Concordia College Student Publications (Record Group 16) is the newest addition to the College Archives on-line catalog. Full description is completed for all twenty-eight linear feet of records. They include the archival preservation copies of all the Scout and Cobber yearbooks from 1920 to 2008 and the thousands of photographs used in yearbooks spanning from 1939 to 2008. Copies of the original Crescent and Concordian student newspapers are preserved, as well as microfilm copies and for more recent years digital copies.
Over the years many newsletters, both official and underground, were published on campus, many of them for very short time periods. Thirteen of these important newsletters are preserved that help to document some of the student led activities and issues on campus. Examples include the newsletter Impetus issued from 1969 to 1972 by the January 19th Movement, an anti-Vietnam War protest group.
The Extra Mile, an underground newsletter, was published by nine seniors just before commencement in the Spring of 1982 with the purpose "to honestly, constructively and, when necessary, harshly criticize certain structures, attitudes and organizations we have encountered at Concordia.”
One of the major components of this collection is the extensive number of term papers written by Concordia students, spanning from the 1920s to the present. Most are organized by academic class, primarily English but also History. There is a separate collection of student papers written on some aspect of Concordia College. Examples include “The Black Student Strike of 1976,” “The Women’s Movement: A Success for Concordia Women?,” and “Do You Wanna Dance?: Social Dancing, Joseph Knutson and Cultural Revolution at Concordia College (1891-1969).”
The archives’ public catalog is part of the on-going effort to provide easy access to the collections preserved in the College Archives. Additional records are being added to the catalog on continual basis. We welcome you to visit the on-line catalog. If you have any questions or comments please feel free to contact us.
To search all collections described to-date by term or browse subjects and creators, click on this link: https://cord.cuadra.com/starweb4/l.skca-catalog/servlet.starweb4?path=l.skca-catalog/skcacatalog.web
The Concordia College Archives sponsored their second annual trivia contest in celebration of American Archives Month this October. The winners have picked up or been sent a signed copy of On Firm Foundation Grounded.
Our three winners were Allison Sommer, Adam Nelson, and Kristine Schuldt. Here is what they each had to say about their success-
Allison Sommer: "In regards to the archives blog and website, I used the Concordia quick facts, and the online Concordian for most of the questions. I find the online Concordian to especially helpful for searching for specific topics, dates, phrases, etc. I also used the digital horizons database to look at "On Firm Foundation Grounded" online." Allison says that she is a huge fan of the college archives and it shows with 20 questions answered correctly!
Adam Nelson (pictured above): "What I found most useful to answer the questions for the Archives trivia was the way the Archive's online database is set up. If you know how to use a database, such as Academic Search Premier or PsychInfo, the Archives online database is similarly set up. It was quite easy for me to put in a few search terms, press enter, and find the answer right in front of me. Another useful tool was the Concordia Quick Facts link as it provides a way to find the answers to frequently asked questions about the College." Adam loves the Archives. He answered 14 questions correctly! "The reason I love the Archives is twofold. First, I love the sheer history and knowledge that is located on the fourth floor of the Library is astounding. There are so many cool little artifacts that are contained there, like a Cobber ring for the class of 1921, old yearbooks, photographs, and so much more. If you want to learn more about the history and legacy of Concordia, there is no place better than the Archives. The second reason I love the Archives is Lisa Sjoberg, the College's Archivist. Lisa is amazing. She was my IOC professor my first semester at Concordia, and her personality made me feel at home. She has an ever-present smile on her face, and even if you're having the worst day of your life, if you spend even 2 minutes talking to her, you feel instantly better. She's the reason the Archives are so successful."
Kristine Schuldt: "I think the archives website is awesome. I found that the fact sheets and the digital collections were very helpful! It was great to be able to look up information. I enjoy history and I'm an alum, so looking up facts on Concordia is fun." Kristine says that she is always up for Cobber Trivia. She answered 10 questions correctly.