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Manuscripts, engravings and maps from the Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, as well as specimens from the Georgia Museum of Natural History are among the items available for examination in an exhibit now open at the Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries. The exhibit is a companion to a series of events commemorating the 250th anniversary of the natural history expedition of John and William Bartram.
Original landscapes by Athens artist Philip Juras are focal points of the exhibit. Juras depicts the southern wilderness as William Bartram described it. His award-winning book, The Southern Frontier: Landscapes Inspired by Bartram’s Travels” is available from the University of Georgia Press.
Diary excerpts, illustrations and rare natural history books from the Hargrett collections are enhanced with specimens loaned from the GMNH, including flora and fauna, indigo, silk worm cocoons and remnants of the giant oyster shells once found on Georgia’s coast.
The exhibit will be on display until Dec. 24.
More information and a schedule are here: (http://www.libs.uga.edu/hargrett/digital/bartram/)
Stephen Elliot Draper Center and Archives for the Waters of Georgia in History, Law and Policy exhibitAugust 19, 2015 – 4:36 PM - Jean Cleveland
This annual exhibit contains materials from the Stephen Elliot Draper Collection of British & American Waterways in History and Law — rare books, treatises, manuscripts, maps, correspondence, laws, reports, drawings and ephemera that chronicle the early history of water use and development in Europe and the Americas. Featured as well are materials from the Archives for the Waters of Georgia in History, Law and Policy.
On display through October
“An Itinerary of Discovery — Tracing the Bartrams Across the South” is the focus of the second event in the series Retracing the route of John and William Bartram through the Southeast is as challenging as it is rewarding. An academic challenge is that the Bartrams travelled through regions of Georgia and Florida that were either uninhabited or so thinly settled that roads were not well documented on contemporary maps. Another challenge is that, in many places, what was wilderness in 1765 is now urban and suburban communities with modern roads and a lot of traffic. Brad Sanders will discuss the maps and historical resources that can be used to recreate the route of the Bartrams and the rewards of getting on the road and actually following in their footsteps.
Brad Sanders is author of Guide to William Bartram’s Travels and the publisher of Traveller, the newsletter of the Bartram Trail Conference. He is on the board of the Bartram Trail Conference and is the web master of their web site. Sanders lives in Athens and is a retired high school teacher.
The presentation will be followed by a reception and gallery tour, led by Brad Sanders and Mary Ellen Brooks, Curator Emerita of the Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library.
A new single, “Bulldog Bite,” was playing on everyone’s radio. Buck Belue headed up UGA’s potent offense, along with the season’s breakout star, future Heisman winner Herschel Walker. The “Track People” were cheering for the “Silver Britches” in a final, boisterous hurrah.
It was 1980 and the University of Georgia Bulldogs were on their way to being “Unbeaten, Untied, Unbelievable“ and capturing a national championship. Those glory days are being revisited this fall at the Russell Special Collections Libraries with an exhibit of materials from the UGA Athletic Association archives.
Guided tours of the exhibit, “Undisputed,” will be offered Fridays at 3:30 p.m. before each home football fame, beginning Sept. 4.
Numerous photographs, many rarely, if ever, seen; the gleaming Silver Britches worn by the heroes of the day – Lindsay Scott, Rex Robinson, Carnie Norris, Scott Woerner; a piece of the railroad tracks made famous by its rowdy fans are among the artifacts visitors will see. In addition to an homage to the Track People, who lost their free seats when the east end of the stadium was enclosed after the 1980 season, tribute is also paid to the late Erk Russell, Georgia’s beloved defensive coordinator who coined the term “Junkyard Dogs,” leading the Redcoat Band to break into Jim Croce’s “Bad, bad Leroy Brown” after big plays.
The Russell Special Collections Libraries, at 300 S. Hull St., are open free to the public Monday through Friday and Saturdays 1-5 p.m., except on home football game days. In addition to the football exhibit, on display through November in the rotunda, there are three museum galleries with items from each library – the Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, the Russell Library for Political Research and Studies and the Walter J. Brown Media Archives and Peabody Awards Collection.
The Miller Learning Center returns to its 24/7 schedule for fall semester on August 17. Exceptions to the 24/7 schedule, such as University holidays, are noted on our hours page. Not all services will be available 24/7, see a full list of service area hours.
Are you a new or returning graduate student?
The UGA Libraries are holding open houses especially for you!
What: Meet your librarians, learn about key online resources and borrowing privileges, and tour the buildings. Representatives from various Libraries’ departments will be available to answer questions and demonstrate research tools including the GIL Find catalog, GALILEO system of databases, Special Collections request system, and citation management tools EndNote and RefWorks.
When: Wednesday, August 12 between 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Main Library database introductions and tours will begin at 2:15, 2:45, and 3:15.
Science Library database introductions and tours (including the MakerSpace) will begin at 2:15 and 3:15.
…but you can stop by anytime between 2:00-4:00.
Main Library (social sciences, humanities, arts, business): North Campus at the south end of the quad
Science Library (sciences, technology, agriculture): South Campus inside Boyd Graduate Research Studies
Also: door prizes and light refreshments!
We look forward to seeing you!
