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The purpose of the archival department is to collect, preserve, and make accessible those materials related to the history of the college.
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Archival Holdings: a Quick Introduction

Welcome to the Online Version of the Georgia Highlands College Archival Department!  First of all, a quick disclaimer is in order--this is the abbreviated version of the physical archives office, housed in the GHC Floyd Campus Library.  The actual office contains well over 95 linear feet of materials (including graduation programs, catalogues, back issues of the Old Red Kimono and Six Mile Post, newspaper articles about the history of the college, photographs, CDs, DVDs, accreditation documents, committee minutes, various departmental reports, factbooks, etc.).


Contents of Folders 0, 1, 2

Folder#0-A: Annual Enrollment Report, 1972-'73 . . . Student Affairs, 1972-'73 . . . Summary of Grants, Contracts, and Gifts for Programs of Instruction, for Fiscal Year, 1973 . . . Annual Reports, 1973-'74; 1974-'75 . . . Student Activities, 1975 . . . Intramural Athletic Participation, etc.

Folder#0-B: Annual Reports, 1975-'76; 1976-'77, 1978-'79, 1980-'81, 1981-'82 . . . Student Activities, 1976-'77, etc.

Folder#0-C: Annual Report, 1982-'83 . . . Summary of Grants, Contracts, and Gifts for Programs of Instruction, Research, and Public Service, for Fiscal Year, 1983 . . . Student Affairs Correspondence . . . Information on Financial Aid Programs at FJC, early 1970s . . . USG Quarterly Enrollment Reports, 1971-'72.

Folder#0-D:  Supplementary Reports on Beginning Freshmen, 1972-'74 . . . USG Quarterly Enrollment Reports, 1973 . . . Floyd College Freshmen Reports for FY 1990-'91.

Folder#0-E: USG Enrollment Reports, 1971-1981, and related correspondence.

Folder#0-F: USG Quarterly Enrollment Reports, 1975-1980.

Folder#0-G: USG Quarterly Enrollment Reports, 1980-1987.

Folder#0-H: Floyd College Library Policies, Statistics, Correspondence, 1984-1990 . . . Library Acquisitions List, 1980s. 

Folder#1-A: Floyd College Library Circulation Policies & Procedures; Materials Acquisition and Retention Policy, etc.

Folder#1-B: More Library Policies, Procedures, Statistics, etc., 1980s.

Folder#1-C: College Recruiting Plans . . . Board of Regents Policy Changes, 1992 . . . Non-Tenured Faculty Policy, etc.

Folder#1-D: USG COMPASS Testing Policies, 1980s . . . Letter from SACS to Dr. McCorkle on the Completion of the Institutional Self-Study Program and Reaffirmation on Accreditation, Dec. 10, 1987.

Folder# 1-E, 1-F, and 1-G: Annual Reports, 1975-1984.

Folder#1-H: Comprehensive Assessment Program, 1988 . . . Student Retention in the USG, 1983-'84 . . . Financial Aid Correspondence, 1987-'88.

Folder#1-I: JTPA correspondence, audits, etc. 

Folder#I-J: Notes on the Regents Test as it pertained to FJC, 1978-1979

Folder#2-A: Memoranda regarding Special Studies, 1977 . . . USG Special Studies Reports, 1974-1977

Folder#2-B: Special Studies (Learning Support) at FJC, 1970s, continued.

Folder#2-C: FJC Commencement Programs for 1980-1998.

Folder#2-D: FJC Commencement Programs for 1999-2005.

Folder#2-E: Awards Ceremony Programs, 2001-2005; 1988-1992.

Folder#2-F: Awards Ceremony Programs, 1994-1995; 1979-1984.

Folder#2-G: Intramural Sports and P.E. Dept documents, 1970-1974.



Contents of Folders 3, 4, 5

Folder #3-A: Student enrollment and retention stats, 1980s . . . Data entry training for the Hearing Impaired at FJC . . . JTPA Program.

Folder #3-B: JTPA program at FJC, early 1980s . . . Regents Test Documents related to FJC, 1973-1984

Folder #3-C: Developmental Studies Stats for the USG, 1988-1990 . . . Special Studies Stats for the USG, and FJC, 1976-'79.

