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Charles E. Beard papers

Identifier: MS-0034

Scope and Content

Certificates, correspondence, files pertaining to the American Library Association Executive Board, files relating to Ingram Library and professional library associations, memoranda, surveys, photographs, and other materials relating to Beard's personal and professional life.


  • 1897-2004


Restrictions on Access

Open to all users; no restrictions

User Restrictions

As stipulated by U.S. copyright laws

Biographical History

Charles E. Beard was born in 1940 and grew up in Alabama. He received his B.A. from the University of Alabama and his M.S.L.S. from Florida State University. He began working at the Jacksonville Public Library in 1964, went into the Army and was a librarian there, and became an academic librarian in 1966 at University of Alabama Libraries. He remained an academic librarian the rest of his life. He became Director of Libraries at the University of West Georgia in 1978 and held this position until he retired in 2004. During his tenure as Library Director, Beard was very active in organizations like the American Library Association and the White House Conference on Library Information and Services Taskforce. He was also an integral part in the creation of the GALILEO system. GALILEO stands for Georgia Library Learning Online and is a virtual library with over one hundred databases and is available to K12 users as well as most higher education systems in Georgia.

Beard battled illness for months prior to his retirement and his retirement party was advanced to May 28, 2004 instead of the date that marked his twenty-sixth year of service, June 30. Beard's respiratory condition worsened right before his retirement party and he was unable to attend. More than 100 people came to the party to honor him. On June 2, 2004 Beard died at Emory Hospital in Atlanta. He is buried in Scottsboro, Alabama.


42.45 Linear feet (103 boxes, 2 oversize boxes, 1 OV map folder, 1 tube)




Charles E. Beard was the Director of Libraries at West Georgia College from 1978-2004. During this time Beard was a great advocate for libraries and was a part of many organizations on both the state and national level. One of his greatest accomplishments was helping to create the GALILEO system.


Arranged in five series: 1) Manuscript; 2) Audio/Visual Materials; 3) Artifacts; 4) Sheet Music Collection and 5) Oversized.

Series I and II are arranged alphabetically. All Series I folders are noted in this finding aid, but may not yet have a corresponding folder number.


Charles Beard and Charles Beard's family, 2004.

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Finding Aid written by Sara Berry, 2010

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Repository Details

Part of the University of West Georgia Special Collections Repository

Special Collections, Ingram Library
University of West Georgia
1601 Maple Street
Carrollton GA 30118-2000 United States