Two new collections featuring the papers of the Alexander H. Stephens family

February 26, 2014 – 11:42 AM - Jean Cleveland

The Hargrett Library is pleased to announce the opening of two new collections of Alexander H. Stephens family material, ms3823 and ms3828:

The collections consist of correspondence, writings, printed material, financial papers, photographs, artifacts, and scrapbooks. The correspondence is largely family letters between Alexander H. Stephens, his father Andrew Baskins Stephens, his brother Aaron Grier Stephens, his nephew John Alexander Stephens, and his half-brother Linton Stephens. One group of letters concerns the imprisonment and parole of honor of Alexander H. Stephens at Fort Warren (Boston, Mass.) in 1865.

There are also letters between Alexander H. Stephens and various political figures including Howell Cobb, Abraham Lincoln (facsimiles), Ben Hill, and Robert Toombs. Stephens and Ben Hill write about the possibility of a duel between them because of an argument over politics.

Among the financial papers are deeds, and the wills of Alexander H. Stephens and his grandfather Alexander Stephens. Of special interest in the financial papers is a plantation account book of the Simpson plantation. In it are lists of slaves, a journal of daily farm work, printed rules for managing farms and slaves, and signed contracts with the freed slaves.

The Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library is open for research Monday through Friday from 8am to 5pm and Saturday 1pm to 5pm, with the exception of University holidays. For more information, please visit or call (706) 542-7123.



Panel Discussion on the NSA Spying Program, 2/25, 6:30 PM, MLC 350

February 21, 2014 – 10:44 AM - Ian Thomas, Science Library

An Intersection Between Freedom and Security: A Panel Discussion on the NSA Spying Program
Tue. February 25, 2014, 06:30 PM – 07:30 PM – MLC Room 350
What are the legal and ethical implications of the NSA’s spying program? How does it work, or does it work? Is this an effective response to terrorist threats or not? In this Science Library sponsored panel discussion, Christina Mulligan (UGA Law School; and Dr. Kang Li (Computer Science Dept.; will give their thoughts on this topic, followed by a question-and-answer session.

‘An Encounter with Lillian Smith’ to be presented Saturday

February 19, 2014 – 2:36 PM - Jean Cleveland

Atlanta actress Brenda Bynum will present a “Jordan is So Chilly: An Encounter with Lillian Smith,” a solo performance drawn largely from unpublished autobiographical writings by the author. The event, which is free and open to the public, will be Feb. 22 at 6 p.m. in the auditorium of the University of Georgia Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries. A reception will follow.
This year marks the 70th anniversary of the publication of “Strange Fruit,” Lillian Smith’s best-selling novel about interracial love. The performance title “Jordan is So Chilly,” comes from the name of an African-American spiritual and was Smith’s original title for “Strange Fruit.”
“The title calls up for me the image of the difficult times faced by anyone in crossing over to the ‘promised land’,” Bynum said. “Lillian Smith faced so many trials and tribulations in her life and her work it seemed quite appropriate to me.”
The event is being co-sponsored by the Georgia Humanities Council and Piedmont College.

Smith championed social justice, drawing both fame and public renunciation, long before the Civil Rights Movement took shape.

“No Southerner was more outspoken in expressing moral indignation about the region’s injustices and inequities during the pre-civil rights era than Lillian Smith,” said UGA history professor John Inscoe, an expert on the 19th century South and winner of the 2012 Lillian Smith Book Award, presented by the UGA Libraries and the Southern Regional Council.
The Hargrett Library, housed in the UGA special collections libraries, holds Smith’s personal papers, which are available for research. Piedmont College owns the Lillian E. Smith Center for Creative Art. It is located at Smith’s home in Clayton where she ran the Laurel Falls summer camp for girls.
Smith was an inaugural member of the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame, based at the Hargrett Library. In addition to unpublished writings, Bynum pulled excerpts from books, letters and a
television interview Smith did in the 1960s.
“It is played as an intimate conversation with the audience and is intended to be deeply personal and reveal the woman and the artist behind the icon,” Bynum said. “For me, it has been a true labor of love to bring her back to life in this way and I have been extremely gratified by the responses to her story, particularly from the many people who are hearing about her for the first time. What I want is for her name to be as familiar to any reading Georgian (and beyond) as the names of Flannery O’Connor, Carson McCullers, Alice Walker and even Margaret Mitchell. A Lillian Smith renascence is far

Profile of University Librarian in the Red & Black

February 19, 2014 – 2:30 PM - Amy Watts

Today’s edition of the Red & Black features a profile of University Librarian Dr. William Potter, who will be retiring this year.

