Special Collections

The Zach S. Henderson Library’s Special Collections was founded in the 1970’s. Housed within the department are rare books, manuscript collections, and artifacts relating to the history of the Statesboro region and Georgia Southern University. Special Collections has materials documenting the Civil War, World War II, southern railroads, early businesses, and local genealogy. Popular collections include: the Okefenokee Swamp Collection, the Bulloch County Historical Society Collection, and the Lucile Hodges Collection. Also available for research are the Marvin S. Pittman Collection and the Charles Holmes Herty Collection, to name only a few.

Special Collections is open Monday through Friday, 8:00am – 5:00pm.

If you wish to conduct research in Special Collections, please call (912) 478-1897 or email specolle@georgiasouthern.edu to schedule an appointment so we can be sure to have materials ready for you upon your arrival.


Vacant – Special Collections Catalog Metadata Librarian
Wendy Harrison – Catalog Metadata Assistant

  • Email  specolle@georgiasouthern.edu
  • Phone (912) 478-1897
  • Fax  (912) 478-0289
  • Physical Address  1400 Southern Drive, Building 208, Statesboro, GA 30458
  • Mailing Address  Zach S. Henderson Library Special Collections, P.O. Box 8074, Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, GA 30460-8074

Special Collections is located in the Zach S. Henderson Library on the 4th floor in room 4206. Driving Directions to the Library

Items in Special Collections can be searched through the Discover@GeorgiaSouthern service or the Library catalog search boxes on the Library Home page.

In addition, Special Collections staff are scanning and archiving materials into an online archive. Search Digital Special Collections

The Zach S. Henderson Library is proud to host in its Special Collections Department the professional books, papers, and other scholarly resources of Edmund C. Short, emeritus professor of Education, The Pennsylvania State University. More about the Edmund C. Short Curriculum Studies Collection.

The Zach S. Henderson Library is proud to host in its Special Collections Department the professional papers of William H. Schubert, emeritus professor of education, University of Illinois at Chicago. More about the William H. Schubert Curriculum Studies Collection.

