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Georgia Perimeter College (Clarkston) records

Identifier: G2017-07

Scope and Contents of the Records

The Georgia Perimeter College collection, also called the Georgia Perimeter Archives, was collected and previously housed at the Clarkston Campus to document the history of the college. It includes reports, yearbooks, student newspapers, literary magazines, photographs, artifacts, and memorabilia documenting ceremonies, events, governance, academics, and student life. The collection dates from the college’s beginnings until its merger with Georgia State University.


  • Creation: 1964 - 2017


Restrictions on Access

Unrestricted access.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Georgia State University is the owner of the physical collection and makes reproductions available for research, subject to the copyright law of the United States and item condition. Georgia State University may or may not own the rights to materials in the collection. It is the researcher's responsibility to verify copyright ownership and obtain permission from the copyright holder before publication, reproduction, or display of the materials beyond what is reasonable under copyright law. Researchers may quote selections from the collection under the fair use provision of copyright law.

Georgia Perimeter College Brief History

Georgia Perimeter College Chronology

DeKalb College
DeKalb County Board of Education creates a two-year public institution of higher education called DeKalb College, which opens under provisions of Georgia’s 1958 Junior College Act. DeKalb County school superintendent Jim Cherry sees the institution as the capstone of the county’s public educational system, providing open admission to all citizens from primary grades through a two-year college associate degree. Groundbreaking for the Clarkston (DeKalb County) campus occurs in 1963, and classes begin for 763 students in Fall 1964.
1964: enrollment is 2,000+
1966: first graduation
1967: accredited by the regional Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS)
1972: DeKalb College opens its South Campus, located south of Decatur.
DeKalb Community College
In 1972 college students become eligible to enroll and receive vocational training at DeKalb Area Technical School (later called Georgia Piedmont Technical College), located adjacent to DeKalb College’s Central Campus in Clarkston. The new institution, DeKalb Community College, is a pioneer in joint enrollment (high school students enroll in college classes) and “televised courses” (distance learning).
1979: North Campus opens in Dunwoody.
DeKalb College
The school relinquishes its vocational affiliations and programs, becomes a unit of the University System of Georgia (USG), is renamed DeKalb College, and expands outside DeKalb County and throughout metropolitan Atlanta.
1987: Lawrenceville (Gwinnett County) campus opens and offers dual programs with Gwinnett Technical College.
1993: DeKalb College, Clayton State College, DeKalb Technical College, and Rockdale County Public Schools form the Rockdale Center for Higher Education in Conyers.
Nickname: DeKalb College Patriots
School colors: red, white, blue
Athletics: Junior College Athletic Association (national championships in men’s and women’s tennis)
Georgia Perimeter College
Reflecting the college’s growing influence in the Atlanta metropolitan area as well as the state, the USG’s Board of Regents changes its name to Georgia Perimeter College (GPC).
Campus names change: Clarkston Campus (formerly Central Campus): home to DeKalb Symphony; Decatur Campus (formerly South Campus): GPC administrative offices; Dunwoody Campus (formerly North Campus): athletic complex (tennis, soccer, softball, etc.)
1996-2002: 9,000+ students earn college credit through distance learning. Sixteen degrees are offered through this large program in 2014.
1999: GPC offers courses at Georgia State University’s Alpharetta Center (Fulton County).
Nickname: Jaguars
School colors: maroon and gold
Athletics: Junior College Athletic Association (national championships in men’s and women’s tennis) National recognition for Chattahoochee Review literary journal (Clarkston) and the Native Plant Botanical Garden (Decatur)2002-2005: GPC collaborates with University of Georgia, Medical College of Georgia, and Southern Polytechnic State University at the Gwinnett University Center (GUC) facility. GUC serves as a technology center for innovative teaching and learning for the USG, and eventually evolves into a new USG college.
2007: A new campus opens in Newton County, to serve students in eight surrounding counties.
Perimeter College of Georgia State University
USG Board of Regents merges GPC and Georgia State University in January 2016, creating a large, diverse, urban institution with a strong distance-learning program (Perimeter College Online) and ongoing support for military students and veterans (Military Outreach Center).


Dr. Thad W. Hollingsworth
Dr. James H. Hinson
Dr. W. Wayne Scott
Dr. Marvin M. Cole
Dr. Jacquelyn M. Belcher
Rob Watts (Interim President)
Dr. Anthony S. Tricoli
Rob Watts (Interim President)
Dr. Peter Lyons (Vice Provost & Dean)


Baron (Central/Clarkston Campus)
Focal Point (South/Decatur Campus)
Baron, (Central and South campuses)

Student Newspapers

Open Door/DeKalb Open Door (Central/Clarkston Campus)
Focus (South/Decatur Campus)
North Campus Courier/Courier (North Campus/Dunwoody)
DeKalb Collegian/Collegian


63.25 Linear Feet (59 containers)

Language of Materials


Custodial History

Created and maintained at Jim Cherry Learning Resources Center, Georgia Perimeter College - Clarkston; transferred to Georgia State University Library after the consolidation of Georgia Perimeter and Georgia State.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transferred to Georgia State University Archives, Georgia State University Library, January 27, 2017.


Paul S. Hudson, "Georgia Perimeter College," New Georgia Encyclopedia, 19 April 2016.

Processing Information

Processed by Jim Cherry Learning Resources Center staff, circa 2014; finding aid by Laurel Bowen, 2018.


Georgia Perimeter College
A Guide to its Archives at Georgia State University Library
Laurel Bowen
November 27, 2018
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note

Revision Statements

  • March 2023: Two boxes (number 18, 37) of printed material transferred to Georgia Perimeter College Public Relations records (G2018-25, G2019-37) in order to complete runs in those accessions.

Repository Details

Part of the Georgia State University Archives Repository

Georgia State University Library
100 Decatur St., S.E.
Atlanta Georgia 30303
404-413-2881 (Fax)