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John Thomas Tredway papers

 Collection
Identifier: MSS 7
The John Thomas Tredway papers, 1958-1991, comprise Tredway's official papers from the first 5-10 years of his presidency. Papers include correspondence, financial data, campus planning documents, enrollment statistics, and subject files. The collection also includes some papers from the previous administration under president C.W. Sorensen.

Of note in the collection are materials related to black student activism and race relations on the Augustana College campus. In particular, two folders of papers document the campus's response to an incident involving a racist skit performed by the Beta Omega Sigma fraternity during a Homecoming parade in 1979. The skit involved members dressed in Ku Klux Klan robes leading another member in blackface with a noose around his neck. The fraternity was put on probation for a year and required to attend a reconciliation program designed to increase racial awareness.

Dates

  • 1958-1991

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on the use of this collection. Audiovisual materials 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Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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.

Extent

8 Linear Feet (/ 16 boxes)

Overview

John Thomas Tredway was the seventh president of Augustana College, serving from 1975 to 2003. The John Thomas Tredway papers, 1958-1991, comprise Tredway's official papers from the first 5-10 years of his presidency. Papers include correspondence, financial data, campus planning documents, enrollment statistics, and subject files.

Historical Note

John Thomas Tredway was the seventh president of Augustana College, serving from 1975 to 2003. Tredway was born in North Tonawanda, New York, in 1935. He attended North Park College in Chicago before transferring to Augustana, from which he graduated in 1957. Tredway earned a master's degree in history from the University of Illinois, a bachelor of divinity from Garrett Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. in history from Northwestern University. After returning to Augustana in 1964 as a history instructor, Tredway was named academic dean in 1970 and president of the college in 1975.

Tredway oversaw several new campus developments during his presidency, including the construction of a new library in 1990, a recreation center in 1995, and new science facilities in 1998. His presidency also saw the creation of a foreign study program, the growth of the college endowment from $4 million to $72 million, an expansion of the faculty governance system, the first endowed faculty chairs, and a continuing redefinition of the role of Lutheranism in a liberal arts education.

Tredway has authored two books: Coming of Age: A History of Augustana College, 1935-1975, (2010) and Conrad Bergendoff's Faith and Work: a Swedish-American Lutheran, 1895-1997, (2014). He was honored in 2004 with a book of essays entitled On and beyond the Mississippi. As of 2017, Tredway still lives in the Quad Cities and frequently attends events at Augustana College.

Arrangement

Materials arranged alphabetically, according to Tredway's original arrangement scheme.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Received from Doris Johnston, 1992.

Accruals

Augustana College Special Collections expects to add additional materials to this collection in the near future.

Processing Information

Processed by Samantha Crisp, May 2017.
Title
John Thomas Tredway papers, 1958-1991.
Status
completed
Author
Samantha Crisp
Date
May 2017
Description rules
dacs
Language of description
English

Repository Details

Part of the Augustana College Special Collections Repository

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Thomas Tredway Library
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