‘Seeing Georgia’ exhibit explores tourism in the modern South

September 18, 2015 – 2:15 PM - Richard B. Russell Library

SeeingGeorgia-icon-graphic160x160Six sites with histories of political and cultural battles help to tell the story of tourism in modern Georgia in a new exhibit at the University of Georgia’s Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies. The exhibit opens Sept. 18.

The sites featured in “Seeing Georgia: Changing Visions of Tourism and the Modern South” represent pivotal perspectives-Jekyll Island and Southwest Georgia’s Red Hills Region illustrate issues of class and race; Helen and Stone Mountain, notions of reinvention; and the Okefenokee Swamp and Talullah Falls, battles over natural resources.

“We are showcasing sites relevant to the bigger tourism story,” said Jill Severn, Russell Library head of access and outreach, “addressing concepts of identity, commerce and advertising that shaped the Georgia tourism industry as a whole.” The state established the Tourism Division, part of the Department of Industry and Trade, in 1959.

“In the early 1900s Georgia was a way station for people headed to Florida,” said Jan Hebbard, outreach archivist and exhibit curator. “Starting in the 1940s, the state started to become a destination in its own right, crafting strategies to attract tourists and developing a tourism industry that proved to be a huge economic asset.”

Today, tourism continues to have a huge economic impact in the state. According to the Georgia Department of Economic Development website, tourism is the fifth largest employer in the state with a total economic impact of $57.1 billion, supporting more than 411,000 jobs, or 10.2 percent of all payroll employment in Georgia.

In addition to items from the Russell Library’s collections, the exhibit features photographs, postcards, artifacts and other ephemera drawn from the Georgia Archives, Jekyll Island Museum, Georgia Museum of Natural History, as well as private individuals. Items from a collector in Rayle will add to a re-created roadside stand inside the gallery space. “This exhibit gave us the opportunity to reach out and collaborate with some local collectors as well as collecting institutions across the state, which has been a real treat,” said Hebbard. “A few of these collaborations have even led to new donations.” The library recently received the collection of Bill Hardman Sr., the first director of the Tourism Division.

“Seeing Georgia” will remain on display through July 2016. The exhibit is featured as the cover story in the September issue of Georgia Connector magazine, and a complementary blog series authored by co-curator Kaylynn Washnock is available at www.rbrl.blogspot.com.

Located at 300 S. Hull St., the library is open to the public weekdays 8 a.m.-5 p.m. and 1-5 p.m. Saturdays, except for home football game weekends.

Libraries Closed Saturday, September 19

September 18, 2015 – 7:52 AM - maryp

The Main and Science Libraries will be closed Saturday, September 19, for the home football game – South Carolina @ Georgia.

Russell Library to recognize history of disability advocacy in Georgia with fall symposium

September 9, 2015 – 9:15 AM - Richard B. Russell Library

To increase the public’s understanding of disability history in Georgia, two University of Georgia departments are partnering to present an afternoon symposium devoted to disability rights and advocacy. The event will be held Friday, October 23, 1:00 – 5:00 p.m., at the Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries. A reception will follow.

Titled “Georgia Disability History Symposium: Stories of Advocacy and Action,” the event includes an array of speakers presenting their experiences advocating over the past several decades, and their thoughts about what still needs to be done, 25 years after the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

The symposium is co-sponsored by UGA’s Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies and the Institute on Human Development and Disability and is an initiative of the Georgia Disability History Alliance, a group of advocates, self-advocates, organizational leaders, archivists, researchers and others united to preserve and protect the state’s disability history.

Dr. Zolinda Stoneman, director of the University’s Institute on Human Development and Disability (IHDD), will provide the keynote. Her talk will center on the impact of the ADA as well as a history of River’s Crossing, a campus facility that once served as an institution for children with developmental disabilities.

