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Descriptive summary

Repository: Special Collections and Archives, Gainesville campus, University of North Georgia

Creator: Gainesville State College, 1964-2013

Title: Gainesville State College, 25th Anniversary

Date(s): 1988-1989

Quantity: 0.33 linear feet

Language(s): English

Historical note

In 1962 the Gainesville-Hall County Educational Task Force was established to build support for opening a community college that would support the educational needs of a growing population. With the community’s support, an application for the establishment of a junior college in Gainesville was submitted to the regents in March of 1964. The application included a guarantee of $2 million in bonding to cover construction costs and funding for the creation of a technical school adjoin the junior college. Two years after the application was accepted by the regents, Gainesville Junior College opened its doors to the first class of students. Hugh M. Mills, Jr. was chosen as the first president. In 1967, the college held its first classes on the newly built campus.

Dr. Foster Watkins became the second president of the college. Gainesville Junior College became Gainesville College in 1987 when the Board of Regents gave all junior and community colleges the option to drop "junior” and “community” from their names.

Upon Dr. Watkins retirement in 1997, the presidency went to Martha Tovell Nesbitt. Her tenure saw substantial growth and expansion for the school. Within the 16 years of her presidency, Nesbitt added satellite campuses in Cumming and Watkinsville. In 2005, the name of the college was changed to Gainesville State College and it was announced that several four-year degree programs would begin in the fall of 2006.

The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia announced in 2012 that Gainesville State College would merge with North Georgia College and State University to form the University of North Georgia. The merger took effect in January 2013.

Scope and contents

This collection contains materials related to the planning of Gainesville State College’s 25th Anniversary which was celebrated in 1989. The celebration activities included the creation of a time capsule, a “Celebration Day” and commemorative Coke bottles. Of note are letters of congratulations from state officials, files from the planning committee and a script for “From Cotton Fields to Learning Fields.”


This collection is arranged alphabetically by topic or format.

Administrative information

Cite as: Gainesville State College 25th Anniversary records, Special Collections and Archives, Gainesville campus, University of North Georgia.

Detailed description of the collection

Alumni, 1989

Box 1/Folder 1

Calendar, 1989

Box 1/Folder 2

Coke bottles, 1988-1989

Box 1/Folder 3


Archives, 1989

Box 1/Folder 4

Opening day of school, 1989

Box 1/Folder 5

Planning, 1989

Box 1/Folder 6

Time capsule, 1989

Box 1/Folder 7

Correspondence, 1989

Box 1/Folder 8


Celebration day, 1989 November 17

Box 1/Folder 9

Dance, undated

Box 1/Folder 10

Faculty/staff breakfast, 1989 September 13

Box 1/Folder 11

Honor's day luncheon, 1989 May 9

Box 1/Folder 12


Lakeshore Mall, 1989

Box 1/Folder 13

Library, 1988-1989

Box 1/Folder 14


Expenses, 1989

Box 1/Folder 15

Expenses shared with Lanier Technical College, 1989

Box 1/Folder 16

Fundraising, 1988-1989

Box 1/Folder 17

Flag, 1988-1989

Box 1/Folder 18

"From Cotton Fields to Learning Fields" show script, undated

Box 1/Folder 19

Logo, 1989

Box 1/Folder 20

News clippings, 1989

Box 1/Folder 21

Public relations, 1989

Box 1/Folder 22

Volunteers, undated

Box 1/Folder 23

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