Augustana is hosting “Reforming Reformation,” an interdisciplinary conference looking at the Reformation, October 17-19. Augustana, as a Swedish Lutheran college, was a product of the Reformation, and that fact is apparent in some of its collections.
Special Collections holds a modest number of Reformation imprints, many of which originally belonged to the Augustana Seminary Library. Included are various works by Martin Luther, as well as works by his contemporaries such as Philipp Melancthon and Erasmus. There are four sixteenth-century editions of the Augsburg Confession (from which Augustana College derives its name), polyglot editions of Luther’s catechisms, and several examples of flugschriften, or Reformation pamphlets. Anyone is welcome to see these materials; stop by Special Collections during open hours.