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Valdosta State College/University History

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Valdosta State College/University History

Box 2

Dining Hall Drawing 1954

Georgia Hall Painting

Aerial Photo of Valdosta State Campus

1986 VSC Catalogue Cover Photo (framed)

VSU sign

Path Way to Success VSU sign

Photo of Graduating Class at VSC

30th Reunion of Class of 51 Photo

Photo of Transition between GSWC and VSC

Valdosta National Champions Sign '08

State of Georgia Budget for 1932-33

General Elementary Teachers Certificate for Annie Copeland

Pictures of Valdosta State University History

Historic Valdosta State

Three-Minute Video Project on VSU Archival Research

House Resolution 50 - VSU Day at the Capitol



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Title: Valdosta State College/University HistoryAdd to your cart.

ID: UA/22/6-2

Extent: 0.0

Date Acquired: 06/09/2010

Subjects: 1912 Trustees, Atlanta Journal Constitution, Bailey, Dr. Hugh C., Campus Buildings, Converse Hall, Education Center, Florida Times Union, Gabard, William M., Georgia Education Journal, Georgia State Womans College, Georgia State Womens College (GSWC), Gulliver, Harold, Hambrick, Thera, Martin, S. (Sidney) Walter, Nevins, Beatrice, North Campus Valdosta State University, Odum Library, Roosevelt, Mrs. Eleanor, South Georgia State Normal College, Thaxton,  J. Ralph, Dr., The Alumni Association, The Spectator, Training School South Georgia State Normal College (SGSNC), University Sytem of Georgia Board of Regents, Valdosta Concert Association, Valdosta Daily Times, Valdosta State College, Valdosta State College: The First Half Century, Valdosta State College Bulletin, Valdosta State University

Abstract

This collection contains material from the 1950-1993 time period in Valdosta State University history.  During this time Valdosta State University was known as Valdosta State College. Renamed VSC from Georgia State Womens College in 1950, the school embarked on a new era as a co-ed campus. During the 1950?s the University expanded with the acquisition of the former Emory University campus at Valdosta in 1953, this became what is now known as North Campus. Greek organizations began to appear on campus towards the end of the 1950s, continuing to expand the student organization offerings on campus. During the 1960?s a building boom began on campus, expanding facilities to keep up with the growing enrollment. Due to ill health, Dr. Thaxton retired as VSC president in 1966, a post he had held since 1949. The new president, Dr. S. Walter Martin, continued the expansion of the VSC. Between 1966 and 1978 he oversaw the completion of the library, the Fine Arts Center, the Education Center, and three additional dormitories. The college was expanding at a record pace. The loss of Converse hall to fire in spring 1978 slowed progress. The tragedy was felt by all, as VSC had lost both student housing and a part of history. In the summer of 1978 Dr. Martin retired as president of VSC, making way for the tenure of Dr. Hugh C. Bailey. Under the guidance of Dr. Bailey Converse hall was rebuilt by 1981, and the college expanded its educational offerings, adding satellite locations and graduate programs, all while continuing to increase enrollment. Sports became an integral part of the campus as football was added to the sports team lineup in 1982. Along with the expansion of the sports team came a new P.E. Complex for the use of VSC students in 1982. The 1980s and early 1990s saw continued expansion of VSC, as the college continued to add sports, educational programs, buildings, and students. In 1993 Valdosta State College became Valdosta State University, a regional university of the University System of Georgia. After 43 years as VSC, the campus was renamed again to reflect the continued expansion.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The collection contains a wide variety of materials relating to the history of Valdosta State University as Valdosta State College from 1950-1993. Items include note cards, newspaper articles, bound documents, bulletins, journal publications, short essays, pamphlets, and photographs.  The collection contains both an unbound and a bound copy of Valdosta State College: The First Half Century  written by Miss Thera Hambrick, along with the original note cards used. The information contained on the note cards and in the document cover the 1906-1961 time period of campus. Other articles written by Miss Hambrick are present in this collection, along with a folder containing a pamphlet from her memorial service and a copy of her obituary. Articles included in the collection come from various sources including The Valdosta Daily Times, The Atlanta Journal Constitution, The Florida Times-Union, VSC Bulletin, The Southernaire, and The Spectator, the VSC/VSU college newspaper. Other items in the collection include the alma mater, VSC songs, the retirement announcement of Dr. Thaxton, the inauguration booklet for Dr. S. Walter Martin, homecoming programs, Alumni contact information for male students from 1950-1954, musical and orchestra programs, numerous photographs including building dedications, and several random papers containing brief histories of the campus.

