You’re invited to an open house at the newly renovated Columbus State University Archives!
When: Tuesday, November 19, 2019
Doors open at 5:00 p.m. and welcoming remarks begin at 6:00 p.m.
Where: Simon Schwob Memorial Library, ground floor (4225 University Ave., Columbus, GA 31907)
One key element of the Schwob Library renovation project involves the CSU Archives. The Archives will move to the ground floor of the library allowing for a number of transformative changes. A new reading room will help archival staff better meet the needs of researchers, including students, local community members, and visiting scholars. A new multipurpose room will expand archival operations in areas of classroom instruction and outreach, accommodating large class groups needing assistance in conducting archival research and hosting programs for the community such as workshops on preserving family history. Most important, however, is the new collections storage vault. New environmental controls will ensure the preservation of the Archives’ priceless collections that include material dating back to the 1590s.
The Columbus State University Archives, established in 1975, serves as a repository for historical and cultural materials documenting Columbus State University, the city of Columbus, and the surrounding Chattahoochee Valley area. Today the Archives contains over 5,000 cubic feet of material in nearly 500 distinct collections. These collections serve a wide range of visitors including university students, faculty, and staff as well as local community members. Scholars from around the world also conduct research in the CSU Archives with recent international researchers from Japan, Singapore, France, Belgium, and Germany. Some of the topics researchers are interested in include the textile mill industry, Creek Indian removal, local author Carson McCullers, the Civil War, the Chattahoochee River, Fort Benning, and local family history and genealogy.