Rare Books and Printed Material
The Annie Belle Weaver Special Collections contains printed materials such as books, serials, maps, and ephemera (including posters, broadsides, pamphlets, and more). Special Collections currently holds approximately 3,000 printed items dating from the 16th century to present. Collection strengths include:
· Local and regional history and culture, including agriculture, transportation, education, music, politics, and religion
· Paranormal and humanistic psychology
· Shape Note and Sacred Harp musical traditions
· Publications by current and former faculty, including the works of nationally known Colonial America scholar John Ferling
Several personal libraries are included in Special Collections:
· David Hooks Library, composed of about 1,600 books from the 19th and 20th centuries covering subjects such as life after death, extra sensory perception, out-of-body experiences, apparitions, and altered states of consciousness. This collection was acquired by Special Collections in association with the Dr. William G. Roll Collection (unprocessed).
· Anne G. Ingram Historical Children’s Literature Collection, consisting of 86 volumes dating from the mid-19th to early 20th centuries, which includes works by Louisa May Alcott, Lewis Carroll, James Fenimore Cooper, Charles Dickens, and many others. Anne Ingram was the only child of Irvine S. Ingram, who led first as principal of the 4th District A&M School and then was president of West Georgia College for nearly thirty years.
· Sidney Jourard Library contains 520 works on anthropology, sociology, psychotherapy, religion, philosophy, research, and theory. Many of the books include the psychologist’s margin notes, providing researchers with an idea of the forces that shaped his thinking in the field of humanistic psychology.
· Guillermo Hernandez de Alba book and ephemera collection of 100 items on Colombian colonial history, especially pertaining to Simon Bolivar and General Francisco de Paula Santander. This collection was purchased by the History Department in 1969.
· Many more including the libraries of past university presidents Ingram and James E. Boyd, and immigrant scholar Gregor Sebba
All materials can be found in the Ingram Library catalog and are available for viewing in the Research Room. Materials in Special Collections do not circulate.