Subject/Index Terms

1912 Trustees
Atlanta Journal Constitution
Bailey, Dr. Hugh C.
Campus Buildings
Converse Hall
Education Center
Florida Times Union
Gabard, William M.
Georgia Education Journal
Georgia State Womans College
Georgia State Womens College (GSWC)
Gulliver, Harold
Hambrick, Thera
Martin, S. (Sidney) Walter
Nevins, Beatrice
North Campus Valdosta State University
Odum Library
Roosevelt, Mrs. Eleanor
South Georgia State Normal College
Thaxton,  J. Ralph, Dr.
The Alumni Association
The Spectator
Training School South Georgia State Normal College (SGSNC)
University Sytem of Georgia Board of Regents
Valdosta Concert Association
Valdosta Daily Times
Valdosta State College
Valdosta State College: The First Half Century
Valdosta State College Bulletin
Valdosta State University

Administrative Information

Repository: Valdosta State University Archives and Special Collections

Acquisition Source: Sandy Folsom

Acquisition Method: Signed deed of gift, signed by Sandy Folsom for Annie Copeland's 1922 Teacher's certificate.


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[Box 1: Valdosta State College/University History],
[Box 2],
[Item 1: Dining Hall Drawing 1954],
[Item 2: Georgia Hall Painting],
[Item 3: Aerial Photo of Valdosta State Campus],
[Item 4: 1986 VSC Catalogue Cover Photo (framed)],
[Item 5: VSU sign],
[Item 6: Path Way to Success VSU sign],
[Item 7: Photo of Graduating Class at VSC],
[Item 8: 30th Reunion of Class of 51 Photo],
[Item 9: Photo of Transition between GSWC and VSC],
[Item 10: Valdosta National Champions Sign '08],
[Item 11: State of Georgia Budget for 1932-33],
[Item 12: General Elementary Teachers Certificate for Annie Copeland, August 4-5, 1922],
[Drawer 1: Pictures of Valdosta State University History],
[Drawer 2: Historic Valdosta State],
[Electronic Records 1: Three-Minute Video Project on VSU Archival Research, 2018],
[Folder 1: House Resolution 50 - VSU Day at the Capitol, January 28, 2015],
[All]

