UWG Yearbooks Go Digital

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

CARROLLTON, GA – 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 Agricultural and Mechanical 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 from 1927 to 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,” said 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 are still housed in special collections at UWG’s library and can be viewed in person.

Fourth District Agricultural and Mechanical School was established in 1906. In 1933, Fourth District A&M School was changed to West Georgia College and became a two-year institution. West Georgia became a four-year institution in 1957. In 1996, West Georgia College became the State University of West Georgia. It was later changed to the University of West Georgia by a vote of the Board of Regents in 2005.

For more information, contact Blynne Olivieri at bolivier@westga.edu.

Photo from the University Archives: Race track at A&M Fair in 1914, the barn being about where the library is today, Woodfin Carmical Collection LH-0023.