Special Collections is the repository for archival collections, rare books, and other unique materials in the Ingram Library at the University of West Georgia. Significant collecting areas include West Georgia History & Culture, Georgia's Political Papers and Oral History Program, Humanistic Psychology, and Human Conciousness collections. Special Collections also holds the University Archives, primary source materials which shed light on student life and the academic experience at UWG. Through these collections and through our work partnering with other community archives, Special Collections directly supports and enriches research, teaching, and learning at the University of West Georgia and promotes understanding and scholarship by members of the general public and academic communities.
Special Collections in Ingram Library gathers, preserves, and publicly shares primary sources to advance teaching, learning, scholarship, and community engagement in service to the University of West Georgia, regional community, scholars, and members of the general public.
To help with this Mission, donations are key to the future of the Special Collections. To learn more about donating materials to the ABW Special Collections, please see our Charitable Gift Fund.
What is Special Collections?
Special Collections in Ingram Library is the repository for primary sources such as archival collections, rare books, and other unique materials at the University of West Georgia. Our significant collecting areas are central and responsive to the research, teaching, and learning priorities at the University of West Georgia and include the University Archives, West Georgia History & Culture, Georgia’s Political History and Oral History Program, Humanistic Psychology, and Human Consciousness.
Through collecting and preserving rare, scarce, and valuable materials; through sharing the materials through exhibitions, teaching, programs, and digitization; through creating student-centered spaces and services; through regular engagement with individuals, families, and organizations in the West Georgia region; and through our work partnering with other community archives, Special Collections directly supports and enriches research, teaching, and learning at the University of West Georgia and promotes understanding and scholarship by members of the general public and academic communities.
Some of the materials held in Ingram Library’s Special Collections contain images and language that is euphemistic, racist, homophobic, transnegative, sexist, ableist, or that demeans the humanity of people in other ways.
The collections are non-circulating and maintained in closed stacks. Security measures include limited access by staff and an electronic security system throughout the department. Exhibits from materials in Special Collections are created by the department and are rotated several times a year.
Acquisitions that do not fall into existing collecting areas sometimes are made in anticipation of new emphases. In addition to scholarly research value, library faculty may also take into account some items' exhibit and/or outreach potential.
Special Collections accepts from other departments of the Ingram Library transfers of materials that require special protection and care. Criteria considered in such transfers include fragility, age, associative value, and market value. These materials are accepted regardless of whether the subject area(s) represented are ones targeted by Special Collections as collecting emphases.
The collections support a wide range of researchers, including undergraduates, graduates, faculty, and other scholars whose work relies on primary resource materials, rare printed material, and manuscripts.
Special Collections is child-friendly and we welcome you to bring infants and children to our area, provided that they are being cared for, that they are engaged in quiet play, and that there is a minimum level of noise. Please feel welcome to bring in a playpen or other carrying devices or pop-up play areas. Below are links to information on borrowing toys & activities from our Library's Circulation Desk, and to the Library's Nursing Room which also contains a changing table. If you do plan to bring your children or infants, please feel welcome to contact us with questions. http://libguides.westga.edu/Parentresources
History of Special Collections
Annie Belle Weaver (1904-1991) was hired by West Georgia College President I. S. Ingram in 1933 to be the college's first librarian when the library was one room in the west wing of the Administration Building. During her long tenure here, she saw the construction of the first library building, Sanford Hall, which now houses the Office of the Presidents, and then the current Ingram Library building finished in 1968. Ms. Weaver retired a year later. Under former Library Director Charles Beard, Ms. Weaver was memorialized in 1981 with the naming of the Annie Belle Weaver Special Collections, which was originally located on the third floor of Ingram Library. Following the renovation of the Library, completed in 2012, Special Collections is now located on the ground floor.