An exhibit in the Hargrett galleries of the Russell Special Collections Libraries honors the contributions of the 2015 inductees into the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame: Vereen Bell, Taylor Branch, Paul Hemphill and Janisse Ray.
Vereen Bell A regular contributor to The Saturday Evening Post and Collier’s Weekly in their heyday, Cairo native Vereen Bell enjoyed a fruitful career writing short stories often set in his native south Georgia. After appearing serially in the Post, Bell’s 1940 novel Swamp Water was bought by Hollywood and made into a 1941 movie filmed partially on location near Waycross in the Okefenokee Swamp. After the publication of his second novel, Two of a Kind, and a collection of short stories about hunting dogs, Bell’s career was cut tragically short when, as a World War II naval officer, he was fatally wounded during the Battle of Leyte Gulf – the only author to die in battle as a serviceman in WWII.
Taylor Branch Atlanta-born journalist and Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Taylor Branch is best known for his epic narrative trilogy of the civil rights era, America in the King Years (1989-2006). He began his career with a series of articles in 1969-70 for Washington Monthly on race and politics in southwest Georgia, and has subsequently worked as both writer and editor at other influential national magazines. He has written or edited several nonfiction works on the nation’s executive branch, including one of the defining books on the Bill Clinton presidency. Investigating the history of the United States’ peculiar mixture of higher education and big-money sports, Branch sparked public debate with his October 2011 cover story for The Atlantic (“The Shame of College Sports”), which led to his being invited to testify before Congress on college athletes and academics.
Paul Hemphill In the late 1960s, the masthead of the bestselling Atlanta Journal bragged that the daily newspaper covered Dixie “like the dew,” and columnist Paul Hemphill was the Journal’s front-page star, writing six 1,000-word columns a week often devoted to the lives and outlooks of wage workers and wayward souls. After winning a prestigious Nieman fellowship to Harvard in 1969, he left daily newspaper work and spent most of the next forty years as a freelancer. Hemphill died in 2009, having written four novels and eight full-length books of nonfiction, collaborated on two others and produced three book-length compilations of articles, all largely about the blue-collar South, its denizens and their ballparks, dirt tracks, two-lane blacktops, and their prejudices. Among Hemphill’s many
awards for writing, in 1993 his acclaimed memoir Leaving Birmingham — part wrenching family memoir and part biography of his native city’s emergence from its violent, racist past — was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.
Janisse Ray Appling County native Janisse Ray began her career publishing poetry, but it was the runaway success of her 1999 memoir Ecology of a Cracker Childhood that guaranteed her national audience. A naturalist and environmental activist, Ray combines lyrical passion and scientific precision in her writings, exalting and defending the wild areas of America, most particularly her south Georgia homeland—its forests, swamps and rivers. Ecology of a Cracker Childhood is Ray’s song to Georgia’s once-glorious pine flatwoods interwined with childhood memories of rural isolation, family tension and poverty. She is the author of a 2010 collection of poetry steeped in her love of wildness, and of four other full-length books of nonfiction that tell the stories of a humble swamp in south Georgia, the Altamaha River, and organic farms such as those Ray has made her own in Appling and Tattnall counties.
The Georgia Writers Hall of Fame is pleased to present this exhibition from the bookshelves and archives of the Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library. The exhibit runs through December 21.
An exhibit at the Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries showcases the activities disability activists have engaged in as related to transportation, housing and community services through participating in direct action campaigns, non-violent protests and self-advocacy.
Created to announce the establishment of the Georgia Disability History Archive at the Richard Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, the exhibit opened to coincide with a meeting of the Georgia Disability History Symposium. The symposium focused on the history of disability, including disability rights and justice, de-institutionalization, the power and impact of the Olmstead decision, citizen advocacy and self-advocacy, and what the future holds, 25 years after the passage of the ADA.
