ilovelibraries is a digital newsletter for the American Library Association. It singled out the DLG’s “Vanishing Georgia” collection for particular praise.
We are pleased to announce that the UGA student newspaper, the Red and Black, is now available online from 1893-1979, as part of the Digital Library of Georgia.
The Red and Black debuted in 1893 with a front page devoted to Georgia’s game with the “burley” Vanderbilt football team and reporting, “Fine Playing by Our Team Despite the Score.” Turning inside, the disappointed fan of 1893 found the student editorial staff affirming that the new paper would be “devoted to matters of interest to the students and friends of the University.” Such has been the objective of the Red and Black, first as a University of Georgia publication and, since 1980, as an entirely independent publication aiming to, “provide a training ground for students interested in gaining experience in various aspects of newspaper publishing and to produce a high quality daily newspaper for the University of Georgia community.”
Covering “matters of interest ” at the University, as well as the world beyond the Arch, the electronic version of the Red and Black offers remarkable access to history in the form of news reporting. Equally informative is the advertising, documenting trends, fashions and daily life. Issues will continue to be added to the database, increasing its scope.
The Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies and
the Digital Library of Georgia are pleased to announce that Ed Friend’s
historic Highlander film is now accessible online via the Digital
Library of Georgia. “Integrated in All Respects” consists of Ed
Friend’s film of the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Highlander Folk
School in Monteagle, Tennessee during Labor Day weekend in 1957, and the
Georgia Commission on Education’s propaganda broadside that features
Friend’s photographs and stills from his film. Together the film and
broadside demonstrate how policymakers in the late 1950s perceived, and
attempted to cast, the civil rights movement.
The Digital Library of Georgia and the Hargrett Rare Books & Manuscripts Library are pleased to announce the availability of a new online resource: University of Georgia Centennial Alumni Catalog, 1901.
In 1901, to celebrate 100 years of classes at the Athens campus, the University of Georgia assembled the Centennial Alumni Catalog, containing, “as far as possible, a full but concise account of the life and services of all alumni during the century.” Although the word “alumni” was used, the project attempted to collect biographical data about anyone who matriculated at the university during that first century, whether or not they graduated.
A four-page questionnaire was mailed to known matriculates or their families and an impressive 1,749 completed forms were returned. These were placed in alphabetical order, bound into several volumes, and deposited with the University Libraries. Eventually they came to be housed in the University Archives unit of the Hargrett Rare Books & Manuscripts Library at the University of Georgia Libraries, where they have proved to be a valuable resource to historians and genealogists. Included are biographies of many prominent men of 19th century Georgia and the South, sometimes written in their own hand.
In 2006 the fragile documents were removed from their bindings, at times revealing information long hidden beneath the stitching. The forms then were scanned and are presented online by the Digital Library of Georgia.
The questionnaires provide information on residence; nativity; collegiate activities and accomplishments; marriage; occupations; civic, military, religious, and other public service; writings; relatives who attended the University; and death date.
For Our Mutual Benefit: The Athens Woman’s Club and Social Reform, 1912-1920.
For Our Mutual Benefit consists of a minute book, covering the years 1912-1920, from the Athens Woman’s Club collection housed in the Heritage Room of the Athens-Clarke County Library that documents the social, philanthropic and reform activities of the Athens Woman’s Club during the height of the Progressive Era.
For Our Mutual Benefit is a project of the Digital Library of Georgia in association with the Athens Regional Library as part of Georgia HomePLACE. This project 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.
The Digital Library of Georgia, the Pickens County Library of the Sequoyah Regional Library System, the Marble Valley Historical Society, the Georgia Archives, and the Walter J. Brown Media Archives and Peabody Awards Collection are pleased to announce the availability of a new online resource: Beauty in Stone: The Industrial Films of the Georgia Marble Company.
The online collection consists of two short industrial films made by the Georgia Marble Company in the 1950s-1960s that document the company’s history, operations, skilled laborers and craftspeople, and the widespread use of their marble, limestone and serpentine products. Georgia Marble Company’s use of the industrial film medium served to promote its products by capturing in live action the skill and industry required to create “beauty in stone.”
The first film,”New Face on Capitol Hill,” depicts Georgia Marble Company’s role in the reconstruction of the east facade of the U.S. Capitol building prior to John F. Kennedy’s inauguration, and includes footage of president John F. Kennedy at his 1961 inauguration, the former vice president Richard M. Nixon, and Architect of the Capitol J. George Stewart.
