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Moretz and Stahl family collection of Augustana College materials

 Collection
Identifier: MSS 299

Scope and Contents

The Moretz and Stahl family collection of Augustana College materials, 1924-2014 and undated, contains the personal possessions of Ethel Paulson Moretz, Helen Moretz Stahl, Dick Stahl, and John Moretz (son of Ethel Paulson Moretz and brother of Helen Moretz Stahl). Covering a 67 year span, the materials include documents, photographs, postcards, and memorabilia from family members' time at Augustana College. Many materials originally received duplicated existing holdings in Augustana College Special Collections, and these have been separated from the collection. The collection has been arranged chronologically and into two series: the Ethel Paulson Moretz Items and the Helen Moretz Stahl and Richard Stahl Items.

The Ethel Paulson Moretz Items (1924-1979 and undatd) have been arranged into three subseries: Augustana Documents, Photographs, and Memorabilia. The Augustana Documents subseries includes documents collected before and during Ethel Paulson Moretz’s enrollment at Augustana College. This subseries includes a list of materials that were duplicative and returned to Helen Moretz Stahl, or items from this collection that were stored elsewhere in Special Collections. The Photographs subseries contains photographs taken of and by Ethel on the Augustana College campus. The final subseries, Memorabilia, consists of Ethel’s sorority pin, class ring, and an Augustana Founder’s Association paperweight.

The Helen Moretz Stahl and Richard Stahl Items (1958-2014), is also arranged into three subseries: Augustana Documents, Photographs, and Memorabilia. Augustana Documents contains the couple’s collected papers in association with Augustana College during and after their enrollment, including a list of materials that were duplicative and returned to Helen Moretz Stahl, or items from this collection that were stored elsewhere in Special Collections. Photographs include photographs of the Tredway Library Dedication ceremony in 1990 and Wallenberg Hall’s renovations in 1991, as well as a handful of snapshots from Helen's 40th and 50th class reunions. Photographs taken by Dick Stahl documenting the 2012-2013 construction and renovation of Augustana's campus were added in July 2014. The Memorabilia subseries includes a freshman beanie and Dick Stahl’s Augustana College t-shirt.

Dates

  • Majority of material found within 1924-2014 and undated

Creator

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

Ethel Paulson Moretz was an Augustana graduate, class of 1926. She was originally from Sioux City, Iowa, and attended Augustana College from 1924 to 1926 after transferring from Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa. Ethel graduated from the collegiate program with a B.A. in Mathematics and was a member of the honor roll. While at Augustana she participated in several organizations: the Roosevelt Outing Club, the Phrenokosmian Society, the Messiah Choir, the Berean Bible Class, the Augustana Woman’s Club, and the Augustana Girls' Athletics Association. She later married Herbert Moretz and had two children: John Moretz and Helen Moretz. Several of the items included in the collection belonged to Ethel, including her diploma, her class ring, and her sorority pin.

Helen Moretz Stahl (Ethel's daughter) attended Augustana from 1960 to 1964. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and was a member of the Student National Education Association. She also participated in the Augustana College Band as a flutist. She married Richard "Dick" Stahl, who later became the first Quad City Poet Laureate. Together they had three children: Rita Stahl, Randall Stahl, and Renee Stahl.

Richard Hugo "Dick" Stahl was born and raised in Davenport, Iowa. He graduated from Davenport High School in 1957 and then attended Augustana College from 1959-1963. He graduated from Augustana with a bachelor’s degree in English. After serving in Germany with the United States Army, Stahl attended the University of Iowa and was awarded a master’s degree in English in 1970. In 1981, he also completed an education specialist degree (Ed.S.) with Western Illinois University while teaching high school English at Davenport Central High School. He retired in 2001, when he became the first Quad City Poet Laureate. As Quad City Poet Laureate (an otherwise honorary title) Stahl was required to give public readings in three different Iowa counties: Scott, Clinton, and Muscatine; and three different Illinois counties: Rock Island, Mercer, and Henry.

Extent

0.9 Cubic Feet (/ 3 boxes)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

The materials from the Moretz and Stahl family collection of Augustana College materials include the personal possessions of Ethel Paulson Moretz, Helen Moretz Stahl, Richard "Dick" Stahl, and John Moretz (son of Ethel Paulson Moretz and brother of Helen Moretz Stahl). Covering a 67 year span, the materials in the Moretz and Stahl family collection are date from 1924 to 2013 and include documents, photographs, postcards, and memorabilia from family members' time at Augustana College.

Arrangement

Arranged to reflect the original ownership of the materials.

Custodial History

Collection donated to the Alumni/Advancement office in 2009 and transferred to Special Collections in 2010.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Received from Helen Moretz Stahl, 2009.

Related Materials

MSS 381 Dick Stahl papers

Processing Information

Processed by Kaylee Vande Voorde, 2011. Updated by Madison Neece, July 2014, and Atticus Garrison, November 2015.

Creator

Title
Moretz and Stahl family collection of Augustana College materials, 1924-2014 and undated.
Status
Completed
Author
Atticus Garrison
Date
November 2015
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Undetermined
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note
English

Repository Details

Part of the Augustana College Special Collections Repository

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