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Southern Gerontological Society records

Identifier: RB-8010

Scope and Contents

The papers include materials relating to the organization, administration, finances, meetings, publications, conferences and programs of the Southern Gerontological Society. The Southern Gerontological Society organized an annual conference meeting (1980-present), published a newsletter (The Southern Gerontologist, 1979-present) and an academic journal (Journal of Applied Gerontology, 1982-present), and implemented numerous educational and training programs for gerontology professionals. The papers include documentation, correspondence, meeting minutes, contracts and grants, and other materials related to these programs and publications. Also included are correspondence and materials concerning the relationship between the Southern Gerontological Society and other organizations concerned with the issues of aging populations. The papers, however, are not comprehensive. The bulk of the materials are from the 1980s, but some materials from the 1970s, 1990s, and 2000s are also included.


  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1975-2013


The materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

The materials from Appalachian State University Libraries' Special Collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study, pursuant to U.S. Copyright law. The nature of these collections means that copyright or other information about restrictions may be difficult or even impossible to determine despite reasonable efforts. As a result, the user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used for academic research or otherwise should be fully credited with the source.

Conditions Governing Use

Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the Appalachian State University assumes no responsibility.

Historical Note

The Southern Gerontological Society (SGS) was established in 1978 as a network of gerontology professionals, educators, researchers, and policy makers in the southern United States. The organization had its roots in the Southern Conference on Gerontology (founded in 1951). On March 28, 1978, several professionals working in the Southern Conference met to develop a plan for the new regional society, which would be presented at the 28th annual meeting of the Southern Conference in May of 1979. At the March 28 meeting, committees were formed to further carry out the plan of organization. Tom Rich, from the University of Florida, chaired a Bylaws Committee; Lorin Baumhover, from the University of Alabama, chaired a Membership Committee; Barbara Payne, from Georgia State University, chaired a Meetings Committee; and Gordon Streib, from the University of Florida, chaired an Executive Committee. Further planning sessions in 1978 led to the first election of officers. Brabara Payne was elected as the first president; Priscella Perry, from the University of Miami, was the first Vice President; and Lorin Baumhover was the first Secretary and Treasurer.

SGS began publishing a regular newsletter (which would eventually be named the Southern Gerontologist) in 1979 and established its first annual meeting in 1980. The theme of the first annual meeting was "Aging in the South: Cooperation for Tomorrow," and drew participants from twenty states. In 1982, SGS began publishing a scholarly journal, the Journal of Applied Gerontology. Since its inception, SGS membership has grown to represent at least 30 states, Washington, D.C., and Canada.


12.5 Linear Feet (25 boxes)


The Southern Gerontological Society was established in 1978 as a network of gerontology professionals, educators, researchers, and policy makers in the southern United States. The records document the membership, leadership, meetings, finances, administrative operations, publications, and programs of the Southern Gerontological Society in adition to its interactions with other state, regional, and national organizations dedicated to the concerns of aging populations.


This collection is arranged into six series: Organizational Documents and Meeting Minutes, Administrative Files, Correspondence, Conferences, Publications, and Related Conferences and Organizations. The Administrative Files series is arranged into five subseries: Leadership Records, Financial Records, Contracts and Grants, Committee Files, and Membership Records. Within each series and subseries, files are largely arranged chronologically.

Acquistions Information

Records were donated by the Southern Gerontological Society in December 2011. The records were transferred from the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa where they were on loan.

Processing Information

Processed by David Funderburk under the supervision of Processing Archivist Cynthia Harbeson, 2012

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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center Repository