Welcome to the blog of the SPSU archives. If you've never used a university archive before, you probably have some questions, like:
~ What's a University Archive?
~ Why does Southern Polytechnic need an archive?
~ Why does the SPSU archive have a blog?
The Archives and Special Collections department of a University library can play many different roles in an institution. The SPSU archive will collect, arrange, describe, preserve, and provide access to those items that are too valuable to be part of the general circulating collection of the library. Examples of items you would find in the archive would be papers of past faculty and adminstrators, memorabilia documenting SPSU student life and culture, items related to the history of the school, and rare books and other hard-to-find material relevent to the history of subjects that SPSU teaches.
SPSU has hired its first full time archivist to provide better access and preservation to its archives and special collections. While we've done an excellent job in the past of collecting items relevent to our history, many of these items need special attention if they are to be accessed without accidental damage. Over half of the items in special collections are currently under-documented or need special housing needs addressed in order to be useable as a research collection. Once some of these issues are addressed, SPSU can join other institutions in the Digital Library of Georgia
Because most of the collection can not currently be accessed due to space issues, this blog will be updated regularly so that faculty, staff, and students can watch our progress. The archives and special collections is on its way to becoming a valuable research tool for everyone at Southern Polytechnic. We also hope we can show off some of the wonderful artifacts relating to the history of our school along the way. So keep checking in with the SPSU blog, and watch us change and grow!