LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The Lincoln-Lancaster County Genealogical Society needs a new home for its 8,000-piece collection.

The collection's been housed at the Union College library for the past 30 years. But the college has decided to turn the collection space into a student tutoring center, said Michael George, the genealogical society president.

The society has until mid-March to find a new place or the collection will go into storage.

Society board member Prudence Sadler said the society hopes to find a place before then.

“If all of our stuff is in boxes, it takes away from one of our core missions," Sadler told the Lincoln Journal Star.

The collection includes items such as a 1924 Tobias telephone directory, the book "Abie to Yutan: Nebraska's pictorial history" and an index to the marriage records of Lancaster County from 1866 to 1893.

Sadler said the society wants to keep the collection local but has looked at locations outside of Lincoln and Lancaster County.

"Worst-case scenario is the collection will be split up and sent to different places across the country," George said. "It's not something we're wanting to consider right now. We want it to be a resource for Nebraskans and Lincoln and Lancaster County residents."

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