Folder #3-D: Special Studies Program, USG Stats, 1970s . . . Developmental Studies Stats for FJC, 1985-1986.

Folder #3-E: Special Studies continued . . . Commencement programs for 1980, 1982, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1991, and 1992.

Folder #3-F: Commencement programs for 1993-2001.

Folder #3-G: Commencement programs for 2002-2005.

Folder #3-H: Award ceremonies, 1980s.

Folder #3-I: Award ceremonies continued . . . Handbook of Intramural Athletics, 1973-1974.

Folder #3-K: Continuation of Athletics, early 1970s . . . Summer Day Camp Forms, 1974.

Folders #4-A through 4-D: Statutes of Floyd College, 1993-1994, and related documents.

Folder #4-E: Changes to Floyd College Statutes, 1993 . . . System Summaries, Early 1970s.

Folders #4-F through 4-G: System Summaries, 1970s-1990.

Folder #4-H: Miscellaneous news articles about the need for a 2-year college in Rome, 1963, 1966, 1968-1970.

Folders #4-I through 4-L: News articles about FJC from the early 1970s up to 1981.

Folder #4-M: News articles about FJC from 1981-1986.

Folder#5-A: Holiday Basketball Tournament Pamphlet . . . "The Charger" (intramural sports newsletter), 1995-1998 . . . Collegiate Sports Festival of Events, 1996.

Folder#5-B: Certificate of Appreciation Presented to James D. Maddox on Founder's Day, 1995 . . . Floyd Junior College "Bond Burning" Poster . . . Groundbreaking Ceremony, 1973 . . . Drawings of Plans for the College, including maps and charts.

Folder #5-C: Proposed Program for Physical Education Complex at FJC, 1973 . . . Report to the Chancellor of USG by the Junior College Study Committee, 1986.

Folder #5-D to 5-E: Carl Sanders correspondence . . . Correspondence between Judge James D. Maddox and various individuals regarding the development of Floyd Junior College, 1963-1994.

Folder #5-F: Recommendations of the Regents Study Committee on the Location of a Proposed Junior College in N.W. Ga.

Folder #5-G: Surveys on the Effect of a Junior College on the Area's High Schools, and Colleges . . . Floyd Junior College Application . . . Early degree programs and course offerings of FJC.


Contents of Folders 6, 7, 8

Folder# 6-A: News articles from 1963 . . . Endorsements from Civic Organizations in the NW Ga. area supporting the need for a junior college . . . Notice of Election to the Qualified Voters of Floyd County for a Referendum on the Creation of the College . . . Proposed changes in the Statutes of FJC.

Folder# 6-B: Minutes of the Statutes & Faculty Affairs Committee, 1973-1980.

Folder# 6-C: Proposed Statutes of FJC.

Folder# 6-D: Memoranda to Faculty, 1980 . . . Faculty Grievance Committee & related documents, 1980.

Folder# 6-E to #6-F: Statutes continued, 1981 . . . Grievance procedures continued.

Folder# 6-G:  Academic Progress Committee Minutes, 1987-1993 . . . FC Administrative Council Minutes, 1985-1996.

Folder# 6-H to #6-I: Admissions and Placement Committee Minutes, 1986-1993 . . . Miscellaneous documents.

Folder# 7-A: New art classes proposed, 1987 . . . Various class descriptions from the late 1980s.

Folder #7-B: Class descriptions continued . . . Proposal for a new course in 1990, entitled College 101 . . . Curriculum committee minutes, 1990-1991.

Folder #7-C: Standing committees of the Faculty, 1992-1994 . . . Curriculum Committee Minutes, 1992-1994 . . . Miscellaneous documents.

Folder #7-D: Enrollment Management Task Force Minutes, July 1995-Mar. 1996 . . . FJC Executive Committee Minutes, Jan.-Sept. 1980, Mar. 1981, Mar. 1982, Aug. 1988, and Jan. 1990 . . . FJC Faculty Meeting Minutes, Nov. 1979-Oct. 1980.

