Special Collections Libraries open for visitors July 5

July 1, 2014 – 11:59 AM - Jean Cleveland

The Russell Special Collections Libraries will be closed for research July 5.

The building will be open during its regular Saturday hours, 1-5 p.m. and visitors are welcome to spend time in the three galleries on the second floor: The Walter J. Brown and Media Archives, currently featuring an exhibit from Art Rocks Athens about the music scene of the 70s and 80s; , the Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library which currently has an exhibit on the Civil War in 1865, which included the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain and the Battle of Atlanta; and the Richard Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, an exhibit on choosing to participate in our political system.

Friends and family visiting this summer? Don’t forget to include the Russell Special Collections Libraries in your plans! We’re open 8-5 M-F and 1-5 Saturdays. Guided tours every Tuesday at 2 p.m.

Summer Special: Each visitor gets FREE AC and cold water!

Interactive kiosks, macabre artifacts and three galleries full of rare and unique materials from Georgia’s history and culture.

Come visit!

Hull Street closed due to construction

July 1, 2014 – 11:49 AM - Jean Cleveland

Visitors to the Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries should be aware that travel on Hull Street is restricted due to construction.

The portion of Hull Street immediately adjacent to the Correll Hall construction site (corner of Hull and Baxter) will be closed through Aug. 8. Vehicle and pedestrian access to the Hull Street Parking Deck will be maintained.

East West buses will stop at a temporary stop at Hull and Waddell Streets during the term of the construction.

The closure will allow for utility and infrastructure work that will serve Correll Hall, which is the first phase of the Terry College Business Learning Community.


Main Library Water Outage, Friday, June 27

June 27, 2014 – 10:04 AM - Amy Watts

The Main Library is experiencing a building-wide water outage today, Friday, June 27. The problem is expected to be resolved by noon.

Other buildings on North Campus appear to also be affected by the outage. Currently, the closest public restrooms available are in the Law Library.

As always, please fee free to call us with any questions or concerns. (706-542-3251)

Toby Graham named University Librarian

June 17, 2014 – 3:00 PM - Deborah Stanley, Web Editor

Toby Graham, Deputy University Librarian and Director, Hargrett Rare Book & Manuscript Library, has been appointed University Librarian, Provost Pamela Whitten announced today. His appointment is effective September 1.

“Toby Graham is an outstanding choice to lead the University Libraries,” said UGA President Jere W. Morehead. “He has the background, personality, drive and dedication to move the libraries forward in the coming years.”

For more information, please see the University’s press release.

H. Randolph Holder Family Papers and the Longest Letter Ever Written

June 11, 2014 – 1:43 PM - Jean Cleveland

The Hargrett Library is pleased to announce that the H. Randolph Holder family papers, ms 3821, are open for research.

Howard Randolph Holder (1916-2002) was born in Moline, Illinois to James William and Charlotte Brega Holder. He served in World War II in Co. E, 1st Armored Regiment, 1st Armored Division. He was captured February 15, 1943 in North Africa and held in prison camp Oflag 64 (Szubin, Poland) until January 1945. He married Clementi Lacey-Baker of Louisville, Kentucky in 1942 and they had four children. They moved to Athens, Georgia in 1948 where Holder was a radio announcer, news director, and part owner of Clarke Broadcasting Corporation.

This collection consists of biographical information, correspondence, writings, photographs, printed material and scrapbooks. There is much correspondence between “Howie” Holder and his wife and family during World War II. One group of letters from Clementi to her husband while he was a POW were found in the prison camp 40 years after the war and returned to them. In 1995, Holder wrote a book about his POW experiences titled Escape to Russia.

Of special interest are letters between Clementi Lacey-Baker and Anton Frederik van Dam (1920-1976) in the Netherlands. They were both 18 years old in 1938 when they began a pen pal relationship. They continued to be friends until his death in 1976. One of his letters was listed in the 1972 Guinness Book of World Records as the longest letter ever written. It was begun in 1940 and ended in 1945, and gave details about the German invasion of his country and the effect on his family. Years later Clementi transcribed this 514 page letter and titled it “Dear Clem.”

The Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library is open for research Monday through Friday from 8am to 5pm, with the exception of University holidays. For more information, please visit http://www.libs.uga.edu/scl or call (706) 542-7123.


Re-roofing project to begin at Main Library

June 10, 2014 – 10:21 AM - Amy Watts

The re-roofing of the Main Library will begin June 14, 2014. The parking lot next to the building, entered from Jackson St., will not be accessible on Saturday, June 14, 2014. The company will be bringing in a crane and roofing material during that Saturday that will be taken to the roof. The actual work will begin on Monday, June 16, 2014. It is estimated it will take 6 weeks to complete this job, not counting rain days.

As with all construction there will be some noise associated with the power tools, generator and the removal of the old roof. While the construction company will take every precaution against any leaks, should you discover one please notify Library Security immediately.

As always… “Please pardon our progress”.

Historic Savannah Newspapers now online

June 5, 2014 – 3:13 PM - Jean Cleveland

The Savannah Historic Newspapers Archive provides online access to three newspaper titles published in Savannah from 1809 to 1880. Consisting of over 83,000 newspaper pages, the archive provides historical images that are both full-text searchable and can be browsed by date. The website includes the following Savannah newspaper titles: Savannah Georgian (1819-1856), Savannah Morning News (1868-1880), Savannah Republican (1809-1868).

