Mr. Reagan Grimsley

Part-Time Faculty


301 Sparkman Drive
Huntsville, AL 35899
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Curriculum Vitae


  • ADB candidate for PhD in History, Georgia State University. Focus areas include the Urban history, Modern Britain and the British Empire, Africa, and public history. Dissertation work in progress under the working title “The Evolution of Town and City i
  • M.A. History, The University of Southern Mississippi. Thesis entitled “Chasing the Longleaf: Community, Environment, and Sawmill in Mississippi’s Piney Woods, 1880-1950.” Advisor: Kenneth G. McCarty, Jr. August 2000.
  • M.L.I.S. Library and Information Science, The University of Southern Mississippi. August 2000.
  • B.S. in History, minor in Sociology, The University of Southern Mississippi. December 1992.

Honors & Awards

  • Historic Huntsville Foundation Historic Preservation Award, 2018
  • To Boldly Preserve Travel Grant, 2018
  • Auburn University College of Liberal Arts Community and Civic Engagement Project Support Grant, 2014
  • Auburn University College of Liberal Arts Summer Grant, Auburn University, 2011
  • Historic Columbus Foundation Preservation Award, 2008
  • Who’s Who in the United States, 2007-2009
  • Faculty Research and Scholarship Award, Columbus State University, 2006
  • Outstanding Archives Award for Excellence in Archival Program Development, Georgia Historic Records Advisory Board, 2006
  • Faculty Development Grant, Columbus State University, 2004
  • Alfred Bell, Jr. Fellowship, Forest History Society, 2000

Recent Publications

  • Grimsley, Reagan L. “One Small Step? Collection Strategies for Libraries, Archives, and Museums In the Space Age.” Acta Asronautica Pre-proof published July 2020.

  • Grimsley, Reagan L. “The Legacy of the Builder: Joseph T. Jones and the Development of Gulfport, Mississippi.” Journal of Mississippi History, Volume 75, Number 4, 2014.

  • Grimsley, Reagan L. “William Harris Hardy in the American Civil War.” The Primary Source: Journal of the Society of Mississippi Archivists, Volume 32, No. 2, Fall 2014.

  • Grimsley, Reagan L. and Susan Wynne. “Creating Access to Oral Histories in Academic Libraries,” College and Undergraduate Libraries Volume 16, Number 4, Fall 2009, p. 278-299.

  • Grimsley, Reagan L. “Discovering Blind Tom Wiggins: Creating Digital Access to Original Sheet Music in the Columbus State University Archives.” Music Reference Services Quarterly, Volume 10, Number 2, 2006, p. 1-11.

  • Enriching Lives: A Pictorial History of Columbus State University. Virginia Beach, VA: Donning Company Publishers, 2008. 

  • Grimsley, Reagan L. “Thirty Years of Preserving the History of the Chattahoochee Valley: A Brief History of the Columbus State University Archives.” Journal of the Georgia Association of Historians Volume XXVI 2005-2006, p. 82-97.

  • A One Hundred Year History of the First Baptist Church, Sumrall, Mississippi. Sumrall, MS: First Baptist Church of Sumrall, 2005.

  • Grimsley, Reagan L. “Primary Sources Via Ebay: Building an Archival Postcard Collection.” The Primary Source: Journal of the Society of Mississippi Archivists, Volume 26, Number 2, Summer 2004.

  • Hattiesburg In Vintage Postcards. Arcadia Publishing, Incorporated. Charleston, SC: 2004.