The annual exhibit from the Civil War collections in the Hargrett Library this year will focus on the day-to-day lives of women and children, including enslaved women, who were trying to survive without the help of their husbands and sons who were off to war, or in some cases, had been killed.
Among the items on exhibit:
- Very rare letters written by Aggy Mills, a slave in the Howell Cobb Sr. household
- An account book of Mary Ann Lamar Cobb, which details the business of running a household, including clothing bought or made, and the contrasts with costs after the start of the war
- Letters from Mrs. Cobb to her son away at war, reporting on activities at home, including women devoting themselves to sewing uniforms for the soldiers
- A diary of Cyrena Bailey Stone, a Union sympathizer in Atlanta, She writes of food and clothing prices, hospital visits, Union shelling and diatribes against Confederate leaders
A display of women’s clothing from the UGA College and Family and Consumer Sciences Historic Clothing and Textiles Collection is included in the exhibit.
Through March 31.
The legacy of Dan Magill, longtime UGA tennis coach, sports information director and creator of the Bulldog clubs, is commemorated in an exhibit on view in the Rotunda of the Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries Jan. 25 through March 31.
Included in the display are materials donated to the Hargrett Rare and Manuscript Library by Magill’s family, and materials loaned to the Hargrett Library by the ITA Tennis Hall of Fame Museum.
Tennis rackets, rarely seen photographs, and ephemera from a life dedicated to the service of the University of Georgia make up the exhibit.
“Working on this exhibit was inspiring,” said Curator Jason Hasty. “Coach Magill’s legacy is unlike any other. He is one of the key figures in the history of collegiate tennis, but, outside of tennis, his contributions to his beloved alma mater are immeasurable. He is truly one of the most iconic figures ever associated with the university.”
The friendship between Pauli Murray, a human rights activist, and First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt is explored in a new book by Patricia Bell-Scott, University of Georgia professor emerita of women’s studies and human development and family science. Bell-Scott will discuss her book, The Firebrand and the First Lady: Portrait of a Friendship: Pauli Murray, Eleanor Roosevelt, and the Struggle for Social Justice (published by Knopf), Feb. 4 at the Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries.
Co-sponsored by the Lucy Hargrett Draper Center and Archives and the Institute for African American Studies, the event, scheduled from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., is part of UGA’s Black History Month observance and will launch a national book tour. Prior to the Bell-Scott’s presentation, the African American Choral Ensemble will present a selection of songs under the direction of Dr. Gregory Broughton. A reception will also be held.
As founding editor of SAGE: A Scholarly Journal on Women, Bell-Scott contacted Pauli Murray to serve on its initial editorial board. A comment in Murray’s return letter – “you need to know some of the veterans of the battle whose shoulders you now stand on” – stayed with Bell-Scott, eventually leading to nearly two decades of research and writing that has produced this dual biography. “Pauli’s suggestion sounded like a call in many ways,” Bell-Scott said.
“Once I began reading the correspondence between them, I knew my job was to tell their story,” she said. “I wanted to know what drew together the granddaughter of a mulatto slave reared in North Carolina, and a native New Yorker, whose ancestry entitled her to membership in the Daughters of the American Revolution. I wanted to understand the nature of their unlikely friendship, and how it changed over time. I wondered what individual needs the relationship satisfied, how were they changed by it, and what significance did it have for the cause of social justice.”
Drawing on letters, journals, diaries, published and unpublished manuscripts, and interviews, Bell-Scott gives us the first close-up portrait of this evolving friendship and how it was sustained over time, what each gave to the other, and how their friendship changed the cause of American social justice.
Murray and Roosevelt met after a letter Murray wrote protesting racial segregation in the South made its way to the First Lady.
“I learned that their friendship began in 1938 as a confrontation in words, fueled by Murray’s desire for dramatic social change and the First Lady’s obligation to the measured approach Franklin Roosevelt’s administration took on the question of civil rights,” Bell-Scott said.
Murray was the first African American to receive a doctor of juridical science from Yale, the first black woman to be ordained as an Episcopal priest, a key strategist in the fight to preserve Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act and a co-founder of the National Organization for Women.
“I am delighted this book is coming out at this particular moment,” Bell-Scott said, citing the 50th anniversary of NOW, the 55th anniversary of President Kennedy’s Presidential Commission on the Status of Women that was chaired by Eleanor Roosevelt, and the 60th anniversary of Murray’s memoir, Proud Shoes, which many scholars consider the precursor to Alex Hailey’s Roots.
