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What is Special Collections? 

Special Collections in Ingram Library is the repository for primary sources such as archival collections, rare books, and other unique materials at the University of West Georgia. Our significant collecting areas are central and responsive to the research, teaching, and learning priorities at the University of West Georgia and include the University Archives, West Georgia History & Culture, Georgia’s Political History, and Humanistic Psychology & Parapsychology.

重庆欢乐生肖官方网址Through collecting and preserving these rare, scarce, and valuable materials; through sharing the materials through exhibitions, teaching, programs, and digitization; through creating student-centered spaces and services; through regular engagement with individuals, families, and organizations in the West Georgia region; and through our work partnering with other community archives, Special Collections directly supports and enriches research, teaching, and learning at the University of West Georgia and promotes understanding and scholarship by members of the general public and academic communities.

重庆欢乐生肖官方网址The collections are non-circulating and maintained in closed stacks. Security measures include limited access by staff and an electronic security system throughout the department. Exhibits from materials in Special Collections are created by the department and are rotated several times a year.

重庆欢乐生肖官方网址Acquisitions that do not fall into existing collecting areas sometimes are made in anticipation of new emphases. In addition to scholarly research value, library faculty may also take into account some items' exhibit and/or outreach potential.

Special Collections accepts from other departments of the Ingram Library transfers of materials that require special protection and care. Criteria considered in such transfers include fragility, age, associative value, and market value. These materials are accepted regardless of whether the subject area(s) represented are ones targeted by Special Collections as collecting emphases.

The collections support a wide range of researchers, including undergraduates, graduates, faculty, and other scholars whose work relies on primary resource materials, rare printed material, and manuscripts.

重庆欢乐生肖官方网址Special Collections is child-friendly and we welcome you to bring infants and children to our area, provided that they are being cared for, that they are engaged in quiet play, and that there is a minimum level of noise. Please feel welcome to bring in a playpen or other carrying devices or pop-up play areas. Below are links to information on borrowing toys & activities from our Library's Circulation Desk, and to the Library's Nursing Room which also contains a changing table. If you do plan to bring your children or infants, please feel welcome to contact us with questions.    

History of Special Collections 


Annie Belle Weaver (1904-1991) was hired by West Georgia College President I. S. Ingram in 1933 to be the college's first librarian when the library was one room in the west wing of the Administration Building. During her long tenure here, she saw the construction of the first library building, Sanford Hall, which now houses the President's offices, and then the current Ingram Library building finished in 1968. Ms. Weaver retired a year later.
Under former Library Director Charles Beard, Ms. Weaver was memorialized in 1981 with the naming of the Annie Belle Weaver Special Collections, now housed on the ground floor of Ingram Library with the renovation of the library.

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