University of Georgia Special Collections Libraries
Georgia Center Film and Videotape Collection
GA Center for Continuing Education, Athens, GA


This collection is made up of several different groups of film and videotapes which have been coming 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 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.

The media formats being created at WGTV and the Georgia Center include not only 16mm film but videotapes in these formats: 2", 1", 3/4", 1/2", BetaSP, DigiBeta, and D2.

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 including The Great Georgians series and Down Yonder.