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Wartburg College Archives: Photographs

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.

Wartburg College Archives

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Special Collections - Photograph Collection


The 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.

The Archives is committed to providing access to holdings. However, access to some items may be restricted by their fragile condition or by contractual agreement with the donors, and it may not be possible at all times to provide appropriate machinery for reading, viewing or accessing non-print materials. In such circumstances, arrangements may have to be made for digital duplication or transfer to occur before access can be provided.



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.


Scope and Content Note

Extent: 1800 folders.

Physical Description: Collection consists of photographs of various types – contemporary, reprints, photocopies, prints on metal, and photos with cardboard backing.  Negatives are available for some photographs. There is a single photo album (1904) in the collection.

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.


Administrative Information

Restrictions: None

Preferred Citation: [item title/description], [date]; Wartburg College Photograph Collection; Wartburg College Archives, Waverly, Iowa.

Acquisition Information: Collection is primarily made up of materials transferred from campus offices and student publications (Trumpet newspaper, Fortress yearbook), but also contains acquisitions from private donations (provenance unknown). It is an “artificial collection” in that materials were put together from various sources due to their format (photographs) and the original creator, donor, and order of materials is often lost.

Processing Information: Processing completed by PC, EB, and AMM on May 9, 2018.


Series Description

  1. Academic Departments
    1. Art
    2. Biochemistry, Chemistry, and Engineering
    3. Biology
    4. Business Administration, Accounting, and Economics
    5. Education
    6. English and Modern Languages
    7. Health and Physical Education
    8. History
    9. Home Economics
    10. Industrial Arts
    11. Intercultural Studies
    12. Journalism and Communication (Communication Arts)
    13. Leadership Institute
    14. Mathematics, Computer Science, and Physics
    15. Miscellaneous
    16. Music
      1. Choral Ensembles
      2. General
      3. Instrumental Ensembles
      4. Workshops, Recitals, and Festivals
    17. Religion and Philosophy
    18. Social Sciences
    19. Social Work
  2. Campus Offices
    1. Board of Regents and President's Office
    2. Dean of the Chapel
    3. Academic Affairs (VP) & Dean of the Faculty
      1. Academic Affairs- Wartburg College Libraries
    4. Enrollment Management (VP)
    5. Finance and Administration (VP)
    6. Institutional Advancement (VP)
    7. Marketing and Communication (VP)
    8. Student Life (VP) & Dean of Students
  3. Campus Life
    1. Drama
      1. 1950-1959
      2. 1960-1969
      3. 1970-1979
      4. 1980-1989
      5. 1990-1999
      6. 2000-2009
      7. Date not Identified
    2. Christmas Celebrations
    3. Concerts
    4. Conferences
    5. Wartburg College Ceremonies & Traditions
    6. Artist Series, Lectures, Festivals, and Political Visits; "Community Life"
    7. Miscellaneous
  4. Students
    1. Honor Societies
    2. Media & Publications
    3. Academic & Professional Organizations
    4. Social Awareness
    5. Scholarships and Awards
    6. Spiritual Life
    7. General
    8. Service & Interests Organizations
    9. Events
    10. Sports & Sports Associated
  5. Buildings & Grounds
    1. Academic and Administrative Buildings
    2. Art on Campus
    3. The Chapel
    4. Miscellaneous
    5. Libraries
    6. President's House
    7. Sports & Gyms
    8. Student Residential Facilities
  6. Faculty & Staff
  7. Lutheran Church
  8. History of Wartburg College (pre-1935)
  9. Athletics
    1. Baseball
    2. Basketball
    3. Cheerleading
    4. Cross Country
    5. Football
    6. Golf
    7. Soccer
    8. Softball
    9. Tennis
    10. Track & Field
    11. Volleyball
    12. Wrestling
    13. Other
    14. General

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Kay Grigsby, MSLIS
Grant Price Endowed Archivist
(319) 352-8457

Vogel Library, Wartburg College   |   100 Wartburg Blvd, Waverly, IA, 50677 |   Phone: 319-352-8500   | Email: