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Annie Belle Weaver papers

 Collection
Identifier: MS-0025

Scope and Contents note

This collection contains various materials that belonged to Annie Belle Weaver including scrapbooks, appointment books, and numerous personal keepsakes in regards to travel. Also included is one box containing a silver cup dedicated in appreciation to Weaver.

Dates

  • Majority of material found within Bulk, 1969-1985
  • 1913-1991

Creator

Conditions Governing Access note

Open to all users; no restrictions

Conditions Governing Use note

As stipulated by U.S. copyright laws

Biographical/Historical note

Annie Belle Weaver was born February 6, 1906 in Tupelo, Mississippi, the daughter of Robert A. Weaver and Georgia May (Allen) Weaver and the granddaughter of the famous ‘Private’ John Allen, member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Mississippi. She graduated with a B.A degree in English from Mississippi State College for Women in 1926 and then attended Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia where she received a B.A. degree in Library Science in 1928. Later she would do graduate work at the University of Chicago and New York University.

Weaver taught at Emory Junior College at Valdosta, Georgia between the years 1928-1931, and was Librarian at Southwestern in Memphis, Tennessee from 1931-1933. A fellow student of Weaver’s in the library school at Emory had been Ida Munro, sister-in-law of Irvine S. Ingram, president of the newly-created West Georgia College. Ingram was looking for a librarian and Ida knew that Annie Belle was not happy in her current position. Ingram offered Weaver the position of librarian and she accepted, thus becoming the first librarian at West Georgia College, serving from August 1933 until her retirement in 1969. In 1968 she was named the first Director of Libraries and upon retirement the Director Emeritus.

Weaver’s library in 1933 was a classroom located in the west wing of the Administration Building. The collection numbered approximately 1000 volumes, many of which were duplicate copies of high school textbooks that were of little value in the college curriculum. The book budget for the year was $500 with an extra $50 for periodicals. In 1937 a separate library building, Sanford Library, was completed with a grant from the Rosenwald Fund, and a Carnegie Foundation grant helped with books. In 1940 the new library had to be expanded. In 1944 the West Georgia Regional Library began operating out of the basement of library expansion and did so for fifteen years. Before Weaver retired in 1969, she had presided over the construction of a three-story library building and had an annual budget of $160,000 for books.

In 1952 she received a West Georgia College Founders Award. On May 29, 1981 the Special Collections of the University of West Georgia’s Ingram Library was named the Annie Belle Weaver Special Collections in her honor. She was a member of several professional organizations, the Arts Study Club, the Lit-Mu Club, and Sunset Hills Country Club. She was a member of the Carrollton First Methodist Church and attended the Nellie White Circle. She died January 21, 1991.

Extent

5.36 Linear feet (10 boxes)

Overview

Annie Belle Weaver was the first librarian at West Georgia College starting in August 1933 and also served as the first Director of Libraries from 1968 to her retirement in 1969.

Arrangement note

Arranged alphabetically by file title.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Given to UWG Special Collections by unknown donor sometime prior to March 1975. Additions were donated by Ann Walling, niece of Annie Belle Weaver, in April 2015. Photocopies of Annie Belle Weaver’s letters, found in the DVDs, were done by Jennifer Dodd.

Processing Information note

Processed by Shannon Danielle Smith in 2009 and Candice Larson in 2015.
Title
Guide to the Annie Belle Weaver papers MS-0025
Status
Completed
Author
Finding aid prepared by Shannon Danielle Smith
Date
2009
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Description is in English

Revision Statements

  • 2015: Candice Larson integrated materials and updated fa.

Repository Details

Part of the University of West Georgia Special Collections Repository

Contact:
Special Collections, Ingram Library
University of West Georgia
1601 Maple Street
Carrollton GA 30118-2000 United States