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South Georgia Folklife Collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Collection number: UA-22-12

Scope and Contents

This multi-genre ethnographic collection is an outgrowth of the South Georgia Folklife Project founded by Dr. Laurie Sommers in 1996. It reflects 10 years of field documentation and public programs from 1996 to 2006. Highlights of the collection include Southeast Georgia Sacred Harp, Okefenokee Music Survey, Flint River fisheries, Traditions of Turpentiners, Folkwriting (Lessons on Place, Heritage, and Traditions for Georgia Classrooms), online exhibits, and a radio archives of documentary programs originally broadcast on National Public Radio affiliates.

Visit the South Georgia Folklife Project website.

Harmful Content Policy:

Valdosta State University Archives and Special Collection’s collection houses materials collected to elucidate the past. We recognize that users may encounter some items within these collections that contain offensive language, viewpoints, imagery or other forms of objectionable content. Such materials document the past and should be viewed within the context of their original time period. Providing online access to these historical materials does not endorse any attitudes, prejudices, or behaviors depicted therein. Valdosta State University Archives and Special Collections is committed to upholding the principle of equal and free access to unaltered historical information. (based upon the statement for the Georgia Public Library Service on harmful content


  • 1996 - 2006

Conditions Governing Access


40 Boxes

3 items

205 Cassettes

29 Reels

183 DVDs

31 Video cassette

41 Compact Disc



Arrangement Note

The collection is divided into thirteen series that reflect topical foci. Each series has been assigned a "PRJ" or "project" number to identify its place in the collection. The series for the collection are as follows:

Series 1: PRJ-1002: Turpentine Series 2:PRJ-1003: General Resources Series 3: PRJ-1004: Sacred Harp of Southeast Georgia Series 4: PRJ-1005: Suckerfish Series 5: PRJ-1007: Wiregrass Series 6: PRJ-1008: Last Harvest Series 7: PRJ-1009: Folkwriting Series 8: PRJ-1010: Sounds of South Georgia Series 9: PRJ-1011: Exploring Community Heritage Series 10: PRJ-1012: Student Projects Series 11: PRJ-1013: Okefenokee Series 12: Multimedia Materials

Accruals and Additions

Signed Records Transfer for SGFC additions: Gourd by Linda Bruton done in 2006; Walking stick carved by Ronnie Dale Lee of Hoboken 199, and SGFC posters  Gourd is on display in Mobley Reading Room.

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Revision Statements

  • 2021-02-17: Revised for DACS compliance by Douglas Carlson

Repository Details

Part of the Valdosta State University Archives and Special Collections Repository

Valdosta State University Archives, Odum Library
1500 N. Patterson St.
Valdosta GA 30601 United States
229-259-5055 (Fax)