Skip to main content

Maurice K. Townsend papers, 1931-1993

Identifier: UA-0002-05

Scope and Contents note

This collection contains materials from the administration of Dr. Townsend including memoranda, minutes, photographs, correspondence, newspaper articles, reports, plaques, a scrapbook, a granite marker, and drawings for the construction of a football stadium.


  • Inclusive Dates - 1931-1993 Bulk Dates - 1975-1989


Conditions Governing Access note

Open to all users; some materials may be restricted. Contact Head of Special Collections for details.

Conditions Governing Use note

Rights held by the University of West Georgia.

Biographical/Historical note

Dr. Maurice K. Townsend was inaugurated as the fifth president of West Georgia College in 1975. Prior to his presidency, he held the position of political science professor at Indiana State University. Throughout his tenure, Townsend was known for his rapport with faculty, students, and staff. He frequently attended student and faculty gatherings and invited students to his office to discuss their concerns. In 1980, he authorized the expansion of Ingram Library and donated 6,905 books from his personal collection to the library stacks. In addition, he instated the university’s football team in 1981, and he lobbied for and oversaw the opening of the performing arts center in 1989. Dr. Townsend served as president for 18 years until his death from cancer in 1993.


52.13 Linear feet (108 Boxes and 6 OV Items)




Maurice K. Townsend served as the fifth president of West Georgia College from 1975 to 1993.

Arrangement note

The items are arranged in the order that they were received.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Materials were transferred from the Office of the President at an unknown date.

Processing Information note

Processed by Sarah Wiswall in 2015. Addition made by Madison Seyres in 2019.

Guide to the Maurice K. Townsend papers UA-0002-05
Finding aid prepared by Sarah Wiswall and by Madison Seyres in 2019.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Description is in English

Repository Details

Part of the University of West Georgia Special Collections Repository

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