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The interviews preserve the experiences and history of WWII veterans and provide insight into the cultural and societal values in America between 1939-1945.
The majority of veterans interviewed for the project have since passed away, making preservation all the more crucial.
“Responding to a request from an older community resident, SWGRL librarians & historians interviewed and videotaped many of the area’s “Greatest Generation” to share their war experiences and preserve them for posterity in our library and archives.” The World War II Veterans Project was an oral history initiative conducted by the Southwest Georgia Regional Library System from 1998-2008 with funding from The Thomas M. In order to preserve and improve access to these oral histories, the analog interviews were described, digitized, and uploaded to You Tube.Home PLACE offers a highly collaborative model for digitizing primary source collections related to local history and genealogy.Home PLACE is a project of the Georgia Public Library Service, a unit of the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia.The movement and financial status of families and individuals that lived and moved in and out of Bartow County are demonstrated through the collection’s land, indenture, and guardianship papers.
Family dynamics and cultural or social values can be studied through the lunacy and guardianship records that contain information on how people were diagnosed and labeled, as well as how children were legally handled in cases of custody or guardianship.
The program emphasizes digital archives and electronic records.