Wednesday, February 15, 2006

February Progress Report on the Architectural Drawing Collection

This month the archives was able to run statistics on the first 1,000 drawings arranged from what we're currently calling The Gregson and Ellis Collection. As the graph above shows, the rehousing project is uncovering a wealth of data on our previously unarranged holdings. Approximately 90% of our drawings are from buildings in the state of Georgia; many are of buildings of historical significance to the state, including hospitals, post offices, and educational buildings. To see a further graphed breakdown of the first 1,000 drawings, click here.

The Architectural Drawing Collections here in the archive were chosen to be our first arranged and described collection for the library for several reasons. First, the environmental conditions of their storage made saving the drawings an immediate concern. Second, there was a demonstratable need for the drawings; our students and faculty can use these resources next year as part of their classroom materials. Third, these resources are unique to SPSU and will add to our ability to recruit and retain students wishing to research areas for which the drawings are a source of original information. Finally, these types of drawings fit firmly into the educational history of the University itself; the picture below is of an early SPSU textbook. Preserving and creating access to these drawings will continue our history of excellence in Architecture, Engineering and Design, while building a foundation for historical research into how all of these areas have contributed to the history of the state of Georgia.

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Monday, February 06, 2006

Connecting the SPSU Architectural Drawing Collection to Georgia's History

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As we continue with the Archive's current goal of arranging and rehousing our drawing collection, it's become a fun diversion for both the cataloger and archivist to connect the drawings to events in Georgia's history. The more connections we can make with the drawings in our catalog records, the easier it will be for students, staff and faculty to use the collection in their learning experiences.

Last week the Archive arranged prints relating to the Talmadge properties in Lovejoy, GA. The print pictured above this post is a detail of the hoses used in the Talmadge Ham Processing plant, built in 1952. Talmadge Ham was owned in 1952 by then-Governor Herman Talmadge, a participant in what became known as the three governors controversy. The bulk of Herman Talmadge's papers can be accessed from the UGA Archives.

Within the drawing collection currently being arranged, SPSU also holds the plans for a porch built on to the Talmadge Lovejoy Farm, later known as Lovejoy Plantation. The detail below is from the porch that was built about the same time as the Ham Plant. This porch, and the Lovejoy Plantation, are an important part of Georgia's history; in the mid 1970's this property passed into the ownership of Betty Shingler Talmadge, who played host to many politicians there throughout her life. Betty Talmadge is also a figure of historical intrest because of her unique participation in national politics. She testified before the Senate Ethics Committee in 1979, and ran an unsuccessful bid for the Congressional seat in the 1980's that was eventually won by Newt Gingrich.

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