The second film, “Producing America’s Buried Treasure,” focuses more closely on the company’s overall history, its quarrying and finishing facilities in Georgia, Tennessee and Vermont, the breadth of applications for Georgia marble products and related limestone and serpentine industries in Alabama and Virginia. Unique to this film are its highlights of uses for processed marble in products that include roofing material and turf marking for athletic fields.
Both “Producing America’s Buried Treasure” and “New Face on Capitol Hill” feature the company’s marble quarrying and finishing operations in Pickens County, Georgia; both include pictorial examples of marble-quarrying and marble-shaping machinery, of stone cutters working in the quarry, and of craftsmen sculpting the marble. Many beautiful high-quality products were produced by the Georgia Marble Company, and a number of well-known structures comprised of Georgia marble are interspersed throughout both films. Most notable are the statue Abraham Lincoln in the Lincoln Memorial, and the facade of the U.S. Capitol Building, the centerpiece of “New Face on Capitol Hill.”
Beauty in Stone is a project of the Digital Library of Georgia in association with the Pickens County Library of the Sequoyah Regional Library System, the Marble Valley Historical Society, the Georgia Archives, and the Walter J. Brown Media Archives and Peabody Awards Collection as part of Georgia HomePLACE. This project 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.
These resources have been added to GALILEO recently:
Sanborn® Fire Insurance Maps for Georgia Towns and Cities, 1884-1922 consists of fire insurance maps created by the Sanborn Map Company that depict the commercial, industrial, and residential areas of Georgia cities. The highly-detailed, color-coded maps document the changing face of Georgia cities by depicting not only the community but also each building, block, and neighborhood. The maps detail building construction, sizes, and usage as well as city services such as water and fire services.
Productscan Online contains detailed descriptions of over one-half million new products, introduced from 1980-present worldwide. Coverage of consumer packaged goods encompasses foods, beverages, health and beauty aids, household products, and pet supplies. Ways you can search the product description include:
- Brand or product name
- Product category or industry
- Flavor or fragrance
- Health or product claim
- Packaging type or material
- Innovation rating
- UPC code
- Country and date of introduction
There are also graphing and charting capabilities to identify trends and gaps in product introductions.
Picturing Augusta: Historic Postcards from the Collection of the East Central Georgia Regional Library System consists of forty turn-of-the-twentieth century Augusta-related picture postcards selected from the collection Augusta and Environs: Picture Post Cards in Color held at the East Central Georgia Regional Library in Augusta, Georgia. The postcards in this collection depict the commercial development, economic prosperity, and social customs of Augusta and its inhabitants during the opening years of the twentieth century. Furthermore, the picture postcards document the interplay between Augusta, Georgia, North Augusta, South Carolina, and Summerville, Georgia before and immediately following Summerville’s incorporation into the city of Augusta in 1912. The postcards, as collected by Augusta resident Ella C. Mayo Belz at the turn of the twentieth century through 1914, include images of notable Augusta landmarks such as the Augusta Canal, Augusta Country Club, Bon Air Hotel, Lake Olmstead, Meadow Garden, Medical College of Georgia, and the Partridge Inn. Several postcards in the online collection relate specifically to Augusta’s position as the second largest inland cotton market in the United States. These postcards show cotton fields, harvested bales, mills, and other scenes of production associated with the cotton industry in Augusta. There are also many scenic postcards that depict views along the Savannah River and the commercial and residential streetscapes along both Broad and Greene Streets.
This resource gives a detailed overview of the physiology, biochemistry, pharmacology, behavior, and control of insects. It includes information on insect reproduction, development, endocrinology, and molecular biology as well.
