The Shields and Ethridge families seldom threw things away; what could not be used was set aside… just in case… Not only is the farm remarkable for its well-preserved buildings and their contents, but also for the rich collection of papers that the family created and kept, including letters, ledgers, photographs, tax records, catalogues, scrapbooks, memorabilia and home movies.
The Watson Brown Foundation Junior Board awarded the Shields-Ethridge Heritage Farm a grant so that historic documents generated by the family and the farm business could be archived and preserved for future research. A selection of 100 items will be digitized and placed on the website of the Digital Library of Georgia.
The Digital Library of Georgia is a gateway to Georgia’s history and culture found in digitized books, manuscripts, photographs, government documents, newspapers, maps, audio, video, and other resources.
The Digital Library of Georgia connects users to a million digital objects in more than 200 collections from 60 institutions and 100 government agencies.