Library Archives

The archive collection consists of materials primarily pertaining to the history of Hannibal-LaGrange University. Some materials are also collected on the history of various Baptist Associations including but not limited to Bethel, Mt. Salem, and Wyaconda. Materials from the archives may not be checked out. Library staff will retrieve materials from restricted access, and individuals may use them in house. Photocopiers and scanners are available. Appropriate copyright permission would need to be requested for certain materials. Contact the public relations office for copyright permission.

Information Requests

Requests for information may be submitted to the Library Director
Phone: 573.629.3130
Library Archives
Hannibal-LaGrange University
2800 Palmyra Road
Hannibal, MO 63401

Most information requests are free. If extensive photocopying is needed, a 10ยข per page fee will be applied. In addition, the University has a limited number of old yearbooks which may be purchased at $10 each. Years available are contingent upon what is currently in stock. Particular years will not be reprinted.

Official History

A brief history of Hannibal-LaGrange University is included in HLGU’s academic catalog.

Hannibal-LaGrange College History was written by J. Hurley and Roberta Hagood, both HLGU alumni. It covers the history of the school including its creation by the Wyaconda Baptist Association in 1858 at the LaGrange location, its move to Hannibal in 1929, and other events until 1995.

The History of LaGrange College was written by Dr. Kenneth Moore, Professor Emeritus of Bible and Greek. Dr. Moore taught at HLGU from 1948-1983. This 2 volume work covers only the years in LaGrange MO, 1858-1928.


If you would like to donate an item to our archives, please feel free to do so. We love to receive photos, memorabilia, etc. Each piece helps to enrich our collection. Please send to the address above.

Related Links

Baptist History

Missouri History