Columbus Public Library Association Minutes, 1881-1883 provides online access to early handwritten minutes of the Columbus Public Library Association, documenting the origin and initial development of the Columbus Public Library, later to become today's Chattahoochee Valley Regional Library System. The online content presents 144 pages of minutes, providing historic page images with full transcriptions, and offering full-text searching as well as browsing by date. Reflecting the city's "New South" urban industrial prosperity, the Columbus Public Library Association Minutes offer insight into the complex role of the library as a social and cultural institution. They highlight the formation of gender, class, and racial identities and their effect on the development and operations of the Columbus Public Library. In a larger sense, they also speak to the role of the library as an institution in Georgia and the South.