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African Americans -- History

Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings

Found in 23 Collections and/or Records:

50 Years of Integration

 Collection — Box 1
Collection number: UA-22-39
Scope and Contents Valdosta State quietly and peacefully integrated in 1963, and 2013 marked 50 Years of Integration. This collection contains materials recognizing the anniversary including a collection of photographs of the early days of integration, several newspaper articles detailing the history of VSC's integration, and event items like t-shirts and cups.Harmful Content Policy: Valdosta State University Archives and Special Collection’s collection houses materials collected to elucidate the...
Dates: 1963 - 2013

African American - A Chorus of Fear, 2001

 File — Box 1, Folder: 1
Collection number: Folder 1
Scope and Contents From the Collection:

This collection contains papers from the African American Studies Department 1995-2006. These include promotional brochures, flyers for course offerings, and interdepartmental memos about finding a new head for the Dept. (1995).

Dates: 2001

Box 2: Civil Rights Exhibit

 Box — Box 2
Collection number: 2
Scope and Contents An exhibit consisting of multiple pictures and captions mounted on foam board. The exhibit is divided into two parts: Civil Rights: Arts and Culture, and Civil Rights: Education.Civil Rights: Arts and Culture showcases notable members of the African American community that have left their marks on the arts and culture of their community. People highlighted include: James Baldwin, Booker T. Washington, Althea Gibson, Jackie Robinson, Lena Horne, and Duke Ellington. ...
Dates: 2023-01-24

Catherine Oglesby Civil Rights Papers

 Collection — Box 1
Collection number: UA-23-31
Scope and Contents This collection of papers was donated to the Valdosta State University Archives and Special Collections by Professor of History Dr. Catherine Oglesby. They mostly date from the late 1960s to the early 1970s. Containing newspapers, magazines, legal papers, and newsletters most of these materials were produced in the Civil Rights Era which gives a special insight into that topic. Subjects that appear throughout the collection include: Integration, desegregation, gender bias, cooperatives...
Dates: 1964 - 1975

Civil Rights Papers

 Collection — Box 1
Collection number: MS-134
Scope and Contents This collection contains materials relating to civil rights, dating from 1893 to 1962. The subjects covered include: civil rights, segregation, integration, the NAACP, the League of Women Voters, the Republican Party, and the Democratic Party. These materials are also available as scanned images through v-text: Harmful Content Policy: Valdosta State University Archives and Special Collection’s collection houses materials collected to elucidate the past. We recognize that users...
Dates: 1893 - 1962

Copeland African American Museum Collection

Collection number: UA -9-10
Scope and Contents In 1989, Roy Copeland informed his wife, Cheryl, that he did not wish to select a gift for Christmas. Rather than doing this she decided to surprise him! For Christmas that year, she presented him with a seasonally wrapped box. Inside the box, to his surprise, was a set of autographed Muhammad Ali boxing gloves. This expression of love for her husband, led to a labor of love from that Christmas forward. Each year, Cheryl selected a unique piece of memorabilia for Roy. He then parlayed those...
Dates: 2021-07-13

Desegregation within Georgia Library Association, 1951-1965

 File — Box 5, Folder: 30
Collection number: Folder 30
Scope and Contents 1.Resolution to end restricted membership policy on 01/15/65 2.Report of Special Membership Policy Committee 1963. Concludes that as no cities in Georgia allowed integrated meetings, no Negro librarians would be invited to join the GLA. (3 copies) 3.Letter from Essae Martha Culver to Miss Sarah Jones on 03/29/51, asking if Negros were permitted to join the GLA 4.Letter from Mrs. J. Henley Crosland to Miss Essae M. Culver on 04/07/51, replying that Negros are not prohibited from joining,...
Dates: Created: 1951-1965

Folder 1: Newspaper clippings, 2023-06-18 - 2023-07-09

 File — Box 1, Folder: 1
Collection number: 1
Scope and Contents Opinion pieces from the Valdosta Daily Times expressing opposition to the proposed Overpass project and its impact on Valdosta's historically Black neighborhoods. "Passed over by overpass: Black communities impacted by GDOT, city projects" by Gwen Sommers Redwine. June 18, 2023. "Historic preservation ordinance proves death knell for Black heritage" by Gwen Sommers Redwine. June...
Dates: 2023-06-18 - 2023-07-09

Folder 2: Group Pushes to Preserve Southside Valdosta's History, 2023-10-16

 File — Box 1, Folder: 2
Collection number: 2
Scope and Contents

Report by WALB Valdosta ( on the fight to preserve Southside Historic Buildings, with a focus on the historic Liberty Theater.