Folder #7-E: FJC Faculty Meeting Minutes, Apl. '87 - Sep. '88 - Apl. '94 - May '94 - Nov. '94 - Jun. '97 - Aug. '97 - Apl. '98 - Sep. '98 - Apl. 2000 - Apl. '89 - Feb. '90 - Nov. '94 - Sep. '95 - Feb. to June '96 - Oct. '97 - Feb. to Mar. '98.

Folder #8-A:  President's Cabinet Meetings, Aug.-Oct. 1997 . . . FC Alcohol & Tobacco Policy . . . FC Monthly Switchboard Report, July 1997 . . . Fall In-Service, 1997 . . . FC Committee Lists, 1997-'98.

Folder #8-B: Student Affairs Committee Minutes, 1973-1980 . . . Policy on Release of Information about Students . . . USG Memorandum about Student Records, 1972.

Folder #8-C: Student Affairs Committee Minutes, 1980-1989 . . . Public Information Committee Minutes, 1987.

Folder #8-D: President's Cabinet Meetings, May 1996-June 1998 (several months missing) . . . Vice President's Council Meetings, 1995.

Folder #8-E: Vice President's Council Meetings, Jan.-May 1996 . . . Statutes of FJC, Sep. 1971 . . . Proposed Statutes for FJC, 1976.

Folder #8-F: Supplement to FJC Statutes.


Folks and Features, Newspaper Clippings, Commencement Programs, etc.

Note: Some issues of Folks and Features are missing.  If you can help us fill in these gaps, we welcome copies of the missing issues!  Thank you!


History of the Paulding Campus

The Paulding Instructional Site opened in 2009, in the Bagby Building (formerly, the county courthouse) in downtown Dallas, Georgia.  Cathy Ledbetter was appointed campus dean.  Over the past four years, enrollment has continued to increase from just over 150 students in the inaugural semester to an all-time high of 481 students as of spring semester, 2013.  In March of 2013, the Paulding Campus Library opened on the ground floor of Paulding County's original court house building, which was constructed way back in 1861.  Through the Paulding Site, Georgia Highlands College has enjoyed a cooperative relationship with Kennesaw State University since 2009.  GHC students, who complete their Associate degree coursework at Paulding, are automatically accepted into the four-year track at KSU, if they wish to continue their education as baccalaureate candidates.


History of the Douglasville Campus

The Douglasville Campus of Georgia Highlands College opened on June 1, 2010, in a former 30,000-square-foot shopping mall just off Highway 5, and less than a mile from Interstate 20, in Douglas County.  Offering four classrooms, three computer labs, two science labs, a spacious student lounge and auditorium, the most recent addition to the GHC campus family is poised to accommodate a burgeoning service area that includes much of the student population located along I-20, between Austell and Carrollton.  Mr. Ken Reaves was Douglasville's first site director, and was succeeded by Dr. Kathy Ledbetter, in early 2013.


History of the Marietta Campus

The Marietta Campus of Georgia Highlands College opened in the Fall Semester of 2006, in state-of-the-art facilities on the campus of Southern Polytechnic University, located just off Cobb Parkway, in Marietta, Georgia.  Serving over 1,000 students, GHC-Marietta provides accessible educational opportunities to many of the students in Cobb County (Georgia's second fastest growing county).  GHC-Marietta was the first campus in the GHC family to offer residential living on campus.  Kirk Nooks was GHC-Marietta's first site director, and he was succeeded by Mr. Ken Reaves in March of 2013.


GHC Archival Shelf List and Policies

This box contains a comprehensive listing of all archival documents thus far collected by the library.  The shelf list is even more helpful in the sense that it provides a physical layout of how the various documents are arranged on the actual shelves of the GHC Archives Room.  A large number of these documents have already been digitized and now appear on this Research Guide Web page.  However, a fairly large number have still not been digitized. 

It is the long-term goal of the college archivist to digitize all of these hard copies.  In the meantime, individuals may still request access to these documents by emailing the college archivist who will then scan the needed document and send it via email to the person requesting the item.  Videos will have to be viewed by appointment only and in the archival office, itself.  No archival documents, or image files can be checked out or removed from the Archives. 


Photo Files

There are an estimated 1,000 photographs in the college archives.  In the coming year, many of these photos will be uploaded into the Archival page for quick and easy retrieval. 

