpublished writings, and biographical accounts.


Original folder titles have been retained when possible.

Other Finding Aids

The original finding aid for this collection is available at

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Immediate source of aquisition of most materials unkonwn. Lithographic print of Dr. T.N. Hasselquist received from Lillian B. Johnson, 1985.

Processing Information

Processed by Elena Leith, September 2016.

Tufve Nilsson Hasselquist papers, 1840-1988 and undated.
Elena Leith
September 2016
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Repository Details

Part of the Augustana College Special Collections Repository

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