What's New in Special Collections
Special Collections has been awarded a 2014-2015 Preservation Assistance Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. This grant will fund a preservation assessment of approximately 3,000 printed items in the Annie Belle Weaver Special Collections, University of West Georgia. These items, dating from the sixteenth century to the 1970s consist of monographs, serials, maps, pamphlets, and ephemera.
A professional conservation consultant will evaluate the physical condition of the materials; provide guidelines for stabilization and housing by format and condition; review environmental conditions; and finally, make conservation recommendations for select items.
YEARBOOKS AND HANDBOOKS NOW ONLINE!
The Irvine S. Ingram Library at the University of West Georgia, with support from the office of Development and Alumni Relations, has digitized and made available online the college’s yearbooks and student handbooks, including publications from the Fourth District A&M School, as well as two memoirs.
Subsidized by a grant from the Sloan Foundation, in collaboration with the LYRASIS Digitization Collaborative, the publications can be viewed online in their entirety at: http://archive.org/details/universityofwestgeorgia.
Included are The Chieftain yearbooks from the opening year of West Georgia College in 1934 until it ceased publication in 1981. Student handbooks from 1934 to 1995 were digitized as well as the freshmen yearbooks published sporadically between 1971 and 1993.
For the A&M school, upon which this campus is founded, viewers can now look at the first yearbook, The Premier (1923), and the Aggies yearbooks and magazines 1927-1930. The library also digitized a memoir written in 1941 by Nep Melson, wife of the A&M school’s first principal, John H. Melson, and A&M School at Carrollton written by Anne Ingram, daughter of West Georgia College president Irvine Ingram.
Through the Collaborative’s partnership with the Internet Archive, all items were scanned cover-to-cover. You can choose from a variety of formats, reading the material online, downloading as a PDF or searching the full text version. Eventually, all items will be available on the Digital Library of Georgia.
“This project will have a huge impact on our many supporters among alumni,” according to Blynne Olivieri, Special Collections Librarian who managed the project for the library. “So many colleges and universities have gone through digitization of yearbooks that we were thrilled to be able to do the same in such a cost-effective collaboration.” The actual publications still are housed in Special Collections at the library, Olivieri noted, and can be viewed in person.