The third event in a series marking the 250th anniversary of John and William Bartram’s natural history expedition will be held Sept. 17 at 5:30 p.m. in the Russell Special Collections Libraries Building, focusing on art.
Artist Philip Juras will speak on “Rediscovering the Southern Landscape of the Late 18th Century,” and art professor Janice Simon will talk about “The Art of William Bartram.”
Much of the pre-settlement wilderness John and William Bartram encountered in Georgia and the South is now lost to memory; only a few remnants can still be found today. Inspired by William Bartram’s Travels, artist Philip Juras combines direct observation with the study of natural science and history to create scenes that offer a glimpse of the 18th century South. He will present his own vision of what the Bartrams saw, highlighting the path of discovery that led him to create the paintings on display in the library gallery.
An exhibit features original manuscripts, engravings, and maps from the Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library as well as specimens from the Georgia Natural History Museum.
Two of Juras’ paintings are in the exhibit: Anthony Shoals (pictured), Broad River, Georgia, on loan from the Telfair Museum of Art (gift of Danyse and Julius Edel), and Jones Narrows, Isle of Hope (Wormsloe), Georgia, loaned from the collection of Craig and Diana Barrow.
Philip Juras is a landscape painter living in Athens, Georgia. In 2011 a major exhibition of his work portraying the southern wilderness as William Bartram described it in the 1770s opened at the Telfair Museums in Savannah and the Morris Museum of Art in Augusta, Georgia. Philip’s award-winning book The Southern Frontier: Landscapes Inspired by Bartram’s Travels, published in conjunction with the Telfair exhibition, is now available in paperback from the University of Georgia Press. More information on Juras: http://philipjuras.com
Janice C. Simon is Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Associate Professor of Art History in the Lamar Dodd School of Art, University of Georgia. A specialist in American art with a focus on nineteenth-century landscape painting and American art periodicals, she is the author of Images of Contentment: John Frederick Kensett and the Connecticut Shore and “Impressed in Memory: John Frederick Kensett’s Italian Scene” in Classic Ground: Mid-Nineteenth Century American Painters and the Italian Encounter.
The lecture will be followed by a reception, book-signing, and a gallery tour led by Philip Juras and Janice Simon.
Winners of the 2015 Lillian Smith Book Awards will be honored Sept. 6 at the Decatur Book Festival.
The University of Georgia Libraries sponsors the awards, in partnership with the Southern Regional Council, the Georgia Center for the Book and Piedmont College, to honor the social justice activist and highly-acclaimed author of Strange Fruit and Killers of the Dream.
Looking Back, Moving Forward: The Southwest Georgia Freedom Struggle 1814-2014 by Lee Formwalt, and Strong Inside: Perry Wallace and the Collision of Race and Sports in the South by Andrew Maraniss were chosen from 42 books submitted for consideration.
The awards will be made at 2:30 p.m. at the Decatur Library.
Founder and editor of The Journal of Southwest Georgia History, Lee Formwalt has written numerous scholarly articles and essays, and Looking Back, Moving Forward on southwest Georgia history, focusing largely on the African American experience. From 1999 to 2009, he was executive director of the Organization of American Historians, the world’s largest professional association and learned society devoted to the study of United States history. In 2009, he returned to Albany, GA, to become executive director of the Albany Civil Rights Institute. In his two years there, he created a monthly lecture series, more than doubled institute admissions, and more than tripled the number of institute members. He retired in 2011 and lives in Bloomington, Indiana, where he is currently working on a memoir. He earned bachelor and doctoral degrees in history at The Catholic University of America and his master’s degree in history at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He was professor of history at Albany (GA) State University for 22 years and served his last two years there as dean of the Graduate School. The book was published by the Albany Civil Rights Institute.
Strong Inside: Perry Wallace and the Collision of Race and Sports in the South by Maraniss is a New York Times bestseller in both the sports and civil rights categories. A partner at McNeely Pigott & Fox Public Relations in Nashville, Maraniss studied history at Vanderbilt University as a recipient of the Fred Russell – Grantland Rice sportswriting scholarship, earning the school’s Alexander Award for excellence in journalism. He then worked for five years in Vanderbilt’s athletic department as the associate director of media relations. In 1998, he served as the media relations manager for the Tampa Bay (Devil) Rays during the team’s inaugural season, and then returned to Nashville to join MP&F. Maraniss is past president of the Nashville chapter of Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) and is an advisory board member of the Albert Pujols Family Foundation. He first wrote about Perry Wallace for a Black History course at Vanderbilt. Vanderbilt University Press published the book.
UGA’s Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library holds Smith’s personal papers, letters and manuscripts. She was an inaugural member of the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame, based at the Hargrett Library. Piedmont College is home to the Lillian E. Smith Center, which serves as an educational center and an artist retreat. The center is located on the property where Smith lived and worked in Clayton, Georgia. The Southern Regional Council was founded in 1919 to combat racial injustice in the South. SRC initiated the Lillian Smith Book Awards shortly after Smith’s death in 1966 to recognize authors whose writing extends the legacy of the outspoken writer, educator and social critic who challenged her fellow Southerners and all Americans on issues of social and racial justice. The Georgia Center for the Book’s mission is the support of libraries, literary programs and literature, particularly Georgia’s rich literary heritage.