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.
for a larger image, click here.