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Parents Club records

Identifier: MSS 286

Scope and Contents

The Parents Club records, 1951-1973, is organized into three series: minutes (1957-1973), student coordinator files (1957-1965), and scrapbook (1951-1962).

Minutes (1951-1973) contains meeting minutes of the Quad-City chapter of the Parents Club. Meetings usually consisted of an opening prayer, a musical performance presented by an Augustana student, and statements from the secretary and treasurer. Often meetings were concluded with a presentation from a member of the faculty or administration. Details of and plans for social events and fundraisers are noted frequently in the minutes. New officers were always elected during the May meeting. Included in the book of minutes is a copy of the Parents Club constitution, as well as a list of past presidents (1951-1967).

Student Coordinator Records (1957-1965) contain files and information maintained by each student coordinator during her term in office. Each folder contains correspondence, annual reports, lists of officers, and articles and clippings pertaining to Parents Club activities and events. Annual reports detail tasks accomplished by the student coordinator and club, as well as suggestions for the improvement of the club.

The Scrapbook (1951-1962) primarily contains newspaper clippings about the club as well as some correspondence. Due to the poor condition of the scrapbook, a preservation photocopy of the entire scrapbook has been made and the original has been discarded. Some clippings and other paper materials had already come loose from the scrapbook prior to making the preservation copy; these items were removed and set aside and labeled as "Loose items removed from scrapbook." All original items excluding newspaper clippings have been saved and are arranged in the order that they were placed in the scrapbook; these items are labeled as "Scrapbook contents."


  • 1951-1973


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Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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 Augustana Parents Club was founded 9 December 1947 in La Grange Park, Illinois. The Tri-Cities (Rock Island, Davenport, Moline), North Chicago, and Rockford soon organized their own chapters. Meetings were held four times a year in September, November, February and May. The Parents Club was initially organized as a women's club and called the Mothers Club; however, the name was changed in 1959 to include fathers as well. The club’s main activities were fundraising and social events. Special projects of the Parents Club included FSTUN, a program whose goal was to furnish the student union, and the Friendship Fair, which was designed to raise funds for an international student exchange program. Fundraising activities included ice-cream socials, potluck dinners, newspaper drives, and bake sales. The Parents Club included eight committees: Publicity, Hospitality, Program, Ways and Means, Membership, Parliamentarian, Historian, and Auditing.


0.5 Cubic Feet (/ 2 boxes)

Language of Materials



The Augustana Parents Club was founded 9 December 1947 in La Grange Park, Illinois. The club functioned as a fundraising and event planning group for Augustana College. The Parent's Club records, 1951-1973, contains meeeting minutes, student coordinator records, and a scrapbook.


The files are arranged chronologically within each series.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Immediate source of acquisition unknown.

Processing Information

Processed by Herb Morgan, 2003. Revised by Emily Hughes Dominick, 2006, and Atticus Garrison, November 2015.

Parents Club records, 1951-1973.
Atticus Garrison
November 2015
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Repository Details

Part of the Augustana College Special Collections Repository

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Thomas Tredway Library
Rock Island Illinois 61201 United States