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.
Due to a software upgrade, the Montgomery and Russell Reading Rooms at the UGA Special Collections Libraries will be closing at 3:45 on Thursday, May 23. They will be open at 8AM on Friday, May 24.
For more information on the UGA Special Collections Libraries, please visit www.libs.uga.edu/scl
The Hargrett Library is pleased to announce several newly accessioned collections that document the Civil War:
Charles Burdge La Hatt (1839-1908) was born in Muscogee County, Georgia, son of Charles Henry La Hatt (1796-1872) and Elizabeth Windham (1824-1906). He was a teacher and Methodist minister, served in Terrell Light Artillery, and married Annie Engram (1844-1901) of Eufaula, Alabama. They later lived in Gainesville, Georgia, where he founded Methodist College of Georgia. The collection consists of correspondence, writings and printed material and the majority of the letters are between Charles La Hatt and his fiancée Annie from 1861 to 1865 in which he gives detailed descriptions of the camps around Savannah, Georgia – Camp Ashby, Camp Boyle, Camp Jackson, and Camp Ogeechee. Although he was not involved in any battles, he describes some that occurred nearby at Fort McAllister (1863 January 26 and 1863 February 14), Fort Sumter (1863 April 14), and the “Nashville” explosion (1863 March 1).
Camden Evans (1838?-1864) enlisted in the 45th Alabama Volunteers, Company C in 1862. He married Susan Emma Laney in 1861, daughter of Robert P. Laney of Russell County, Alabama, and died of a wound received on July 20, 1864 near Atlanta, Georgia. The collection consists of letters Evans wrote to his wife and her father in Columbus, Georgia, from 1862 to 1864, which he wrote from numerous camps including Tupelo, Mississippi, Murfreesboro, Tennessee, and Ringgold and Dalton, Georgia. In his letters he complained about how badly privates were treated and the lack of food and clothing. He asked Mr. Laney to bring him a boy to wash his clothes and forage for food, and he constantly tried to arrange for a furlough or a substitute. He also gave his opinions of Generals Grant, Johnson, Bragg and Hardee, and mentioned some details of battles.
John R. Sturges (1827-1862) served in Co. A, 3rd Georgia Regiment, “Burke Guards” and was killed at the battle of Malvern Hill, Virginia, on July 1, 1862. His brother William U. Sturges (1816-1884) was a businessman in Waynesboro, Burke County, Georgia, and was married to Georgia Anna Ward (1826-1905). The collection consists of letters written by William Sturges to his brother John beginning in 1844 while John was in college in Princeton, New Jersey and later studying law at Yale. The letters describe the social events and family life in Waynesboro with some mention of politics. After returning to Georgia, John was county surveyor for Burke County in 1852 and several letters addressed to him request his services. William’s letters to John continued while John’s regiment was in Portsmouth, Virginia in August 1861 and Roanoke Island, North Carolina, in December 1861, and contained local news of Georgia.
Samuel Mosely was a Confederate private who served with the 58th Georgia Militia Regiment beginning in 1861. The collection consists of eleven letters written by Mosely between 1853 and 1861, addressed to various family members, but primarily to his wife, Olympia C. Mosely, and his mother. Mosely’s letters to his wife date from 1861, sent from Tennessee, and reported on his health, his travels and duties with the infantry, camp life, and discussed other relatives and mutual acquaintances. Mosely’s letters to his mother and siblings date from the 1850s and discuss family members, health, crops, and his life in Arkansas after moving from Georgia.
A number of collections documenting the Civil War have been digitized and are available online as part of America’s Turning Point: Documenting the Civil War Experience in Georgia through the Digital Library of Georgia.
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 and home football games. For more information, please visit http://www.libs.uga.edu/scl or call (706) 542-7123.
Unfortunately, the equipment malfunction preventing delivery of materials from the special collections vault will likely not be repaired until Wednesday at the earliest. Vault pulls are being done only on a limited basis. We apologize for any inconvenience!