“The friendship between Pauli Murray and Eleanor Roosevelt came to be characterized by honesty, trust, empathy, mutual respect, acceptance, a commitment to hearing the other’s point of view, pleasure in each other’s company, and the ability to pick up where they left off, irrespective of the miles that had separated them or the time lapsed,” Bell-Scott said.
The 20th anniversary of the Lucy Hargrett Draper Center & Archives for the Study of the Rights of Women in History and the Law will be observed March 5 with a rededication beginning at 1 p.m. in the Gallery Hallway of the Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries.
The annual exhibit will examine the changing world of women from 1632 when the first treatise on women’s legal status and rights was published to the 19th and early 20th centuries in the U.S. and Great Britain, a period of major social transformation.
Dr. Toby Graham, university librarian and associate provost, Lucy Hargrett Draper and a student representative will make remarks. Gallery tours and a reception to follow.
The observance will continue with a series of four events co-sponsored with Women’s Studies throughout March.
Billy Weeks, a two-time winner of the Gordon Parks International Photography award, will speak on the influential photographer Tuesday, Feb. 16 at 2:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries. Weeks’ talk will focus on “the moment where the photographer past interacts with the subject present. In other words, what is it that attracts the photographer to make an image?” he said.
The talk complements an exhibit of photographs from a Life magazine 1956 photo essay on segregation in the South that will be on view in the Hargrett Library Gallery in the Russell Building Jan. 25 – March 31. “Gordon Parks Confronts the Color Line” showed life in African-American communities two years after the Brown v. Board of Education ruling of the U.S. Supreme Court.
The Hargrett exhibit is one of a series of exhibitions installed around Athens under the umbrella “Pictures of Us: Photographs from The Do Good Fund Collection,” which is part of the Global Georgia Initiative of the Willson Center for Humanities and Arts.
“Gordon Parks once said, ‘The subject matter is so much more important than the photographer,’” Weeks said. “He went on to photograph important issues related to social justice.”
“I saw Park’s work early in my journalism career and it struck a nerve. His storytelling offered so many questions that have challenged me to find answerers in my own work. I believe that Gordon Parks has challenged a generation of photographers to be visual humanitarians,” he said.
Weeks has worked as a journalist for over 30 years. His career started with the Chattanooga Times in 1984 as a staff photographer. In 1995, he became the Photo Team Leader, and in 1999 he was named Director of Photography/Graphics at The Chattanooga Times Free Press. In 2010 he became an independent documentary photographer. As a photojournalist, Weeks has covered assignments that range from the World Series to small villages in Central America. His photographs of poverty in Honduras were selected as an award of Excellence for editorial photography in the Communication Arts Photography Annual. Additionally, he has won the Gordon Parks International Photography award twice and was a finalist seven times. His photographs of baseball in the Dominican Republic and Central America were featured by CNN and Photography District News.
Weeks has served as an adjunct instructor in photojournalism at Southern Adventist University for the last 24 years and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga for three years. He has been a visiting speaker at many universities and a presenter at the Southern Short Course for photojournalism.
Gordon Parks received the National Medal of Arts in 1988 and received more than 50 honorary doctorates. Parks died in 2006.
Parks was the first Africa-American staff member for Life magazine, where he covered the Civil Rights movement for two decades. He also distinguished himself in fashion photography.
As a filmmaker, he was the first African-American to direct a major Hollywood production with the memoir of his youth “The Learning Tree,” filmed on location in Fort Scott, Kansas. Parks also directed the 1970 film, Shaft, the first of what came to be known as “blaxploitation” films.
The University of Georgia Libraries are now accepting nominations for the Lillian Smith Book Award, jointly sponsored with the Southern Regional Council, the DeKalb County Public Library/Georgia Center for the Book and Piedmont College. The deadline is March 16.
Internationally acclaimed as author of the controversial novel, Strange Fruit (1944), Lillian Smith was the most liberal and outspoken of white mid-twentieth century Southern writers on issues of social, and especially racial, injustice. When other Southern liberals such as Ralph McGill, Hodding Carter, Virginius Dabney, and Jonathan Daniels were charting a cautious course on racial change, Smith boldly and persistently called for an end to segregation. For such boldness, she was often scorned by more moderate southerners, threatened by arsonists, and denied the critical attention she deserved as a writer. Yet she continued to write and speak for improved human relations and social justice throughout her life. Smith co-edited a small literary magazine from 1936-45. Publishing and reviewing the literary work and opinions of black and white women and men, the magazine addressed a wide range of political, social, and economic issues and quickly achieved acclaim as a forum for liberal ideas in the region.
