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Papers of the  Valdosta State University Alumni Association

Overview

Scope and Contents

Administrative Information

Detailed Description

Alumni Correspondence

Alumni Correspondence

Edith Patterson Correspondence

Edith Patterson Correspondence

VSU Alumni Association, Minutes and Notes

Alumni Association

Alumni Association-Events

Alumni Association--Financial Information

Alumni Association--Financial Information

Alumni Association-Lists

Alumni Association Printed Material

Publications

Publications

Publications

Publications

Publications

Alumni Voice

Photographic Plates and Wood Cuts

Alumni Memoirs and Reminiscences

Alumni Association Photos

Alumni Association Photos and Items

Alumni Publications

Valdosta  State University Alumni Bulletin

Alumini Association Photographs and Student Handbooks

VSU Ambassadors Pictures

1998 through 2000 Reunion, Homecoming 1998

Class of 1951: 2001

Faculty Reception: 2001

Miscellaneous

Ledgers and Guest Books

Framed Appreciation

Scrapbook of Sadie Bell lTreadaway Padgett



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Papers of the  Valdosta State University Alumni Association, 1917-2001 | Valdosta State University Archives and Special Collections

By Deborah Davis, Elizabeth Barwick

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Collection Overview

Title: Papers of the  Valdosta State University Alumni Association, 1917-2001Add to your cart.

Predominant Dates:1924-1932, 1960's -1970's

ID: UA/24/

Extent: 20.0 Boxes

Arrangement:

Boxes 1-5 contain Correspondence and Minutes dating back to 1918.  Both "official" correspondence from the Association officers, and chatty "catch-up with friends" letters from Alumni are included.  Edith Patterson, the first long term President of the Alumni Association, served from 1924 to 1932.  Her correspondence from 1922 to 1932 (she died in 1933), found in Boxes 3 and 4, include especially vivid letters from the early Alumnae.  Included here are speeches, and a History paper by Joseph Kelly on Edith Patterson and the early Alumni Association.  See also the Archives Web Page for  "Past Pictures: The Edith Patterson Years, 1924-1932."  The minutes are found in Box 2 and Box 5.

Boxes 6-10 contain organizational information, outlining the history, concerns, membership and financial records of the Association.  Here are found items from plays, membership lists, ledgers, the constitution, special topics and articles.  Of particular note are the poems, speeches and essays by Alumni found in this section.

Boxes 11-16 contain the Printed or Published Material from the Alumni Association.  The early newsletters varied so much in format and title, that they are listed by year as Printed Material.

Boxes 17 and 18 contain photographic plates and woodcuts used in early Alumni Association publications as well as Alumni Memoirs.  The memoirs include publications, pictures, letters, slides, and a box of pictures of Alumni's children.

Date Acquired: 10/16/1995. More info below under Accruals.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The SGSNC Alumnae Association began in May of 1918, although some publications put it in 1917.  It has continued on to the present day, as the VSU Alumni Association.  The VSU Alumni Association collection contains materials from 1918 to the present.  The purpose of the association is to keep the school's Alumni involved personally and financially with the college.  Thus, the bulk of the collection is correspondence and published newsletters.  The early Alumni performed other functions, such as recruiting for the school and funding scholarships.

The correspondence, the bulk of which is from 1924-1932, with years up to 1960 well represented, documents a personal attachment between the alumni and the school and between the alumni and their friends who serve as officers.  Many of the presidents of the Alumni Association, such as Edith Patterson, and Mildred Price, were also employees of the college, so they regularly passed on appeals and messages from the President in their letters.  Later, an Alumni Council, composed of  VSC Faculty served as this link in the 1960's and 1970's.  Fluker Stewart was the first Alumni Director and served out of the office of College Relations. The Office of Alumni Relations was formed to assist the Alumni Association in the early 1980's, and many of the current publications of the Alumni Association are now assisted or handled by this Office.

The Publications include early Alumni newsletters, which changed format quite often, and so are listed Alumni Publication, by year.  The most frequent title was Alumni News. Later publications are listed by title:  Valdosta State College Alumni News 1961-1962; Valdosta State College Newsletter: 1965-1966; Alumni Newsletter Valdosta State College 1966-1974; Alumni Association Newsletter and Alumni Football Newsletter--1981; Valdosta State College Bulletin, 1975-present.

The Association raised and dispersed money for scholarships and alumni entertainment and the records of these transactions, especially in the 1950's and 1960's are included in the Collection.  Membership and record keeping were other important functions of the Association, and many folders exist of Membership Lists.  In fact, in the 1930's a WPA project traced all graduates of the college to generate a complete alumni list.  The WPA project papers are included.

Alumni Memoirs donated to the Archives over the years make up one box, and include slides, publications and photographs; a whole box of photographs capture the children of alumni.  The many personal letters in the Correspondence also tell biographical information about the alumni.  Two boxes of the collection contain letters to Edith Patterson, from 1922 to 1932, and give rich details of the lives of early alumni.

Official letterhead, invitations and programs, along with the woodcuts and photographic plates used in early printing of alumni publications are included in the Collection.

