University Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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Hester Suggs (Born Digital Records)

The collection is composed of photographs mostly of Hester Suggs in the 1940s. Suggs was a University of Illinois alum, and an active member of the community. The collection has photos individual photos of her, images of her with the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., Gamma Chapter and Epsilon Epsilon Omega, and images of other students during the 1940s, and Hester Sugg's obituary.

This collection is managed by the University of Illinois Archives and does not feature precise descriptive information for each item. Discover its contents by browsing the folders and files. For more information, contact an archivist at