The award-winning South Georgia FolkLife Collection is a ten-year, multi-genre ethnographic collection founded by Dr. Laurie Sommers in 1996. Highlights of the collection include Southeast Georgia Sacred Harp, Okefenokee Music Survey, Flint River fisheries, Traditions of Turpentiners, Folkwriting, online exhibits, and a radio archives of documentary programs originally broadcast on NPR affiliates.
Dr. Richard Holmes Powell, first president of South Georgia State Normal College (now Valdosta State University), acquired ten Babylonian clay tablets for the school's students to study. The tablets, which are roughly 1.5" square, are imprinted with Cuneiform writing and are indicative of daily record-keeping in ancient Mesopotamia. They were purchased in 1920 from archaeologist and antiquities dealer Edgar J. Banks at a total cost of $40. Banks provided translations for each tablet, along with his personal guarantee regarding their authenticity.
The Eichberger East African Art Collection was created by Willis George Eichberger who collected these items during his ten-year stay in Ghana West Africa and Ethiopia in the 1960's while he worked with the United States Department of State. The Collection includes are wide variety of trade carvings, traditional pottery, basketry, jewelry, gourds, cloth, weapons, some paints, sixties-era publications about the area of East Africa, and numerous slides and photographs of the are. The Eichberger Collection is displayed annually at the Azalea International Folk Festival held the first weekend of March at the Rainwater Conference Center in Valdosta.
The Leona Hudson Collection held at the Valdosta State University Archives and Special Collections contains information relevant to topics as diverse as South Georgia History, the Valdosta Social Scene, Missionaries in China, a history of devotional literature, Nazi trials, the military in Korea, and images from years of travel around the world. The collection spans a long time period, from 1884-2008, and is equally rich across those time periods.
Charles and Jeannette Kessler donated 140 items, from antique Ban Chiang pottery, antique textiles and Tibetan photographs. Jeannette Kessler was an avid collector of antique textiles. Some pieces she bought to show and some she had made into clothes. In all over 60 textiles from South East Asia are part of this collection. Charles Kessler made several trips to Tibet in 1999 and 2000. Kessler, an amateur photographer, was fascinated by the people he met there and created a photography exhibit, “Faces of Tibet” which has been exhibited in galleries previously.
Songye tribal masks and power figures from Congo, Africa. Seized by United States Fish and Wildlife Service while being smuggled into Hartsfield International Airport. Some pieces incorporated materials harvested from endangered species, which were removed. United States Fish and Wildlife Service donated these materials to Valdosta State University Archives in 2011.
The Tatler-Burgess Collection is the fruit of many year of work by collectors Andrew and Kahy Tatler-Burgess. This exciting library of pieces, some of which date back to the middle of the 15th century, including woodcuts by Albrecht Durer and others offering glimpses of the artistic taste of the late medieval/early renaissance period. The Collection boast rarities of unsurpassed quality such as a leaf from the Saxon Chronicles and leaves from Sebastian Brandt's Ship of Fools, a very popular allegorical work in its day. Thirty items from the exhibit are on display in the William Mobley Reading on the Fourth floor of Odum Library in the Archives.
The papers of Janice Daugharty in the VSU Archives are an open collection. The reflect the work of a writer in the prime of her production; thus, material will be added to the collection periodically. The collection contains handwritten and typed manuscripts of short stories and novels, edited copies of works, copies of published books, VSC college coursework, correspondence, newspaper clippings and publicity material, photographs and audio tapes. Browse the collection on Archon.
The Joyce Ann Joyce Paper Collection consists mainly of correspondence with colleagues and students. It also includes a few photographs, articles and copies of all of her books. Although some items date to Joyce's childhood in Valdosta, the bulk of the papers are from the early 1980's to 2001. Joyce Ann Joyce was a star student at Valdosta State College during her time.
The Georgia Theatre Conference began in 1965, when professionals from around the state decided to meet together annually to share information and ideas about the growth of theatre performance and education in Georgia. From a few dozen people who began meeting more than forty years ago, the organization has grown to a current membership of over twelve-hundred, encompassing secondary and college students and teachers, professionals involved in all branches of the theatrical arts, and people of all ages who are passionate about theatre in their comValdosta State University Archives and Special Collections