Historic Westville Partners with CSU Archives

Historic WestvilleHistoric Westville and Columbus State University are pleased to announce that Westville has selected the CSU Archives as the repository for its historical documents. “We are excited about the opportunity for Westville to partner with CSU Archives and offer this rare opportunity for researchers and scholars,” said Leo Goodsell, executive director of Historic Westville.

Westville’s decades of archives will contribute to the scholarship of Georgia’s past, especially for the antebellum period. The collection, including people’s stories and experiences in 19th century rural Georgia will also allow researchers access to material that was limited previously. These documents will show life experiences of people, both in the present and past. In addition to the history, these documents will contribute to the study of historic preservation, architecture, archaeology, historical interpretation, and even the economics of heritage tourism.

“We are thrilled to have Historic Westville's archives coming to CSU and are looking forward to making the collection publicly available for research,” said David Owings, archivist at CSU's Schwob Memorial Library. “This unique collection of material will open new avenues of research allowing scholars to delve into a wide range of topics to tell the story of Georgia's past.”

Established in 1975, the Columbus State University Archives serves as a repository for items documenting the history of CSU, the city of Columbus, and the broader Chattahoochee Valley area. The CSU Archives house over 5,000 linear feet of Archival material in a variety of formats including maps, architectural drawings, photographs, audio recordings, and video recordings.

Historic Westville opened as a Living History Museum in 1970 in Lumpkin. However, it began much earlier in 1928 in Jonesboro, Georgia as the Fair of 1850. Established by Col. John Word West in 1928, the Fair of 1850, performed living history for the public and area schools from 1928 until it was moved to Lumpkin in 1966. As the third oldest Living History Museum in the country, Westville continues the tradition of living history for its guests.