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Communication Arts Department General Files

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Collection number: UA-7-5-1

Scope and Contents

The bulk of the collection consists of theater programs, from early class plays at SGSNC to the most recent University Theater productions. Oversized posters are available for some items. In addition to SGSNC, GSWC, VSC, and VSU programs, other groups of programs are included here. The Barter Players of the State Theater of Virginia, Abingdon, Virginia, performed here from 1947 to 1950. Abingdon, Virginia, was Dr. Frank Reade’s hometown. The programs of several early drama clubs, the SGSNC Dramatic League, and the GSWC Sock and Buskin appear here. A 1936 Valdosta Little Theater Guild program shows that Ms. Sawyer was the Director and productions were held at Emory Junior College. Also included are posters from Valdosta's Annual Peach State Summer Theater (PSST!) Program. Publications, such as brochures and departmental announcements are included and Dance programs from GSWC to the present. The publications, including the Jeckyll Musical Theater Program, are not nearly as complete as the Theater Programs. The theater programs, many of which are undated, seem to cover most of the school’s dramatic history.   Also, a folder of Broadway playbooks was found in this collection. Programs indicate that some of these productions appeared as part of the Thomasville Entertainment Foundation. Another was from The Atlanta Music Club. A program from Anne of a Thousand Days had an obituary for its set designer, cut from the pages of American Artist, Nov. 1949, included with the program. There is no indication of how or why these programs came to be included in this collection. They seem to be from the late 40’s early 50’s. Compare also to the Collection of Gertrude Gilmer Odum. It may be that these are some of hers that got separated, or those of another professor who wrote reviews.


  • 1917-
  • Acquired: 2000


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.


28.00 Boxes

30.0 items

2.0 binders

1 Digital items

1.0 Electronic Records

1.0 Photographic Prints



Appraisal Information

Found in Archives.  Folder in Director's office includes early finding aid, provessing notes and Accessions record 2000-4

Accruals and Additions

Julius Arial gave  DVD and VHS copies of "A Backstage Pass" VSC TV Documentary of 1994.. Have a 10-2-2014 Deed of Gift. They also gave t-shirts, a poster and a magazine Accessions record for 2000, 6 archival boxes of programs, posters, musical theater, memos, articles, publications. May 19,2005.  Portraits of Marie Holt Green and Louise Sawyer.  Signed Records Transfer. 1-23-2015 Signed deed of gift by James Burch on behalf of the Theater Department including playbills, magazines, plays owned by Mrs. Sawyer.  Plays were donated to Library General. 6-23-2006 Duke Guthrie signed records transfer for commendation from Governor for PSST! being named official musical theater of Georgia. 11/14/2014 signed deed of gift by Duke Guthrie of posters and playbills of Peach State theater materials. August 2018.  Program from GSWC production donated by  Niles Reddick in the  name of Louise Reddick.

Archon Finding Aid Title
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Revision Statements

  • 2020-10-30: 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)