To view the following collections and museums please contact the Athens State University Archives at: (256) 216- 6653

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Contains portrait collection of University presidents dating 1821 to present, artworks by Mrs. Eunice McDonald Meadows including sketches of Founders Hall Chapel carvings, and a melange of artworks by various artists.

Delmore Collection Museum

Mrs. Debby Delmore’s personal collection of photographs, recordings, programs, awards and memorabilia relating to the career of Alton and Rabon Delmore. The Delmore Collection Museum is located in the basement of McCandless Hall. We also encourage you to visit the Delmore Brothers website by going to

Fiddlers Convention Collection & Museum

Contains photographs, news clippings, and other memorabilia (1966 – present) relative to the annual Tennessee Valley Old Time Fiddlers Convention on display in the Tennessee Valley Old Time Fiddlers Convention Museum located in the basement of McCandless Hall. To view the current and past winners visit

Historic Districts Collection

Collection of documents related to the following historic districts of Athens: Athens State University Historic District, Robert Beaty Historic District, and George S. Houston Historic District.

McLin Collection

Contains research material and documentation of Dr. Elva McLin’s publications concerning the history of the University: Athens State College: A Definitive History 1821-1991, Athens State College: 1821-1994, Madame Childs: The Lady and The Legend, Mollie.

Photographic Collection

Contains photographs of local interest, including University buildings, group portraits, individual portraits, and historic district photographs.

Presidential Collection

Contains original correspondence and various other documents of University presidents. Includes photos and newspaper clippings.

Sports Collection and Museum

Opened in August 2012, the Athens State University Sports Museum is a collection of memorabilia honoring the coaches, players, cheerleaders, and boosters of sports programs back to the 1930s. This extensive collection includes photographs, videos, awards, uniforms, and a broad range of various sports items. A special display honoring Coach Oba Belcher and Coach Harold Murrell is highlighted in the museum.

University Collection

Includes newspaper clippings, yearbooks, bulletins, catalogs, administrative records, student organization records, athletic press guides, numerous University publications, and various alumni records. Special displays of the presidential medal, robe, and university mace.

Faye Acton Axford Collection

A collection of publications authored by Faye Acton Axford, primarily books.

James Croley Smith Collection

A collection of drawings by James Croley Smith of Athens State University buildings and other local historical sites.

Scrapbook Collection

A collection of personal scrapbooks, mostly relating to campus activities, dating back to the early 1900’s.

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Nanci Kincaid is the author of Crossing Blood, Balls, Pretending the Bed Is a Raft (made into the feature film My Life Without Me), Verbena, and As Hot as it Was You Ought to Thank Me. We have an assorted collection of manuscripts and notes that were used during the building of some of the characters in her books.

The Altar of the New Testament Carvings

Eunice McDonnald Meadows (Class of 1912) completed the carvings in tulip poplar wood acquired during her years of teaching art in the East. It took twelve years for Mrs. Meadows to complete the carvings, as she did them in her spare time during a period when she was alone in life and without transportation. The carvings were a panacea to her loneliness. Her only wish was that the carvings would be placed where they would be appreciated and valued as works of art and would encourage people to read the Bible to find out more about the carved figures.

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Historic Tree Collection

Follow a self-guided campus tour of several of our Historic Trees, compiled by Athens State Biology student Tevin Terry.

View the Historic Tree Guide