UGA observing Constitution Day

September 17, 2014 – 11:59 AM - Jean Cleveland

Personal letters of Abraham Baldwin and William Few, Georgia’s two signers of the U.S. Constitution, are on exhibit at the University of Georgia Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library in observance of Constitution Day, Sept. 17.

Few and Abraham Baldwin, who were close friends, were appointed as two of six state delegates to the Constitutional Convention, two of whom never attended and two others of whom did not stay for the duration.

This exhibition features original manuscripts and correspondence written by Few and Baldwin. The Hargrett Library owns more than 250 letters of William Few and his wife, Catherine, and their daughter Frances. These letters reveal much about his activities in the state of Georgia until he moved permanently to New York about 1800. Baldwin, the first president of The University of Georgia, is mentioned frequently in Catherine Few’s letters. The exhibit will be on display through September.

As the first president of UGA, Baldwin’s papers are located in the University Archives within the Hargrett Library. After being elected to the Georgia state legislature, he developed a comprehensive educational plan that ultimately included land grants from the state to fund the establishment of the University of Georgia (at the time also known as Franklin College) in Athens. Through Baldwin’s efforts, the state approved a charter for the University of Georgia in 1785. Baldwin served as the first president of the institution during its initial planning phase, from 1786 to 1801 when it was opened to students.

The Hargrett Library is part of the Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries at 300 S. Hull St.


Research Round-up for National History Day

September 16, 2014 – 1:17 PM - Deborah Stanley, Web Editor

The University of Georgia Libraries will host a special National History Day Round-up Event on Saturday, October 11th from 1-4 p.m. in the Russell Special Collections Building located at 300 South Hull St. in Athens, Georgia. The event is designed to give students as well as their mentors and teachers assistance with locating, and using amazing and credible primary sources to create wonderful and winning National History Day Projects.

The event will begin with a showcase of some of the amazing range of sources available that support the 2015 theme, “Leadership and Legacy.” Following this there will be a session designed to help students find great topics and develop them for the competition. To wrap up the day, students will have opportunities to meet with archivists and librarians one-on-one to get personal assistance with research on their projects.

National History Day Research Round-Up promotional image

Detailed schedule:

1-1:45 p.m. Welcome and introduction to UGA special collections and research
1:45-2 p.m. Break
2-2:45 p.m. Wrangling a great topic
2:45-3 p.m. Break
3-3:45 p.m. One-on-one project assistance
3:45-4 p.m. Wrap-up and questions

The event is free, but space is limited. Please call 706-542-5766, or email russlib@uga.edu to reserve space(s) at the event. For questions and more information, please contact Jill Severn at 706-542-5766 or jsevern@uga.edu

Parking is free on UGA surface lots and parking decks on Saturdays. For more information about directions and parking please visit: http://www.libs.uga.edu/scl/visit/maps.html


Harlem’s Rattlers and the Great War: Talk on Thursday 18th

September 10, 2014 – 10:09 AM - Deborah Stanley, Web Editor

As part of its Fall Lecture Series, the University of Georgia Institute for African American Studies will host a talk on Thursday, September 18, 2014 to mark the publication of Harlem’s Rattlers and the Great War: The Undaunted 369th Regiment and the African American Quest for Equality.

Please join us at 4 PM at Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries Auditorium (room 271), 300 S. Hull Street., as co-authors Dr. John Morrow, Franklin Professor of History at The University of Georgia and Jeffrey T. Sammons, Professor of History at New York University, discuss the storied African American combat unit that grew out of the 15th New York National Guard. As noted by Dr. Morrow, “The “Harlem Hellfighters” are the most famous African American fighting unit of World War I and compiled a record unmatched by any other Regiment in the American Expeditionary Forces.” Harlem’s Rattlers and the Great War by Jeffrey Sammons and John Morrow is the definitive study of this famous regiment known to have “never lost a man to capture or a foot of ground.”

The program will also include a screening of William Miles’s acclaimed documentary “Men of Bronze,” in which the Regiment detail their experiences. A book signing and reception will follow.

