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David Owings - Columbus State University

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Columbus State University

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David Owings

Associate Professor | Head of Archives and Special Collections



David Owings serves as Head of Archives and Special Collections for Columbus State University. He also serves as library development coordinator, records management coordinator, and as editor for the newsletter Archival Advocate. In addition to his duties at CSU, David is actively engaged in the public history profession. He currently serves on the executive board of the Georgia Association of Historians as well as the editorial board for Muscogiana: Journal of the Muscogee Genealogical Society. He is a member of several roundtables of the Society of American Archivists including, Archives Management, College and University Archives, and Museum Archives. He is also currently serving on the Society of America Archivists Committee on Archival Facilities Guidelines as well as the Scholarship Committee for the Society of Georgia Archivists.

David holds a BA in History from Columbus State University as well as an MA in History with specialization in archival and museum studies from Auburn University. Prior to coming to CSU he served as archivist at the Alabama Labor Archives in Montgomery, Alabama. His research interests include the World War II era, the experiences of prisoners of war, and memory studies specifically the role archives, museums, and similar institutions play in the construction of memory. He is currently coauthoring new guidelines for Archival and Special Collections Facilities with the Society of American Archivists Archival Facilities Committee. Previous publications include, Columbus, a pictorial history of Columbus, Georgia that chronicles the city's past through vintage images as well as several articles including "The Orphans of G. Gunby Jordan" in Muscogiana and "European Political Agendas Running Amuck in a New World South" in The South Writ Large.

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