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.


Special Collections database will be unavailable Friday night

July 16, 2014 – 12:40 PM - Jean Cleveland

Beginning on Friday, July 18th from 9 PM EDT to 1 AM EDT Aeon will be performing maintenance on its database server for the Special Collections Libraries and it may be unavailable. This is necessary to apply new updates to the server.

BrowZine: browse journals on your tablet or phone

July 15, 2014 – 5:09 PM - Kristin Nielsen

The UGA Libraries introduce BrowZine, an app that lets you download and read many of our scholarly journals on your mobile device. Use BrowZine to customize a newsstand of key journals for current awareness browsing on iPads, Android tablets, and iPhones (Android phones coming soon).

With BrowZine you can:

  • Browse journals by subject or search by title
  • Save journals and articles to a customized bookshelf
  • Receive alerts when new issues are available
  • Email and share journal articles
  • Save to RefWorks, Zotero, or Mendeley

BrowZine is a new product that’s adding publishers and journals regularly. Download the app here http://ow.ly/zc6uL, or go to the Apple App Store, Google Play or Amazon Appstore. Choose “University of Georgia” and login with your MyID and password. BrowZine is free to UGA faculty, staff, and students.

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Atlanta theater documented in new collections

July 9, 2014 – 12:03 PM - Jean Cleveland


– Python costume sketch for Ananse, the African Spiderman, Alliance Theatre, 1999

The Hargrett Library is pleased to announce two newly opened collections documenting theater in Atlanta from the 1960s until 2001:

Ted Maloof photographs of Academy Theater productions, ms 3806

The Academy Theatre, one of the oldest professional theaters in Georgia, and Southeastern Academy of Theatre and Music were created by Frank Wittow in 1956. The Southeastern Academy offered acting classes, labs, children’s programs, and a film series. Wittow served as the artistic director of the Academy Theatre until his death in 2006. The Theatre premiered the first Southeastern Shakespeare Festival in the summer of 1961. Ted and Gloria Maloof met at the Academy Theatre in 1956 and married in 1959. Gloria Maloof attended the Atlanta Division of the University of Georgia and was an active member of the Atlanta Radio Theatre and Atlanta Civic Theatre. After joining the Academy Theatre, Gloria Maloof became a member of the Academy’s four-person acting ensemble.

This collection includes 200 photographs, taken by Ted Maloof, of twenty-two plays performed in Atlanta primarily between 1960 and 1962. Nineteen of the plays were produced by the Academy Theatre (1960-1962), “The Boyfriend” at Spelman College (1962), “Oh Dad, Poor Dad” at the Pocket Theater (1964), and a production of “Seascape” by the Rocket Theater (1986).


Judith Winograd costume design collection, ms 3839

A longtime resident of the Atlanta area, Judith Winograd designed and created costumes for dozens of productions across Georgia between 1969 and the early 2000s. Winograd worked on a wide range of productions, varying from children’s theater to opera, including designing for the Academy Theatre, Alliance Theatre, Kelly’s Seed & Feed, Theater Emory, and Atlanta Opera Studio. She served as an in-house designer, and later executive director, of Production Values, Inc., a nonprofit theater costumer that catered to the performing arts nonprofits, from its founding in 1984 until 1995. In addition to her work in theater costuming, Winograd created commissioned apparel under the company name J. Dragon-Atlanta.

The collection primarily consists of costume designs and sketches, fabric samples, and photographs of costumes from a wide variety of productions. Also included are Winograd’s contracts and commercial business records, files related to Production Values, Inc., and a small amount of early sketches and fashion drawings.


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 and home football game days. For more information, please visit http://www.libs.uga.edu/scl or call (706) 542-7123.


Main Library water back on!

July 8, 2014 – 8:38 AM - Viki Timian

Main Library Water Outage – Tuesday 7/8 morning

July 7, 2014 – 2:52 PM - Viki Timian

The Main Library will experience a building-wide water outage Tuesday, July 8th. The situation is expected to be resolved by 10AM.

Other buildings on North Campus should not be affected by the outage.

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.