The Blues, Black Vaudeville, and the Silver Screen, 1912-1930s consists of selected correspondence, financial records, contracts, and advertising materials from the theater’s records found in the Charles Henry Douglass, Jr. business records at the Middle Georgia Archives, which document the amusements available to Macon’s African American population, and the business dealings of this African American entrepreneur from 1912 to the 1930s. The bulk of these selected records feature the period between 1920 and 1929, and describe the sporting events, vaudeville, and films brought to the theater, as well as the efforts to ensure its financial success. Handbills and booking correspondence document Georgia-based fighters such as Tiger Flowers and Texas Tanner who sought to fight at the venue in 1927. Douglass and Ben Stein, a white businessman who assumed ownership of the theater between 1927 and 1929, were affiliated with the Theatre Owners Booking Association (T.O.B.A.), a vaudeville circuit. This gave them access to bring prominent acts to Macon’s African American community, such as well-known blues musicians Ma Rainey and Bessie Smith, comedians Butterbeans and Susie, as well as musicals, revues, and sacred theater. When not hosting live acts, the Douglass also exhibited a wide variety of sound and silent motion pictures. Selected records feature race films (movies made specifically for African American audiences) of producers such as the Norman Film Manufacturing Company and Oscar Micheaux. The selections highlight other Southern African American theaters, such as the Palace Theatre in Valdosta, Georgia, Liberty Theatre in Columbus, Georgia, and the Liberty Theatre in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
The Digital Library of Georgia is pleased to announce the availability of a new online resource: Sanborn® Fire Insurance Maps for Georgia Towns and Cities, 1884-1922.
The digital collection consists of 4,445 maps by the Sanborn Map Company depicting commercial, industrial, and residential areas for 133 municipalities. Originally designed for fire insurance assessment, the color-coded maps relate the location and use of buildings, as well as the materials employed in their construction. The maps indicate which city utilities–such as water and fire service–were available.
Fire insurance maps document the changing face of towns and cities, providing highly detailed information for each neighborhood and block. The Library of Congress web site refers to them as “probably the single most important record of urban growth and development in the United States during the past one hundred years.”
The Sanborn Maps database is a project of the Digital Library of Georgia as part of Georgia HomePLACE. The project 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. The maps represented are from the University of Georgia Libraries Map Collection.
“Sanborn”, “Sanborn Map”, “Sanborn Map Company”, and “Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps” are recognized trademarks of the Sanborn Map Company, a subsidiary of Environmental Data Resources, Inc. (EDR). The presentation of the historic maps on this site is in no way connected with either the Sanborn Map Company or Environmental Data Resources, Inc.
ATHENS, Ga. – Creation of a comprehensive digital library on the Civil Rights Movement is the goal of a new cooperative initiative, which will receive support from a federal grant awarded to the University of Georgia.
“The struggle for racial equality in the 1950s and 1960s is among the most far-reaching social movements in the nation’s history, and it represents a crucial step in the evolution of American democracy,” said P. Toby Graham, director of the Digital Library of Georgia at the University of Georgia Libraries which, along with six partners, will create the online resource. “Our purpose is to enhance understanding of the Civil Rights Movement through a digital video archive of historical news film. We also will create learning tools to help users understand the historical context of the video segments and a web portal to connect learners to civil rights resources on a national scale.”
The Institute of Museum and Library Services announced recently that it will provide $761,427 in federal support for the civil rights initiative over two years through a National Leadership Grant for Libraries.
“The Civil Rights Digital Library represents the most ambitious and comprehensive effort to date to deliver educational content on the Civil Rights Movement via the web,” said William Gray Potter, the UGA university librarian and associate provost. “News film from our WSB and WALB collections will allow students to witness key events of the Civil Rights Movement. By collecting collateral information on a national scale, we will create a virtual library on the Movement.”
Graham said a cross-disciplinary approach will contribute to the instructional and research value of the online resource by involving digital library and information technology professionals, archivists, humanities scholars, academic publishers, and public broadcasters. Partners include the Digital Library of Georgia and Walter J. Brown Media Archives and Peabody Awards Collection at the UGA Libraries; UGA Franklin College of Arts and Sciences; Georgia Humanities Council and the UGA Press, both through the New Georgia Encyclopedia; Georgia Public Broadcasting; and GALILEO, the state’s virtual library administered by the Board of Regents, University System of Georgia.
English professors Barbara McCaskill and Tim Powell will co-direct the “learning objects” component, which will deliver secondary web-based resources–such as multimedia productions, interactive timelines and maps, lesson plans, and activities—to facilitate the use of the news film content in the learning process. The learning tools also include new multi-media content and articles for the New Georgia Encyclopedia, the first state encyclopedia designed exclusively for publication on the Internet.
“This is an outstanding opportunity for the UGA Libraries to showcase its unique audio visual holdings, and for UGA to solidify its position as a national leader in digital technology, as well as research in Ethnic American Studies and the Civil Rights Movement,” McCaskill said. “We are eager to begin creating interactive teaching tools that will offer historical and cultural contexts, facilitate critical discussions, and appeal to different methods of learning. The university’s collaboration in this initiative is the very kind of cross-disciplinary partnership we are training our own graduate students to pursue during their careers.”