The Vertical File Index
Subject File Index
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Family File Index
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The Billups-Garth Archives in the Local History Room at the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library maintains a vertical file collection of information about towns, cities, events, individuals, organizations, houses, families, landmarks, and other topics relating to Columbus and Lowndes County. The files may contain pamphlets, newspaper clippings, correspondence with staff, articles, images, historical sketches, and other informational, genealogical, and ephemeral materials. It is often a good resource for beginning a research project.
The Vertical File Collection is organized into two alphabetically arranged categories: Subject Files and Family Files. The Subject Files include place names, institutions, events, businesses, houses, etc. The Family Files are organized by surnames and contain materials pertaining to Lowndes County families and individuals.
The files were initially started by the Lowndes County Department of Archives and History (LCDAH). Founded in the late 1970s, the LCDAH was located in the Lowndes County Court House Annex. When the organization folded in the late 1980s, the materials moved to the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library. In 1992, the library, with the help of a generous donation from the Snowdoun Association (now the Billups-Garth Foundation), opened a newly renovated Local History Room that included two distinct areas known as the Billups-Garth Archives and the Margaret L. Buckley Genealogy Room. The Vertical Files are currently housed in the temperature controlled vault of the Billups-Garth Archives where they continue to grow.
In both the Subject Files and the Family Files, the materials are indexed alphabetically. Headings in ALL CAPS denote specific file folders in the Vertical File Collection. Some folders may contain only a page or two of clippings while others may include several.
The Vertical Files are available for public use in the Local History Room. When accessing the Vertical Files at the Billups-Garth Archives, one must first fill out a Patron Information Form and present valid photo identification.
The Vertical File Collection does not aspire to be a comprehensive source of information on any topic. Also, it does not serve as a day-by-day chronology of any given event.
To see any materials in the vertical file collection or for additional assistance, please contact:
Local History Room
314 N. Seventh Street
Columbus, MS 39701