The Russell Building University of Georgia Special Collections Libraries, home to the Brown Media Archives, the Hargrett Library, and the Russell Library are delighted to welcome fans to Athfest 2013. To celebrate, there will be special free guided tours of the exhibit galleries at 2 p.m. on Thursday, June 20th, Friday, June 21st, and Saturday, June 22nd. The exhibit galleries and library research areas are also open Monday-Friday, 8-5 p.m. and Saturday, 1-5 p.m. for visitors to tour and explore on their own. The tours will depart from the rotunda on the 2nd floor of the building. The Russell Building Special Collections Libraries is located at 300 South Hull Street in Athens. For directions and more information, please visit www.libs.uga.edu/scl or call 706-542-5788.
Marguerite Thomas Hodgson, the daughter of Ralph Reginald Hodgson and Isabella Thomas, graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in English, was a member of Chi Omega sorority, and served as their advisor/treasurer for many years. The Hodgsons operated several businesses in Athens, originally beginning in 1842 as Hodgson Brothers carriage makers. They also owned the property on which the Varsity and Dairy Queen are currently located, and some of their family homes in Athens later became sorority or fraternity houses. The collection consists of biographical information, genealogy, correspondence, writings, financial papers, photographs, printed material, scrapbooks, artwork, and artifacts. In addition to the Hodgson family, Marguerite Hodgson did genealogy research on other branches of her family, including the White family of White Hall, Thomas family, Richards family, and Morton family. Of special interest is the correspondence of Isabella Thomas concerning her trip to Europe in 1910.
William Buchanan Conway (1845-1920), son of Battaile Fitzhugh Taliaferro and Cornelia Buchanan Conway, was born on Ellerslie plantation in Madison County, Virginia. In 1870 he married Julia Ellen Thomas (1848-1916), and after her death married Lee DuBose Armstrong (1858-1919). He served in Company C, 4th Virginia Cavalry. After the war he studied medicine and graduated from Washington University (Baltimore, Md.) in 1869. He was a surgeon for Virginia Agricultural and Mechanical College for fifteen years and in 1891, moved to Athens and practiced medicine. The collection consists of biographical information, financial papers, scrapbooks/school books, medical notebooks, printed material, and photographs. Conway’s typed autobiography describes his life as a child on the plantation, his Civil War experiences, and his medical career. He also wrote a notebook about early medicine and remedies. The school notebook of Mamie Conway (Dr. Conway’s daughter) was begun while she was a student at the Lucy Cobb Institute and later turned into a scrapbook of clippings and mementos. Photographs include the wedding of Mamie Conway and William C. Mizelle/Mizell in 1904.
The Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library is open for research Monday through Friday from 8am to 5pm and Saturday from 1pm to 5pm, with the exception of University holidays. For more information, please visit http://www.libs.uga.edu/scl or call (706) 542-7123.
Traditional ballads and fiddle tunes will be heard at the Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries June 15 to celebrate the recently released “Mary Lomax Ballad Book – America’s Great 21st Century Ballad Singer” by Art Rosenbaum.
With ballads and songs they learned from their father who sang for his family, traditional ballad singers Mary Lomax and Bonnie Loggins will perform a set of songs at 3 p.m. in the auditorium. Also performing will be Bonnie’s son, Casey, and nonagenarian fiddler Roy Tench, who grew up as a neighbor to the sisters.
Lemuel Payne had a large repertoire of traditional songs that had been passed down orally through generations; he sang unaccompanied for his family in the evenings on his farm in the Mud Creek section of Habersham County. His songs, including centuries-old British ballads, murder ballads, comic ditties, mountain lyrics, and pioneer-days hymns, have been remembered and performed by his daughters, Lomax and Loggins, who did not begin performing the songs in public until they were in their 80s.
Published by Loomis House Press and CAMSCO Music, the book documents 59 songs, ballads, and fiddle tunes, and includes two CDs with performances. The book chronicles the life of Mary Lomax and the songs she and Loggins learned while growing up in the north Georgia mountains. One commentator called it “the last great ballad collection.” The CDs feature performances by the sisters along with Casey Loggins, Pashie Towery, and Tench.
After the performance there will be a reception and an opportunity to purchase “The Mary Lomax Ballad Book” and have it signed by Rosenbaum and the performers. The program is open free to the public.
Rosenbaum is a familiar presence in the Special Collections Libraries. The retired art professor is a painter, muralist, and illustrator, as well as a collector and performer of traditional American folk music. He researched and created a mural depicting post-1900 Georgia political history for the Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies gallery.
