First student publication of now-Valdosta State University is digitized

Submitted by cleveland on Tue, 10/09/2018

 The Pinebranch, the first student publication of South Georgia State Normal College and Georgia State Woman's College (both earlier names for Valdosta State University) is now available online.

The Pinebranch was a literary magazine published from September or October of 1917 to May of 1934. In addition to stories and poetry, the magazine included editorials, and news from campus and alumni. The digitized issues are available at thanks in part to the DLG's 2017 Competitive Digitization grant program, a funding opportunity intended to broaden DLG partner participation for statewide historic digitization projects. 

The Pinebranch is important to researchers and teachers of women’s history, southern history, and the history of education, in that the journals reveal details about southern racial, ethnic, and gender specific attitudes in South Georgia’s progressive era, women’s suffrage, World War I, and the Great Depression. The publication’s articles provide first-hand written accounts that provide a detailed look at daily life and attitudes in a southern women’s school of the early 20th century. 

Melanie Byrd, history professor at Valdosta State University notes: "I can attest that my students who have worked in the university archives with the Pinebranch find the material especially engaging because the articles are products of college students like themselves. While students may not always identify with history in terms of national trends, big events, and abstract ideologies and worldviews, they do connect with the experiences of other college students. Publications like the Pinebranch bring the history of previous eras to life for students in a relatable, humanized manner. Reading the publication also illustrates directly and vividly how attitudes have changed over time."

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