Description Augusta State University, is committed to excellence in teaching, advancement of knowledge, and enrichment of the community in a climate that fosters humane values and a life-long love of learning., The purpose of Special Collections is to collect, maintain and preserve primary materials such as manuscripts, papers, photographs, maps and research materials such as books, serials, etc. related to Augusta State University, local history, and selected genealogical sources. Special Collections Reese Library supports the mission of the University by providing effective access to its collection of unique materials. The Special Collections department aids faculty, students, researchers, members of the Augusta-Richmond County Historical Society, and others in seeking, evaluating and handling its unique materials. Special Collections seeks to create an environment in which instruction and research can flourish, and to encourage lifelong learning.