Digitization of the Pinebranch, the first student publication of South Georgia State Normal College and Georgia State Woman’s College (both earlier names for Valdosta State University)

The Digital Library of Georgia is pleased to announce the digitization of the Pinebranch, the first student publication of South Georgia State Normal College and Georgia State Woman’s College (both earlier names for Valdosta State University). The Pinebranch was a literary magazine published from September or October of 1917 to May of 1934. In addition to stories and poetry, the magazine included editorials, and news from campus and alumni. The digitized issues are available at https://vtext.valdosta.edu/xmlui/handle/10428/720/discover thanks in part to the DLG’s 2017 Competitive Digitization grant program, a funding opportunity intended to broaden DLG partner participation for statewide historic digitization projects.

The Pinebranch is important to researchers and teachers of women’s history, southern history, and the history of education, in that the journals reveal details about southern racial, ethnic, and gender specific attitudes in South Georgia’s progressive era, women’s suffrage, World War I, and the Great Depression. The publication’s articles provide first-hand written accounts that provide a detailed look at daily life and attitudes in a southern women’s school of the early twentieth century.

Melanie Byrd, professor in the department of history at Valdosta State University notes: “I can attest that my students who have worked in the university archives with the Pinebranch find the material especially engaging because the articles are products of college students like themselves. While students may not always identify with history in terms of national trends, big events, and abstract ideologies and worldviews, they do connect with the experiences of other college students. Publications like the Pinebranch bring the history of previous eras to life for students in a relatable, humanized manner. Reading the publication also illustrates directly and vividly how attitudes have changed over time.”

About Valdosta State University Archives and Special Collections

Valdosta State University (VSU) Archives and Special Collections supports VSU’s commitment to scholarly and creative work, enhances instructional effectiveness, encourages faculty scholarly pursuits, and supports research in selective areas of institutional strength focused on regional need by collecting, preserving, and providing access to records of enduring historical value documenting the history and development of VSU and the surrounding South Georgia region and in support of VSU curriculum. Visit VSU Archives and Special Collections at https://www.valdosta.edu/academics/library/depts/archives-and-special-collections/

About the Digital Library of Georgia

Based at the University of Georgia Libraries, the Digital Library of Georgia https://dlg.usg.edu 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.

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South Georgia Newspapers Added to the Georgia Historic Newspapers Website

The Digital Library of Georgia is pleased to announce the addition of the previously digitized South Georgia newspaper titles to the Georgia Historic Newspapers (GHN) website.

https://gahistoricnewspapers.galileo.usg.edu/

Daily Times Enterprise (Thomasville), March 9, 1916

GHN now provides online access to forty seven South Georgia newspaper titles published in eleven cities (Albany, Americus, Bainbridge, Brunswick, Cairo, Cuthbert, Thomasville, Tifton, Valdosta, Vienna, and Waycross) between 1845 and 1922, including:

Advertiser (Brunswick), 1875

Advertiser and Appeal (Brunswick), 1888

Albany Daily Herald, 1906

Albany News, 1869-1880

Albany Patriot, 1845-1866

Albany Tri-Weekly News, 1867

Albany Weekly Herald, 1892-1901

Americus Daily Recorder, 1884-1890

Americus Recorder Tri-Weekly, 1881-1884

Americus Times-Recorder (daily), 1891-1900

Americus Times-Recorder (weekly), 1891-1902, 1907-1910, 1817-1821

Americus Weekly Recorder, 1883-1891

Americus Weekly Times-Recorder, 1902-1907

Bainbridge Democrat, 1881-1909

Bainbridge Search Light, 1903-1913

Bainbridge Weekly Democrat, 1872-1876

Brunswick Advertiser, 1875-1881

Brunswick Advertiser and Appeal, 1881

Brunswick Weekly Advertiser, 1889

Cuthbert Appeal, 1866-1884

Cuthbert Enterprise and Appeal, 1884-1888

Daily Advertiser-Appeal, 1888-1889

Daily Times-Enterprise (Thomasville), 1890-1922

Grady County Progress (Cairo), 1910-1917

Post-Search Light (Bainbridge), 1916-1922

Search Light (Bainbridge, 1901-1903

Thomasville Times, 1873-1889

Thomasville Times-Enterprise, 1893-1903

Tifton Gazette, 1892-1919

Times-Enterprise Semi-Weekly Edition (Thomasville), 1913-1922

Times-Recorder (Americus, daily), 1891

Times-Recorder (Americus, weekly), 1891

Tri-Weekly Sumter Republican (Americus), 1866-1867

Tri-Weekly Republican (Americus), 1870

Valdosta Times, 1905-1912

Waycross Evening Herald, 1911

Waycross Headlight, 1884-1887

Waycross Herald, 1892-1893

Waycross Journal, 1901-1914

Waycross Weekly Herald, 1893-1902, 1908-1910

Waycross Weekly Journal, 1914

Weekly Advertiser Appeal (Brunswick), 1888

Weekly Edition of the Waycross Evening Herald, 1904-1908

Weekly News and Advertiser (Albany), 1880-1892

Weekly Sumter Republican, 1870-1885

Weekly Times Enterprise and South Georgia Progress, 1905-1908

Weekly Times-Recorder, 1910-1917

The site offers full text searching and multiple browsing options. GHN is compatible with all current browsers, and the newspaper page images can be viewed without the use of plug-ins or additional software downloads.

This summer, the Digital Library of Georgia will be adding several previously digitized newspaper titles, including titles from the Savannah and Athens Historic Newspaper Archives. Upcoming new releases will include dozens of R.J. Taylor, Jr. Foundation-funded antebellum titles from around the state, the NDNP-funded Savannah Morning News, and several CLIR-funded student newspapers from Atlanta University Center and Spelman and Morehouse Colleges.

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