Churchill paintings to be displayed at Hargrett Gallery

March 16, 2015 – 10:01 AM - Jean Cleveland

A selection of paintings by Winston Churchill, iconic statesman, Nobel Prize winner, and wartime hero, will be exhibited at the University of Georgia Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library from March 18-April 17.

The Art of Diplomacy: Winston Churchill and the Pursuit of Painting will include seven Churchill paintings and numerous artifacts, honoring Sir Winston Churchill’s family connections to Georgia. It is organized by the Millennium Gate Museum and the family of Winston Churchill’s great-grandson, Duncan Sandys. Athens is one of eight cities in Georgia selected to host the exhibition that commemorates the 50th anniversary of Sir Winston Churchill’s passing.

This exhibition showcases how painting rescued Churchill from depression and despair in 1915, putting him on the road towards his finest hour. It demonstrates how the act of painting, and the skills Churchill learned from his hobby, contributed to his ability to think about how best to confront the rise of Nazi Germany, and highlights how he used his painting skills to make his leadership during the Second World War more effective. As Churchill wrote, “If it weren’t for painting I could not live. I couldn’t bear the strain of things.” If he was right – in the words of esteemed art historian Ernst Gombrich – “his painting may have helped to save Western civilization.”

Widely regarded as one of the greatest wartime leaders of the 20th century, Churchill was also an officer in the British Army, a historian, and a writer.  He was made an honorary citizen of the United States in 1963. Churchill’s family has maintained a legacy of influence and involvement in Georgia since its founding.  His ancestor, John Churchill, the 1st Duke of Marlborough, trained General James Oglethorpe, the founder of Georgia, in military tactics.  Churchill himself lectured and toured in Georgia in 1932.

The Hargrett Gallery is located in the Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries. The building is open free to the public Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Saturdays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Microfilm/microfiche area in Main Library closed due to flooding

March 14, 2015 – 3:20 PM - Deborah Stanley, Web Editor

A plumbing failure early Friday morning led to the flooding of parts of the basement and sub-basement of the Main Library. The water reached parts of the microform (microfilm, microfiche, etc.) area of the basement. As a result, clean-up crews will be working over the weekend and the microform area will be closed. We will reevaluate conditions in the microform area Monday morning.

In addition, the Map and Government Information Library (MAGIL) will remain closed until further notice.

MAGIL closed due to flooding

March 13, 2015 – 10:28 AM - Deborah Stanley, Web Editor

The Map and Government Information Library (MAGIL) is currently closed due to a flood caused by a plumbing failure in the Main Library sub-basement. Fortunately, it appears that the effect on the collection, itself, is minor as the material is on shelving systems that keep the lowest items a few inches off the floor level.

We do not yet have an estimated date that MAGIL will reopen to the public. We have begun work on recovery, which will include drying out the space, temporary relocation of the collection materials, and removal and replacement of carpet and other flooring.

More information will be provided on the duration of the closure as work progresses.

Four selected for Georgia Writers Hall of Fame

March 5, 2015 – 1:50 PM - Jean Cleveland

The Georgia Writers Hall of Fame at the University of Georgia Libraries is launching a new initiative to honor Georgia literature by encouraging Georgia residents to read at least one book by each inductee before the annual November ceremony.

Vereen Bell, Taylor Branch, Paul Hemphill and Janisse Ray are the 2015 inductees. The ceremony will be held Nov. 9 at 10 a.m. in the Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries. An author event will be held on Nov. 8, at 4 p.m.

“It is second-nature for librarians to encourage reading,” said P. Toby Graham, university librarian and associate provost. “With the addition of a suggested reading list to our Georgia Writers Hall of Fame events, it is our hope that the recommendations will introduce each year’s inductees to a wider audience.”

This year’s selections are:
Vereen Bell, “Swamp Water,” a coming-of-age novel set in the Okefenokee Swamp, published in 1940 and now available in paperback from the University of Georgia Press.

