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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.


Genealogy Research in the Suber Archives

We receive many calls from people looking for an ancestor who attended LaGrange College and if there is any information available on her/him.  Here are some useful FAQs which may assist you with your search.

Did they attend LaGrange College, LaGrange, Georgia? 

There are several LaGrange Colleges in the United States.  You might want to do a Google search to be certain you have the right one. "The college began as a women’s academy that was housed in a large white building just down the street from the current campus. A few years later, in 1851, the institution moved to its present location on “the Hill,” which is the highest geographical point in the city of LaGrange.[14] In 1847, the school became LaGrange Female Institute, and the charter was amended to allow the school the power to confer degrees. The name was changed to LaGrange Female College in 1851."


When did they attend?

The LaGrange College Catalogs (or Bulletins as they were sometimes called and sometimes spelled as catalogues) are available on line beginning with the 1857 issue.  These contain the names of the alumnae and their date of graduation. These catalogs also contain interesting information about the governance of LaGrange Female College and later became LaGrange College.  ust put in LaGrange College + date in the Search.  Just change the date for a new search.  The Quadrangles are also available at:


What other sites can I use to get information about my ancestor?

We get questions frequently on how to preserve family photographs, news clippings, and other memorabilia so Archives and Special Collections has compiled some links that will help you save your family history for the next generation. Some people may find old photographs in shoe boxes others in albums where the paper is doing invisible harm.  We hope you will find it useful and will continue to add to the information.

From the Library of Congress comes a Visual Literacy Exercise, compiled by Helena Zinkham, June 2004.  Often there are many family  photographs to sort through and it is useful to train yourself to observe the clothing, hair styles, and/or other details to help you identify relatives or a certain time frame.

The National Archives has excellent information on preservation of family papers. is available at LaGrange College but is only accessible while on campus.  Immigration records of those entering through Ellis Island   Provided by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.


Archives Home and FAQs


The Suber Archives serves as the official repository and institutional memory of LaGrange College by collecting, preserving, and making accessible the records and artifacts that provide evidence of past College history and contribute to an understanding of the College's structure and its historic past which began with the granting of its charter in 1831. It is the goal of the Suber Archives to provide access  to these records while complying with our privacy and and access policies.    


Where are we located?



What are our hours?


Do I need to make an appointment?



Where can I do my research?



What are our policies on access and copyright?

We are located on the lower level of the Lewis Library in Room 107.  LaGrange College is located at 601 Broad Street, LaGrange, Georgia.  There is ample, free visitor's parking in the clock tower parking lot.


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.


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.



In the Reading Room of the Suber Archives.  All archival materials must be used under the supervision of the archivist and you will need to sign in and show identification when you arrive. 



Our mission is to provide maximum access to our collections, but privacy concerns may take precedence.  For  our detailed policies regarding access, copyright issues, and our collection criteria, please click on the Suber Archives policies tab.

 Other Useful Information


What is a Finding Aid?

A Finding Aid is a tool that archivists create which contains a detailed guide describing the information contained in a specific collection.  The Finding Aid assists the researcher in determining if the contents will be useful and relevant to his or her topic.  Since the Suber Archives is a new department,  not all collections have a Finding Aid at the present time, but as processing continues they will be posted online.  

Can I check out materials?

Since most of our documents are unique, the materials in the Suber Archives cannot be checked out and must remain in the Archives.  To view them, you will need to submit a request either by telephone or email requesting the materials you want to use so they will be available for you to view when you arrive.  Please check out our Access policies in advance.

Can I make copies?

Most people use their cell phones to make copies.  We will scan up to 10 free copies and email them to you but there is a charge for requests over this amount since our server cannot accommodate large files.

 Does the Suber Archives accept donations?  Do you appraise items?

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.  The Suber Archives does not appraise items. See the Policies tab for what we collect and click on this link to find an appraiser

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 as are cell phones

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 occasionally 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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