Other speakers include Sue Jamieson, Atlanta Legal Aid Society; Al Duval, self-advocate; Eleanor Smith, founder of Concrete Change; Mark Johnson, Shepherd Center; Tom Kohler, Chatham-Savannah Citizen Advocacy; Shelly Simmons, Statewide Independent Living Council of Georgia; and Amanda Alford, People First of Athens.

The symposium also will feature exhibits highlighting documents, photographs and memorabilia from the recently created Georgia Disability History Archive. Housed at the Russell Library, the archive seeks to document all aspects of disability history in Georgia to create an accurate record of the historical, social, cultural, political and legal changes affecting the disability community over time.

The ADA Legacy Tour bus also will be on hand for the event. Throughout the past year, Tom Olin, a photographer responsible for capturing compelling images of the disability rights movement, has driven the 37-foot bus, emblazoned with the slogan “Road to Freedom,” over 23,000 miles, visiting over 100 cities in 33 states, to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the ADA.

The event is free and open to the public. To register for the symposium, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/georgia-disability-history-symposium-stories-of-advocacy-and-action-tickets-18715677094. For additional information, please contact Mat Darby at (706) 542-0627 or matdarby@uga.edu.”

Main and Science Libraries — Labor Day Weekend Hours

September 4, 2015 – 4:42 PM - maryp

The Libraries’ hours for the Labor Day Weekend are:

Saturday, September 5 – CLOSED – Home Game Day

Sunday, September 6 – 1pm to 9pm

Monday, September 7 – CLOSED – Labor Day

The Libraries’ will resume regular fall semester hours on Tuesday, September 9.

CML Closed Sept 6th

September 4, 2015 – 3:31 PM - cbuss

The Curriculum Materials Library will be closed  Sunday September 6th &  Monday the 7th for the Labor Day Holiday. Normal hours will resume Tuesday, September 8th.

UGA Libraries Launches New Service

September 2, 2015 – 4:08 PM - maryp

Do you need a book from the Main Library but can’t make it to North Campus? Not sure where the Curriculum Materials Library is located but really want to read Divergent? We can help with that.

On September 2, the UGA Libraries launched a book retrieval service for UGA students, faculty, and staff. Requests may be made online through the UGA Libraries’ catalog (GIL) for available items in the Main, Science, and Curriculum Materials Libraries. We will deliver the books you request to any of several library locations. You will be notified by e-mail when books are ready to be picked up.

Contact the UGA Libraries’ Access Services department for more information at 706-542-3256 or maincirc@uga.edu.

Lost Something? Check MLC Lost and Found

August 20, 2015 – 2:13 PM - amber

Lost something? MLC Lost & Found is located at the Security Desk in room 210 near Jittery Joe’s. See floorplans for location. All items found in the building are brought to this location. See the Lost & Found page for our retention policy.

Natural History Exhibit opens for “Set Off for Georgia …”

August 19, 2015 – 4:50 PM - Jean Cleveland

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/)



Stephen Elliot Draper Center and Archives for the Waters of Georgia in History, Law and Policy Exhibit

August 19, 2015 – 4:36 PM - Jean Cleveland

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.

Tracing the Bartrams

August 19, 2015 – 4:15 PM - Jean Cleveland

“An Itinerary of Discovery — Tracing the Bartrams Across the South” is the focus of the second event in the series Retracing the route of John and William Bartram through the Southeast is as challenging as it is rewarding. An academic challenge is that the Bartrams travelled through regions of Georgia and Florida that were either uninhabited or so thinly settled that roads were not well documented on contemporary maps. Another challenge is that, in many places, what was wilderness in 1765 is now urban and suburban communities with modern roads and a lot of traffic. Brad Sanders will discuss the maps and historical resources that can be used to recreate the route of the Bartrams and the rewards of getting on the road and actually following in their footsteps.

Brad Sanders is author of Guide to William Bartram’s Travels and the publisher of Traveller, the newsletter of the Bartram Trail Conference. He is on the board of the Bartram Trail Conference and is the web master of their web site. Sanders lives in Athens and is a retired high school teacher.

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