West Georgia Historic Newspapers Archive now available

October 8, 2015 – 2:47 PM - Amy Watts

The Digital Library of Georgia is pleased to announce the availability of a new online resource: The West Georgia Historic Newspapers Archive.


 The West Georgia Historic Newspapers Archive provides online access to six newspaper titles published in five west Georgia cities (Butler, Carrollton, Dallas, Douglasville, LaGrange) from 1843 to 1942. Consisting of over 37,000 newspaper pages, the archive provides historical images that are both full-text searchable and can be browsed by date. The site is compatible with all current browsers and the newspaper page images can be viewed without the use of plug-ins or additional software downloads. 

The archive includes the following west Georgia newspaper titles: Butler Herald (1876-1942), Carroll Free Press (Carrollton) (1883-1922), Douglas County Sentinel  (Douglasville) (1917-1922), LaGrange Herald (1843-1844), LaGrange Reporter (1857-1914), Paulding/Dallas New Era (1883-1908). The Digital Library of Georgia will add additional titles from the region over time. 

The West Georgia 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. 

Other newspaper archives available through the Digital Library of Georgia include the Atlanta Historic Newspapers Archive (1847-1922), the Macon Telegraph Archive (1826-1908), the Savannah Historic Newspapers Archive (1809-1880), the Athens Historic Newspapers Archive (1827-1928), the South Georgia Historic Newspapers Archive (1845-1922), the North Georgia Historic Newspapers Archive (1850-1922), the Columbus Enquirer Archive (1828-1890), the Milledgeville Historic Newspapers Archive (1808-1920), the Southern  Israelite Archive (1929-1986), the Red and Black Archive (1893-2006), and the Mercer Cluster Archive (1920-1970). These archives can be accessed at http://dlg.galileo.usg.edu/MediaTypes/Newspapers.html

Book and Bake Sale 10/6, Main Library

October 5, 2015 – 3:42 PM - Amy Watts

Today is the fall Library Staff Association Book and Bake Sale in the Main Library lobby, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Come dig through donated media and/or buy a treat! The sale funds LSA activities throughout the year (such as staff recognition and benevolence) and a local charity. This year we are supporting the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia.

Cash only!

Libraries closed on Saturday, October 3

October 2, 2015 – 2:36 PM - maryp

The Main and Science Libraries will close on Saturday, October 3, for the home football game – Alabama @ Georgia. The libraries will resume regular semester hours on Sunday, October 4.

Banned Books Week: Celebrating the Freedom to Read, Sept. 27 – Oct. 3

September 28, 2015 – 12:41 PM - Amy Watts

From the American Library Association:

BBW15_518x800By focusing on efforts across the country to remove or restrict access to books, Banned Books Week draws national attention to the harms of censorship. The books featured during Banned Books Week have all been targeted with removal or restrictions in libraries and schools. While books have been and continue to be nbanned, part of the Banned Books Week celebration is the fact that, in a majority of cases, the books have remained available. This happens only thanks to the efforts of librarians, teachers, students, and commuity members who stand up and speak out for the freedom to read.Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community – librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types – in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.

Here at the UGA Libraries, we’re bringing attention to Banned Books Week with two displays, one at the Main Library and one at the Curriculum Materials Library.

At the Main Library, we have a selection of books that have been banned or challenged in the United States or banned in foreign countries. It’s a mix of fiction and non-fiction, adult books and a handful of kid’s books. Each book has a tag on the outside that tells you what the book is about, whether it’s fiction or non-fiction, whether it was banned or challenged, and the details of the challenge/ban (Where, When, Why). You’ll find out what the book is after you check it out and unwrap it. The display went up Friday, September 25 and will be up until Monday, October 5, or when the books run out, whichever comes first.

At the Curriculum Materials Library, student worker Stephanie Duque (Senior, Geography, Roswell, GA) has assembled a display of children’s and young adult books that are frequently challenged. Some of the titles include: Bridge to Terabithia, The Chocolate War, Bone, Thirteen R3asons Why, Twilight series. It’s Perfectly Normal. ttyl series, and the Hunger Games series. All books in the CML display are also available for checkout. (And don’t forget, with our new delivery service, you can request books from the CML to be delivered to the Main or Science library buildings, although then you’d miss seeing this little gem of a library on the 2nd floor of the Aderhold building.)

For more information about Banned Books Week, including lists of Frequently Challenged Books, please consult the ALA Banned & Challenged Books site.

Event: Memories of the Mansion

September 21, 2015 – 4:11 PM - Jean Cleveland

Georgia’s First Lady Sandra Deal will share behind-the-scenes stories about the Governor’s Mansion and the eight families who have lived there Oct. 28 at 10 a.m. at the Russell Special Collections Libraries.

Deal is co-author with two Kennesaw State University history professors, of the book. The Georgia Governor’s Mansion opened in 1968 and includes a distinguished collection of American art and antiques. It is published by the University of Georgia Press and contains anecdotes and photos from the collections of former first families of Georgia.

A reception and book signing will follow.

Latin Americans: The 500-Year Legacy

September 21, 2015 – 3:26 PM - Jean Cleveland

Latin Americans: The 500-Year Legacy That Shaped a Nation by Ray Suarez is the featured book in November for The Rest of the Story bookclub. The discussion will begin at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 17 at the Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries and will be led by Latin American specialist Laura D. Shedenhelm, bibliographer for Latin America, Spain & Portugal, University of Georgia Libraries.

