‘Love, Liberation and Escaping Slavery’

May 6, 2015 – 11:57 AM - Jean Cleveland

English professor Barbara McCaskill will speak on “The Rise and Fall of William and Ellen Craft, Fugitives from Slavery in Georgia,” based on her recent book from UGA Press, “Love, Liberation, and Escaping Slavery William and Ellen Craft in Cultural Memory” May 18 at 3 p.m. in room 285 of the Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries.

A reception will f0llow. The event is open free to the public.

The spectacular 1848 escape of William and Ellen Craft (1824–1900; 1826–1891) from slavery in Macon, Georgia, is a dramatic story in the annals of American history. Ellen, who could pass for white, disguised herself as a gentleman slaveholder; William accompanied her as his “master’s” devoted slave valet; both traveled openly by train, steamship, and carriage to arrive in free Philadelphia on Christmas Day. In Love, Liberation, and Escaping Slavery, Barbara McCaskill revisits this dual escape and examines the collaborations and partnerships that characterized the Crafts’ activism for the next thirty years: in Boston, where they were on the run again after the passage of the 1850 Fugitive Slave Law; in England; and in Reconstruction-era Georgia. McCaskill also provides a close reading of the Crafts’ only book, their memoir, Running a Thousand Miles for Freedom, published in 1860.

Yet as this study of key moments in the Crafts’ public lives argues, the early print archive—newspapers, periodicals, pamphlets, legal documents—fills gaps in their story by providing insight into how they navigated the challenges of freedom as reformers and educators, and it discloses the transatlantic British and American audiences’ changing reactions to them. By discussing such events as the 1878 court case that placed William’s character and reputation on trial, this book also invites readers to reconsider the Crafts’ triumphal story as one that is messy, unresolved, and bittersweet. An important episode in African American literature, history, and culture, this will be essential reading for teachers and students of the slave narrative genre and the transatlantic antislavery movement and for researchers investigating early American print culture.

Check out a bike at Main or Science

April 28, 2015 – 1:18 PM - Amy Watts
Bulldog Bikes beside Main Library

Bulldog Bikes beside Main Library

In partnership with the Office of Sustainability, we’ve started circulating Bulldog Bikes from the Main and Science Libraries.  The Libraries have bikes at each location which can be checked out from the circulation desks. Helmets are also available.

This service is available to current students, staff, faculty.  Bikes are checked out for the day with no restrictions to staying on campus.  The eventual goal is to be able to return the bikes to either Main or Science but currently they must be returned to the location from which they were borrowed.

The Office of Sustainability is excited to partner with the Libraries and hopes that this will expand their program.  Inquiries can be directed to the circulation desks, maincirc@uga.edu or 706-542-3256.

The bikes & racks are located at Main between the library and Dean Rusk Hall and at Science by the steps leading to and from the parking lot.

VE + 70: Celebrating the 70th anniversary of the end of the war in Europe

April 28, 2015 – 11:51 AM - Jean Cleveland

The University of Georgia’s three Special Collections Libraries are joining forces to commemorate the 70th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day and the conclusion of World War II in Europe, Thursday, May 7.

The event, set for 3:30 p.m. at the Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries, 300 S. Hull St.,  will include:

*a presentation by University Archivist Emeritus Steven Brown about the mobilization of the university and the transformation of the campus to wartime footing. (Campus buildings were renamed after U.S. warships for the duration of the conflict!)

*footage of World War II and VE day from Brown Media Archives

*excerpts from oral histories collected by the Richard B. Russell Library’s First Person Project

*a panel discussion featuring the accounts of Hal Cofer, Claude Williams, and other Athens-area World War II veterans.

A reception will follow. All events are open free to the public.

Exhibit: “Both Sides: Destruction and Pain in the Civil War”

April 22, 2015 – 3:41 PM - Jean Cleveland

This exhibit features newly acquired letters of a Union soldier involved in the bombardment of Fort Pulaski as well as a very rare letter by the Confederate Commanding Officer at Fort Pulaski reporting his thoughts and actions during the siege. Additional items on display are medical books published specifically for military surgeons who had limited battlefield medical experience. These books covered topics such as bandaging and amputations. The amputation kit belonging to Dr. William Preston Harden of Watkinsville, Georgia is also on display. Through August 14.