Taylor Branch, “At Canaan’s Edge,” the final installment of Branch’s award-winning trilogy of books chronicling the life of Martin Luther King Jr. and much of the history of the American civil rights movement.

Paul Hemphill, “Nashville Sound,” being reissued by the UGA Press, which recounts the clash between traditional country music and the 1960s invasion of pop performers. Hemphill focused on the blue-collar South, and his subjects touched on NASCAR racing, country music, college football and the region’s long struggle for racial equality and justice.

Janisse Ray, “Drifting Into Darien,” also available from the UGA Press, is Ray’s account of paddling the Altamaha River, a passageway including many rare and endangered species, which led the Nature Conservancy to designate it as one of the world’s last great places.

“The Altamaha is Ray’s river, and from childhood she dreamed of paddling its entire length to where it empties into the sea. ‘Drifting into Darien’ begins with an account of finally making that journey, turning to meditations on the many ways we accept a world that contains both good and evil. With praise, biting satire, and hope, Ray contemplates transformation and attempts with every page to settle peacefully into the now,” according to the UGA Press catalog.

The Georgia Writers Hall of Fame induction ceremony is a part of the UGA Spotlight on the Arts festival, which fosters awareness and appreciation of the arts and an environment conducive to artistic innovation. For more information, see or

“Athens By Leaps & Bounds!”

March 3, 2015 – 12:12 PM - Jean Cleveland

Steven Brown and Mary Linneman of the Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library will lead a talk March 15 on “Athens By Leaps & Bounds! — The Development of Athens Shown in Historic Maps 1793-1946 from the Hargrett Library.”

This meeting of the Athens Historical Society, at the Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries,  is open free to the public and a reception will follow. An exhibit of historic maps will also be on display.

Grab a book for the beach

March 3, 2015 – 12:06 PM - Amy Watts

tumblr_nkgbfjOz7q1togcp2o1_540Spring Break starts this Friday – are you prepared? By which, of course, we mean, Have you picked out what book to read???

We’ve picked some good beach reads and then thoughtfully made them beach ready by putting them in a sand- and water- proof bag. (Preservation librarian approved!) Stop by the Main Library and check one (or two or however many you want) out.

This will be a quickie display – it’ll come down the Friday of Spring Break, March 13, or when the books all get checked out, whichever comes first.

Women’s History Month Exhibit

March 3, 2015 – 8:23 AM - Mazie Bowen

The annual Women’s History Month Exhibit at the Lucy Hargrett Draper Center and Archives for the Study of the Rights of Women in History & Law will be on display throughout March in the exhibit galleries of the Hargrett Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Richard B. Russell building, home of the Special Collections Libraries.

This exhibit examines the changing world of women during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, a period of major social transformation. Throughout this time frame, American and British popular literature reflected the prevailing social expectation that women and men should occupy separate spheres of home and work. The stereotypes of a woman’s proper place seeped into the iconography in postcards, cartoons, and other memorabilia whether for or against women’s rights. Photographs, books, memorabilia, and artifacts document the Women’s Movements from 1840 to 1920, including materials from Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Sojourner Truth.

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Wednesday 2/25 Libraries Closing at 1:30

February 25, 2015 – 8:41 AM - Viki Timian

The University of Georgia Athens campus will close at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015. Classes and activities after 1:30 p.m. Wednesday are cancelled. UGA’s Inclement Weather Policy is available at

Library account phishing email!

February 18, 2015 – 4:58 PM - Deborah Stanley, Web Editor

There is currently an email being sent to people at UGA from “”, telling users that their library account has expired and they need to reactivate it. This is a phishing attempt. Please delete the email, and do not click the link!

There’s no virus attached or downloaded when clicking the link, but if you have given any information, you should change your MyID password immediately.

Update: Libraries will open at noon 2/17

February 17, 2015 – 10:37 AM - Kristin Nielsen

The University and the Libraries will re-open at 12:00 noon on February 17. Classes resume at 12:30pm today.