FDLP 50th

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The Tarver Library was designated a member of the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) in 1964. It is one of over 1200 libraries nationwide (and 23 in Georgia) committed to providing free access to United States government publications. Tarver's collection includes everything from census data to presidential papers to reports on space missions.

The Furman Smith Law Library is also a selective federal depository library.

The United States Government Printing Office (GPO) was established in 1861 (see A short history of GPO). Today, most documents are published online, either in addition to or instead of paper format.




The library was then located in Hardman Hall (which now houses the Art department); it would move to the newly-constructed Stetson building the following year and to its current location (now known as the Tarver Library) in 1989.


Nathan Deal

Current Georgia Governor Nathan Deal was a member of Mercer's Class of 1964.


1964 was an eventful year: three civil rights workers were murdered in Mississippi, Lyndon Johnson defeated Barry Goldwater in the U.S. presidential election, and Congress passed the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution.

Check out The Atlantic's photoessay for a fascinating look at the world of 1964 (hairstyles and all).


Warren Commission The Warren Commission report was among the most anticipated publications of 1964.
Civil rights act 1964 Few pieces of legislation have received as much attention as the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
Most documents in our collection are from 1964 and later, but we have several that are much older, including Treaties and Conventions between the United States and other Powers

People born in 1964