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Spring/Summer Newsletter 2012

Special Collections

From the Vault

In this issue Victorian Trunk

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Digitization

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Alumni open house

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New exhibit

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Abroad project

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How you can help

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Hello everyone!

Special Collections has been very hard at work, tackling new projects daily. We have been digitizing materials, developing new exhibits, hosting events, and more! All of our extra projects have been a great addition to our everyday mission of acquiring, preserving, and providing access to materials pertaining to our history. We are actively seeking new collections to aid the research of current and future scholars. We collect materials pertaining to the histories of the University, the Milledgeville and Baldwin County areas, as well as surrounding counties, along with other prestigious collections. Feel free to contact us today!

Contact

Please contact us today to schedule a research appointment or to assist in preserving your personal, family, or organization’s papers.

Nancy Davis-Bray, Associate Director Joshua Kitchens, Archivist Katherine Pope, Archival Associate Student Assistants: Chad Halvorson Callie Wiley

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Vanessa Whited

scinfo@gcsu.edu (478) 445-0988 http://library.gcsu.edu/sc


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Victorian Traveling Resource Center ready for use By Vanessa Whited Special Collections is very excited to announce that, after a lot of hard work, the Victorian Traveling Trunk Resource Center is completed and ready for check-out! We are very excited to be able to offer this resource to educators and their students, and we hope they enjoy bringing history to life in their classrooms by taking a step back into the Victorian Era. In addition to being a fun, interactive way for students to learn about a bygone era, our resource center includes lesson plans and activities for fourth, fifth, and eighth grade that fulfill the Georgia Performance Standards. Our traveling resource center encompasses the reign of Queen Victoria, spanning the Gilded Age (18781889), and the Progressive Era (1890-1913). It includes original and reproduction Victorian artifacts, such as lye soap, fashion elements like lace gloves and a top hat, literature, afternoon tea items, and much more. We sincerely hope to share our resources and knowledge with the community, and we believe our very first interactive traveling resource center is the perfect way to do so. The lesson plans, additional materials, and more information is available online at: http://libguides. gcsu.edu/victorian. Please contact Kate Pope at (478) 445-0988 if you are interested in reserving the traveling resource center.

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From the Vault

Digitized collections available for use

Accessible, searchable

By Joshua Kitchens Over the last two semesters, Special Collections has been working on a secret project. In the quiet of the archives, we have begun the mass digitization of many of the Georgia College’s publications. This includes the Spectrum, the college’s yearbook, Course Catalogs, and a few other universityrelated items. We have also digitized a couple of rare books, including a rare text on Sacred Harp music entitled Vocal Triad. All of this would not have been possible without our Book Eye 3r overhead scanner purchased with funds provided by the Office of Academic Affairs. Each book that Special Collections has digitized will be made fully searchable, which makes research much easier. All of these items should be available online in the fall of this year. In addition to the materials we digitized, we will be making most

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of the issues of The Colonnade from 1926 - 1976 avaliable. This materials were digitized and microfilm by through funding provided by The Colonnade.

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Spring/Summer Newsletter 2012

Special Collections From the Vault

Open house attracts alumni, community By Vanessa Whited Here at Special Collections, the archives are a home away from home. They are part of our everyday lives, and they are so familiar to us that sometimes we forget how mysterious they are to others who have never visited them. For this reason, on Saturday, Feb. 11, we opened the archives and invited Georgia College alumni, retired faculty and staff, and local community members to come and visit. The open house, which took place during alumni weekend, welcomed alumni back to campus and allowed visitors to see some of what Special Collections has to offer. In addition, it encouraged participation in the Legacy Project, an initiative that began last year with the goal of capturing the memories and sentiments of the history of the university and of the Milledgeville-Baldwin County area. We had a number of visitors, including a group of alumni from the graduating class of 1962 who were interested in listening to tapes of the Golden Slipper performances during their time at Georgia College (then called the Women’s College of Georgia, or WC). They viewed our displays, looked through old yearbooks and photographs, and reminisced about their college days. In addition, other alumni spoke with us about donating some of their memorabilia to Special Collections. One enthusiastic alumna said she would rather have her memorabilia preserved and cared for in our archives than collecting dust at her house. We would have to agree! We hope alumni will continue to visit the archives and even contribute to our collection. For more information on doing so, please do not hesitate to call or email us.

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Angelo Hunt, Miss Aurora 1962. (Spectrum)

Faith is what someone knows to be true, whether they believe it or not. -Flannery O’Connor


From the Vault

New exhibit:

Excellence in Organization By Vanessa Whited

In honor of our alumni and all of the organizations that make Georgia College the flourishing campus it is, Special Collections has put together a new exhibit entitled “Excellence in Organization.” The exhibit highlights campus organizations through time, including sororities, fraternities, sports teams, clubs, and more. As author Ryunosuke Satoro once said, “Individually, we are one drop. Together, we are an ocean.” It is through organization and teamwork that we achieve excellence, and our exhibit highlights this through photographs and memorabilia from 1901 onward.

We encourage students, faculty, alumni, etc. to visit the exhibit on the second floor of the Library & Instructional Technology Center in front of Special Collections.

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In addition, since the majority of the photographs featured in the exhibit were scanned from old Spectrum yearbooks, we would love for everyone to visit our research room and look at these yearbooks more in-depth to see how organizations have shaped our campus since its conception. For more information, feel free to stop by and see us!

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New initiative preserves study abroad experiences By Vanessa Whited As summer study abroad trips approach, Special Collections has started a new initiative that will showcase and preserve study abroad experiences. The project, entitled “Letters from Home,” stems from the idea that students’ once-in-a-life-time exchange experiences deserve to be documented, preserved, and shared. Special Collections aims to do just that by accepting letters, photos, emails, and other types of communication while students are overseas. “This is a chance to share your experiences, learn from others and guarantee that your time abroad will be remembered and preserved,” said Kate Pope, Georgia College archival associate.

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The correspondence will document student life and learning at GC. Special Collections enlisted the help of Professor Macon McGinley’s publication layout and design course, and mass communication students Katlyn Mobley and Constantina Kokenes’ poster designs were chosen to promote the project. Special Collections is encouraging students who wish to participate in “Letters from Home” to correspond through Facebook, the Special Collections blog, or by mailing Special Collections, CBX 043, Milledgeville, Ga. 31061. For more information call (478) 445-0988.


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Georgia College Special Collections serves the university and public by preserving the papers, memorabilia, and artifacts of our collections to ensure that students and citizens will have access to our rich history. You can help support Special Collections in its mission to preserve history. Donors may choose to sponsor an existing project that relates to their interests. However, if you have an idea for a new project that you would like to support, please give us a call at 478-445-0988. All gifts are tax deductible.

Special Collections Campus Box 043 320 North Wayne Street Milledgeville, GA, 31061 scinfo@gcsu.edu (478) 445-0988 http://library.gcsu.edu/sc

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