Digital Collections Showcase CSU History in Photos, More

COLUMBUS, Ga. -- The Columbus State University Archives unveiled its latest major digital project today, an online database of CSU materials available on the World Wide Web.

The database, which includes nearly 400 images and other historical documents, is the culmination of a yearlong project to identify and make accessible images and other important documents pertaining to the history and culture of the university.

Among the content is the entire first yearbook of Columbus College, published in 1959, the grand opening program for the current college campus in January 1963 and more than 350 photos that date from 1958 to the present. The online collection is available at and is searchable by format, date and image title. The images are representative samples of the more than 3,000 images and 200 linear feet of documents contained in the CSU Collection, located in the archives.

“This collection of images should be extremely valuable to the community as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of our university in 2008,” said Reagan Grimsley, CSU archivist and assistant professor. “These images will be a stroll down memory lane for the thousands of alumni, faculty and staff who participated in the life of the institution from 1958 through 2008.”

Some of the images will be featured in Enriching Lives: A Pictorial History of Columbus State University, which will debut in April 2008. Produced by Donning Company Publishers, the 128-page history will feature 183 images, with text and captions by Grimsley, and will be sold through the CSU Bookstore.

Established in 1975, the CSU Archives serves as a repository for records documenting the history of Columbus State University and the greater Columbus region. Located in the Simon Schwob Memorial Library on the CSU main campus, the archives contains local history materials in a variety of formats, including manuscripts, photographs, maps and oral histories. The archives is open to the public from noon-5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

For more information, call Grimsley at 706-568-2247 or visit the archives Web site at