Date: Thursday, September 18, 2014

Location: Richard B. Russell Special Collections Libraries Auditorium (Room 271), 300 S. Hull Street

For those of you who cannot attend the entire event, the schedule is as follows:

4:00–Welcome and introductions

4:15-5:15—screening of “Men of Bronze”

5:15-6:15—Authors John Morrow and Jeffrey Sammons on Harlem’s Rattlers and the Great War

6:15-6:45– Q and A

6:45-7:15– book signing and reception


MLC Labor Day weekend hours

August 29, 2014 – 10:01 AM - caroline

The Miller Learning Center will close at midnight Saturday, Aug. 30th and reopen at 7am Tuesday, Sept. 2


CML Closed Labor Day Weekend

August 28, 2014 – 10:55 AM - cbuss

The Curriculum Materials Library will be closed Sunday & Monday for Labor Day. Regular hours will resume September 2nd: 8:00-8:00 M-Th, 8:00-5:00 Friday, Closed every Saturday & 1:00-5:00 on Sunday.


Main & Science Libraries’ Hours This Weekend

August 28, 2014 – 10:30 AM - maryp

Please see below for changes to the Main and Science Libraries’ normal service hours this weekend:

 

Saturday, August 30 – CLOSED for home game day – Georgia vs. Clemson

Sunday, August 31 – 1pm to 9pm

Monday, September 1 – CLOSED for Labor Day


Special Collections Libraries’ request system to be upgraded Friday

August 26, 2014 – 11:32 AM - Jean Cleveland

The AEON Request System at the Special Collections Libraries will be upgraded Friday, Aug. 29.

Researchers will not be able to request materials while the upgrade is ongoing. It is scheduled to take place at early as possible.

Materials requested ahead of time will remain in the reading room and will be available to researchers.

We apologize for any inconvenience and will expedite the upgrade as quickly as possible.

 

 


DLG re-releases enhanced Athens Historic Newspapers Archive

August 25, 2014 – 11:48 AM - Amy Watts

The Digital Library of Georgia is pleased to announce the re-release of the enhanced Athens Historic Newspapers Archive:

http://dlg.galileo.usg.edu/athnewspapers

The Athens Historic Newspapers Archive is now compatible with all current browsers and provides access to nine newspaper titles published in Athens from 1827 to 1928 without the use of plug-ins or additional software downloads. Consisting of over 77,000 newspaper pages, the archive provides historical images that are both full-text searchable and can be browsed by date. The site will provide users with a view into the history of Athens in its early years as the home to the first state-chartered university in the nation and its eventual growth into the largest city in northeast Georgia.

The archive includes the following Athens newspaper titles: Athens Herald (1913-1923), Athens Banner-Herald (1923-1928), Southern Whig/Southern Herald (1838-1850), Clarke County Courier (1903-1913), in addition to the titles previously included in the archive: Athenian (1827-1832), Southern Banner (1832-1882), Southern Watchman (1855-1882), Daily/Weekly Banner-Watchman (1882-1889), Daily/Weekly Athens Banner (1889-1922).

The Athens Historic Newspapers Archive is a project of the Digital Library of Georgia, as part of the Georgia HomePLACE initiative. The Digital Library of Georgia is a project of Georgia’s Virtual Library GALILEO and is based at the University of Georgia. Georgia HomePLACE is supported with federal LSTA funds administered by the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Georgia Public Library Service, a unit of the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia. Digitization is also made possible through a grant provided by the Francis Wood Wilson Foundation, Inc.

