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University of West Georgia (Carrollton, GA 30118-0001)
Suzanne Durham (Project Director: May 2013 to January 2014)
Blynne Olivieri (Project Director: January 2014 to present)

Printed Materials in the Annie Belle Weaver Special Collections

A preservation assessment of 3,000 printed items in the Annie Belle Weaver Special Collections at the State University of West Georgia. Materials include published books and serials as well as maps and ephemera that touch on topics spanning agriculture, education, music, religion, politics, and other aspects of local and regional history. Highlights include songbooks and ephemera from Sacred Harp shape-note singing societies from across the southeastern United States, the Ingram Collection of historical children's literature and illustration, and manuscripts and personal libraries from notable faculty scholars. The collections have been used in courses in literature, history, psychology, and music at the university, as well as by scholars and the public.

The NEH Preservation Assistance Grant for Smaller Institutions will fund a preservation assessment of approximately 3,000 printed items in the Annie Belle Weaver Special Collections. These items, dating from the sixteenth century to the 1970s, consist of monographs, serials, maps, and ephemera. Content strengths are in regional and state history and culture; particularly the fields of agriculture, education, music, religion, and politics, including the unique musical traditions of Sacred Harp and shape note singing. The materials also include several personal libraries of former faculty and nationally known scholars. The assessment will be conducted by a professional preservation consultant based at Etherington Conservation Services in Greensboro, North Carolina. The consultant will evaluate the physical condition of the materials; provide guidelines for stabilization and housing by format and condition; review environmental conditions; and then make conservation recommendations.

Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, Other

Preservation Assistance Grants

Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$6,000 (approved)
$6,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2014 – 6/30/2015