Georgia Southern University Yearbooks, 1930-1989

Cover of the 1930 South Georgia Teacher's College Yearbook
Cover of the 1930 South Georgia Teacher’s College Yearbook

These are 59 college yearbooks for what is now Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, Georgia. If your ancestor attended college during the years of 1930-1989 at either the South Georgia Teacher’s College (1930-1958) or Georgia Southern College (1959-1989) then the following yearbooks may have a photograph of them. This is part of a collection of free yearbooks being scanned and placed online by Clemson University. Yearbooks provide a window into student life. From sports teams to clubs, fashions to hairstyles, these volumes document the changing attitudes and culture of college students year by year.

Georgia Southern University infancy began as the First District Agricultural & Mechanical School (First District A&M) in 1908 – its inaugural academic year began with 15 students and 4 faculty members. Founded as a school for teaching modern agricultural production techniques and homemaking skills to rural school children its emphasis shifted within two decades on meeting the growing need for teachers within the state. 1924 brought a name and mission change to Georgia Normal School, where the school served as a training ground for educators. Five years later in 1929, full-fledged senior college status was granted and the school was renamed South Georgia Teachers College.

Ensuing decades found more name and mission changes: to Georgia Teachers College in 1939 and Georgia Southern College in 1959. The university continued program and physical expansion. The institution would experience probably its biggest change in identity in 1990 when it became known as Georgia Southern University.

The yearbooks provided within, reflect that change in names from a South Georgia Teachers College to Georgia Southern College. I believe they discontinued the yearbooks once they received University status.



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