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Friends of the Athens-Clarke County Library Referendum collection

Collection number: MSS-030

Scope and Contents

The collection contains a mixture of textual materials and slides that make up the program campaign that the Friends of the Library ran throughout 1987-1988 to encourage voters to approve the library referendum. Of note are four three-ring binders of slides created for these programs. The collection also contains a loose-leaf scrapbook created by the Friends for public readers. Also included are various other textual materials related to the passage of the referendum including the script and audio-recording for the program the Friends presented to the public.


  • 1987-1989

Language of Materials


Conditions Governing Access

This collection has no restrictions. This collection is open to the public. Library policy on photography and photocopying will apply. Advance notice may be required. Apply in the Heritage Room for access.


The Friends of the Library is a 501c(3) non-profit organization that benefits the Athens-Clarke County Library through hosting authors, concerts, and the annual library book sale. Additionally, the Friends of the Library provide supplemental funding to a variety of Athens-Clarke Library projects including Summer Reading. They provide the link between the library and the community by fostering communication between the library and library patrons. In the mid-1980s it became apparent that the library needed to move from its former location on the corner of Lumpkin and Dougherty streets to a larger location. The library was able to expand to its Baxter Street location because of the project’s inclusion in the Sales Tax Referendum in 1987. The Friends of the Library held programs and created a scrapbook to encourage the public to support the Referendum to support the library.


3.71 Linear Feet (1 half Hollinger box, 4 3-ring binder boxes)


The Friends of the Athens-Clarke County Library is a 501c(3) group non-profit organization that benefits the Athens-Clarke County library system. The Athens-Clarke County Library was included on the Special Option sales tax referendum in 1988, which the Friends of the Library supported through public programs designed to encourage library patrons and Athens-Clarke residents to vote in favor of approving the referendum.


The collection is comprised of one series, arranged by format.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Friends of the Athens-Clarke County Library

Related Materials

Athens Regional Library System records (MSS 005), Organizational Records, Histories and System Management, Heritage Room, Athens-Clarke County Library. Includes materials related to the referendum and to the Baxter Street building.


“History of Athens Regional Library,” Library Histories, Fall 1997, 19-21.
SPLOST 1987, SPLOST, Athens-Clarke County Unified Government,

Physical Description


Friends of the Athens-Clarke County Library Referendum collection
Jennifer H. Sirotkin, Mikaela LaFave
September 2016, September 2019
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the Heritage Room, Athens-Clarke County Library Repository

2025 Baxter Street
Athens GA 30606