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Ed Lightsey Collection

 Collection — Box: 1
Collection number: MS-65

Scope and Contents

Ed Lightsey(1944-2014) was a native of Valdosta, Ga, and an alumnus of VSU. Lightsey’s life included turns as a writer, television anchorman, author, auctioneer, disc jockey, public speaker, soldier, and numerous positions in politics and government. He served as a senior correspondent for Georgia Trend magazine. Prior to that, his career included a decade as an independent contractor and auctioneer; a stint as district director and campaign manager for U.S. Congressman Charles Hatcher; administrative assistant to Georgia Speaker of the House Tom Murphy; anchorman and reporter at WALB in Albany from 1970-1979; host of Georgia Public Television’s “The Lawmakers;” anchorman and reporter for WCTV in Tallahassee (1969-1970); disc jockey and play-by-play announcer for Valdosta High School football (1966-69); and he served his country in the U.S. Air Force from 1962-1966. He donated numerous rolls of film to Valdosta State that documented the history of South Georgia in the 60s and 70s.

Digitized 16mm film from WALB-TV (Albany, Georgia, United States), mostly from the 1970's, donated by Ed Lightsey. Raw newsreel compilations include segments on Jimmy Carter; Ku Klux Klan rally in Plains, Georgia; 1980 Georgia 2nd District Congress campaign spots for Charles Hatcher; Dwight Eisenhower heart attack news report; Escaped convicts; Football; 1973 National Meat boycott; The Georgians at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave w/ H. Jordan & J. Powell; "Insight with Ed Lightsey" interview with Ossie Davis & Ruby Dee; Hamilton Jordan Roast; and more.


  • Acquired: 2006
  • Majority of material found in 1970's

Conditions Governing Access

The original master tapes are filed with University of Georgia. Digital copies of the tapes will be returned to Valdosta State University Archives and Special collections


1.00 Boxes



Arrangement Note

The rolls of 8 mm film from WALB, mostly from the 1970's, donated by Ed Lightsey, were turned over to the University of Georgia with an agreement that they would digitize them and keep the film, but that we would get digital copies of them. Digitzed complilation on YouTube.

Source of Acquisition

Ed Lightsey

Method of Acquisition

signed deed of gift; second signed deed of gift 09-28-2006 for WALB tapes

Appraisal Information

Mandella-2 copies photographs, correspondence, article news paper clippings. Coverage of first protest in support of the VSC foundation.

Accruals and Additions

123 tapes of WALB news stories from the 1970's primarily. The deed of gift and the gift record for University of GA and inventories and papers for the University of GA Peabody library are in a folder in the Director's office. The tapes were to be digitized by UGA with the digital copies returned to VSU Archives. UGA would retain the tapes.

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Revision Statements

  • 2020-04-20: 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)