Dates: 2023-10-16

Folder 2: VDT Article, 2021-08-25

 File — Box 1, Folder: 2
Collection number: 2
Scope and Contents

Article from the Valdosta Daily Times showcasing the Copeland Museum.

Dates: 2021-08-25

Folder 3: Blazer Business magazine, 2021

 File — Box 1, Folder: 3
Collection number: 3
Scope and Contents

2 issues of the Spring 2021 issue of Blazer Business magazine. The cover of the magazine features Roy and Cheryl Copeland, and there is an article about the Copeland Museum beginning on pg. 26.

Dates: 2021

Folder 4: Copeland Museum Coloring Books

 File — Box 1, Folder: 4
Collection number: 4
Scope and Contents

Coloring book featuring famous African American people featured in the Copeland Museum exhibits. the coloring book was designed by Art and Design students in Professor Evelyn Davis-Walker's graphic design courses in collaboration with the Copeland African American Museum. (2 copies).

Dates: 2021-07-13

Folder 49: Pamphlet - African American Art: 19th & 20th-Century Selections

 File — Box 1, Folder: 49
Collection number: 49
Scope and Contents

Pamphlet from the National Museum of American Art. Features several paintings by African American artists along with bios of the atrists. 16 pages.

Dates: 1972 - 2007

Folder 50: Postcards and Exhibition Cards, 1995-06-02 - 1995-08-20

 File — Box 1, Folder: 50
Collection number: 50
Scope and Contents

2 postcards of Dr. John Gorrie, an American inventor.

4 exhibition cards from the Michael Rosenfeld Gallery, advertising an exhibition of 20th century African American Art. the Exhibition was held at Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, CA.

Dates: 1995-06-02 - 1995-08-20

J. Ralph Thaxton Papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Collection number: UA-2-1-4
Scope and Contents These boxes contain papers and correspondence from VSU President J. Ralph Thaxton, the fourth President of the VSC following Dr. Reade in 1949. The dates range from 1918, before his time at VSC, until his retirement in 1966. The college underwent a lot of changes and growth during his years as President. Some topic highlights include desegregation, the establishment of intercollegiate sports and Greeks, adding a graduate program, the addition of men to the school (and therefore a name change...
Dates: 1918-1966

Margaret Leonard / Long Collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Collection number: MS-126
Scope and Contents Margaret (Sissy) Leonard and her family have a strong legacy in journalism and activism throughout the 20th century. The tradition started with her grandfather, George Long, who courageously criticized the Ku Klux Klan in his editorials for the Macon Telegraph in the early 1900s. Margaret's mother, Margaret Long, was a progressive journalist who worked at several newspapers in the southern United States. She managed to raise two children mostly on her own while also writing two published...
Dates: 1900 - 1989; Majority of material found within 1950 - 1970

Sibley Report

 Collection — Box 1
Collection number: MS-168
Scope and Contents In 1960 the Georgia Assembly set up a committee on schools, ordered it to hold hearings throughout Georgia and find out how people felt about the future of their schools. The main topic was how Georgia should handle court ordered integration. The commission heard 1800 people (1600 whites and 200 Negroes[sic])and issued two separate reports. While both reports agreed that education was better served by separation of the races, there were different ways to react to forced integration. This...
Dates: 1960

The Black Panther Newspaper

 Collection — Box 1
Collection number: MS-163
Scope and Contents Includes issues from 1969-1972. It does not include every issue printed during the time.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...
Dates: 1969-1972

The Southern Patriot

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Collection number: MS-124
Scope and Contents The Southern Patriot was a progressive southern newspaper that ran from 1942-1976? out of South Carolina. The newspaper supported and advocated desegregation before and after the Civil Rights Movement. It covered groups like the militant-leaning Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) in a favorable light. It covered the youth movements, sit-ins, and acts of civil disobedience surrounding the Civil Rights Movement and inspired activists in their endeavors.The Southern...
Dates: 1965 - 1976