Administrative Information

Accruals:

2-15-1996 Letter from Ron Thomas of University of Florida to Susan Thomas sending items about Snead Young Davis.

11-30-1988 signed letter of acknowledgement from Sally N'Neal to Sara Tillman for Teacher's Certificate for Neva Mathis Tillman

11-17-1994 Letter of Acknowledgement by Hugh Bailey to Mrs. Bernice Jones Wade for 1929 programs.

There is a folder in the Director's office marked UA 24 Alumni with a finding aid, and processing notes.

Acquisition Source: Selina Wisenbaker Dunworth (class of 1964)

Acquisition Method: Signed letter from Dr. Hugh Bailey acknowledging the gift and promising to put it in Archives.

Appraisal Information: Clippings and items listed in the finding aid and Commencement programs for 1940, 1950, 1964, and 1972 that would have been put in the Commencement collection.


Box and Folder Listing


Browse by Box:

[Box 1: Alumni Correspondence, 1919-1951],
[Box 2: Alumni Correspondence, 1952-1980],
[Box 3: Edith Patterson Correspondence, 1922-1927],
[Box 4: Edith Patterson Correspondence, 1928-1932],
[Box 5: VSU Alumni Association, Minutes and Notes, 1990's],
[Box 6: Alumni Association],
[Box 7: Alumni Association-Events],
[Box 8: Alumni Association--Financial Information],
[Box 9: Alumni Association--Financial Information, 1920's-1972],
[Box 10: Alumni Association-Lists],
[Box 11: Alumni Association Printed Material, 1932-1990's],
[Box 12: Publications, 1961-1974],
[Box 13: Publications, 1975-1984],
[Box 14: Publications, 1985-1991],
[Box 15: Publications, 1992-1998],
[Box 16: Publications, 1994-Present],
[Box 16.1: Alumni Voice, 2000's],
[Box 17: Photographic Plates and Wood Cuts],
[Box 18: Alumni Memoirs and Reminiscences],
[Box 19: Alumni Association Photos, 1980's-2000's],
[Box 20: Alumni Association Photos and Items, 1980's-2001],
[Box 21: Alumni Publications],
[Box 22: Valdosta  State University Alumni Bulletin],
[Box 23: Alumini Association Photographs and Student Handbooks],
[Box 24: VSU Ambassadors Pictures],
[Box 25: 1998 through 2000 Reunion, Homecoming 1998],
[Box 26: Class of 1951: 2001],
[Box 27: Faculty Reception: 2001, June 12],
[Box 28: Miscellaneous, 1960-1996],
[Box 29: Ledgers and Guest Books],
[Item 1: Framed Appreciation, 1979],
[Item 2: Scrapbook of Sadie Bell lTreadaway Padgett, 1933 and 1934],
[All]

Box 8: Alumni Association--Financial InformationAdd to your cart.
Folder 1: Alumni Association--Financial Information--Bank Statements, 1968-1973Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Alumni Association--Financial Information--NotepadsAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Alumni Association--Financial Information--Deposite BooksAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Alumni Association--Financial Information--Finance, 1941-1943Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Alumni Association--Financial Information--Records on Examination of Records, 1969Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Alumni Association--Financial Information--Statements, 1968-1969Add to your cart.
Folder 7: HomecomingAdd to your cart.

Browse by Box:

[Box 1: Alumni Correspondence, 1919-1951],
[Box 2: Alumni Correspondence, 1952-1980],
[Box 3: Edith Patterson Correspondence, 1922-1927],
[Box 4: Edith Patterson Correspondence, 1928-1932],
[Box 5: VSU Alumni Association, Minutes and Notes, 1990's],
[Box 6: Alumni Association],
[Box 7: Alumni Association-Events],
[Box 8: Alumni Association--Financial Information],
[Box 9: Alumni Association--Financial Information, 1920's-1972],
[Box 10: Alumni Association-Lists],
[Box 11: Alumni Association Printed Material, 1932-1990's],
[Box 12: Publications, 1961-1974],
[Box 13: Publications, 1975-1984],
[Box 14: Publications, 1985-1991],
[Box 15: Publications, 1992-1998],
[Box 16: Publications, 1994-Present],
[Box 16.1: Alumni Voice, 2000's],
[Box 17: Photographic Plates and Wood Cuts],
[Box 18: Alumni Memoirs and Reminiscences],
[Box 19: Alumni Association Photos, 1980's-2000's],
[Box 20: Alumni Association Photos and Items, 1980's-2001],
[Box 21: Alumni Publications],
[Box 22: Valdosta  State University Alumni Bulletin],
[Box 23: Alumini Association Photographs and Student Handbooks],
[Box 24: VSU Ambassadors Pictures],
[Box 25: 1998 through 2000 Reunion, Homecoming 1998],
[Box 26: Class of 1951: 2001],
[Box 27: Faculty Reception: 2001, June 12],
[Box 28: Miscellaneous, 1960-1996],
[Box 29: Ledgers and Guest Books],
[Item 1: Framed Appreciation, 1979],
[Item 2: Scrapbook of Sadie Bell lTreadaway Padgett, 1933 and 1934],
[All]


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