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Office of the President:

A Guide to Its Records in the Georgia State University Archives

Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University Library
100 Decatur St., S.E.
Atlanta, Georgia, 30303


Profile Description

Creation: This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2016-06-08T13:15-0400
Language: English

Collection Summary

Repository: Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University Library
Creator: Georgia State University. Office of the President
Title: Records of the Office of the President
Dates: 1925-1957; 1973-1997
Quantity: 54.5 Linear feet in 26 record cartons/43 document boxes/1 oversize folder
Identification: G1973-05
Language: English


Organized into 3 series: 01. Sparks, 03. Suttles/Palms/Day, and 04. Patton.The collection is comprised of the following separate accessions:
G1973-05 -- Sparks, General Office Files, 1925-1957
G1991-19 -- General Office Files and Regents Files, 1973-1990
G1992-19 -- General Office Files, 1981-1992
G1993-03 -- General Office Files, 1973-1990
G1993-15 -- Patton, Inaugural Greetings, 1993
G1994-07 -- General Office Files, 1987-1993
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.

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.

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:

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

Index Terms

Day, Sherman R.
Palms, John M.
Patton, Carl V.
Sparks, George M., 1889-1958
Suttles, William M., 1920-2003
Education, Higher--Administration


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

To quote in print, or otherwise reproduce in whole or in part in any publication, including on the Worldwide Web, any material from this collection, the researcher must obtain permission from (1) the owner of the physical property and (2) the holder of the copyright. Persons wishing to quote from this collection should consult the reference archivist to determine copyright holders for information in this collection. Reproduction of any item must contain the complete citation to the original. All requests subject to limitations noted in departmental policies on reproduction.

Administrative Information


[item], [folder title], [series title], Records of the Office of the President, [accession number], University Archives. Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University, Atlanta.

Acquisition Information

Transferred by the Office of the President.

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 undertaken, and disintegrating fasteners have been removed or replaced.

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GSU Biographies files, held in the Special Collections reading room

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