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John Belcher Papers

 Box — Multiple Containers
Collection number: MS-29

Scope and Contents

Dr. John Belcher was an associate professor of sociology at the University of Georgia.  Dr. Belcher contributed most of his time to gather information regarding the living conditions of various populations ranging from small villages in Puerto Rico to rural Georgia in the nineteenth century.  He served his field well in collecting required demographic information to further his study as well as to promote beneficial programs to aid society. Within the two boxes are rough draft letters concerning Park wood Development Center.  Evidently, Dr. Belcher was asked or acted on his own accord to promote the institution.  Also, there are several logs that are transcriptions of interviews concerning random topics, mainly church related topics that discuss rituals and the demographics of the congregation.  There are brochures of the Valdosta/Lowndes area that entice people to open businesses and reside in the area.  There are two essays that Dr. Belcher had a hand in writing that deal with living conditions, disaster impact, and rural Georgia sanitation norms in the nineteenth century.  There is also a transcription of elderly living conditions.  It is a survey that the elderly would take that concerned the smallest of detail in their daily life.  Most of his works dealt with Camden County.  He also wrote a pamphlet on healthcare service usage in Greene County, as well as Habersham County.


  • 1959 - 1983
  • Majority of material found in 1959, 1960, 1975, 1976, and 1983


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.


2.00 Boxes



Source of Acquisition

John Belcher

Method of Acquisition

Found in Archives, predated 1999, Gift Form

Archon Finding Aid Title
Jason Luke
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Revision Statements

  • 2020-03-30: 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)