Georgia Baptist History Depository - Formats
Special Collections holds a wide range of subject matter in a variety of formats. Published books and pamphlets including serials (journals, newspapers, and magazines) and university publications can usually be found via the library's catalog. We have indexes for uncataloged material as well; please contact an archivist for assistance. We are developing an institutional repository that will include finding aids for a number of manuscript collections as well as selected photographs and documents.
Most of our church records have been microfilmed, as have The Christian Index and some university publications. These may be viewed in the archives. Reels of church and association records may be borrowed via interlibrary loan.
The majority of materials in these forms are in designated areas according to their subjects and are accessible to the staff. Cassette tapes relate to the Georgia Baptist Convention, Mercer University, Tift College, and Dr. Louie D. Newton’s preaching ministry. Only Dr. Newton’s tapes have a complete inventory. The total number of cassette tapes is more than 350. A very small number of films and sound recordings related to Mercer University and Tift College are preserved in the Depository. Video tapes are held for many of the annual meetings of the national Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. An inventory of these is on file.
Unpublished print indexes cover individual Georgia Baptist leaders, both white and African-American (primarily pastors), with the associations and dates in which they served; marriages, ordinations, retirements, and obituaries published in The Christian Index; Mercer University alumni, faculty/staff, and trustees; and articles published in The Mercer Cluster from 1921-1955.
Unpublished card indexes were developed in the past forty years for individual ministers, churches, associations, and institutions mentioned in histories, minutes, biographical encyclopedias, annuals, yearbooks, catalogs, and The Christian Index. Card indexes also exist for both white and African-American churches, arranged by county. These indicate the associations in which the churches cooperated and for what time period.
Unpublished inventories of manuscript letters, some personal paper collections, Tift College archives, and the contents of hundreds of boxes of Baptist and University records are on file for use by staff and researchers.
In-house computer database indexes exist for church and biography vertical files, as well as some twentieth-century issues of The Mercerian.