CSU Archives Honored as One of Georgia's Best

COLUMBUS, Ga. - The Columbus State University Archives has earned the 2006 Outstanding Archives Award for Excellence in Archival Program Development from the Georgia Historical Records Advisory Board.

The award, established in 2003, honors historical records repositories or local government agencies in Georgia that demonstrate outstanding efforts in archives and records work in Georgia.

According to advisory board officials, the CSU Archives excelled in all categories of selection criteria:

Advocacy in promoting the identification, protection, preservation and use of historical records.
Advocacy in compiling historical records for use by historians or genealogists.
Outreach services and education, and cooperation between agencies, organizations or institutions for use and preservation of archival records.
Undertaking innovative projects and activities related to some aspect of archival records, and overall development of a soundly administered archival program.

Active in all these areas, the archives primary mission centers on preserving and making accessible historical and cultural materials relating to the university, Columbus, and the surrounding Chattahoochee Valley in both print and digital format.

In the past five years, CSU has received grants from GHRAB, the Historic Chattahoochee Commission and the National Endowment of the Humanities to assist with basic preservation and enhance both onsite and digital access to archival collections.

Established in 1975, the CSU Archives is located in the Simon Schwob Memorial Library. The facility contains local history materials in a variety of formats, including but not limited to manuscripts, photographs, maps, and oral histories. The archives is open to the public from noon to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For further information, contact Archivist Reagan Grimsley at 706-568-2247 or visit http://archives.colstate.edu.

GHRAB was created in 1993 by the Georgia General Assembly, and works to ensure that Georgians of all ages are made aware of the significant historical records located statewide, enhances the preservation and care of these treasures and improves the access that Georgians have to their records.