Special Collections Materials Overview

Gerald H. Achenbach Collection
Akins Family Collection
Altamaha Area Planning and Development Council Collection
Altamaha Raft Festivals Collection
Alexander Family Collection
American Association of University Women Collection
American Legion Auxiliary Dexter Allen Unit Collection
Bette B. Anderson Collection
Martha Hodges Anderson Collection
Newelle Anderson Collection
Jack Nelson Averitt Collection
Smith Callaway Banks Collection
Bronislaw M. Bak Collection
Bellville Railroad Collection
Bennett Family Collection
Robert M. Benson Collection
America Olliff Blitch Collection
Lila Blitch Collection
Marjorie Boatright Collection
Johann Christoph Bornemann Collection
Robert J. Boxer Collection
Dorothy Brannen Collection
William Lawton Brannen Collection
Joseph E. and Julius L. Brown Collection
Bulloch County Bar Association Collection
Bulloch County Bicentennial Collection
Bulloch County Board of Education Collection
Bulloch County High School Collection
Bulloch County Historical Society Collection
Bulloch Memorial Hospital Foundation Collection
Bulloch County History Collection
Bulloch County Retired Teachers Association Collection
Bulloch County Schools Collection
Bulloch County Social Conditions Collection
Bunce Family Collection
Canoochee River Valley Association Collection
Kermit R. Carr Collection
Paul Felder Carroll Collection
Porter Carswell Collection
F. N. Carter Collection
Celebrate the Century Express Collection
Chatham County Collection
City of Portal Collection
Coastal Georgia Area Planning and Development Commission Collection
Community Relations Council of Bulloch County Collection
Cooper-Wiss, Inc. Collection
Spencer Wallace Cone Collection
Naomi L. D. Cox Collection
Helen Williams Coxon Collection
Constance Gornto Daniel Collection
John Fletcher Darley, Jr. Collection
Daughters of the American Revolution Archibald Bulloch Chapter Collection
John Decoteau Collection
DeLoach Family Collection
DeLoach Primitive Baptist Church Collection
Delta Chi Fraternity Collection
Bernard Dekle Collection
Lamar Dodd Collection
Donaldson – Lanier Family Collection
Lemozhia Henry Edge Douglass Collection
Daniel Edenfield Collection
John O. Eidson Collection
William Cullen Elder Collection
Billy Lee Evans Collection
Sam Fine Collection
F. F. Floyd Collection
Bowles C. Ford Collection
Leland L. Foss Collection
Ora Mae Franklin Collection
Laura Fraser Collection
Walter J. Fraser, Jr. Collection
Eugenia M. Fulcher Collection
Rosemeta Lafitte Futch Collection
Eugene H. Gadsen Collection
Peter Zack Geer Collection
Georgia Land and Lumber Company Collection
Georgia Loyalists Collection
Georgia Library Association Paraprofessional Division Collection
Georgia Southern University History Collection
Georgia Southern University Archaeology Club Collection
Georgia Southern University Award for Excellence Collection
Georgia Southern University Botanical Gardens Collection
Georgia Southern University Center for Irish Studies Collection
Frieda Gernant Collection
Gignilliat Family Collection
Hugh M. Gillis Collection
Ronald “Bo” Ginn Collection
Lewis M. Gould Collection
Guyton City Council Collection
Georgia Hagin Collection
Horace and Maggie Simmons Hagin Family Collection
Walter J. Harmer Collection
Francis Harper Collection
Roland M. Harper Collection
Walter W. Harrison Collection
Frederic R. Hartz Collection
Katrine Hawkins Collection
Elias Hodges Collection
Lucile Hodges Collection
Samuel Fred Hood Collection
Dudley M. Hughes Collection
Adam J. Iler Collection
Images of America Collection
In-as-Much Project Collection
Iota Pi Nu Collection
Edith Collins Jacobs Collection
Kathleen Jay Collection
Sankey T. Johnson Family Collection
Sophie Cecil Johnson Collection
John Paul Jones Collection
G. Ross Kelly Collection
J. O. Kelley Collection
J. Shields Kenan Collection
Kennedy-Tillman Genealogical Collection
Joseph Everett Kennedy Collection
Culver Kidd Collection
Jack Kingston Collection
Frances Corry Lane Collection
Camilla Lanier Collection
Clermont H. Lee Collection
Irma Lee Collection
David J. Lewis Collection
Edward G. Little Collection
Little Ogeechee Baptist Church Collection
Lotts Creek Primitive Baptist Church Association Collection
Lower Lott’s Creek Primitive Baptist Church Collection
Kemp Mabry Collection
Kemp Mabry…; 168. Mabry
Nick Mamalakis Collection
Corrie Martin Collection
J. E. McCroan Collection
Jack McDuffie Collection
Guthrie P. Meade Collection
Memphis Belle 50th Anniversary Collection
Milhaven Plantation Collection
Caroline Pafford Miller Day Collection
W. S. Miller Collection
Ike Minkovitz Collection
Robert Lee Moore Collection
Sue Moore Collection
Ronald J. Neil Collection
Alawayne Nessmith Collection
Wiley Nessmith Collection
Patrick Novotny Collection
Donald Austin Olewine Collection
Olliff and Smith Grocery Collection
Omicron Delta Kappa Collection
Parker’s Stockyard Collection
Jarrett W. Palmer Collection
Karl E. Peace Collection
Perkins Family Collection
Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society Collection
Phi Upsilon Omicron Beta Mu Chapter Collection
Marvin Pittman Laboratory School Collection
Prince H. Preston Collect
Frank Quattlebaum Collection
Julian K. Quattlebaum Collection
Rail Days Weekend Collection
Clem Raith Collection
Frederick Bangs Rawlings Collection
Reed-Cato Affair Collection
Admiral William McKinley Rigdon Collection
Charles M. Robbins Collection
George A. Rogers Collection
David Ruffin Collection
Fielding Dillard Russell Collection
Richard B. Russell Collection
R. Frank Saunders Collection
Harold G. Sengbusch Collection
Sheet Music Collection
George H. Shriver Collection
Yonan H. Shahbaz Collection
Frank Skinner Collection
E. A. Smith Collection
Bernard “Bernie” Solomon Collection
Julian Cecil Stanley Collection
Statesboro Civic Garden Club Collection
Statesboro Convention & Visitors Bureau Collection
Statesboro First Baptist Church Collection
Stephens Monuments Association Collection
Jackie Anderson Strange Collection
Peter L. L. Strickland Collection
Leta Mae Stripling Collection
Tatnall County Collection
Charlton W. Tebeau Collection
Charles Thomas Collection
Virginia Lee Floyd Tillman Collection
United States Society for Education Through the Arts Collection
Sarah Ila Sowell Upchurch Collection
Susannah and Samuel L. Walker Collection
Rita Turner Wall Collection
Georgia B. Watson Collection
B. W. Wetherington Collection
Jeanette Willets Collection
Richard Wimbush Collection
Gary Witte Collection
L. M. Woodward Collection
Janie Lourainne Mann Woody Collection
World Festival of the Yiddish Spirit Collection
Youth Arts Festival Collection

