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Coronavirus Update for VSU Archives

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As we implement safety precautions to limit the spread of COVID-19, we are offering appointments to students, faculty, or staff who need to use the archives in person or meet with a staff member.  Please contact archives@valdosta.edu and we will respond with assistance within one business day.

The VSU Archives and Special Collections supports the University’s commitment to scholarly and creative work, enhances instructional effectiveness, encourages faculty scholarly pursuits, and supports research in selective areas of institutional strength focused on regional need by collecting, preserving, and providing access to records of enduring historical value documenting the history and development of VSU and the surrounding South Georgia region and in support of VSU curriculum.

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Our special collections houses rare books, regional history, theses and dissertations, and more.

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Contribute to the VCU Archives COVID-19 Community Archives

We are asking for your help. We are collecting materials that document your experience. Possible submissions could include:

• your own journal entries (written, audio, or video) documenting your experience
• photographs of your home/work-space or scenes from around your community that illustrate changes in society taken during this time
• captures of classroom work or lectures given online
• videos or recordings of events, classes, workouts, spoken words and music shared online during this time
• screen shots of social media posts
• a sign or art you or someone else in your community created

Submissions may be in the form of digital photographs, text files, PDFs, spreadsheets, presentations, audio files, or video files.

Submit at https://www.valdosta.edu/academics/library/depts/archives-and-special-collections/forms/digital-donations.php

Notice: Some Archives Websites Temporarily Offline

Presently, many of our websites are down for security updates. We are working on getting these back online as soon as possible. If you need to access our databases, please contact archives@valdosta.edu with your request and we'll search them for you. If you are looking for the COBEC website, we have a temporary site online here. Sorry for any inconvinence and thank you for your patience. 


ArchivesSpace LogoThe Valdosta State University Archives and Special Collections has updated our main database to ArchivesSpace. This new system will make searching our collections, both physical and digital, more accessible and in line with modern web standards. You can find the Valdosta State University Archives and Special Collections ArchivesSpace at: https://archivesspace.valdosta.edu/. If you have any questions about the new system, please email us at archives@valdosta.edu.

New Digitized Collection! - South Georgia Deeds and Plats

A large portion of our Georgia Deeds and Plats collections have been digitized by the Digital Library of Georgia and are now available online. These documents date all the back to the late 1700's up to around 1910! They include court records of land deeds, plats (property line maps), grants, trust indentures, and other documents from South Georgia and North Florida. Counties include: Glynn, Wayne, Ware, Camden, Brantley, Colquitt, Irwin, Madison, Clarke, Berrien, Charlton, and Baldwin County. You can find these online on Vtext at https://vtext.valdosta.edu/xmlui/handle/10428/3945.

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The Hugh and Joan Bailey Archival Research Travel Fund

The VSU Archives and Special Collections has numerous collections worthy of scholarly study. We have 4000 linear feet of archival materials, 5000 books in special collections relating to Georgia and 350 rare books. The Bailey Travel Fund exists to help fund out of area researchers to come to Valdosta and use our collections for research. Up to 1000 annually is available to defray travel costs for any researcher who wants to use the resources available in our archives and special collections. The award is competitive and depends on how well the research topic fits the collections of the VSU Archives and Special Collections. Our website and ARCHON finding aids are located here: https://www.valdosta.edu/academics/library/depts/archives-and-special-collections/.Our collections include 115 years of college history, women’s history, some military history, civil rights and integration, biographies, civil war documents, literature, rare books, 500 digitized oral histories relating to Georgia, and numerous other collections.

The application process is a letter and a CV describing your interest in our collections. The archives will be happy to assist you in using our various finding aids to help formulate your letter and make sure you have found all resources that apply to your research question. Letters and CV’s are due OCTOBER 15 to the Valdosta State University Archives and Special Collections at archives@valdosta.edu , with the subject line Research Travel Fund. Awards will be made in November and you will have from January through December of the following year to make your trip. We look forward to serving you in our archives.

2018 Owens Rare Book Collection

We are very proud to have the Owens/McRae collection at Odum Library, Valdosta State University Archives and Special Collections. The books date from 1507 to 1891 and most are written in Spanish. One Spanish book from 1589 is the first edition of the Emblemas Horales by Don J nan de Morozco y Covarruvias.

Owens Rare Book Collection on Display

The Desegregation of Public Libraries in the Jim Crow South,

Presented by the speaker and author Wayne A. Weaned. April 12, 2018 2:00PM at Odum Library Auditorium at Valdosta State University. 

Poster for event

50 States of Preservation: Valdosta State University in Valdosta, Georgia. APRIL 3, 2017 | BY LEAH WEINRYB GROHSGAL

New Photographs Digitized!

The Valdosta State University Archives and Special Collections is currently processing the Spectator Negatives, 1980-1985 Collection. These photographs were taken by Valdosta State College Spectator staff in the early to mid-1980's. The first batch of photographs have been uploaded to flickr. You can view them online at https://flic.kr/s/aHskzyhDyC. If you recognize anybody or any event depicted in the photos, please comment. 

Valdosta Daily Times Death Index, 1868-1987.

GENDEX, The Valdosta Daily Times Genealogical Index spanning from the 1860s to the 1980s has been digitized in full. This valuable genealogical resource is now online for the first time ever. You can search the Valdosta Daily Times Vital Records database and the Gendex database here. 

Valdosta State Yearbook Collection at the Internet Archive

We are please to announce that Valdosta State's historic yearbook collection, spanning from 1925-1987, has been completely digitize. Browse decades of life at Valdosta State at https://archive.org/details/valdostastate on the Internet Archive.  

Congratulations to the VSU Archives for winning the 2007 Brenda McCallum Prize from The American Folklore Society!

The American Folklore Society 
The Valdosta Daily Times article 
Valdosta State University News articles

Archon Database [Retired]