Opening event for “Set Off for Georgia…”

July 27, 2015 – 1:53 PM - Jean Cleveland

A series of presentations at the University of Georgia will mark the 250th anniversary of the natural history expedition of John and William Bartram in Colonial Georgia.

Based on John Bartram’s journal account of their travels, this celebration marks their sojourn in Georgia between Sept. 3 and Oct. 8, 1765.

“John Bartram’s journal of his time in Georgia reveals a man interested in far more than botany,” said Dorinda Dallmeyer, who is leading the UGA observance. “His descriptions run the gamut from weather and mosquitoes to life in the backwoods and in Savannah. Fossils and millstones are as noteworthy as the settlers’ struggle to cultivate silk and herd their free-range cattle.”

John Bartram was a third-generation Pennsylvania Quaker with a curiosity and reverence for nature as well as a passion for scientific inquiry. In 1765, Bartram was appointed the “Royal Botanist” by King George III and, with his son William, set out for South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida on a collecting trip that would last two years.

A companion exhibit at the UGA Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries features original manuscripts, engravings, and maps from the Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library as well as specimens from the Georgia Natural History Museum.  The exhibit will be on display through Dec. 23.

All events are free and open to the public. A complete schedule can be found at: Unless otherwise noted, all events take place at the special collections building, which is open free to the public Monday – Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 1-5 p.m. Saturdays.

Opening the observance August 22 at 7 p.m. will be actor and playwright J.D. Sutton who brings William Bartram to life, sharing tales of his adventures and his awe-struck wonder of the mountains, cascading streams and remarkable beauty of the southern states.

“Traveling from the wilderness of Florida to the mountains of North Carolina and the banks of the Mississippi, Bartram took extensive notes of what he saw and the people he encountered, leaving us a remarkable time-capsule of our country’s early frontier,” Sutton said.

The audience will have an opportunity to ask “Mr. Bartram” questions as part of the performance, which begins at 7 p.m. at the Russell Special Collections Building.  A reception and gallery tour will follow.


This theatrical performance illuminates Bartram’s encounters with Indians, his vivid descriptions of plants and animals, and the wonders of nature he experienced.

The presentation will be followed by a reception and gallery tour led by Mary Ellen Brooks, curator emerita of the Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library.

Bartram conference to reflect on 250th anniversary of expedition

July 9, 2015 – 4:12 PM - Jean Cleveland



In 1765, John Bartram was appointed the “Royal Botanist” by King George III and, with his son William, set out for South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida on a collecting trip that would last two years.

Based on John Bartram’s journal account of their travels, this celebration, which begins Aug. 22,  marks their sojourn in Georgia between September 3 and October 8, 1765. A gallery exhibit at the UGA Special Collections Library features original manuscripts, engravings, and maps from the Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library as well as specimens from the Georgia Natural History Museum. A series of six lectures will further explore the natural and cultural history the Bartrams saw in colonial Georgia. All events are free and open to the public.

A full schedule is here:

This 250th anniversary observance is sponsored by the Bartram Trail Conference, the UGA Special Collections Library, the Georgia Natural History Museum, the State Botanical Garden of Georgia, the UGA College of Environment and Design, and the Willson Center for Humanities and Arts.

Unless otherwise indicated, all events will be held at the Special Collections Library, Richard B. Russell Building, 300 South Hull Street, on the University of Georgia Campus. Parking is available at the Hull Street parking deck immediately adjacent to the Library.



Digital Library of Georgia expands Savannah Historic Newspapers Archive

July 7, 2015 – 9:05 AM - Jean Cleveland

The electronic archive of Savannah’s historic newspapers has recently been expanded through the Digital Library of Georgia, based at the University of Georgia Libraries.

The Savannah Historic Newspapers Archive provides online access to 17 newspaper titles published in Savannah from 1809 to 1880. Consisting of more than 103,000 newspaper pages, the archive provides historical images that are both full-text searchable and can be browsed by date. Additionally, the site is compatible with all current browsers without the use of plug-ins or software downloads.

The archive now includes the following Savannah newspaper titles: Daily Morning News (1850-1864), Daily News and Herald (1866-1868) and Savannah Daily Herald (1865-1866), in addition to the titles previously included in the archive: Daily Georgian (1835-1847), Daily Republican (1839-1840), Daily Savannah Republican (1829-1839), Georgian (1819-1823, 1829-1835), Republican and Savannah Evening Ledger (1809-1816), Savannah Daily Georgian (1853-1856), Savannah Daily Morning News (1868), Savannah Daily Republican (1818-1824, 1840-1852, 1855-1858, 1866-1867), Savannah Georgian (1825-1829, 1847-1849), Savannah Georgian and Journal (1856), Savannah Morning News (1868-1880), Savannah National Republican (1865), Savannah Republican (1816-1818, 1824-1828, 1853-1855, 1858-1865) and Weekly Georgian (1839-1841). The archive is available at

The Savannah 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 Athens Historic Newspapers Archive (1827-1928), the South Georgia Historic Newspapers Archive (1845-1922), the Columbus Enquirer Archive (1828-1890), the North Georgia Historic Newspapers Archive (1850-1922), 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

Main and Science Libraries – Holiday Hours

June 30, 2015 – 10:35 AM - maryp

The Main and Science Libraries will be closed on Friday, July 3, and Saturday, July 4, in observance of the Independence Day holiday.

