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Wartburg College Archives: Special
Collections

Wartburg College Archives is responsible for the collection and preservation of records that document the college’s history, development, operation, policies, people, activities, and events.

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Aldora Babcock

Abstract: Records of locations traveled, miscellaneous items, a funeral program, and passports from 1930-1982.

Extent: 4 boxes.

Dates: 1930-1982.

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Kathryn Koob

Abstract: Items related to Kathryn Koob and her life, with focus on her experience as a Hostage during the Iranian Hostage crisis from 11/1979-1/1981.

Extent: 96 boxes, 108 audiovisual items, and several loose items (3 bound volumes, 1 portfolio, and 1 board game).

Dates: 1943-2013, significant dates 11/1979-1/1981 (time of hostage crisis).

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Edwin J. Neumann

Abstract: Records include literary scrapbooks A-Z.

Extent: 4 boxes.

Dates: None.

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Lawrence Sanger

Abstract: Lawrence Sanger scrapbook (1939-1942). Scrapbook includes records regarding Wartburg College from newspaper clippings, booklets, postcards, and Diamond Jubilee & Homecoming program.

Extent: 1 box.

Dates: 1939-1942.

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Artifacts (Ephemera)

Abstract: Miscellaneous physical materials including clothing, photographs, signs, pennants, glassware, etc., related to Wartburg College (1904-2016).

Extent: 36 items.

Dates: 1904-2016.

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Photograph Collection

Abstract: Photograph prints (1852-2014) of the departments, offices, activities, and students of Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa and associated locations. See series listing for specific subjects covered by collection.

Extent: 1800 folders.

Dates: The collection covers a range from 1852 through 2014.  Significant coverage, and contemporary coverage, begins in the early 1900’s through the 2000’s. There are photographs from the 1860’s, 1880’s, and 1890’s.

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Castle Tales/The Castle

Abstract: Castle Tales published its first volume in the February of 1949. It was a college literary magazine that contained artwork, writing, and pictures submitted by Wartburg Students. Fifteen issues were published under the name Castle Tales before the title was shortened to The Castle in 1958. The initial issue of The Castle did not have a volume number, although it was the 10th volume published. However, the following four volumes were labeled sequentially, using the 1958 issue of The Castle as the origin (the 11th volume was marked as v. II, the 12th volume was marked as v. III, etc.). This made it appear that The Castle was a new publication, however, this trend did not continue as the 1964 issue of the magazine was labeled as the 16th volume, thereby going back to the original numbering with the 1949 issue as its origin. That is why the 60th Anniversary edition of The Castle is the 63rd volume instead of the 60th.  That is also why there are not two series or collections for the two titles of this publication. The last issue in the archives is volume 70 issue 1, published in the Fall of 2015. Also included in this collections are a few miscellaneous business reports and submission posters for The Castle.   

Extent: This collection is contained in 14 boxes, holding 97 folders. There are 70 volumes in this collection, some with one issue others with two. There are 2 series in this collection: one for the literary magazines, and the other for miscellaneous business/promotion material.

Dates: Castle Tales: February 1949-April 1957; The Castle: 1958- current

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Inside Wartburg

Abstract: Records (1985-2012) of the Inside Wartburg publications. Collection includes international edition.

Extent: 1 box.

Dates: 1985-2012.

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A Knights Armor

Abstract: A Knight’s Armor was first published in the form of a magazine at the start of the 2001 Winter Term. It was Wartburg’s first faith-centered publication and finished its tenure in 2010 with its tenth volume. Inspired by Ephesians 6:11, this publication promoted Christian ministry on campus. Each issue consists of work submitted to A Knight’s Armor by Wartburg Students. These works include poems, photographs, stories, drawings, essays, and songs. 

Extent: This collection consists of 11 issues in 10 volumes all contained in one box.

Dates: 2001-2010

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The Page (Newsletter)

Abstract: The Page was a weekly newsletter that kept track of events and activities around Wartburg’s campus from 1968-2011. It was the precursor to The Juice, the current newsletter emailed out to students and faculty/staff. The Page was initially printed and distributed to students five days a week in the morning at the cafeteria, and to staff and faculty through the campus mail. It was edited and published by students with a faculty advisor. Eventually, due to costs, The Page was only published three times a week, before finally emailing it out instead distributing printed copies. The first emailed copy of The Page occurred on Wednesday October 7, 1998. This collection includes the printed versions of The Page, as well as printed out copies of the emails after the format change.

Extent:14 boxes

Dates: 1968-2011

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Student Publications

Abstract: This collection includes fifteen separate, short-lived, student publications. These publications include, The AxeThe Bathroom PressThe BugleThe KnightsheetMad Pad ReviewNexusPahlasRise UpSpotlightUp TightVive La CausaWartburg BugleWartville PostThe Scorpion, and The Trumpet. Each separate publication will be considered a separate series within the collection.

Extent: 3 boxes

Dates: 1949-2014

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Wartburg Bulletin

Abstract: The Wartburg Bulletin was an informational publication about Wartburg College. It began in 1916 and ended publication in 1962 when it was continued under the title, Wartburg Review. The Wartburg Bulletin consists of two series. The first lasted from 1916-1933 and had 17 ‘series’ in it. The second series lasted from 1935-1962 and had 27 ‘volumes’ in it. The first series generally has more pictures of the historical Wartburg campus, while the second series has information in it, like sports schedules, staff changes, things generally geared towards student/campus life.