Additionally, Empty Sleeves: Amputation in the Civil War South, by Brian Craig Miller and published by the UGA Press, is the April selection for The Rest of the Story Book Club at the Special Collections Libraries. In this highly original and deeply researched work, Miller explores the ramifications of amputation on the Confederacy both during and after the Civil War and sheds light on how dependency and disability reshaped southern society. The group will meet April 28.

More info about the book

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Confederate Constitution to be displayed April 24

April 17, 2015 – 2:33 PM - Jean Cleveland

The only surviving  signed manuscript of the permanent Constitution of the Confederate States of America will be displayed April 24 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Richard B. Russell Jr. Building Special Collections Libraries.

Displayed only one day each year due to its fragility, the Constitution and an accompanying exhibit of related Civil War materials, including illustrations from Harper’s of President Lincoln’s funeral and information on battlefield medical practices, will be on display through summer.  Items from a newly acquired collection providing a first-hand account of  the Union bombardment of Fort Pulaski, will also be featured.

More information




Georgia Writers Hall of Fame: Recent news

April 9, 2015 – 2:36 PM - Amy Watts

The Georgia Writers Hall of Fame recognizes Georgia writers, past and present, whose work reflects the character of the state — its land and people. Its honorees are a diverse, talented group. Here are some recent news items regarding GAWHoF Honorees.

Flannery O’Connor

O’Connor’s birthday was March 25, so several of the stories were pegged to that.

Pat Conroy

Johnny Mercer

National Recording Registry To “Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive”

Margaret Mitchell

Alice Walker

Zora Hurston, Alice Walker Ties Explored In Writers Series – with audio of recent lecture by UGA professor Valerie Boyd

James Dickey

T.C. Boyle’s 6 favorite books that explore man’s inherent violence – includes Dickey’s Deliverance

All of our Georgia Writers Hall of Fame news posts can be found on our Tumblr

Undergrads: Want free pizza?

April 9, 2015 – 10:36 AM - Deborah Stanley, Web Editor

If you like pizza, and you would like to share your thoughts about the UGA Libraries web site, this opportunity is for you!

We’re working on a redesign of our web site, and we need some undergraduate students to take part in a focus group to help us figure out the best design.

Here’s what it involves:

  • The focus group will last no more than an hour, from 11:30-12:30 on Tuesday, April 21st at the Main Library.
  • We’ll provide free pizza and soft drinks.
  • We’ll ask the group some broad questions about the site, what you think of it, how we might improve it, etc. It will be a casual conversation, with one librarian leading the discussion, and a couple of librarians observing and taking notes.
  • We will not be recording the focus group, and all your comments will be kept anonymous.

We plan to have 8 students in the group, and we want to get a representative sample from across the University.

Please email Deborah Stanley at dstanley@uga.edu if you are interested in taking part!

CML Closed Sunday, April 5th

April 2, 2015 – 10:56 AM - cbuss

The CML will be closed this Sunday, April 5th.

Also, our renovation time is fast approaching. If you think you will need something from the CML before the end of May, now is a good time to charge it out. For complete information on the renovation work, please see the information in our LibGuide.

Map and Government Information Library now open

April 2, 2015 – 9:59 AM - Jean Cleveland
 MAGIL and the microform areas of the Main Library are back in operation, following recovery from a watery mishap. 
Thank you for your patience!

LSA Books & Baked Goods Sale

April 1, 2015 – 10:42 AM - Amy Watts

The LSA Spring Book and Bake Sale is Thursday, April 2!

It will be from 10:00 am-3:00 pm in the Lobby of the Main Library, (although we never guarantee that the baked goods will last that long – so yummy). There will be a bake sale in the Science Library from 10:00 am – 2:oo pm.

Please join us and enjoy tasty sweets made by library staff, and take home a book or several (or a CD, or a DVD…) for a bargain price!