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Finding Aids

ArchonArchon is our main database for all of our collections. It contains descriptions of all processed and unprocessed materials held by the Valdosta State University Archives, including non-current University records, faculty and alumni papers, and materials from the South Georgia Folklife Collection, the Southeastern Library Association, the Georgia Theatre Conference, and other institutions whose archives we hold for their research value. Materials in the VSU Archives are arranged according to the principle of provenance (files from one creating office or person are not mixed with those from another creator) and they are also indexed by subject. The Archives are available for use during the University Archives' normal business hours, and we can be contacted via email or at (229) 333-7150.
VtextWelcome to the VSU Digital Repository. Vtext is a Master of Library and Information Science Program and Odum Library initiative. Vtext is an open access digital repository maintained by the Odum Library to collect, preserve, and distribute Valdosta State University's intellectual capital in ways not currently supported by traditional library and publication models. Repositories are important tools for preserving an organization's legacy; they facilitate digital preservation and scholarly communications. If you would like to submit textual materials for long-term preservation and access contact us via email or at (220) 333-7150.
Valdosta Daily Times Vital Records SearchThe Valdosta Daily Times Vital Records Index is a record of birth announcements, death notices/obituaries, engagement announcements, and wedding announcements found in the Valdosta Daily Times. from 1945-1964. Currently, we are adding material each semester to bring the index up through 1993.Search this index for records between 1945 and 1964. (Additional content is frequently added) If you are searching for vital records from after 1993, please consult our Valdosta Daily Times Index, which contains records from 1994 to the present. If you are searching for records from before 1945, please consult GENDEX, a notebook of vital records in the Valdosta Daily Times from 1868-1945. Copies of this notebook can be found at the South Georgia Regional Library, The Lowndes County Historical Society Museum, and the Valdosta State University Archives.

VSU Video DatabaseThe video collection indexing project lists titles, event names , names found in videos, subjects, and summaries of each video.  Here you can find videos of football games, VSU-TV, VSU theatre, and many others, dating back to the 1980s. This is a wonderful source for people researching Valdosta State University.  Our indexing project is ongoing.  We will add new records at the end of each semester.  These records were created by the volunteer VSU history student workers who were working in Archives for their history classes.  We are very grateful to these workers. You can search by category here. Please contact us if you have any questions.


Campus Canopy and The Spectator Index Search HomeThe Campus Canopy was the student newspaper at Georgia State Women's College/ Valdosta State College from 1935-1969. In 1970, the paper was renamed The Spectator, which is the name it has been published under to the present day. This index contains articles from 1935-1942, and more articles are added regularly. You can browse these newspapers in the Archives. Update: We will begin digitizing the Campus Canopy and the Spectator soon!

VSU Publicity Scrapbook Index Database HomeThe publicity department of Georgia State Womens College (and later Valdosta State College) kept annual publicity scrapbooks.  All articles that they found, which included information about the school, its  faculty, staff or students, were cut out and mounted in these scrapbooks.  Newspapers represented include the large, for example, the  Atlanta Constitution, to the very small, the Quitman Free Press. These scrapbooks were kept from the 1920s until the 1970s. These scrapbooks paint a livid picture of life at VSU over the years. The Patricia Sutherland Scrapbook Collection has been digitized and is available for download.


Southern Patriot The Valdosta State University Archives and Special Collections Civil Rights Database is an index of the Southern Patriot. The Southern Patriot was a progressive southern newspaper that ran from from 1942-1973 out of South Carolina. The newspaper supported and advocated desegregation before and after the Civil Rights Movement. It covered groups like the militant-leaning Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) in a favorable light. It covered the youth movements, sit-ins, and acts of civil disobedience surrounding the Civil Rights Movement and inspired activists in their endeavors.

U.S. Department of State Records on China DatabaseThis collection contains documents pertaining to state department records in China, specifically the internal affairs of China.  The materials consist of instructions to and dispatches from diplomatic and consular officials, notes exchanged, pamphlets, pictures, and newspaper clippings.  The officials included are consulates and officials in China, as well as officials in the United States, such as William Jennings Bryan (who was Secretary State 1913-1915).  Also included are notes between the Department of State and foreign diplomatic representatives in China and in the U.S.; memoranda prepared by officials of the department of internal affairs; and correspondence with officials of other government departments and with private firms, companies, and persons. Read more...
Ancestry.comAncestry.com is a subscription-based genealogy research website with over 5 billion records online.[38] The majority of records are from the United States, though records are being added for other countries, such as Canada, the UK, and European countries. Faculty, Staff, Students, and Guests can access the Ancestry.com database from this link while in Odum Library on the University's networks. Read about VSUHallnet or log into Anywhere Library Access here.
VSU Archives Genealogy GuideNewspaper databases, VSU databases, and State resources, like the Digital Library of Georgia, are collected here for your convenience.
Herbarium Slide IndexBotanical slides from the Valdosta State College Biology Department dating back to the 1950s. The slides were locked in a heavy duty slide safe and were in complete disarray. This index is currently under processing (update October 2013). Check out our VSC Herbarium Flickr Set.
Our Older-Format Finding Aids

This is a list that contains links to the finding aids of manuscript collections held by the Archives. Each finding aid includes a description of the collection, important topics and persons associated with the collection, and a folder-level inventory. We are in the process of describing all our collections and this library of finding aids will be continually updated.

University Archives Collection-- designated UA: Those collections generated by or directly related to the University.

Manuscript Collection--designated MS: Those collections of documents, letters, images, manuscripts, which have been donated to the Archives, but not "directly" related to the University.

University Archives

Mmanuscript Collection