Potter will retire in August 2014. He began working at UGA libraries in 1989. Since then, Potter has strived to advance and improve library technologies. The librarian has been involved in several technological projects at UGA libraries including GALILEO, the Zell B. Miller Learning Center and the Richard B. Russell Building Special Collection Libraries.

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Nuclear Anxiety Panel and Dr. Strangelove Screening Postponed

February 13, 2014 – 11:24 AM - Deborah Stanley, Web Editor

Due to inclement weather, the University of Georgia campus will be closed today, Thursday, February 13, 2014.

Tonight’s scheduled panel discussion, Nuclear Anxiety and Civil Defense in Popular Culture, has been postponed. This event will now take place on next Thursday, February 20th from 5:30-7:00PM in the auditorium of the Special Collections Building.

Inspired by the exhibit “Alert Today, Alive Tomorrow: Living with the Atomic Bomb, 1945-1965,” on display in the Russell Library Gallery through March 14, this event will feature a panel discussion focused on the cultural impact of the atomic bomb addressing how films, fashion and comics of the time period were inspired and shaped by both the technology and anxiety of the nuclear age. Light refreshments will be served.

Featured speakers will include: Kirk Willis, Department of History; Christopher Pizzino, Department of English; Jose Blanco F., Historic Clothing and Textiles Collection; and Christopher Sieving, Department of Theatre and Film Studies.

Additionally, tonight’s screening of Dr. Strangelove: Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb has also been postponed. The screening will now take place on Thursday, March 6th from 7:00-9:00PM, immediately following the panel discussion Nuclear Threats, Then and Now (5:30-7:00PM). We hope you’ll plan to join us for this double feature as well!

If you have have any questions please email or call (706) 542-5788. Please mark your calendars with these new dates and we hope to see you soon. ​

UGA Libraries Closed Thursday, 2/13

February 12, 2014 – 6:13 PM - Viki Timian

In accordance with the closing of the University of Georgia’s Athens campus, the UGA Libraries will be closed on Thursday, February 13th, due to the continuing inclement weather.

“Nuclear Threats” Panel Discussion Rescheduled

February 12, 2014 – 12:30 PM - Deborah Stanley, Web Editor

Due to the inclement weather, the University of Georgia is closed Wednesday, February 12th, and the Russell Library event, ‘Nuclear Threats, Then and Now’, has been rescheduled. It will now take place on Thursday, March 6th, 2014; 5:30-7:00PM (Doors open at 5:00).

More information.

UGA Libraries closed Wed, Feb 12th

February 11, 2014 – 3:58 PM - Deborah Stanley, Web Editor

In accordance with the closing of the University of Georgia’s Athens campus, the UGA Libraries will be closed on Wednesday, February 12th, due to the weather.

UGA Libraries Closed Feb 11 due to inclement weather

February 10, 2014 – 9:16 PM - Amy Watts

The UGA Libraries will be closed Tuesday, February 11, in accordance with the official UGA announcement of campus closure.

Humanities Council president says play ‘lifts a new curtain’ on Lillian Smith

February 4, 2014 – 9:26 AM - Jean Cleveland
Jamil Zainaldin, president of the Georgia Humanities Council, writes about author and activist Lillian Smith, an inaugural member of the Georgia Writer’s Hall of Fame, based at the Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library. Smith is the subject of a one-woman play, written and performed by Atlanta actress Brenda Bynum. “Jordan is So Chilly: An Encounter with Lillian Smith” will be performed Feb. 22 at 6 p.m. at the Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries. A reception will follow. It is open free to the public.
“With the objective of ‘leaving a Lillian Smith footprint’ wherever she can in the state, Bynum’s performances may well initiate a popular rediscovery,” Zainaldin writes. “For Smith endures as an original expression of Georgia’s literary imagination and a prophetic voice in the universal call for human dignity and freedom, as relevant in this new century as in her own time.”
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