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Lorena Hall Collection (MC 337) - Columbus State University

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Lorena Hall Collection (MC 337)

Organizational Note

Lorena Hall was a "select school for girls" in Columbus, Georgia, located at 1133 2nd Avenue. It was established in the fall of 1911 by Miss Jessie Snyder . She and her sisters first established the Columbus Seminary, occupying the Phelps home on 11th Street, opposite the YMCA. The school flourished and soon outgrew its surroundings and was divided. Miss Rosa Snyder retained the seminary name and located her school on 12th Street. Miss Jessie Snyder remained at the old Snyder home and named her school "Lorena Hall" in memory of her mother. After the death of Miss Rosa, the Seminary disbanded and many of the students became pupils of Lorena Hall. The school closed after graduation in 1925 due to the decline of Miss Jessie's health. The building would be turned into an apartment house.

Scope and Content

The bulk of the collection consists of bound volumes of the Cricket, the school yearbook publication. The yearbooks date from 1912 to 1925. Some years are missing. There are also 2 CDs labeled Cricket master file.

The collection also includes a "School Friendship Book" of 1924 belonging to Augusta Irene Moore. This book contains pictures, cards, notes, clippings about Augusta's classmates and herself. This provides a detailed account of a schoolgirl's life and fashion of the early 1920's in Columbus, Georgia. Augusta lived at 1125 4th Avenue in Columbus.

1912-1925 1 box (1 l.f.)

Permission to Publish

Permission to publish material from the Lorena Hall Collection must be obtained from the Columbus State University Archives at Columbus State University. Use of the following credit line for publication or exhibit is required:

Lorena Hall Collection (MC 337) Columbus State University Archives Columbus, Georgia


This collection was donated to the CSU Archives in the fall of 2013 when the Columbus Public Library closed its archival collection. The collection was previously numbered MC 011 at the public library.

Box and Item List

Box 1

  • The Cricket 1912 (2 copies) The Cricket 1913 v. 2 (2 copies) The Cricket 1914 v. 3 The Cricket 1915 v. 4 The Cricket 1919 v.8 The Cricket 1920 v. 9 (2 copies) The Cricket 1921 v. 10 The Cricket 1922 v. 11 The Cricket 1923 v. 12 The Cricket 1924 v. 13 (2 copies)The Cricket 1925 v. 14
  • 2 CDs labeled Cricket Master File
  • School Friendship Book of Augusta Irene Moore, 1924
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