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!
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
UPDATE: The survey is now closed. Thanks to everyone who participated!
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 email@example.com.
This construction will affect traffic near the main entrance to the Hull St. Deck, located near Baxter St. The Russell Special Collections Libraries are located on Hull Street:
Portions of Baxter and Finley Streets will be closed to through traffic at times during the extension of chilled water lines from the District Energy Plant on Newton Street to serve Russell and Brumby Halls. The project is projected to cross Baxter Street, resulting in its closure at the Newton/Cloverhurst intersection, from approximately May 11 through June 16. The project is projected to cross Finley Street, resulting in its closure between Baxter St. and Cloverhurst Ave., from approximately July 4 through July 28.
English professor Barbara McCaskill will speak on “The Rise and Fall of William and Ellen Craft, Fugitives from Slavery in Georgia,” based on her recent book from UGA Press, “Love, Liberation, and Escaping Slavery William and Ellen Craft in Cultural Memory” May 18 at 3 p.m. in room 285 of the Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries.
A reception will f0llow. The event is open free to the public.
The spectacular 1848 escape of William and Ellen Craft (1824–1900; 1826–1891) from slavery in Macon, Georgia, is a dramatic story in the annals of American history. Ellen, who could pass for white, disguised herself as a gentleman slaveholder; William accompanied her as his “master’s” devoted slave valet; both traveled openly by train, steamship, and carriage to arrive in free Philadelphia on Christmas Day. In Love, Liberation, and Escaping Slavery, Barbara McCaskill revisits this dual escape and examines the collaborations and partnerships that characterized the Crafts’ activism for the next thirty years: in Boston, where they were on the run again after the passage of the 1850 Fugitive Slave Law; in England; and in Reconstruction-era Georgia. McCaskill also provides a close reading of the Crafts’ only book, their memoir, Running a Thousand Miles for Freedom, published in 1860.
Yet as this study of key moments in the Crafts’ public lives argues, the early print archive—newspapers, periodicals, pamphlets, legal documents—fills gaps in their story by providing insight into how they navigated the challenges of freedom as reformers and educators, and it discloses the transatlantic British and American audiences’ changing reactions to them. By discussing such events as the 1878 court case that placed William’s character and reputation on trial, this book also invites readers to reconsider the Crafts’ triumphal story as one that is messy, unresolved, and bittersweet. An important episode in African American literature, history, and culture, this will be essential reading for teachers and students of the slave narrative genre and the transatlantic antislavery movement and for researchers investigating early American print culture.
The University of Georgia’s three Special Collections Libraries are joining forces to commemorate the 70th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day and the conclusion of World War II in Europe, Thursday, May 7.
The event, set for 3:30 p.m. at the Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries, 300 S. Hull St., will include:
*a presentation by University Archivist Emeritus Steven Brown about the mobilization of the university and the transformation of the campus to wartime footing. (Campus buildings were renamed after U.S. warships for the duration of the conflict!)
*footage of World War II and VE day from Brown Media Archives
*excerpts from oral histories collected by the Richard B. Russell Library’s First Person Project
*a panel discussion featuring the accounts of Hal Cofer, Claude Williams, and other Athens-area World War II veterans.
A reception will follow. All events are open free to the public.
This exhibit features newly acquired letters of a Union soldier involved in the bombardment of Fort Pulaski as well as a very rare letter by the Confederate Commanding Officer at Fort Pulaski reporting his thoughts and actions during the siege. Additional items on display are medical books published specifically for military surgeons who had limited battlefield medical experience. These books covered topics such as bandaging and amputations. The amputation kit belonging to Dr. William Preston Harden of Watkinsville, Georgia is also on display. Through August 14.
Additionally, Empty Sleeves: Amputation in the Civil War South, by Brian Craig Miller and published by the UGA Press, is the April selection for The Rest of the Story Book Club at the Special Collections Libraries. In this highly original and deeply researched work, Miller explores the ramifications of amputation on the Confederacy both during and after the Civil War and sheds light on how dependency and disability reshaped southern society. The group will meet April 28.
More info about the book
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The only surviving signed manuscript of the permanent Constitution of the Confederate States of America will be displayed April 24 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Richard B. Russell Jr. Building Special Collections Libraries.
Displayed only one day each year due to its fragility, the Constitution and an accompanying exhibit of related Civil War materials, including illustrations from Harper’s of President Lincoln’s funeral and information on battlefield medical practices, will be on display through summer. Items from a newly acquired collection providing a first-hand account of the Union bombardment of Fort Pulaski, will also be featured.
The Georgia Writers Hall of Fame recognizes Georgia writers, past and present, whose work reflects the character of the state — its land and people. Its honorees are a diverse, talented group. Here are some recent news items regarding GAWHoF Honorees.
O’Connor’s birthday was March 25, so several of the stories were pegged to that.
- Rare 1959 Audio: Flannery O’Connor Reads ‘A Good Man is Hard to Find’
- Five Flannery O’Connor Quotes to Live By
- Flannery O’Connor’s fiction exists in the middle ground between the realistic and the grotesque
- Flannery O’Connor archive helps inspire senior dance thesis
- Savannah had a birthday parade in her honor
- Pat Conroy to receive award at Montgomery book festival
- Library Corner: A great roster of basketball books (includes Conroy’s My Losing Season)
- A Literary Tour of Small-Town America – features Jonesboro, Georgia for its Mitchell associations
- Play spotlights the creation of ‘Gone With the Wind’
Zora Hurston, Alice Walker Ties Explored In Writers Series – with audio of recent lecture by UGA professor Valerie Boyd
T.C. Boyle’s 6 favorite books that explore man’s inherent violence – includes Dickey’s Deliverance
All of our Georgia Writers Hall of Fame news posts can be found on our Tumblr
If you like pizza, and you would like to share your thoughts about the UGA Libraries web site, this opportunity is for you!
We’re working on a redesign of our web site, and we need some undergraduate students to take part in a focus group to help us figure out the best design.
Here’s what it involves:
- The focus group will last no more than an hour, from 11:30-12:30 on Tuesday, April 21st at the Main Library.
- We’ll provide free pizza and soft drinks.
- We’ll ask the group some broad questions about the site, what you think of it, how we might improve it, etc. It will be a casual conversation, with one librarian leading the discussion, and a couple of librarians observing and taking notes.
- We will not be recording the focus group, and all your comments will be kept anonymous.
We plan to have 8 students in the group, and we want to get a representative sample from across the University.
Please email Deborah Stanley at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in taking part!