This program is part of a series of events funded by a grant to the UGA Latin American and Caribbean Studies Institute (LACSI) and the University Libraries for programming about “Latino Americans: 500 Years of History.” The grant is from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the American Library Association (ALA).

As one of 203 grant recipients selected from across the country, the University of Georgia (UGA) will receive a cash grant of $10,000 to hold public programming — such as public film screenings, discussion groups, oral history initiatives, local history exhibitions, multi-media projects or performances — about Latino history and culture.

Programs will continue through Spring 2016


Lectures, plant walk to conclude Bartram events

September 21, 2015 – 3:13 PM - Jean Cleveland

The concluding events for the “Set Off for Georgia…,” celebration of the 250th anniversary of John and William Bartram’s natural history expedition in Georgia will be held Oct. 10, beginning at 1 p.m. at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia when Joel T. Fry, curator at Bartram’s Garden, the home of John and William Bartram since 1992, gives an armchair exploration of the Bartram’s Garden and reconstructs how John and William’s discoveries from the Southeast were incorporated into this renowned Philadelphia garden. A reception will follow.

At 3 p.m., horticulturalist Linda Chafin will lead a garden tour  highlighting plants discovered by the Bartrams now featured in the Garden’s collection. Bartram plants also will be available for purchase during the annual Fall Plant Sale.

At 7 p.m., participants will reconvene at the Russell Special Collections Libraries to hear Andrea Wulf, author of The Brother Gardeners, which won the American Horticultural Society 2010 Book Award. She will talk about the botanical passions, obsessions, friendships and squabbles that knitted together the lives of six men that changed the world of gardening and botany – including John Bartram, the cantankerous Swedish botanist Carl Linnaeus, and Joseph Banks who joined Captain Cook’s Endeavour on the greatest voyage of discovery of modern times. Friends, rivals, enemies, their correspondence, collaborations, and squabbles make for a riveting human drama set against the backdrop of the emerging British empire and America’s magnificent forests. As botany and horticulture became a science, the garden became the Eden for everyman.

A reception, book-signing, and gallery tour will follow the lecture.


Latino Americans: Peril and Promise (1980-2000)

September 21, 2015 – 2:49 PM - Jean Cleveland

Episode 6 of the Peabody Award-winning series Latino Americans will be shown at the Athens-Clarke County Library, 2025 Baxter St., Oct. 15 beginning at 6 p.m. This episode addresses the recent, rapid growth of the Latino population in the southeastern United States and discusses some of the greatest challenges facing the community, including education access and policy-making. The discussion will be led by Edward Delgado-Romero, professor of counseling psychology.

The event is sponsored by the University of Georgia Latin American and Caribbean Studies Institute (LACSI) and the UGA Libraries, who received a competitive Latino Americans: 500 Years of History grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the American Library Association (ALA).

As one of 203 grant recipients selected from across the country, UGA will receive a cash grant of $10,000 to hold public programming — such as public film screenings, discussion groups, oral history initiatives, local history exhibitions, multi-media projects or performances — about Latino history and culture.

Programs will continue through Spring 2016.

Materials for Victory: Maps and Government Documents from WWII

September 21, 2015 – 12:10 PM - Jean Cleveland

During World War II, the U.S. Government Printing Office faced and met unprecedented demands for its services, as printing was vital to the war effort. Many of the items GPO printed in wartime were distributed to Federal Depository Libraries. After the war, surplus and captured maps were distributed to academic institutions throughout the country, including the University of Georgia.Seventy years after the end of World War II, these maps and documents remain the core of the UGA Map and Government Information Library’s collections.

Visit the Map and Government Information Library (MAGIL) for an exhibit and discussion of these fascinating materials to learn about the role maps and government documents played in this extraordinary time Oct. 7 from 5-8 p.m. 

MAGIL is located in the subbasement of the Main Library.

“Hello Freddy! A Tribute to Tony Award-winning Designer, Freddy Wittop”

September 21, 2015 – 10:05 AM - Jean Cleveland

Freddy Wittop, the costume designer  “… who dressed hordes of Broadway actors, Latin Quarter nightclub dancers and Parisian showgirls…,” is celebrated in a new exhibit featuring two galleries of his artwork.

“Not one for easy compliments, David Merrick, the producer of ”Hello, Dolly!,” wired Mr. Wittop on opening night, saying, ”Freddy, you are the greatest costume designer in the world,'” according to the New York Times in its obituary.

The red-sequined gown with flamboyant headdress, worn during the title number of Hello Dolly!, welcomes visitors to the Hargrett Gallery of the Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries to see Wittop’s original designs, playbills, and notebook with sketches and swatches. The exhibit is up through Dec. 23.

Hello Dolly! swept the Tony Awards in 1964 winning awards in 10 categories, including Freddy Wittop for best costume designer.

“After winning the Tony for ”Hello, Dolly!,” Mr. Wittop was nominated five additional times for best costume design for ”The Roar of the Greasepaint — the Smell of the Crowd,” with Anthony Newley; ”I Do! I Do!,” with Mary Martin and Robert Preston; ”The Happy Time,” with Robert Goulet; ”A Patriot for Me”; and ”Lovely Ladies, Kind Gentlemen,” the New York Times said.

After formally retiring in 1986, Mr. Wittop joined the school of drama at the University of Georgia as an adjunct professor.

The exhibit also features his successful 8-year career as a Spanish dancer, including costumes he designed for the troupe.

In 2001, Wittop died at the age of 89 in Atlantis, Florida. He had just been chosen as the 2001 recipient of the Theatre Development Fund’s Irene Sharaff Award for “lifetime achievement in theatrical costume design.”