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Records of the Office of the President

 Collection
Identifier: G02

  • Staff Only

Scope and Content of the Records

This collection includes materials that reflect the development of Georgia State University as well as the various departments and buildings within the university, from 1925 through the 1990s.

Because of the President's position as a medium of communication between the Board of Regents and the rest of the university, the records in this group provide material on almost every aspect of university life. This collection includes records from student and faculty organizations, correspondence with faculty, staff and students, and various publications. The records also reflect the impact of local, state and national events and movements on the university community, such as World War II, the Cold War, desegregation at the university, and the 1996 Olympics.

Dates

  • 1925-1957, 1973-1997

Creator

Restrictions on access

Series I, box 8 folder 120 is restricted. In addition, certain records or information is restricted by law. See University Archivist.

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.

Historical Note

The Office of the President has direct oversight of Intercollegiate Athletics and the University Auditing and Advisory Services. It also has oversight of many other campus offices through the Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. The President of the University serves as its chief administrative officer at the pleasure of the Office Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia.

The position of president has been held by:

  • 1928-1957 George Sparks
  • 1957-1988 Noah Langdale
  • 1988-1989 William Suttles
  • 1989-1991 John Palms
  • 1991-1992 Sherman Day
  • 1992-2008 Carl Patton
  • 2009-2021 Mark Becker
  • 2021- M. Brian Blake

Missing Title

1928-1957
George Sparks
1957-1988
Noah Langdale
1988-1989
William Suttles
1989-1991
John Palms
1991-1992
Sherman Day
1992-2008
Carl Patton
2009-2021
Mark Becker
2021-
M. Brian Blake

Extent

51.9 Linear Feet (71 containers)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

This collection includes materials that reflect the development of Georgia State University as well as the various departments and buildings within the university, from 1925 through the 1990s.

Organization

Organized into 3 series: 01. Sparks, 03. Suttles/Palms/Day, and 04. Patton.

The collection is comprised of the following separate accessions:

  1. G1973-05 -- Sparks, General Office Files, 1925-1957
  2. G1991-19 -- General Office Files and Regents Files, 1973-1990
  3. G1992-19 -- General Office Files, 1981-1992
  4. G1993-03 -- General Office Files, 1973-1990
  5. G1993-15 -- Patton, Inaugural Greetings, 1993
  6. G1994-07 -- General Office Files, 1987-1993
  7. G1998-10 -- Patton, General Office Files and Regents Files, 1990-1997

These collections are arranged together, first, at the series level, by president, secondly, at the subseries level by type of records (general files, regents files and inaugural greetings (where they exist)), and finally, at the sub-subseries level by accession number. In some instances the regents files are subsumed within the general office files.

Acquisition Information

Transferred by the Office of the President.

Related Archival Materials note

Related Material in This Repository

  1. GSU Biographies files, held in the Special Collections reading room

Processing Information

Finding aid created by Morna Gerrard, 2003. While the Sparks collection has been rearranged and rehoused, the remaining collections are in their original order as received. Any rehousing was done at the folder level, when files were found to be unwieldy or falling apart. A small amount of preservation photocopying was undertakes, and disintegrating fasteners have been removed or replaced.

Title
Office of the President
Subtitle
A Guide to Its Records in the Georgia State University Archives
Status
Completed
Author
Georgia State University Archives
Date
2003
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
English

Repository Details

Part of the Georgia State University Archives Repository

Contact:
Georgia State University Library
100 Decatur St., S.E.
Atlanta Georgia 30303
404-413-2880
404-413-2881 (Fax)