His folk music field work in the South and Midwest has resulted in over 14 documentary recordings, several of which are on Smithsonian-Folkways; he wrote and illustrated two books, Folk Visions and Voices: Traditional Music and Song in North Georgia (1983), and Shout Because You’re Free: The African American Ring Shout Tradition on the Coast of Georgia (1998), both published by the University of Georgia Press.
In 2008, Rosenbaum received the Grammy Award for Best Historical Album for “Art Of Field Recording Volume I: Fifty Years Of Traditional American Music Documented By Art Rosenbaum.”
He has donated his field recordings to the Walter J. Brown Media Archives and Peabody Awards Collection.
Visitors to the UGA Special Collections Libraries should be aware of potential traffic delays if traveling on Hull Street, Lumpkin Street or Baxter Street to reach the Russell Special Collections Library Building.
Hull Street is closed from Baxter Street and Waddell Street from June 10 through June 14. Patrons accessing the Hull Street Deck to park should access Hull Street from the north via Waddell Street and let the construction attendant know that they need to park in the deck.
Below is the original construction alert issued by UGA.
UGA Construction advisory: Lumpkin and Baxter Streets lane and road closures (Ongoing)
When: May 13, 2013 - June 13, 2013
Details: Lanes of Lumpkin and Baxter Streets adjacent to the Bolton Dining Commons construction site will be closed to traffic at various times during the period May 13 through June 13. Through traffic will be slowed, but will be maintained except for the following planned road closures: The block of Lumpkin Street adjacent to the Bolton site will be closed to all traffic on Sunday, June 2 through 5 a.m. Monday, June 3. The block of Baxter Street adjacent to the Bolton site will be closed to all traffic on Sunday, June 9 through 5 a.m. Monday, June 10. During these closures, motorists must find an alternate route.
This summer, the Peabody Awards Archive will host a Friday brown bag screening series. All screenings will be from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. in Room 268 of the Russell Special Collections Building. Bring your lunch and enjoy the fun.
Just as the Peabody Awards have one criterion (Excellence), so too does the screening series: Things the Peabody Awards Collection Archivist wants to watch.
Each month will be organized loosely around a theme. The theme for June is “Scary Stuff.”
June 7: “Immortal” – This is the premiere episode of a vampire/werewolf drama from the Philippines’ GMA Network from 2010. “Two individuals, Mateo and Lia, find themselves drawn to each other, unsuspecting that as they grow closer together, they are awakening the powers that are lying dormant in both of them – the same powers that will inevitably tear them apart.”
June 14: “A Night at the Movies: The Horrors Of Stephen King” – This 2011 special from TCM is a fun and insightful look into what makes a good horror movie, what makes viewers want to watch horror, and how the genre and movie making has changed over the years.”
June 21: “Deep Ocean” – From the 2007 Peabody Award-winning series “Planet Earth,” this episode scans the ocean’s vast surface and trolls its depths, revealing daytime hunters and night feeders…
June 28: “Under Our Skin: A Health Care Nightmare” – A gripping tale of microbes, medicine and money, “Under Our Skin” exposes the hidden story of Lyme disease, one of the most controversial and fastest growing epidemics of our time.
Bring your lunch and join us next Friday!
Free and open to all.
Editor Charlotte Marshall, Milton Leathers, Gary Doster and University Archivist Emeritus Steven Brown will shed light on the forthcoming book “The Tangible Past of Athens, Georgia,” which examines Athens’ architectural history. Wednesday, June 12, 12:30, Special Collections Libraries Building Auditorium. For more information contact email@example.com
The Memorial Day weekend hours for the Main and Science Libraries are as follows:
Saturday, May 25 – 10:00 am to 6:00pm
Sunday, May 26 – 1:00pm to 6:00pm
Monday, May 27 – Libraries are closed in observance of Memorial Day
Normal Maymester hours resume on Tuesday, May 28.
The Special Collections Libraries building is fully operational this morning. Retrieval of materials has resumed.
The Curriculum Materials Library will be closed this Sunday, May 26th.
The History of the Book of Books: Dictionaries Old and Rare is an exhibition of selections from the Rare Books collection of the Hargrett Rare Book & Manuscript Library. On display in the rotunda of the Special Collections Libraries building, the dictionaries provide cultural as well as linguistic insights and reveal the English language as it was in 1584 when Thomas Cooper’s Latin-English dictionary was published and as it was in the United States in 1828 when Noah Webster’s American Dictionary of the English Language first appeared.
The exhibition is in conjunction with the meeting on campus of the Dictionary Society of North America and was curated by Fredric Dolezal of the Department of English at UGA with assistance from Anne Myers Devine and Mary Linneman of Hargrett.