Researching Onsite

Rare books can be found in the library catalog. Manuscript and artifact collections can be found in the manuscript search engine. Once you have identified items that you wish to view, please schedule an appointment by calling (912) 478-1897 or emailing specolle@georgiasouthern.edu. Items will be pulled for you and will be ready for you to view upon your arrival. Restrictions apply to the use of Special Collections materials and you will be informed of these and asked to register before you begin your research. You can also read them below.

Reference Requests

The staff of Special Collections are available for assistance with reference requests through email and also over the phone. Please allow between 24 and 48 hours to receive a complete list of materials that pertain to your query.

Reading Room Rules
  1. All Special Collections materials must be used in the reading room open Monday through Friday from 8:00am-5:00pm. Materials may not be checked out or circulated.
  2. Please be patient. If you did not make an appointment prior to your visit, the materials you are requesting must be retrieved from the library’s ARC (Automatic Retrieval Collection) located on the second floor. If you will be returning several times to complete your research, the materials you have requested will be kept out for you until you are finished.
  3. Only one box of a collection may be used at a time. Only one item or folder may be removed from a box. Replace the item or folder before removing another.
  4. Materials are arranged in a specific manner which will make your research easier. The arrangement of folders and the materials within folders must be preserved. When removing a folder from a box, use the insert provided to mark its place.
  5. Materials must be handled with care. You may be asked to put on provided cotton gloves or to wash your hands before handling materials. This is to help protect materials.
  6. Only pencils may be used for taking notes.
  7. Photocopies or may be obtained by filling out a Photocopy Request Form. Mark items in folders with page flags provided to you. Depending on the number of photocopies requested, you may be asked to wait up to 48 hours for the job to be completed. Payment must be provided in cash or by check. Special Collections staff have the right to refuse the photocopying of materials due to size or condition.
  8. Digital scans of materials may be obtained from Special Collections staff. Depending on the number of scans requested, you may be asked to wait up to 48 hours for the job to be completed. Special Collections staff have the right to refuse the scanning of materials due to size or condition.
Duplication and Costs

Up to 20% of collections materials may be duplicated. Special Collections staff have the right to refuse duplication due to size and/or the condition of materials. For photocopy jobs of less than 50 pages, the cost is $0.25 per page. For photocopy jobs of 50 or more pages, the cost is $0.50 per page. There is no charge for digital duplication. Depending on the size of the duplication job, you be asked to wait up to 48 hours for the job to be completed. Special Collections accepts cash and checks. Checks must be made payable to Special Collections. If you are requesting photocopies through email or over the phone, we will send them once we have received your payment.

Scope of Collections

Established in the 1970’s, Special Collections serves as Georgia Southern University’s primary repository for rare, irreplaceable, unique, or otherwise valuable materials which warrant special handling or care to assure their long-term availability. Initially, Special Collections was responsible for acquiring materials that documented the history of the Statesboro, Georgia region, as well as other unique materials that support the curriculum of the University. Special Collections strives to build on current collection strengths as well as encourage new initiatives, such as the addition of University Archives to Special Collections. As of summer 2012, Special Collections also became the official repository for documenting the history of Georgia Southern.

Local History Collection

Special Collections contains a variety of published and unpublished local history materials, where “local history” is loosely defined geographically as southeast Georgia, including the Counties of Bulloch, Screven, Liberty, Candler, Tattnal, and Effingham. Items relevant to this area are selected for acquisition if they contribute to an understanding of political, social, economic, environmental, or artistic aspects of life. Because one of the main collecting interests of the Georgia Historical Society focuses on the Savannah area and Chatham County, items pertaining to this region are usually not acquired by Special Collections. The Local History Collection includes:

  • Rare books: relative to the geographic area and/or works published or printed by local presses
  • Manuscripts and personal papers
  • Oral histories
  • Photographs and slides
  • Artifacts and artwork
  • Maps
  • Ephemeral material: such as conference programs, dedications, historical society materials
Georgia Southern University Historical Collection

