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The VSU Archives and Special Collections supports the University’s commitment to scholarly and creative work, enhances instructional effectiveness, encourages faculty scholarly pursuits, and supports research in selective areas of institutional strength focused on regional need by collecting, preserving, and providing access to records of enduring historical value documenting the history and development of VSU and the surrounding South Georgia region and in support of VSU curriculum.

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VSU Presents Mary Turner and the Lynching Rampage Art Exhibit, Feb. 15-March 31

Valdosta State University’s Archives and Special Collections will present Mary Turner and the Lynching Rampage Feb. 15-March 31 in Odum Library’s William Mobley Reading Room.

The display of ink images, created by pressing woodcarvings onto paper, depicts a string of lynchings that took place in May 1918 in Lowndes and Brooks counties. The only known female victim was 20-year-old Mary Turner, who was eight months pregnant at the time.

The artist, Rachel Marie-Crane Williams, will discuss her artwork and the history of lynchings at 3 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 15, in the Odum Library Auditorium. The talk will be followed by an opening reception in the William Mobley Reading Room. Refreshments will be served. The event is free of charge and open to the public.

Valdosta State University Archives and Special Collections Digital Preservation Program Recognized by National Endowment for the Humanities, 2017.

50 States of Preservation: Valdosta State University in Valdosta, Georgia. APRIL 3, 2017 | BY LEAH WEINRYB GROHSGAL

New Photographs Digitized!

The Valdosta State University Archives and Special Collections is currently processing the Spectator Negatives, 1980-1985 Collection. These photographs were taken by Valdosta State College Spectator staff in the early to mid-1980's. The first batch of photographs have been uploaded to flickr. You can view them online at https://flic.kr/s/aHskzyhDyC. If you recognize anybody or any event depicted in the photos, please comment. 

Valdosta Daily Times Death Index, 1868-1987.

GENDEX, The Valdosta Daily Times Genealogical Index spanning from the 1860s to the 1980s has been digitized in full. This valuable genealogical resource is now online for the first time ever. You can search the Valdosta Daily Times Vital Records database and the Gendex database here. 

Valdosta State Yearbook Collection at the Internet Archive

We are please to announce that Valdosta State's historic yearbook collection, spanning from 1925-1987, has been completely digitize. Browse decades of life at Valdosta State at https://archive.org/details/valdostastate on the Internet Archive.  

Congratulations to the VSU Archives for winning the 2007 Brenda McCallum Prize from The American Folklore Society!

The American Folklore Society 
The Valdosta Daily Times article 
Valdosta State University News articles