Extent: 6 boxes

Dates: This publication ran from 1916-1962. The first series ran from 1916-1933 and the second series ran from 1935-1962.

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Wartburg Clarion

Abstract: The Wartburg Clarion was the Wartburg Clinton campus’ school newspaper. It was first published in 1926, by students and alumni of Wartburg College, for the students and alumni of Wartburg College. It was initially published monthly and generally consisted of eight issues. During this time, a yearly subscription was 75 cents. Ads were added starting in 1927, at the start of the second volume. The third volume had nine issues. By the sixth volume, in 1931, the paper had increased its output to bi-weekly. The subscription price also increased to one dollar. This publication includes campus news, events, and sports schedules and scores, from the Clinton campus in the late 1920’s and the 1930’s. It also contains interesting opinion pieces written by the students and alumni. This publication ran from 1926 through 1935.

Extent: 2 boxes

Dates: The Clarion began publication with its first volume (Volume 1) in the 1926-1927 school year, the last volume within the archives (Volume 9) is from the 1934-1935 school year. The archives doesn’t have all the issues for each volume. Beyond that, there didn’t appear to be any issues published during summer break. The archives are missing Volume 4 (1929-1930), Volume 5 (1930-1931), and Volume 8 (1933-1934).

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Wartburg Echo

Abstract: The Wartburg Echo was the Waverly Campus’ college newspaper. Publication began in 1919 and the last volume in the archives is from 1932. It was published monthly by a staff of students, and the subscription price was seventy-five cents.

Extent: 2 boxes. The collection encompasses fourteen volumes.

Dates:1919-1932

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Wartburg Magazine

Abstract: The Wartburg Magazine is the latest iteration of Wartburg’s information publication; it was the successor to the Wartburg Bulletin and the Wartburg Review. It began publication in 1981 in a newspaper format. This version lasted through three issues and was subsequently replaced by the magazine format in 1984. Each volume has between three and four issues, however, recently the magazine has only been publishing three issues per volume: fall (1), spring (2), and summer (3). The context has shifted over the years appeal more specifically to alumni, rather than students. It is still being published today (2019).

Extent: 2 boxes

Dates: 1981-2019\

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Wartburg Quarterly

Abstract: The Wartburg Quarterly was a publication for the Wartburg Clinton Campus and began in 1906 and continued publishing until 1927. The Wartburg Quarterly was essentially a campus newsletter that was published every ten weeks by the students of Wartburg College in cooperation with the alumni. Each issue had a literary section for students and alumni to submit work for publication. The issues also covered campus news and events, as well as, alumni news and any updates from Wartburg Seminary. The Wartburg Quarterly was the predecessor to the Clarion, which started in 1927.

Extent: This series contains individual copies of volumes 1-3 (1907-1909) and 6-21 (1912-1927). It also includes 56 of the original 84 original issues.

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Wartburg Review

Abstract: The Wartburg Review began its publication in March 1963 as the successor to the Wartburg Bulletin; and like the Wartburg Bulletin, the Wartburg Review acted as an informational publication about Wartburg College at the Waverly Campus. It was initially published as a pamphlet, before it switched to a newspaper format. In the pamphlet format, the Review was published once a month, except for August. When it switched to the newspaper format, the Review started to be published bi-monthly. The Wartburg Review was the predecessor to the Wartburg Magazine and ceased publication June 1984, after the third issue of the 23rd [22nd] Volume. During its time, the Review covered campus life on Wartburg, publishing stories about the school’s academic and athletic accomplishments. The duration of the Wartburg Review also saw many changes to the Wartburg campus, both physically and socially, as staff and faculty would retire and be hired, and as the campus grew and construction would begin on new buildings. This publication also covered the alumni news, both personal and professional, and was available to all Wartburgians, students, staff, alumni, and the like.

Extent: 6 boxes

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Wartburg Trumpet

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Yearbook

Abstract: This collection includes three yearbook series: The WAHSA, The Warclinian, and The Fortress. The WASHA was published at the Wartburg Normal College on the Waverly Campus in Iowa. The first publication of the WAHSA was in 1919 and the final copy in the archives, dates from 1930-1931. It is believed that WAHSA is an acronym, however, the meaning for which has been lost. The Warclinian was published by Wartburg College on the Clinton, Iowa campus. It was first published in 1930 and the last copy in the archives is from 1934. The Fortress was published by Wartburg College on the Waverly, Iowa campus. It was first published in 1935-1936 after the College’s move to Waverly. The final copy in the Wartburg archives is from 2011 when the publication was discontinued. The books in each series contains pictures of the different campuses and many of the campus improvements throughout the years. They also contain pictures of the students and faculty, however, the later copies of The Fortress do not have yearly pictures of the staff and some do not include portrait pictures of the students. All of the yearbooks have sections dedicated to the recognized clubs on campus.   

Extent: This collection includes 267 yearbooks

Dates: WAHSA: 1919-1931; Warclinian: 1930-1932, 1934; The Fortress: 1935-2011

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