Scope and Content Note: This collection is made up of several different groups of film and videotape which have come to the Media Archives since 1995. As with many collections, not everything produced by the Georgia Center is in the Media Archives, but we hold a broad representation of their material. The Georgia Center and the UGA Art Department at one time maintained a storage building where a once-circulating collection of educational and industrial films were stored. Those films eventually came to the Libraries' Media Archives and have been called the Georgia Center Film Collection. When the Media Archives was established in 1995, those films were brought here. Some of the films date back to the 1930s, though it is likely that these are later reprinted copies of earlier-produced films. The earliest known 2" videotape of a Georgia Center production that we hold was donated to us by Patrick Shields, "A Day with Jimmie Driftwood" which we believe dates to the early 1960s. In 2004, we received the bulk of the Georgia Center's taped programs consisting of tapes of educational programs on campus, continuing education programs, and original productions. A broad range of subjects is covered, including famous Georgians (Dean Rusk, Lamar Dodd, et al.), educational materials, and significant events at the University, among many others.
Biographical Note: The Georgia Center opened in 1957 with funding from a 1953 W.K. Kellogg Foundation grant and from the State of Georgia. In 1960, Georgia's first educational television station, WGTV, went on the air from the Georgia Center. It had connections to National Educational Television (NET) and produced some programs for NET such as the 12-part filmed series, "Basic Issues of Man" (1962). The Georgia Center also produced its own material and taped various programs, symposia, and teleconferences held on site.