Box 1: Valdosta State College/University HistoryAdd to your cart.
Folder 1: Note Cards, 1906-1961Add to your cart.
Note Cards used by Miss Thera Hambrick for Valdosta State College: The First Half Century. Information on the cards date 1906-1961.
Folder 2: Valdosta State College: The First Half CenturyAdd to your cart.
(Bound Document) Valdosta State College: The First Half Century. A Bound copy of Miss Hambrick's work. Covers History of the college from founding in 1906 to 1961.
Folder 3: Orientation Issues of The SpectatorAdd to your cart.
1977/1980 Orientation Issues of The Spectator, the VSC college newspaper. Topics cover orientation, information on and notices from college departments/clubs/organizations, campus services for students, and majors available. A copy of the 1988 VSC Bulletin is included. The bulletin provides an update of the college as of 1988, the possibly of the formation of a regional university, and an article in which Dr. William Gabard reflects on 40 years at VSC. Pictures of Homecoming 1988 form the center of the bulletin.
Folder 4: Georgia Education JournalAdd to your cart.
Georgia Education Journal. May 1960 edition. This edition contains a short article and 10 pictures relating to VSC on pages 16-17.
Folder 5: Thera Hambrick, Dec. 11, 1988Add to your cart.
A clipping from the Dec. 11, 1988 Valdosta Daily Times. The clipping is the Obituary of Miss Thera Hambrick. Also included is a copy of the pamphlet from her memorial service.
Folder 6: Valdosta Daily Times Articles, 1959-1992Add to your cart.
This folder contains 7 Valdosta Daily Times articles from 1959-1992. Article dated Nov 4, 1958 – VSC growth and expansion of degree offering. Article dated 1959 – VSC current enrollment, budget, degrees offered, and brief history of the college. Article dated August 22, 1960 – light history of the founding of VSC along with commentary from then VSC president Dr. J. Ralph Thaxton. Valdosta Daily Times section dated Nov 8, 1981 – the entire section (20 pages) focuses solely on the history of VSC. Articles within the section include Past Presidents, Commentary from Dr. Hugh C. Bailey (then VSC president), and first hand accounts from VSC faculty, staff, students, and visitors. Article dated Feb. 2, 1986 – covers the possibility of VSC becoming a University. Article dated Feb. 8, 1990 – the donation of a record height corn plant to VSC. Article dated Sept. 2, 1992 – a historical write-up of the 1913 Christmas Festival.
Folder 7: Misc., 1950's and 1960'sAdd to your cart.
The Folder contains: VSC postcard picturing the Education Center, copy of the alma mater, 1954 VSC college facts pamphlet, 1968-1969 VSC facts fold out packet, and a song sheet containing rhymes and songs, some specific to VSC. Valdosta State College Rebels flyer printed by Filii Fortunae Fraternity, contains game and player information. (1954-1955)
Folder 8: Alumni Association Contact Information, 1950-1954Add to your cart.
This folder contains the contact information for the male Alumni of VSC who attended between 1950 and 1954. Written at the bottom of the contact sheet is the fact that Pi Kappa Phi was the first Greek Fraternity on campus.
Folder 9: Valdosta State College News Agency, 1975Add to your cart.
This folder contains 2 photos and 1 article from the Valdosta State College News Agency. The article, dated 2 October 1975, is about the lost cornerstone for Converse Hall. One of the photographs is from the rededication of the cornerstone, taken on October 1, 1975 during the ceremony. The other photograph is a photograph from Jan. 2963 picturing two ladies on the front lawn.
Folder 10: Thera Hambrick - Valdosta State College: The First Half Century, 1950's-1970'sAdd to your cart.
This folder contains an unbound copy of Valdosta State College: The First Half Century by Thera Hambrick. Two outlines for the work, also written by Miss Hambrick are included. Also in the folder, a paper on VSC history dated 2 October 1959, a "Brief History and Facts about Valdosta State College" sheet from 1968 (dated March 2, 1968), and another subtitled 1975-1976 (dated July 7, 1975).
Folder 11: Thera Hambrick History of VSCAdd to your cart.
Selected parts of Thera Habricks History of VSC.

Browse by Box:

[Box 1: Valdosta State College/University History],
[Box 2],
[Item 1: Dining Hall Drawing 1954],
[Item 2: Georgia Hall Painting],
[Item 3: Aerial Photo of Valdosta State Campus],
[Item 4: 1986 VSC Catalogue Cover Photo (framed)],
[Item 5: VSU sign],
[Item 6: Path Way to Success VSU sign],
[Item 7: Photo of Graduating Class at VSC],
[Item 8: 30th Reunion of Class of 51 Photo],
[Item 9: Photo of Transition between GSWC and VSC],
[Item 10: Valdosta National Champions Sign '08],
[Item 11: State of Georgia Budget for 1932-33],
[Item 12: General Elementary Teachers Certificate for Annie Copeland, August 4-5, 1922],
[Drawer 1: Pictures of Valdosta State University History],
[Drawer 2: Historic Valdosta State],
[Electronic Records 1: Three-Minute Video Project on VSU Archival Research, 2018],
[Folder 1: House Resolution 50 - VSU Day at the Capitol, January 28, 2015],
[All]


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