2014 Lillian Smith Book Award winners announced

August 11, 2014 – 4:09 PM - Jean Cleveland

Winners of the 2014 Lillian Smith Book Awards will be honored Aug. 31 at the Decatur Book Festival.

In Peace and Freedom; My Journey in Selma by Bernard LaFayette Jr. and Kathryn Lee Johnson and We Shall Not Be Moved; The Jackson Woolworth’s Sit-In and the Movement It Inspired by M. J. O’Brien were chosen from 39 books submitted for consideration.

The awards will be made at 2:30 p.m. at the Decatur Library.

Bernard LaFayette Jr. is Distinguished Senior Scholar-in-Residence at the Candler School of Theology at Emory University and chair of the National Board of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC). He was a cofounder of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), a leader in the Nashville lunch counter sit-ins, a Freedom Rider, an associate of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), and the national coordinator of the Poor People’s Campaign. At 22, he assumed the directorship of the Alabama Voter Registration Project in Selma—a city that had previously been removed from the organization’s list due to the dangers of operating there. Kathryn Lee Johnson teaches in the School of Education at the University of Rhode Island. She has authored several books for educators on teaching, writing, and developing independent study skills.

M. J. O’Brien of Vienna, Virginia, is a writer and researcher who served for 25 years as the chief communications and public relations officer for a national not-for-profit cooperative.

The University of Georgia Libraries sponsors the awards, in partnership with the Southern Regional Council and the Georgia Center for the Book. UGA’s Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library holds Smith’s personal papers, letters and manuscripts. She was an inaugural member of the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame, based at the Hargrett Library.

The Southern Regional Council was founded in 1919 to combat racial injustice in the South. SRC initiated the Lillian Smith Book Awards shortly after Smith’s death in 1966 to recognize authors whose writing extends the legacy of the outspoken writer, educator and socialcritic who challenged her fellow Southerners and all Americans on issues of social and racial justice.

New Installation Connects Gallery Visitors to SoundCloud

August 7, 2014 – 10:14 AM - Richard B. Russell Library

The History Lives Showcase Gallery occupies the central portion of the Russell Library’s exhibit space inside the Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries. The gallery features materials drawn from the Russell Library’s collections and highlights six key collecting areas: Politics, Social Relations, Public Good, Environment, Economy, Peace and War. The contents of these cases rotate every six to twelve months and offer visitors a sample of the kind of documents and objects found in the archival collections.

View of Politics of Peace and War case, part of the Showcase Gallery

View of Politics of Peace and War case, part of the Showcase Gallery

Beginning in August 2014 the cases will showcase a selection of editorial cartoons drawn from the Clifford H. (Baldy) Baldowski Editorial Cartoon Collection. The cartoons have been matched with the library’s six collecting areas to spotlight stories connected to each of the “politics” areas.

In addition to selecting which cartoons to display, student curator Kaylynn Washnock also sorted through hours of the Russell Library’s oral history recordings to find six audio clips that connect with the cartoons on display. The clips were selected from a variety of collections including the Reflections on Georgia Politics Series, The First Person Project, and The Georgia Environmental Oral History Project – all ongoing initiatives of the Russell Library’s Oral History and Media Unit. The clips have been compiled into a playlist on the Russell Library’s SoundCloud page.

Signage in the gallery space provides a QR code which, when scanned, will connect a visitor directly to the SoundCloud playlist of audio clips. You blog readers can play these clips directly from the embedded link below! We hope visitors will enjoy this playlist either while they tour the gallery space or from the comfort of their personal computer. Our staff hopes this experiment in the gallery gives visitors a greater sense of the breadth of oral history collections at the library and a quick look into some of the most recent interviews conducted by the Oral History and Media Unit team, Callie Holmes and Christian Lopez.

The Russell Library Gallery is free and open to the public weekday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. and on Saturdays from 1-5 p.m. For more information on the exhibit, email russlib@uga.edu or call (706) 542-5788.

Powell A. Moore Papers Now Open at Russell Library

August 7, 2014 – 10:06 AM - Richard B. Russell Library

Powell Moore in his office during the Nixon administration, circa 1974

Powell Moore in his office during the Nixon administration, circa 1974

The Richard B. Russell Library is pleased to announce that the Powell A. Moore Papers are now open for research. The papers capture Moore’s nearly five-decade career involved in legislative affairs, public policy and international relations within the federal government and the private sector By virtue of his various positions, Moore corresponded and interacted with a wide range of individuals at different levels of the government, including prominent U.S. Senators, and clients in the private sector, from international corporations to foreign governments. His correspondence also documents the myriad of professional and personal inquiries and requests he received. Moore retained a wealth of documentation related to the man who gave him his start in Washington, Senator Richard B. Russell. Moore’s papers also feature information related to the many congressional delegations he accompanied abroad during his tenure. The papers include reports, news clippings, invitations, program materials, artifacts and audiovisual materials related to his work and to numerous presidential campaigns, conventions and inaugurations from 1972 to 2009. Photographs feature portraits of well-known Georgia and national political figures and other images, including six United States Presidents.