CML Closed Sunday

June 30, 2015 – 10:25 AM - cbuss

The Curriculum Materials Library will be closed July 3 – July 5, with regular hours resuming July 6th. The CML is regularly open M-Th 8:00-8:00, Fridays 8:00-5:00 and Sundays 1:00-5:00 when classes are in session.

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The Curriculum Materials Library is open again

June 18, 2015 – 8:53 AM - cbuss

The CML in 207 Aderhold is back in business. We have new carpeting, new lights, fresh paint and a completely new, and much better, arrangement. We still have public computers, study space, a copier/scanner & printer, professional research help and, of course, thousands of children’s & young adult books and assorted media. The CML is open to everyone Mon-Thur 8:00-8:00; Fridays 8:00-5:00 and Sundays 1:00-5:00. Come visit!

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Screening, Music Voyager in Athens!

June 15, 2015 – 4:33 PM - Richard B. Russell Library

Music Voyager is a travel series that uses music as the key to unlock the arts, food, and music scenes of cities around the world. Last November, the Music Voyager team visited Georgia, filming in Macon, Athens, and Atlanta. This Friday, June 19th, Georgia Public Broadcasting will broadcast the Athens/Macon episode at 7:30 p.m.

Please join us at the Rialto Room of Hotel Indigo beginning at 7:00 p.m. for a free screening of this heaping helping of local culture. Athenians and Athens scenes featured in this episode include Kishi Bashi, the Whigs, the 40 Watt Club, Art Rosenbaum, Michael Lachowski, the Art Rocks Athens exhibit at the UGA Special Collections Library, and chef Peter Dale of the National.

For more information, Mary Miller, or 706-542-4789

Help us to organize our new web site!

June 11, 2015 – 10:36 AM - Deborah Stanley, Web Editor

We are working on a new UGA Libraries web site.

Help us to organize our content, by taking the card sort survey. It’s a fun drag-and-drop puzzle and only takes a few minutes.

Thank you for helping us to make a better web site!

Questions? Comments? Email Deborah Stanley:

UPDATE: The survey is now closed. Thanks to everyone who participated!

First Person Project Day Scheduled for June 19th

June 5, 2015 – 9:52 AM - Richard B. Russell Library

1st person projectfsg_june19Join the Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies for the First Person Project, an oral history series documenting the experiences of everyday Georgians, on Friday, June 19, 2015 in the Richard B. Russell Building for Special Collections Libraries.

Six sets of partners will be accepted for this First Person Project session, scheduled for Friday, June 19th between 9:00am and 4:00pm. Each audio recording session takes one hour to complete. Photographs of interview pairs will also be taken for each session. The Russell Library will archive the interviews to add to its documentation of life in post 20th century Georgia and will provide participants with a free digital download of the recording and photographs. A $10 donation is suggested for each participant pair.

If you have a friend or family member with a story to tell, become a part of the First Person Project. Reservations are on a first come, first serve basis and can be made by calling 706-542-5782 or emailing

More About the First Person Project
Modeled roughly on StoryCorps, a national initiative partnered with National Public Radio and the Library of Congress, the First Person Project is smaller in scale but similar in concept, providing tools to would-be oral history interviewers and interviewees, including tips on how to create questions and conduct interviews. The project was inspired by the belief that everyone is an eyewitness to history, and that everyone, sometimes with a little encouragement, has a story to tell.

To learn more about the Richard B. Russell Library, visit:

Faculty: help us with our library web site redesign!

June 1, 2015 – 4:20 PM - Deborah Stanley, Web Editor

The library is redesigning its web site, and we want to hear from our faculty on what you want from the new site!

We are holding two focus groups, one on Tuesday, June 16th at 10:30, and the other on Wednesday, June 17th at 2:30, where we will ask a group of about half a dozen faculty members to join us for a conversation on what you do and don’t like about the current site, and how the new site can support your research and teaching.

Each focus group should take no more than an hour, and we will ply you with food and beverages to show our appreciation!

If you would like to take part, please email the UGA Libraries’ Web Editor, Deborah Stanley, at

Thank you!