Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Preserving SPSU's educational history


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The Archives and Special Collections continues on with its rehousing project, working on our room full of prints. This week a happy coincidence occurred; while arranging prints from the late 1940's and early 1950's, (such as the one that includes details of an incinerator, below), donations of textbooks and notes from the same era of SPSU history were given to the library.

When the Archives and Special Collections gains space for researchers, it will now be possible to view the instruction materials students were provided, and the work they produced as alumni side-by-side. This is important not only as a point of pride for the school, but for the history of the region. It will show how investment in higher education at the state level paid off in the construction of well made public use buildings for all of Georgia. The educational materials will also provide context for researchers seeking to understand the design and structural choices of architects and engineers in the past.


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Monday, December 05, 2005

Ephemera


click here for a larger image of the picture above. As of last Friday, the archive has now rehoused approximately 10% of the architectural drawings in its collection!

Among the prints rehoused in the archive last week were 48 pieces related to the construction of a High School in Covington in 1949. One of the pieces included in this collection was not a drawing or print of any kind; it was a piece of ephemera, in this case, a press release related to the award winning features of the building.

Ephemera like this press release are filed in a separate location from the drawings, with an note in the arrangement and description as to their location. Ephemera items often add important context to the drawings in the collection; this piece touts the new school's cost saving innovations (such as sky lights) and mentions the awards the design won. While many of the innovations seem antiquated today, the design for this building was cutting-edge for public use buildings in Georgia in 1949.