Twenty more years of North Georgia College yearbooks now available freely online

Page 68 from the 1975 edition of the University of North Georgia Cyclops yearbook. It is a photograph of the 1975 band company, and features a group of men standing for a group portrait. They are all dressed in military uniforms.

 In partnership with Special Collections & Archives at the University of North Georgia, the Digital Library of Georgia (DLG) has digitized school yearbooks dating from 1975 to 1995. This period covers the years leading up to the second name change for North Georgia College (which became North Georgia College & State University) and its growth from a college to a university.

This project contained approximately 4,700 pages in 20 bound volumes that document how (then-) North Georgia College (NGC) saw extensive growth during this time, thus demonstrating its high research value as a digitized collection.

Dr. John H. Owen (1922-2011), a lieutenant commander in the United States Navy, was named the twelfth president of North Georgia College (NGC) in 1970. During his tenure, the enrollment of North Georgia College (now the University of North Georgia) nearly tripled, thanks to having produced more course offerings and programs, having integrated the campus in 1967, and having enrolled women military cadets beginning in 1973.

NGC saw significant changes in the late 1960s and early 1970s. For example, in 1967, NGC integrated, and in 1973 women were included in the Corps of Cadets. The effects of these policy changes shaped campus culture from 1975 to 1995. 

Dr. Owen stepped down as president in 1992, and the vice president for academic affairs, anatomist Delmas J. Allen was named president. Dr. Allen served as president from 1993 to 1996 and managed the school’s transition from a college to a university due to the changes in student body population and faculty/staff demographics that followed nearly two decades of growth for the school and the region. 

The makeup of the student body, the increase in student organizations, the addition of inclusive multicultural groups, and the expansion of the faculty/staff of the college all reflect the more significant demographic shifts in Northeast Georgia, and thus the university. In addition, most students at NGC during this time were from Northeast Georgia. Because of this, the Cyclops collection also serves as an essential historical representation of the Northeast Georgia region.

Wendi D. Huguley, the University of North Georgia’s Director of Alumni Relations and Annual Giving, emphasizes the value that these digitized volumes have: “Our office frequently sends digital yearbook links to family members, alumni, reunion groups and University staff who contact us requesting materials picturing their loved ones, classmates, or former colleagues. The online access to these records provides ease of use for anyone who is searching for their memories.”

Special Collections & Digital Initiatives Librarian Allison Galloup welcomes questions about the digitization project and can be reached at

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About the University of North Georgia. Special Collections & Archives, Dahlonega Campus (Dahlonega, Ga.)

The Special Collections and Archives serve as the institutional memory of the university and its predecessors, Gainesville State College, and North Georgia College and State University. In addition, the Special Collections and Archives seeks to collect, arrange, preserve and make accessible collections related to the history of Appalachia, Northeast Georgia, and the communities surrounding the university’s five campuses. You can find out more at


Selected images from the collection: 

Page 68 from the 1975 edition of the University of North Georgia Cyclops yearbook. It is a photograph of the 1975 band company, and features a group of men standing for a group portrait. They are all dressed in military uniforms.
Band Company, 1975.

Title: Cyclops 1975, vol. 68, page 58

Description: Band Company, 1975.


Image courtesy of University of North Georgia Special Collections & Archives


Photograph from the 1995 University of North Georgia Cyclops yearbook. It is a black-and white photograph of a group of female cheerleaders, in their uniforms, standing in an informal group portrait.
Cheerleaders, 1995.

Title: Cyclops, 1995, vol. 88, page 183

Description: Cheerleaders, 1995.



Digital Library of Georgia collaborates with Georgia Humanities on a National History Day Georgia resource and awards

The Digital Library of Georgia has partnered with Georgia Humanities to create a National History Day Georgia resource and state contest special awards designed to engage middle school and high school students in historical research using DLG resources, and recognize the best examples of student work. These include:

  • National History Day Georgia Theme Topic Explorer
  • Source Recognition Digital Certificates
  • Outstanding Use of the Digital Library of Georgia Resources Special Award

National History Day Georgia Theme Topic Explorer

The DLG worked with Georgia Humanities on its National History Day Georgia Theme Topic Explorer. The Topic Explorer provides an interactive list of descriptions and sample resources connected to topics related to National History Day Georgia research themes. Breaking Barriers in History is the 2020 theme for National History Day.

The Topic Explorer includes the theme book for National History Day 2020, theme information, featured resources, a link to the NHD Georgia website, contextual information from the New Georgia Encyclopedia, and links to sample primary sources and introductions related to a group of suggested 2020 theme topics. 

The National History Day Georgia Theme Topic Explorer is available at

Source Recognition Digital Certificates and Outstanding Use of the Digital Library of Georgia Resources Special Award

The DLG will award Source Recognition digital certificates to NHD GA state contest participants who incorporate primary sources found in DLG’s portals in their project. DLG staff will confer the “Outstanding Use of the Digital Library of Georgia Resources” special award on exceptional junior individual, junior group, senior individual, and senior group projects.

The certificates will be distributed via email after the state contest held at LaGrange College on April 18, 2020. More information on applying for the digital certificate and the special awards will be available before the state contest.

About National History Day Georgia

National History Day (NHD) Georgia is a program of Georgia Humanities and LaGrange College. NHD encourages middle and high school students to engage more deeply in the historical process.

Over the course of the school year, students select a topic related to the year’s theme and develop their projects through extensive primary and secondary source research. The NHD theme for 2020 is Breaking Barriers in History.

Under the guidance of a sponsoring teacher, students choose both their subject matter and a vehicle to present their research within the following categories: documentary, exhibition, paper, performance, or website. NHD attracts thousands of participants each year.

Competitions occur at the regional, state, and national levels. The NHD Georgia State Contest host for 2020 is LaGrange College.

About Georgia Humanities

Founded in 1971, Georgia Humanities is an independent, nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. We collaborate with others to preserve and promote the rich cultural stories, treasures, and values of our state and its people. Our work nurtures Georgians’ understanding of ourselves and of our state’s place in history and in the world, and it fosters thoughtful and engaged citizenship. Visit Georgia Humanities at

About the Digital Library of Georgia

Based at the University of Georgia Libraries, the Digital Library of Georgia is a GALILEO initiative that collaborates with Georgia’s libraries, archives, museums and other institutions of education and culture to provide access to key information resources on Georgia history, culture, and life. This primary mission is accomplished through the ongoing development, maintenance, and preservation of digital collections and online digital library resources. DLG also serves as Georgia’s service hub for the Digital Public Library of America and as the home of the Georgia Newspaper Project, the state’s historic newspaper microfilming project. Visit the DLG at