A collection of artifacts, media articles, stories, and historical documents will tell the entire story of Georgia’s Disability History. Topics include initiatives for education and awareness to end employment discrimination; housing and transportation accessibility; and challenges facing disabled vets to receive adequate support and healthcare.
The archive opened with collections of a dozen individuals, as well as groups including the Southeast ADA Center Collection, the Georgia Disability Community Oral History Collection and the Disability Law and Policy Center of Georgia Records.
An exhibit of artist’s books and fine press books in the Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library galleries at the Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries complements the fall book symposium “Appropriation in the Age of Global Shakespeare.”
The symposium is sponsored by the UGA Libraries, the English department, Theatre and Film Studies, and the Willson Center for Humanities and Arts. It brings to the UGA campus four of the leading scholars of Shakespeare around the world to discuss how TV shows, films, novels, poems, operas, music and stage plays from different countries and cultures adapt Shakespeare and make these 400-year-old plays and poems their own.
The exhibit will be on display through Dec. 23.
The Hargrett’s collection of artist’s books and fine press books are books designed, bound and printed by artists; texts illustrated with print from an individual artist; limited letterpress editions; and books made of and from literary or artistic texts. Several in the UGA Libraries collection are based on Shakespeare’s works and comment on the stories, language and imagery of the text.
Part of the exhibit uses volumes which use both traditional and non-traditional book-forms, and extremes of scale, to reveal new aspects of Shakespeare’s language and imagery. Some book artists respond to Shakespeare by creating books that engage more distantly with the Bard’s work or life. Langston Hughes’s Shakespeare in Harlem is a volume of self-described “light verse,” illustrated with etchings. Hughes’s volume revisits Shakespearean lyrics as African-American call-and-response. It collaborates with Shakespeare in order to deliberately and wittily take on the “low” or parodic elements of pop culture to claim for the Harlem Renaissance the linguistic and cultural authority of the earlier Renaissance.
The symposium is part of the Spotlight on the Arts festival, a 10-day event highlighting UGA units and facilities, from visual arts and creative writing to music, dramatic arts, dance and more to foster an awareness and appreciation of the arts and an environment conducive to artistic innovation.
Did you know the Curriculum Materials Library, 207 Aderhold Hall, has nearly 200 titles to help you celebrate Halloween with your children, students or just for yourself? One of our student workers, Senior Student, Stephanie Duque, a senior Geography major, has created book displays and a bulletin board to get everyone ready to trick or treat. Drop by to see what we have to offer. With the new delivery request option in GIL-Find you can request materials from the CML to be delivered to the Main or Science Libraries. But, then you’ll miss seeing our cool things, like the fake food & human torso, and the thousands of other children’s books & classroom materials. You just need your UGA ID or Outside Borrower’s card to check out items from us. Happy Halloween!
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
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
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.
Manuscripts, engravings and maps from the Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, as well as specimens from the Georgia Museum of Natural History are among the items available for examination in an exhibit now open at the Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries. The exhibit is a companion to a series of events commemorating the 250th anniversary of the natural history expedition of John and William Bartram.
Original landscapes by Athens artist Philip Juras are focal points of the exhibit. Juras depicts the southern wilderness as William Bartram described it. His award-winning book, The Southern Frontier: Landscapes Inspired by Bartram’s Travels” is available from the University of Georgia Press.
Diary excerpts, illustrations and rare natural history books from the Hargrett collections are enhanced with specimens loaned from the GMNH, including flora and fauna, indigo, silk worm cocoons and remnants of the giant oyster shells once found on Georgia’s coast.
The exhibit will be on display until Dec. 24.
More information and a schedule are here: (http://www.libs.uga.edu/hargrett/digital/bartram/)
This annual exhibit contains materials from the Stephen Elliot Draper Collection of British & American Waterways in History and Law — rare books, treatises, manuscripts, maps, correspondence, laws, reports, drawings and ephemera that chronicle the early history of water use and development in Europe and the Americas. Featured as well are materials from the Archives for the Waters of Georgia in History, Law and Policy.