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Collection of paper keepsakes

Identifier: MSS 343

Scope and Contents

The collection of paper keepsakes dates from 1876 to 1994. The materials are arranged into two series. The Augustana keepsakes series, 1883-1994, contains invitations, programs, class reminiscences, rolls of graduates, Christmas cards, tickets, stickers, and membership cards related to Augustana College. The non-Augustana keepsakes series, 1876-1931, contains funeral programs, wedding invitations, holiday cards, prayer cards, tickets, party favors, an invitation, and a needle case. These materials were created and collected by members of the Augustana community, but have no relation to Augustana College.


  • Creation: 1876-1994 and undated

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Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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.

Historical Note

The materials in this collection were created by numerous sources, many of whom remain unidentified. However, the following information has been gathered about several of the creators:

The collection of valentines is from the Huesing sisters. Annie (Anna) Huesing (1871-1916), Helen Huesing (1872-?), and Martha Huesing (1875-1954) were sisters and life-long residents of Rock Island, Illinois. Their father, John August Huesing, moved to Rock Island from Prussia in the mid-1860s. He married Charlotte Frances Steffensen and had one child, Albert Dietrich Huesing (1860-1930). When his first wife died, Huesing married Marie Stark and had Annie, Helen, and Martha.

Grant Hultberg was an 1898 graduate of Augustana College. He earned his L.L.B. from Drake University in 1901, then joined the editorial department of West Publishing Company in St. Paul, Minnesota. In 1907, Hultberg was hired as the assistant manager of the Augustana Book Concern. He also became an instructor of commercial law in the Business Department. He left Augustana College in 1919 to become the manager of the United Lutheran Church’s publication house.

Mary Drusilla Wilson was a 1912 graduate of Augustana College. She was originally from Knoxville, Illinois, and graduated from Knoxville High School in 1909. Wilson took part in several activities on campus, including the Adelphic Literary Society, Elsinore, Oratorio Society, the Observer (Social Page editor), the Rockety-I, and the girls’ basketball team (team captain ’10). She was also her class historian and class salutatorian. After graduation, Wilson taught English, German, and Latin at a high school in Wagnersville, Illinois.

E. Einar Kron was a 1923 graduate of Augustana College. He was originally from Bertrand, Nebraska, and graduated from Dayton High School in 1917. Kron participated in many campus activities, such as: the Omicron Sigma Omicron (OZO) fraternity, Tau Kappa Alpha (the national forensic fraternity), Webster Debating Society, Phrenokosmian Literary Society, Augustana Band, Foreign Missionary Society, Oratorio Society, French Club, Christian Brotherhood, Inter-fraternal Council, Intercollegiate Debate, Lyceum Board, Students’ Unions, the Rockety-I, and the Observer (Exchanges editor).

Barbara Ann Susin was a 1962 graduate of Augustana College. She majored in English and participated in campus activities, including: Pi Epsilon Nu (the honorary music fraternity), Student Union, Fine Arts Committee, Rockety-I, International Relations Club, and Debate Team.

The Woman's Athletic Association (W.A.A.) was the successor to the Augustana Girls' Athletic Association (A.G.A.A.), originally founded by Dorothy Rogers in 1922. Under the direction of Jane Sweet Brissman, the W.A.A. grew to include every woman at Augustana. Its most famous annual event was the Kat banquet, an all-woman event at which attendees roasted one another in song and verse and awards were given.

Eva Helena (Cervin) Hasselquist was the wife of Tufve Nilsson Hasselquist, Augustana’s second president. The couple was married shortly before they travelled from Sweden to Galesburg, Illinois in 1852. Hanna Hasselquist was also related to Tufve Nilsson Hasselquist.


0.8 Cubic Feet (/ 2 boxes)

Language of Materials

Multiple languages


The collection of paper keepsakes contains tickets, holiday cards, invitations, programs, party favors, and other ephemera. Materials have been split into Augustana- and non-Augustana-related keepsakes.


Materials arranged by topic.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

E. Einar Kron donated a freshman class banquet program, a senior formal program, a commencement invitation, and a senior dinner party invitation in 1987. Descendents of Per-Hugo Kristensson donated the GABS invitation, a commencement invitation, a Mother's Tea program, Alumni Day banquet program, and Homecoming program at an unknown date. The C.J. Bergman attendence record was donated by Helen Sommers in 1997. The Commencement Memories booklet was donated by Fritiof Fryxell. The collection of valentines might have been donated by Charlotte Huesing or a member of the Huesing family. A few programs were taken from a house near Sorensen Hall which was about to be razed. The rest of this collection was assembled by Special Collections librarians from vertical files and other sources in Special Collections.

Processing Information

Processed by Rebecca Hopman, 2011. Updated by Sarah Horowitz, 2011 and 2012, Julia G. Westblade, 2013, and Atticus Garrison, September 2015

Collection of paper keepsakes, 1876-1994 and undated.
In Progress
Atticus Garrison
September 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