Jon Hershey working with students 


Floyd College/GHC Photos: a History

Includes a large number of select photos from the Floyd and Cartersville campuses, along with a smaller number of photos from Marietta, Douglasville, and Paulding.  Heavy emphasis on faculty, staff, and administrators from the past and present, as well as scenes of student life.

To save time, trying clicking on "Sets," and then select the set that may include the photo you are looking for.


GHC . . . a Brief History

Beginnings . . .

In the fall of 1970, Floyd Junior College opened its doors to 545 students in temporary classrooms based at the old Metro Building in downtown Rome, Georgia.  By the Christmas break, four new academic buildings occupying ground at the current location on Highway 27 South, had been built and were ready to receive students for the Winter Quarter, which began in January of 1971.  At the end of the Spring Quarter of 1971, the college presented its first and only associate's degree to Claudia Williams, a transfer student, making her FJC's first graduate.  In the fall of 1971, FJC's first nursing class of 100 enrollees began taking courses.  The first major graduation ceremony for the college took place in June of 1972.  With every passing academic year, enrollment continued to climb.  By the Spring Quarter of 1975, over 1,400 students were enrolled at the college.

In order to gain and maintain its accreditation, Floyd Junior College implemented its first Self-Study in the fall of 1974, and by December of 1975, the report was ready for submission to SACS (the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools).  By then, the college had also built a library and added the F-Wing to the Main Administrative Building.  The college was awarded accreditation shortly thereafter.  The late 1970s and early 1980s was a time characterized by dramatic enrollment fluctuations.  Much of this pattern could be attributed to fluctuations in the larger economy.  Typically, when the economy boomed, enrollment declined and vice or versa.  By 1984, enrollment had dropped to 1,275 students.

On July 1, 1988, Floyd Junior College became Floyd College, in large part, to shed the somewhat negative connotation that the term, "junior," evoked when referring to an institution of higher learning. 

Transitional Period, 1992-2000 . . .

Dr. David McCorkle, as FJC's first President, retired in 1991, and was succeeded by interim President, Dr. Richard Trimble.  In the fall of 1992, Dr. H. Lynn Cundiff became Floyd College's second permanent President, and a new era was born.   Dr. Cundiff supported the expansion of Floyd College's service area into the Cartersville area, and also spearheaded the push to make Floyd a national leader in promoting the usage of computer technology in the classroom.  By the fall of 1997, all of Floyd College's 3,000 students were issued their own laptop computers and encouraged to master the new technology as part of their educational curriculum.  A vigorous economy, and other factors, contributed to a significant enrollment decline over the next three years as the Floyd student body dwindled to slightly more than 2,000.  Dr. Cundiff left the college in July of 2000.

Pierce Era . . .

Interim president, Rob Watts, took the reins until Dr. J. Randy Pierce assumed the presidency in the Spring of 2002.  Under Pierce's capable leadership, the college expanded and enrollment climbed once more. By 2005, the year that Floyd changed its name to Georgia Highlands College, enrollment had rebounded and exploded to an all-time high of 3,817 students.  Before his retirement in December of 2011, Dr. Pierce would build a legacy that endures today, as manifested in the expansion of Georgia Highlands College's  satellite campuses into four metropolitan Atlanta counties, the institution of the college's first 4-year degree programs, cooperative agreements with Kennesaw State University and the University of West Georgia, and, last but not least, the introduction of intercollegiate athletics.

The Future . . .

As of November 2012, GHC's enrollment stood 6th (among the state's 14 two-year colleges) with a total of 5,533 students taking courses.  Dr. Renva Watterson is the current President of Georgia Highlands College.


By Larry Stephens, Archivist for Georgia Highlands College


History of Intercollegiate Athletics at GHC

Georgia Highlands College began offering mens and womens basketball in the fall of 2012.  Baseball for men and women's softball will be added in the spring of 2014.  Phil Gaffney was named GHC's first athletic director, and was also the head coach for the men's basketball team.  Brandan Harrell was named head coach of the women's basketball team.

Shay Holston of the GHC Girls Basketball Team

Official GCAA Season Tips Off on Home Court


Administrative Minutes, Fact Books, etc.


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