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Lota Garner papers

Identifier: 010.LG

Scope and Contents

The Lota Garner papers contain family records, photographs, religious magazines, and sermons. Records span for nearly a hundred years starting in 1830 until 1931. Lota Garner was an art professor at Michigan State Normal College from 1902 until 1931. The collection is arranged into three series: Family Papers, Manuscripts, Photographs, Religious Magazines, and Sermons.

Content in the Family Papers series include Agreements, Correspondence, Iscac Bigelow papers, Thomas Garner papers, and Lota Garner papers. The Manuscripts series contains manuscripts written by an unknown author. The Photographs series includes a photo of an unidentified man, and an album belonging to Professor T.C. Garner of Fenton College. The Religious Journals series contains the American Congress of Social Science, The Oberlin Evangelist, and The Spiritual Magazine these journals are from about 1835 until 1880. The Sermons series is a collection of sermons written presumably by Isac Bigelow who was a pastor.


  • Creation: 1830 - 1890


Conditions Governing Access

Researchers are asked to request materials 24 hours prior to visiting the the University Archives.

Biographical Note

Lota H. Garner attended Olivet College from 1882- 1884, and Oberlin College from 1884-1887. She spent the years 1888-1894 studying and teaching art in Springfield and Toledo Ohio. Miss Garner specialized in drawing in this institution, and accepted her present position in the Drawing Department in 1902. She was a student at the Chicago Art Institute during the winter of 1909. Lota was a member of the art department faculty for about 30 year. Garner died in 1931 after a prolonged illness.


3.8 Linear Feet (3 record center cartons and 1 flat box)

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The Lota Garner papers contains the papers of Lota Garner an art professor at Michigan State Normal College and her family spanning from 1830 until 1931. Materials include photographs, manuscripts, religious journals, and sermons. The collection is further arranged into five series including: Family Papers, Manuscripts, Photographs, Religious Journals, and Sermons. The manuscripts and sermons are written by unknown authors, presumably the sermons were written by Isac Bigelow who was a pastor.

Lota Garner papers
Courtney Dornburg
2012 May 17
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Repository Details

Part of the Eastern Michigan University Archives Repository

Bruce T. Halle Library, Room 310
955 West Circle Drive
Ypsilanti Michigan 48197