Archived Augustana Publications Now Available Online

In September 1949, the above-the-fold, front page headline of the Mirror, Augustana’s student-run newspaper, boldly screamed: “New Ladies Dormitory Takes Form.”

In other news:

  • The Vikings dropped Gustavus, 39-7, in the season’s first football game.
  • “It’s Warm in Here,” the column by Augustana student Marilyn Mossing, discussed the latest fashion trends: ‘Four eggs ample,’ Mossing wrote, ‘the sloping shoulder line and exaggerated hipline currently very popular, are definitely giving fashion-wise coeds that flattering 1920 silhouette.
  • The Sioux Transit Company ad on page four offered students the chance to buy three bus tokens for 25 cents.

Archived, electronic issues of the Mirror; the Edda, the Augustana yearbook; the Augustana Today, the publication for friends and alumni; and other College publications are now available via the Augustana Album, a free, web-based resource that houses digital versions of the College’s media dating back to the 1900s.

The Mikkelsen Library contracted with Arcasearch, an imaging company based in Paynesville, Minn., to scan and index the documents from the college archives maintained by the Center for Western Studies. Arcasearch created digital files of more than 40,000 pages and used OCR technology to create the indexing. A web interface incorporating Augustana branding was also created. Deb Hagemeier, assistant Library director, coordinated the project.

Funding for the project came from a variety of sources, including grants from the Sioux Falls Area Community Foundation, the Mary Chilton DAR Foundation, Midcontinent Media Foundation, various private donors, and The Granskou Award, presented last year to Hagemeier. The library will fund the ongoing cost of web hosting provided by Arcasearch and will update the archive on an annual basis.

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Kelly Sprecher
Director of Communications & Media Relations