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Suber Archives & Special Collections

This is the homepage of archvies and special collections at Lewis Library. From this page you can discover digitized archives, collections, and past and current exhibits, as well as information about archives and special collections mission and history.

Archives FAQs


                Welcome to the Suber Archives and Special Collections at LaGrange College, located in the lower level of the Lewis Library in Room 107. The Archives has been open since 2009 and consequently there is an ongoing organization of College records and Special Collections. Check out our Browse Collections page for a summary of what holdings we currently have and feel to call for additional information which may not be online yet.  

What are our hours?

  • The Suber Archives and Special Collections is open Monday-Friday, from 8:30-4:00, but it's always good to call first since we have a small staff.  Our number is 706-880-8995 and please feel free to leave a message.

Do I need to make an appointment?

  • If you have a specific request we would appreciate it if you can give us 24 hours in advance to enable us to research or locate something in a collection so we can have it waiting for you when you come in.  

Where are we located?

  •  We are located in the lower level of the Lewis Library at LaGrange College in Room 107 at 601 Broad Street, LaGrange, Georgia.

What is a Finding Aid?

  • A Finding Aid is a tool that contains detailed information about what sort of information is in a specific collection and assists the researcher to determine if the contents will useful and relevant to his or her topic.  As a new archives not all collections have a Finding Aid at the present time, but as processing continues it will be posted online.   

Can I check out materials?

  • Since most of our documents are unique, the materials in the Suber Archives are closed to the public, except for items on display, and cannot be checked out.   You will need to submit a request form at least two days in advance so that we can pull the materials you want to see and have them available when you arrive.  

Can I photograph or make copies?  

  • Most people use their cell phone to make copies, however, we will scan 10  free copies and email them to you. There is a fee for over 10 copies  since our server is not able to handle large numbers of files.   Please check with an archivist for additional details. 

Does the Suber Archives accept donations?

  • We love donations and we have many wonderful things in our collections due to the generosity of our alumni and others.  We don't accept everything since we may already have copies or there may not be enough room to store an item.  Just contact us and let us know what you might want to donate so we can let you know if your donation will be accepted.  See the Policies tab for what we collect.

Are there special rules when using the Archives?

  • Our holdings must be used in the Archives  during our regular hours.
  • Researchers using archives or manuscript collections must Sign In with the Archives. 
  • Only items needed to take notes are allowed in the Archives.  Pencils only.   Laptop computers are allowed.
  • Food and beverages are not permitted in the Archives.
  • Place other personal property in the lockers.  Practice cell phone courtesy by turning off your ringer and taking calls outside the Archives.
  • To keep the documents in order, researchers may use only one box from a collection at a time. Open only one folder at a time and please keep items in the same order in which you found them. 
  • Materials must be handled carefully and must be used flat on the table. Do not make any marks on materials or affix extraneous items such as Post-It notes. No books, papers, or other objects (except special weights used to hold materials flat) may be laid upon materials. 






Useful Links


The Lewis Library staff regularly writes and posts blogs on its home page. To go to a blog related to the Suber Archives and Special Collections, click on the links below.

Iconic Smith Hall

Suber Archives visits Hilltop News

The Annotated Cat (Sort of)

Visit from Terry Kay

The Scroll

Christmas on Campus

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