Moore’s earliest government service was in the U.S. Army. Part of that time he was stationed in Germany, during the construction of the Berlin Wall, which he credits for his developing an affinity with the Republican Party. The opportunity that brought him to Washington, D.C., in 1966 was his work as press secretary for Senator Richard B. Russell. Moore’s papers go beyond documenting his working relationship with the Senator and also chronicle the period surrounding Senator Russell’s passing. Moore’s life-long interest in Senator Russell’s life and accomplishments is evidenced in the material from dedications and events that have helped keep Senator Russell’s legacy alive.

Moore went on to be part of four presidential administrations. During the Nixon administration he was Public Information Officer in the Office of Attorney General within the Department of Justice. Moore was part of the Committee to Reelect the President during the 1972 campaign and was later the Director of Press Relations for the Inaugural Committee.

During Nixon’s second term and into the early part of Ford’s term, Moore was Deputy Special Assistant to the President in the Congressional Relations Office. Moore did not remain a “Nixon leftover” for long as he left the federal government to start his own consulting firm, Powell Moore & Company, to advise and represent a variety of clients. After six years, he re-entered government service under the Reagan administration. First he was appointed Deputy Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs in 1981. Moore oversaw the Senate confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor while holding this position. He later was appointed Assistant Secretary of State for Intergovernmental and Legislative Affairs.

Towards the end of 1983, Moore left the Reagan administration to become Vice President for Legislative Affairs for the Lockheed Corporation. He went back to consulting from 1985 to 1998, working for Ginn, Edington, Moore, and Wade; Capitoline International Group; and Global USA. In 1998 he returned to federal government service once again to become Chief of Staff for Senator Fred Thompson.

Powell Moore serving as Assistant Secretary of Defense for Legislative Affairs in the George W. Bush administration, May 2001

Powell Moore serving as Assistant Secretary of Defense for Legislative Affairs in the George W. Bush administration, May 2001

Moore became part of a fourth presidential administration when he was appointed Assistant Secretary of Defense for Legislative Affairs during George W. Bush’s first term. During this period, he received the Defense Department’s Medal for Distinguished Public Service. He went on to become the Managing Director for Federal Government Relations for McKenna, Long & Aldridge. In 2006, Moore became the Representative of the U.S. Secretary of Defense to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe in Vienna, Austria. In 2010, he joined Venable LLP.

Moore was born on January 5, 1938, in Milledgeville, Georgia. He is a graduate of Georgia Military College and was awarded a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from the University of Georgia. Moore remained an active alumnus of both institutions and received a number of honors from them throughout his career. He was editor of the Milledgeville newspaper, The Union-Recorder, and worked for Southern Natural Gas before working for Senator Russell. Throughout his life he has been involved in a number of civic activities. He currently works as a consultant and lives with his wife, Pamla, in Washington, D.C. Together they have two sons and two daughters.

Moore was interviewed for the Reflections on Georgia Politics oral history series in December 2009. You can view the ROGP interview below through the Russell Library’s YouTube channel. To read the interview transcript, visit: http://podcaster.gcsu.edu/podcastdata/UGA/Channel_14896/podcast_2433199/2433199.pdf

The Richard B. Russell Library is open for research from 8:30am-4:30pm, Monday through Friday (with the exception of University of Georgia holidays). For more information on this and other collections call (706) 542-5788, email russlib@uga.edu, or visit www.libs.uga.edu/russell.

Post by Mark Walters, Political Papers Processing Intern, Russell Library

Graduate Student Open Houses August 13

August 4, 2014 – 6:00 AM - Kristin Nielsen

Are you a new or returning graduate student?

The UGA Libraries are holding open houses especially for graduate students on Wednesday, August 13 between 2:00-4:00 p.m.

Meet your librarians, learn about key resources, and tour the buildings. Representatives from various Libraries’ departments and collections will be available to answer questions and demonstrate research tools including the GIL catalog, GALILEO system of research databases, Aeon Special Collections database, and the citation management tools EndNote and RefWorks.

Also: door prizes and light refreshments!