The Savannah 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 Athens Historic Newspapers Archive (1827-1928), the South Georgia Historic Newspapers Archive (1845-1922), 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

Annual Woodruff exhibit on the natural history of Georgia on display

June 5, 2014 – 2:33 PM - Jean Cleveland

The 9th annual exhibit of the James W. Woodruff Sr. Center for the Natural History of Georgia and the Chattahoochee River Valley is on display through June at the Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library.

The James Waldo Woodruff St. Center for the Natural History of Georgia is based at the Hargrett Library. Its purpose is to collect and preserve for scholarly research those historical resources that reflect and document the state’s natural history using books, maps, manuscripts, ephemera and other materials.

A native and lifelong resident of Columbus, Woodruff was a man of many achievements, but he was best known as “the father of the Chattahoochee.” His efforts to develop the river for commercial navigation, power generation and recreation while preserving its natural beauty were recognized by the naming of the dam on the Lower Chattahoochee River in his honor in 1957.

The exhibit is supported by the J.W. and Ethel I Woodruff Foundation.

The Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library and Gallery are located in the Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries.

Brumby and Hart Family Papers Open for Research

June 2, 2014 – 12:00 PM - Jean Cleveland

The Hargrett Library is pleased to announce the opening of the Brumby and Hart family papers, ms 3752. Sewell Marion Brumby (1911-1992) was born in Cedartown, Georgia and graduated from United States Military Academy in 1932. He began his army career stationed in Manila (Philippines) shortly after his marriage in 1935 to Mary Hart (1914-2011), daughter of Mary Elmira Bullard (1883-1977) and William Thomas Hart (1880-1931) of Columbus, Georgia. He was a Lieutenant Colonel in command of the 1st Battalion, 22nd Infantry in World War II and led them ashore on Utah Beach on D-Day (June 6, 1944). Sewell later served two tours of duty in Japan and retired from the Army in 1960. After years of living overseas, Sewell and Mary finally settled in Athens (Ga.). Sewell began a second career as librarian at the University of Georgia Law School after attending library school at Columbia University in New York.

The collection consists of biographical information, genealogy, correspondence, writings, artwork, scrapbooks, financial papers, printed material and photographs. Much of the correspondence is between Sewell and Mary Brumby and from their friends, especially their friends in Japan. The Hart family correspondence revolves around Mary Elmira Bullard Hart, with letters from her husband William Thomas Hart, and their children Louise Hart Hunt (1911-1987), Mary Hart, and William Bullard Hart (1918-1985). There is also correspondence of Marianne Brumby, Mira Lee “Candle” Brumby, Sewell Robeson Brumby, the Bullard family, the Blackmar family and the Pittman family. One box of correspondence and financial papers concerns John Ray and Benjamin G. Barker. John Ray (1792-1868) was a lawyer and teacher in Newnan, Georgia. Genealogy research done by Sewell Brumby concerns the Brumby, Hart, Sewell and Pittman extended families and includes research correspondence with family members. Writings are by various family members, especially the poetry of Louise Hart Hunt and family cookbooks and recipes used for Mary Brumby’s publication.

The Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library is open for research Monday through Friday from 8am to 5pm, with the exception of University holidays. For more information, please visit http://www.libs.uga.edu/scl or call (706) 542-7123.

UGA Extension, Digital Library of Georgia release first series of historic farm photos

June 2, 2014 – 11:30 AM - Jean Cleveland
For as long as there have been portable cameras, University of Georgia Extension agents and Extension photographers have used them to help identify crop diseases, demonstrate best farming practices and document community events. With at least one agent in most of Georgia’s counties, UGA Extension agents and their photographers have produced a collection of more than 60,000 sleeves of negatives. For the first time, some of these photos are available to the public online through the Digital Library of Georgia.

The first 1,292 photos of the collection were released this month and are available at http://dlg.galileo.usg.edu/CollectionsA-Z/caes_search.html. This first set of photos contains numerous shots of grain crops, livestock shows and forage fields from across the state. The bulk of the prints date from the 1930s to the 1960s, but some are from as early as the 1900s.
Archivists are busy scanning and cataloging the rest of the negatives and documents that are in the UGA Extension collection. Each negative sleeve contains between one and 20 negatives. The size and scope of the collection provides an excellent photographic record of Georgia folk life and farm life, said UGA archivist Caroline Killens, who is managing the project.
“What makes this collection so valuable is that many of the photos came with some type of documentation,” Killens said. “Many of these negatives came with notes about the event and subject of the photos and often with the place where they were taken and the photographer’s name.”
Since many of the sleeves of negatives contain images covering a broad subject area, archivist started by grouping the sleeves by subject and assigned them a file header. The descriptions have helped immensely as the library staff starts to scan and catalog the photos, Killens said.
“I think many people will enjoy these, not just those who are interested in agriculture,” Killens said. “There are a lot of photos in this collection that people have never seen before. People researching their genealogy or the history of their town or county will find a lot of information in this collection.”