Books published in 2015 are eligible for this year’s award, which is given annually at the Decatur Book Festival Labor Day weekend. The award honors those authors who, through their writing, carry on Smith’s legacy of elucidating the condition of racial and social inequity and proposing a vision of justice and human understanding.
The Hargrett Library holds Smith’s personal papers, including personal correspondence, manuscripts, writings by and about her, files on various organizations she was interested in or involved with (many dealing with human rights), audiotapes containing interviews with and readings by Smith, speeches, financial records, photographs, and printed material. Part of the collection contains records relating to her involvement with the Laurel Falls Camp for Girls, which today is operated by Piedmont College as an educational center and artist retreat.
For more information: http://www.libs.uga.edu/hargrett/lilliansmith/index.html
The AEON Request System at the Special Collections Libraries will be upgraded Tuesday, December 15th from 8-10am.
Researchers will not be able to request materials while the upgrade is ongoing.
Materials requested ahead of time will be available to researchers.
We apologize for any inconvenience.
Aeon 3.8 Highlights
Improved User Management
Staff will be able to see the status of researchers more easily.
- Staff can mark researchers as “Away” for shorter breaks
- Users who are marked as Away can have a clock symbol on their picture
- The default user image will be used on the dashboard for Users with no image
- Signed-in Users will be grouped automatically on the default client layout
Web Page Changes
A number of changes were made to the default Aeon web pages. Some of these changes include:
- Active Activities can now be displayed on the main menu
- You can now click anywhere on a table row to open an Activity or Transaction
- Aeon now has the ability to enforce stricter password requirements for researchers
- Researchers can now download their request details as an Excel spreadsheet
*New feature that applies to us: We can now batch clone requests.
Here is the link for the official release notes for Aeon 3.8: https://prometheus.atlas-sys.com/display/aeon/Aeon+3.8+Release+Notes
The UGA Libraries Special Collections Libraries and the Center for Teaching and Learning are delighted to announce the selection of eleven teaching faculty to participate in the inaugural Special Collections Libraries Faculty Fellows Program beginning in December 2015 and continuing throughout 2016.
“The Fellows will participate in a series of workshops and seminars in spring semester to develop archives-centered courses that they will teach beginning in fall semester 2016. They will also participate in an intensive institute in May to refine these projects,” according to Jill Severn, head of outreach and access at the Russell Library for Political Research and Studies. “They will make extensive use of the tools, models and resources of TeachArchives.org, an acclaimed pedagogical guide for creating archives-centered instruction.“
A kick-off event will be held Dec. 11 with Dawn D. Bennett-Alexander, Associate Professor of Employment Law and Legal Studies, Department of Insurance, Legal Studies, and Real Estate, Terry College as the keynote speaker.
The faculty participants come from a wide range of disciplines and departments including, history, public relations, African American Studies, theatre and film studies, English, and Lifelong Education, Administration, and Policy. The program is made possible by the generous donations from Libraries supporters and the leadership of University Librarian P. Toby Graham and Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning C. Edward Watson
The instructional team for the fellows program includes: Jill Severn (Russell Library); Mary Miller and Alex Kroh (Brown Media Archives and Peabody Awards), Chuck Barber, Mazie Bowen and Anne Devine (Hargrett Library), and Thomas Chase Hagood (Center for Teaching and Learning).
For more information about this new program, please visit: http://ctl.uga.edu/pages/special-collections-libraries-faculty-fellows-program.
2016 Special Collections Faculty Fellows
- Garrison Bickerstaff, Division of Academic Enhancement
- Cynthia Camp, Department of English
- Kathleen deMarrais , Department of Lifelong Education, Administration, and Policy
- Brian Drake, Department of History
- Benjamin Ehlers, Department of History
- Hilda Kurtz, Department of Geography
- Amma Y. Ghartey-Tagoe Kootin, Department of Theatre and Film Studies and Institute for African American Studies
- Akela Reason, Department of History
- Spenser Simrill, Department of English and Division of Academic Enhancement
- Kristen Smith, Department of Public Relations
- M. Montgomery Wolf, Department of History