Stop by anytime:

Main Library (North Campus at the end of the quad)
Science Library (South Campus inside Boyd Graduate Studies)


Intersession Hours – Main and Science Libraries

August 1, 2014 – 4:12 PM - maryp

Beginning this weekend, the Main and Science Libraries will operate on Intersession hours:

Saturday, August 2 10 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, August 3 The Libraries are closed
Monday, August 4 thru Friday, August 8 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, August 9 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, August 10 The Libraries are closed
Monday, August 11 thru Friday, August 15 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, August 16 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p,m.
Sunday, August 17 1:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Fall Semester begins on Monday, August 18, 2014

MLC Tech Lending Suspended Aug 4-17

August 1, 2014 – 9:56 AM - amber

To perform inventory and revise policies and procedures, technology lending will be suspended during the intersession before the start of Fall semester (Aug. 4 – Aug. 17).  Lending will resume on the first day of classes, Aug. 18. These two weeks represent necessary downtime to add new equipment to the system and perform repairs and maintenance on our current equipment.

Graduating Students – UGA Libraries’ Checklist

July 24, 2014 – 3:42 PM - maryp

Before leaving campus, please check your library account and clear all outstanding obligations. Here’s how:

  • Check your “My Account “ record online.
  • Return all books before you leave campus, even if they are not due.
  • Pay all fines and fees. You may pay by cash, check, or credit card.

Records with outstanding library obligations will be blocked with the Registrar.

If you have any questions about your library account, please contact:

Access Services – Main Library

  • 706-542-3256
  • maincirc@uga.edu

Access Services – Science Library

  • 706-542-4535
  • science@uga.edu

After graduating, you will be eligible to borrow books from the UGA Libraries through the following programs:

These programs do not allow access to online databases or the GALILEO password.

Information about Graduation and Records may be found at the Office of the Registrar’s web page.



Jack Leigh Collection items on exhibit

July 23, 2014 – 4:03 PM - Jean Cleveland

The current exhibition at the Savannah College of Art & Design, “Jack Leigh: Full Circle, Low Country Photographs, 1972-2004,” features photographs and other materials on loan from his collection at UGA’s Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library.

The exhibition is the first museum survey of work by the acclaimed Savannah-based photographer since his death 10 years ago. In addition to exploring Leigh’s documentation of low-country terrain and traditions, the exhibition traces threads of influence in his career.

Leigh is perhaps best known for his photograph “Midnight,” which depicts the “Bird Girl” stature in Savannah’s Bonaventure Cemetery. The image was commissioned by Random House for the cover of John Berendt’s novel, “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.” Leigh’s cover photograph became inextricably tied to the success of the novel, bringing Leigh international acclaim. Included in the loan from Hargrett is Leigh’s “test print” of the photo which illustrates how he created the famous image.

Leigh began his photography career in 1972 following studies at UGA. He was the author of six highly acclaimed books of photography. Leigh died in 2004.




Georgia Music Hall of Fame poster collection now open

July 23, 2014 – 2:11 PM - Jean Cleveland



The Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library is pleased to announce the opening of the Georgia Music Hall of Fame Collection, Series 2: Posters. The series consists of several hundred wall posters, flyers, album flats, and promotional displays for a wide range of artists with connections to Georgia. The majority of posters feature individual artists and groups, promoting their albums and tours. Notable items include an original 1965 Otis Redding promo poster for his single, “Respect,” a 1969 Atlanta International Pop Festival poster, and posters of Athens luminaries like R.E.M. and the B-52s. The posters are just one of several series that comprise the Georgia Music Hall of Fame Collection, which will gradually become available to the public as the processing of materials continues.



The Battle of Atlanta, 150 years ago today

July 22, 2014 – 5:02 PM - Jean Cleveland



On July 20, 1864, Gen. William T. Sherman’s Union soldiers won a hard-fought battle at Peachtree Creek, taking control of present-day Buckhead and continuing their determined march toward Atlanta. Rebel Gen. John Bell Hood’s forces proved formidable in subsequent engagements, including the Battle of Atlanta on July 22 (the battle depicted at the Atlanta Cyclorama at Grant Park). Sherman decided to cut the rail lines into Atlanta, cutting off supplies and forcing the Confederates to abandon the city. At the end of the month Hood continued to hold the Union forces at bay, but the Confederacy had suffered heavy losses.


Before the war,  Sherman’s mapmaker, George N. Barnard, developed an interest in the new medium of photography and was hired to document the war. In Atlanta, Barnard photographed Confederate forts, rail yards and street views. In this photo, Barnard captured one of Hood’s ordnance trains being destroyed. His prints “illustrate a landscape of trees shorn by gunfire and cities of empty streets and ruined buildings, an eerie and mute testament to the brutal power of war,” according to the New Georgia Encyclopedia. (www.georgiaencyclopedia.org/)

The Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript currently has a number of Barnard’s prints on display as part of its annual exhibit on the Civil War. The Hargrett has more than 500 collections documenting the Civil War experience in Georgia and available for research at the UGA Special Collections Libraries.