From Historical Collections and Archives (HCA):
Medicos was the name of the MCG’s football team in the early 20th century. Yes, the Medical College of Georgia had a football team for various years between 1907 and 1920. The HCA has original photographs of the team given to the Greenblatt Library from Arthur B. Prince, MCG Class of 1912. According to his medical school senior year entry in the yearbook, Dr. Prince played on the Medicos team in 1907, 1908, and 1910. He is identified with the red “X” in the photos.
We know rather little about the Medicos. They played against the University of South Carolina, Mercer, and the State Normal School – the teachers’ college at UGA and perhaps the only team the Medicos defeated in a game. Long hours of study and in the classroom along with a lack of local support seems to have hindered the Medicos football program. In 1920, in their last game, the Medicos were defeated 20-0 by the dominant high school football team of the Academy of Richmond County.
For more information about the record group for the photographs of the Health Sciences Campus, here is the finding aid. Online images can be viewed in Scholarly Commons, the Augusta University’s institutional repository.
-Renée A. Sharrock, Curator
From the Special Collections & Institutional Archives:
Our focus on photographs this month was perfectly timed, as the Reese Library’s Special Collections & Institutional Archives just wrapped up a project that has made 1800 19th and 20th century photographs of the Augusta area available online for the first time! Over the last 8 months, Special Collections has been working on this effort to make our largest collection of photographs searchable and available online.
This collection of photographs was originally digitized from 2006-2008, but were previously only available for patrons to view through a staff-only image database, which necessitated that patrons come in person to Special Collections in order to view the photos. Now, photographs have been made available through a new finding aid, hosted on our finding aid database, Archon. You can view the finding aid on campus here, and off campus, here.
This photograph collection is one of our most highly requested collections, and is regularly used by students, faculty, and community researchers. We are excited to be able to provide increased access both on and off campus through this new online resource!
-Kara Flynn, Special Collections Librarian
About the Heritage Unit: The University Libraries has a department devoted to the preservation and archival keeping of the campus’ unique histories. The Historical Collections & Archives (HCA) is located on the 2nd floor of the Greenblatt Library on the Health Sciences campus. Special Collections & Institutional Archives is located on the 3rd floor of the Reese Library on the Summerville campus.