With the transfer of University Archives to Special Collections, materials that document the history of the University are now included in the collection scope. Special Collections does not collect noncurrent office records or function as University Records Management. Neither does it function as a museum; as such, non-textual materials (with the exception of photographs and slides) are generally not accepted. The Georgia Southern University Historical Collection includes:

  • Organization collections: records that document the function of an administrative office or student organization
  • Manuscripts and personal papers: collections that document faculty research, or the personal papers of faculty and alumni
  • Major monographic and serial publications: major university publications such as the “George-Anne,” the “Reflector,” and “The Southern Record”
  • Books: relative to the history of the university or signed publications of university faculty and alumni
  • Photographs and slides
  • Oral histories
  • Theses and dissertations: up to 2005, one bound copy of each Georgia Southern University thesis and dissertation was designated for Special Collections
  • Georgia Southern University Collection: Special Collections collects a small amount of significant ephemeral material for this collection; items chosen give an overview of University activities, show the physical, academic, or cultural growth of the University, or highlight major annual University events.
Curriculum Support Resources

Materials that do not fall within the categories of Local History or Georgia Southern University History, but that support established curricula at the University, may also be acquired and housed in Special Collections on rare occasions. Please inquire for further information about these materials.

Collection Priorities

As with the general Library Collection Development Policy, Special Collections reflects and supports the Library’s mission and the University’s goals. Special Collections supports the use of primary source materials within the Georgia Southern University curriculum and the wider community of scholars, genealogists, and local historians.

Selection Responsibility

Materials may be acquired through transfer or gift, but selection for placement in Special Collections lies with the Special Collections Catalog Metadata Librarian, often in consultation with the Coordinator of Cataloging and Metadata, the Coordinator of Collection Development, the Dean of the Library, and the Bulloch County Historical Society. These relationships figure prominently in the selection process, and offer important networks, which are essential for building relevant collections.

Collecting Guidelines

Special Collections acquires or provides access to a variety of print materials, unpublished manuscript and archival collections. Acquisitions will be evaluated by the same criteria as for other library materials; however, additional selection criteria specifically applicable to Special Collections will be considered, including but not limited to:

  • Quality of material
  • Authoritativeness
  • Circumstances of creation and ownership
  • Enduring value: evidential, informational, intrinsic
  • Cost of retention: processing, storage, preservation, technical support
  • Format appropriateness
  • Copyright and fair use
 Collection Management

The Special Collections Catalog Metadata Librarian and support staff, in consultation with liaison librarians as well as Technical Services support staff, will conduct ongoing assessments of the content of Special Collections to ensure adequate and appropriate resources to support the mission of Special Collections, the Library, and the University.

Special Collections normally acquires only one copy of a published work or printed material. Exceptions may be made for variant editions, for editions containing significant marginalia, or for highly used materials.

Special Collections materials do not circulate due to their valuable and irreplaceable nature. This is to ensure that items which cannot be easily replaced are maintained in the best possible condition.

Weeding or Re-Appraisal

Special Collections does not typically weed collections. Should Special Collections determine the necessity of re-appraising its collections, or portions thereof, the following criteria for current collecting guidelines would be used in tandem with the Library’s general criteria for evaluating material to be weeded:

Collection level: how vital is the item for Georgia Southern University coursework and research?
Intrinsic value: is the item a seminal work in its field?
Format: is the format obsolete, and can it still be used properly?
Duplication: is demand sufficient for multiple copies of the item?
Physical condition: is an item damaged in such a way that prohibits its use, and could it be reformatted?
Research value: are materials still valuable for research interests?
Uniqueness: is the item irreplaceable, unique, or otherwise valuable?
Usage: how often has the item/collection been retrieved for use in Special Collections, and can future use be anticipated?


Materials in Special Collections receive conservation/preservation treatment at the point of acquisition and are reviewed after each use for preservation concerns that may arise over time and as resources allow.

For gifts of archival collections, personal papers, or manuscript materials, please contact the Special Collections Catalog Metadata Librarian. In addition to Special Collections’ Deed of Gift Agreement, the following publications of the Society of American Archivists are helpful for understanding these types of donations:

The Marvin L. Goss Special Collections Fund (0930) supports the purchase of archival supplies for Special Collections.

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Last updated: 1/27/2016

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