The Russell Library for Political Research and Studies at the University of Georgia will look back at 1973, a pivotal year in modern American history with the new exhibition, “Now and Then: 1973,” on display in the Harrison Feature Gallery of the Russell Library gallery through Dec. 15.
The goal of the exhibition is to revisit, reflect and inform on past events for a better understanding of the present day, according to Jan Levinson, an outreach archivist at the Russell Library.
The exhibition explores the interactions of the legislative, executive and judicial branches of government and how the decisions made by each branch conflicted with one another, and with public opinion, in choosing a path for the U.S.
1973 was the year of the Roe v. Wade decision and the return of POWs from the war in Vietnam. It was the year President Richard Nixon proclaimed he was not a crook, even as the Watergate scandal unfolded on national television. It was the year of the Yom Kippur War, the Arab oil embargo, the launch of Skylab and passage of the Endangered Species Act.
“We originally considered an exhibit focused exclusively on the anniversary of the Watergate scandal,” said Levinson. “But after some preliminary research found that there were so many big events happening in 1973 that touched on our key collecting areas, we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to take a look a multiple events.”
Both Levinson, who curated the exhibit, and Jill Severn, the Russell Library’s head of access and outreach, saw that the events of 1973 shared connections with current events and issues that Americans are struggling with today. “In creating the text and selecting objects from our collections, we tried to highlight the connections between past and present, as well as to prompt visitors to consider the interactions of various branches of government in dealing with public issues,” said Levinson.
The Russell outreach team will spend this summer planning a slate of public programs scheduled for the fall that will complement the key themes and topics of the exhibit. In the coming weeks they hope to launch an appeal to the public, soliciting photographs from 1973 for display in the gallery and on the Russell Library blog (www.rbrl.blogspot.com).
Due to an equipment malfunction, pulls from the vault at the Special Collections Libraries are being done only on a limited basis. It is hoped the problem will be fixed by mid-afternoon Tuesday.
There will be no parking available in the Libraries’ parking lot all day Saturday (5/18) and most of the day Sunday (5/19). The North Deck will be open.
The Hot Country : a Christopher Marlowe Cobb thriller by Robert Olen Butler
PS3552.U8278 H68 2012
Christopher Marlowe Cobb, the swashbuckling early 20th century American newspaper war correspondent, travels to Mexico in April and May of 1914, during that country’s civil war, the American invasion of Vera Cruz and the controversial presidency of Victoriano Huerta, El Chacal (The Jackal). Covering the war in enemy territory and sweltering heat, Cobb falls in love with Luisa, a young Mexican laundress, who is not as innocent as she seems. The intrepid war reporter soon witnesses a priest being shot. The bullet rebounds on the cross the holy man wears around his neck and leaves him unharmed. Cobb employs a young pickpocket to help him find out the identity of the sniper and, more importantly, why important German officials are coming into the city in the middle of the night from ammunition ships docked in the port.
The Fun Parts by Sam Lipsyte
PS3562.I648 F86 2013
Sam Lipsyte, author of the New York Times bestseller The Ask, offers up The Fun Parts, a book of bold, hilarious, and deeply felt fiction. A boy eats his way to self-discovery while another must battle the reality-brandishing monster preying on his fantasy realm. Meanwhile, an aerobics instructor, the daughter of a Holocaust survivor, makes the most shocking leap imaginable to save her soul. Other tales feature a grizzled and possibly deranged male birth doula, a doomsday hustler about to face the multi-universal truth of “the real-ass jumbo,” and a tawdry glimpse of the northern New Jersey high school shot-putting circuit, circa 1986.
The campus-wide Bulldog Bucks outage is still in effect Monday, May 13. This means the Libraries and the MLC cannot accept Bulldog Bucks or VTS (visitor) cards for printing or copying.
- Printing may only be done using a credit or debit card on the WEPA kiosks.
- No photocopying is available. As an alternative, we have free public scanners at both the Main and Science libraries.
Bulldog Bucks hopes to have the problem resolved by the end of the day.