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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 2Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Concert Programs, 1951-1960Add to your cart.
This folder contains programs from concerts between 1951-1960.  These concerts took place at VSC or in Valdosta. Performances include Josef Marias and Miranda, Don Cossack Chorus, Virtuosi Di Roma, Leonard Warren, Robert McDowell, La Boheme, Irene Jordan, Victor Herbert Festival, Ruth and Thomas Martin, Nelson and Neal, The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the Houston Symphony Orchestra, Pittsburg Symphony Orchestra, American Piano Trio. Other organizations mentioned include the Civic Music Association and Valdosta Concert Association.
Folder 2: Newspaper ArticlesAdd to your cart.
This folder contains photocopies of newspaper articles and photographs. Articles and photographs came from The Spectator, The Florida Times Union, and The Valdosta Daily Times. Items include : an article from The Valdosta Daily Times titled ?Milestones of Valdosta State College? dated 7 October 1954 featuring several pictures, an article on Dr. H. Gulliver's return to Yale for an alumni banquet dated 22 May1960, a Valdosta Daily Times article dated 14 July 1971 that tells about the decision to have the VSC Library dedication at night in the spring, an undated photo from inside the VSC Library, an undated article titled "The Four Presidents", which covers presidents Powell, Pound, Reade, and Thaxton, a photo from 1973 of the recently constructed Education center, a photo of students attempting to register outside the gymnasium, a photo subtitled "To many cars, not enough parking spaces: perennial problem",  and a photo taken in 1972 titled "Letson Dedicates Ed. Center." News and Banner - Franklin article from September 26, 1968 titled Sen. Stuckey Will Speak at Valdosta
Folder 3: Misc.Add to your cart.
This folder in the collection contains various handouts, pamphlets, newspaper articles, booklets, essays, magazine articles, mailers, and monthly publications. In chronological order, the first item is a program from the May 1, 1954 Homecoming at VSC. Next are four copies of the May 1956 edition of The Southernaire, which features VSC as the College of the Month. A VSC Rebels Homecoming mailer from the Alumni Association is included. The mailer features a brief schedule, stating that Homecoming will be February 10-11, 1961, and letter to the alumni, which requests an RSVP for Homecoming and the Homecoming luncheon.  The next item is a typed document dated 5 March 1963. This document, part of the "Thaxton Papers 5th Anniversary", covers a brief history of VSC with a 1962-1963 update. An original copy of the card which announces the retirement of President Thaxton and appointment of S. Walter Martin as President of VSC effective July 1, 1966, is included still in its envelope.  This item is followed by the program from Dr. Thaxton's Appreciation Dinner dated 3 June 1966, then the booklet from the Inauguration of S. Walter Martin on November 15-16, 1966. Other items in the folder include: Presidents Annual Report mailer for the 1966-1967 year. Article dated 13 February 1970 from the Florida Times Union over the initiation of a 2-school academic program at VSC. Booklet from the Office of College Relations titled "The Past Decade: 1962-1972." Article dated 17 June 1973 from the Atlanta Journal Constitution covering the relationship between Registrar Mrs. Thomas and VSC, including her receipt of emeritus status in 1973. Article copy on VSC history, written by Thera Hambrick, pages 12-14, from an unknown publication. Article of unknown publication date on the dedication of Nevins Hall to Dr. Beatrice Nevins.  Two copies of the alma mater, an undated article titled "VSC established for women only in 1906"  featuring a picture of Dr. Thaxton. Paper written by Ted Booker, titled "Follow up services at Valdosta State College."
Folder 4: Land AcquisitionsAdd to your cart.
Contains articles relating to the acquisition of land behind Sunset Hill Cemetery on Sustella Ave.
Folder 5: Articles of InterestAdd to your cart.

Valdosta Daily Times article by Dean Poling (September 23, 2014) : Eleanor in Valdosta, How a Roosevelt once came to town

Valdosta Daily Times article by Dean Poling (October 1, 2014) : Guest musician to play VSU's rarely used pipe organ

Folder 6: Trail Blazer IndexAdd to your cart.
A index of the Trail Blazer newsletter.
Folder 7: "My teachers"Add to your cart.
Papers with the title "My Teachers", contains names for some professors that worked for the college.
Folder 8: West HallAdd to your cart.
Contains a card with a photograph of the West Hall seal with information on back, West Hall paperweight showing the Valdosta State College archway and a note card given by the Office of Public Administration with West Hall on the cover and information on the college inside.
Folder 9: MagazinesAdd to your cart.
Valdosta Magazine: Winter 2004 Articles of interest on page 50 (He Cooks She Cooks) and on page 66 (Valdosta State University Theatre Department); Valdosta Scene: August 2006 - Special Section, Valdosta State University 100th Anniversary, Building for our next century.
Folder 10: Valdosta State College Historical InformationAdd to your cart.
Item 1: VSC Notary SealAdd to your cart.

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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