The Collins-Callaway Library Blog Archives

The Paine College Historical Archives are located in the P. Randolph Shy Room on the second floor of the Collins-Callaway Library. The archival collections include official records, photographs, clippings, correspondence, recordings, publications, artifacts and other materials relating to the history of Paine College, as well as some items relating to the Augusta African-American community. Archives are available by appointment.

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Paine College Choir, April 7, 1967

Paine College’s Special Collections Office, located at the Collins-Callaway Library, has a multitude of documents, books, and photos showing its expansive and highly acclaimed history.  We also have recordings that may be of interest to all!

This particular recording is of a group of Paine College chorus members, performed in Haygood Hall (the original structure) on the evening of April 7, 1967. The Musical Director was Frank M. Calhoun, and Roosevelt Simpkins was the Accompanist. Of the 55 voluntary members, 35 chorus singers were selected for this special event.

Since this is a long-playing record, a record player is needed to listen to this archived item; however, the ‘LP’ is a sealed item, thus its in mint condition and requires special handling.

Paine College Graduating Class of 1936
Paine College Faculty, 1936


Paine College Graduating Class of 1891
Class of 1901


Bishop Lucius Holsey Pitts, CME, in 1881, was instrumental in the establishment of then Paine College Institute
Bishop Lucius Holsey Pitts, in 1881, was instrumental to the establishment of Paine College Institute.


Paine College President Lucius Holsey Pitts: First African American to serve in this prestigious position


Paine College Men’s Basketball Team 1930

Finding Aid

Each Finding Aid lists what is in each box of the collection. Some of the links are for the complete Finding Aid, while others link to a record with a brief summary. Print copies of all Finding Aid resources are available in the Archives.

For additional information, or to make an appointment to visit the Archives, contact Alana Lewis at 706 821 8364 or

Paine College in 1917

Scenes At Paine College 1917

This was quite a find!  Here is a historic document retrieved from the University of Illinois Archives that lets you step into the world of Paine College during World War I.  This document is in PDF format and can be downloaded to your computer so that you can share it with others, or view at your leisure.