Special Collections and Archives
Materials in archives and special collections are available for use by appointment only except for displays in the Noble Heritage Center, which may be seen during scheduled open hours (below). Contact Marianne Bradley, Library Administrative Coordinator, for more information (404-471-6339).
For a brief history of the college, click on the photo.
The McCain Library Special Collections and Archives LibGuide includes information about our collections, as well as helpful links, filtered lists of online material, and tips for searching the online collections.
- Noble Heritage Center
- Manuscript Collections
- Special Collections
- College Archives
The Betty Pope Scott Noble '44 College Heritage Center is a museum and research center displaying historical documents, photographs and artifacts relating to Agnes Scott (the person and the institution) and the Scott family. The Heritage Center allows the library to move archival treasures out of storage and into a more accessible space so that current and prospective students, faculty, staff, alumnae and other visitors may learn about the history of the College, its founder and namesake.
The Heritage Center is located in McCain 204. The last regular open hours for the Heritage Center for spring semester 2011 are on the final day of exams, Wednesday, May 11, from 8:30 am - 10 am. Regular hours for the summer sessions are not yet set. If you would like access in the meantime, please contact Marianne Bradley at 404-471-6090 or by e-mail.
McCain Library is grateful for the generosity of the Reverend J. Phillips Noble, Sr. who helped us create this center in honor of his wife, the great-granddaughter of Colonel George Washington Scott, founder of the college. The center pays tribute to Betty Pope Scott Noble’s lifelong interest in preserving the college’s heritage and to the many hours she spent researching and writing its history. We anticipate more books and independent studies growing from this room’s collections, offering insight into the history of women’s education in this country and the South.
The manuscript collections include letters, diaries and other papers of individuals. Detailed information about the manuscript collections can be found by searching by author in the library catalog (SOPHIA). The manuscript collections consist of these collections:
- Bill Arp, 1826-1903
- Frank Henry Gaines, 1852-1923
- Catherine Marshall, 1914- Condensed Finding Aid
- Peter Marshall, 1902-1949 Condensed Finding Aid
- James Ross McCain, 1881-1965
- Agnes Scott College Board of Trustees
- Agnes Scott College Citizenship Club
- Agnes Scott College International Relations Club
- Agnes Scott College Mnemosynean Literary Society
- Agnes Scott College Propylean Literary Society
The Special Collections of the McCain library include the Robert Frost Collection, Wilburn Collection, Posey Collection and Agnes Scott faculty and alumnae publications.
Robert Frost Collection
The Robert Frost Collection is a collection of books by and about Frost, periodicals in which poems were published, photos of Frost on the Agnes Scott campus and clippings related to his life and works. For detailed information about the collection, see the book: Robert Frost at Agnes Scott College.
The Wilburn Collection consists of a collection of architectural plan books published between 1914 and the mid-1950s by Agnes Scott alumna Leila Ross Wilburn, one of Georgia's first women architects. Scans of these books may be found online courtesy of the MAK Historic District, a neighborhood adjacent to Agnes Scott which includes a number of Wilburn homes.
Gone with the Wind Collection
The Gone with the Wind Collection consists of a collection of US and international editions of Gone with the Wind, originally belonging to Margaret Mitchell's personal secretary, Margaret Baugh. Several of the editions are inscribed by Margaret Mitchell to Miss Baugh. A sample of this collection is currently on display (June 2011) in honor of the 75th anniversary of the publication of Gone With the Wind.
The Posey Collection consists of a collection of books relating to the history of religion on the American frontier. Dr. Walter Brownlow Posey, Professor of History at Agnes Scott College from 1943-1970, donated the collection to the college. Browse the Posey collection in the catalog.
The Agnes Scott faculty collection consists of works by current and previous Agnes Scott College faculty.
The Agnes Scott alumnae collection consists of works by Agnes Scott College alumnae. Browse alumnae publications in the catalog.
Agnes Scott College archives include materials relating to the history and administration of the college, its faculty, staff and alumnae. The collection includes Scott family materials, faculty materials, artifacts, alumnae materials and publications, student publications, photographs, minutes, administrative reports and other materials.
To view selected material from the college archives online, see http://www.archive.org/details/agnesscottcollege. Currently
available material includes yearbooks and catalogs, alumnae magazines,
presidents reports to the Board of Trustees, college histories, and other