Other newspaper archives available through the Digital Library of Georgia include the Atlanta Historic Newspapers Archive (1847-1922), the Savannah Historic Newspapers Archive (1819-1880), the South Georgia Historic Newspapers Archive (1845-1922), the Macon Telegraph Archive (1826-1908), the Columbus Enquirer Archive (1828-1890), the Milledgeville Historic Newspapers Archive (1808-1920), the Southern Israelite Archive (1929-1986), and the Red and Black Archive (1893-2006). These archives can be accessed at http://dlg.galileo.usg.edu/MediaTypes/Newspapers.html


Miller Learning Center Open 24/7 (Starting 8/18)

August 15, 2014 – 3:58 PM - amber

Starting August 18 at 7 a.m., the MLC will be open 24 hours/7 days a week! We’re excited to expand our hours for your convenience. Our security staff (located by Jittery Joe’s on the second floor) will be happy to assist you with any questions or concerns you may have during our overnight hours. Not all services will be available 24/7: for a full list of service area hours, please visit mlc.uga.edu/hours


“Vince Dooley: A Retrospective, 1954 -1988.”

August 13, 2014 – 9:48 AM - Jean Cleveland
Vince Dooley and legendary Alabama Coach "Bear" Bryant

Vince Dooley and legendary Alabama Coach “Bear” Bryant

A look at former University of Georgia head football Coach Vince Dooley’s career opens Aug. 29 at the Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries.

Photos, playbooks, original artwork by Bulldog favorite Jack Davis and commemorative items are among the memorabilia on display to celebrate Dooley’s status as one of the most successful college football coaches in “Vince Dooley: A Retrospective, 1954 -1988.” The items are from the archives of the UGA Athletic Association, housed at University Archives, a part of the special collections libraries.

Guided tours of the Dooley retrospective and the special collections galleries will be offered at 2 p.m. each Friday before home football games: Aug. 29, Sept. 19 and 26, Oct. 3 and 31, Nov. 14, 21 and 28.

Dooley’s last game, on Jan. 1, 1989, in the Gator Bowl against Michigan State, was his 201st victory. His final record as coach was 201 wins, 77 losses, and 10 ties. He also won six SEC titles and one national championship. At the time of his retirement, Coach Dooley had the third most wins of any active college football coach. He served as Athletic Director, a position he held since 1979, until retiring in 2004.

The most visible change Coach Dooley made to the Georgia program upon his arrival in Athens was to redesign the uniform. He replaced the older style Georgia uniform of a silver helmet, red jersey, and silver ‘britches’ with a more modern design of a red helmet with a black ‘G’ set against a white background, red home game jersey or a white away game jersey, and white pants. The silver britches would replace the white britches starting with the 1980 season. This look is, with only minor variation, the same uniform the Georgia team wears today and has become one of the most recognized symbols of the University of Georgia.

A fixture in Athens for 50 years, Dooley made his mark early on. On Sept. 18, 1965, Dooley, in his second season as a head coach, led the Bulldogs in an upset victory over the defending national champion Alabama Crimson Tide, led by Paul ‘Bear’ Bryant. The Crimson Tide had not lost a regular season game since Nov. 30, 1963. Though the Bulldogs ended the 1965 season with a record of six wins and four losses, they were poised to win the Southeastern Conference Championship twice in the next three years.

In 1988, Dooley and his wife, Barbara, established the Dooley Library Endowment Fund with a personal gift of $100,000. Under his leadership, the fund raised more than $2.3 million.

“The breadth of his career is impressive, as is how successful he’s been in his endeavors both on and off the field,” said Jason Hasty of the Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library who curated the exhibit. “Just as impressive, though, is how committed he is to education, his own continuing education and intellectual pursuits and, through the Vincent J. Dooley Library Endowment Fund, supporting the education of others.”

“I have had the good fortune of university life for some 60 years, combing both my time at Auburn University and the University of Georgia,” Dooley has said. “This lengthy academic environment has given me a real appreciation of the joy of learning…”

Dooley holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in history. In addition to several football-related books, Dooley has written a book about his well-known avocation, gardening.

“A coach is first and foremost a teacher,” according to Dooley,” and he must constantly strive to improve his teaching techniques.”

The Russell Special Collections Libraries are open free to the public Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays (except on home football gamedays) from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Parking is available in the adjacent Hull Street Deck.