Re-roofing project to begin at Main Library

June 10, 2014 – 10:21 AM - Amy Watts

The re-roofing of the Main Library will begin June 14, 2014. The parking lot next to the building, entered from Jackson St., will not be accessible on Saturday, June 14, 2014. The company will be bringing in a crane and roofing material during that Saturday that will be taken to the roof. The actual work will begin on Monday, June 16, 2014. It is estimated it will take 6 weeks to complete this job, not counting rain days.

As with all construction there will be some noise associated with the power tools, generator and the removal of the old roof. While the construction company will take every precaution against any leaks, should you discover one please notify Library Security immediately.

As always… “Please pardon our progress”.

Historic Savannah Newspapers now online

June 5, 2014 – 3:13 PM - Jean Cleveland

The Savannah Historic Newspapers Archive provides online access to three newspaper titles published in Savannah from 1809 to 1880. Consisting of over 83,000 newspaper pages, the archive provides historical images that are both full-text searchable and can be browsed by date. The website includes the following Savannah newspaper titles: Savannah Georgian (1819-1856), Savannah Morning News (1868-1880), Savannah Republican (1809-1868).

The Savannah Historic Newspapers Archive is a project of the Digital Library of Georgia, as part of the Georgia HomePLACE initiative. The Digital Library of Georgia is a project of Georgia’s Virtual Library GALILEO and is based at the University of Georgia. Georgia HomePLACE is supported with federal LSTA funds administered by the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Georgia Public Library Service, a unit of the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia.

Other newspaper archives available through the Digital Library of Georgia include the Atlanta Historic Newspapers Archive (1847-1922), the Macon Telegraph Archive (1826-1908), the Athens Historic Newspapers Archive (1827-1928), the South Georgia Historic Newspapers Archive (1845-1922), the Columbus Enquirer Archive (1828-1890), the Milledgeville Historic Newspapers Archive (1808-1920), the Southern  Israelite Archive (1929-1986), the Red and Black Archive (1893-2006), and the Mercer Cluster Archive (1920-1970).

These archives can be accessed at

Annual Woodruff exhibit on the natural history of Georgia on display

June 5, 2014 – 2:33 PM - Jean Cleveland

The 9th annual exhibit of the James W. Woodruff Sr. Center for the Natural History of Georgia and the Chattahoochee River Valley is on display through June at the Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library.

The James Waldo Woodruff St. Center for the Natural History of Georgia is based at the Hargrett Library. Its purpose is to collect and preserve for scholarly research those historical resources that reflect and document the state’s natural history using books, maps, manuscripts, ephemera and other materials.

A native and lifelong resident of Columbus, Woodruff was a man of many achievements, but he was best known as “the father of the Chattahoochee.” His efforts to develop the river for commercial navigation, power generation and recreation while preserving its natural beauty were recognized by the naming of the dam on the Lower Chattahoochee River in his honor in 1957.

The exhibit is supported by the J.W. and Ethel I Woodruff Foundation.

The Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library and Gallery are located in the Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries.

Brumby and Hart Family Papers Open for Research

June 2, 2014 – 12:00 PM - Jean Cleveland

The Hargrett Library is pleased to announce the opening of the Brumby and Hart family papers, ms 3752. Sewell Marion Brumby (1911-1992) was born in Cedartown, Georgia and graduated from United States Military Academy in 1932. He began his army career stationed in Manila (Philippines) shortly after his marriage in 1935 to Mary Hart (1914-2011), daughter of Mary Elmira Bullard (1883-1977) and William Thomas Hart (1880-1931) of Columbus, Georgia. He was a Lieutenant Colonel in command of the 1st Battalion, 22nd Infantry in World War II and led them ashore on Utah Beach on D-Day (June 6, 1944). Sewell later served two tours of duty in Japan and retired from the Army in 1960. After years of living overseas, Sewell and Mary finally settled in Athens (Ga.). Sewell began a second career as librarian at the University of Georgia Law School after attending library school at Columbia University in New York.

The collection consists of biographical information, genealogy, correspondence, writings, artwork, scrapbooks, financial papers, printed material and photographs. Much of the correspondence is between Sewell and Mary Brumby and from their friends, especially their friends in Japan. The Hart family correspondence revolves around Mary Elmira Bullard Hart, with letters from her husband William Thomas Hart, and their children Louise Hart Hunt (1911-1987), Mary Hart, and William Bullard Hart (1918-1985). There is also correspondence of Marianne Brumby, Mira Lee “Candle” Brumby, Sewell Robeson Brumby, the Bullard family, the Blackmar family and the Pittman family. One box of correspondence and financial papers concerns John Ray and Benjamin G. Barker. John Ray (1792-1868) was a lawyer and teacher in Newnan, Georgia. Genealogy research done by Sewell Brumby concerns the Brumby, Hart, Sewell and Pittman extended families and includes research correspondence with family members. Writings are by various family members, especially the poetry of Louise Hart Hunt and family cookbooks and recipes used for Mary Brumby’s publication.

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

UGA Extension, Digital Library of Georgia release first series of historic farm photos

June 2, 2014 – 11:30 AM - Jean Cleveland
For as long as there have been portable cameras, University of Georgia Extension agents and Extension photographers have used them to help identify crop diseases, demonstrate best farming practices and document community events. With at least one agent in most of Georgia’s counties, UGA Extension agents and their photographers have produced a collection of more than 60,000 sleeves of negatives. For the first time, some of these photos are available to the public online through the Digital Library of Georgia.

The first 1,292 photos of the collection were released this month and are available at This first set of photos contains numerous shots of grain crops, livestock shows and forage fields from across the state. The bulk of the prints date from the 1930s to the 1960s, but some are from as early as the 1900s.
Archivists are busy scanning and cataloging the rest of the negatives and documents that are in the UGA Extension collection. Each negative sleeve contains between one and 20 negatives. The size and scope of the collection provides an excellent photographic record of Georgia folk life and farm life, said UGA archivist Caroline Killens, who is managing the project.
“What makes this collection so valuable is that many of the photos came with some type of documentation,” Killens said. “Many of these negatives came with notes about the event and subject of the photos and often with the place where they were taken and the photographer’s name.”
Since many of the sleeves of negatives contain images covering a broad subject area, archivist started by grouping the sleeves by subject and assigned them a file header. The descriptions have helped immensely as the library staff starts to scan and catalog the photos, Killens said.
“I think many people will enjoy these, not just those who are interested in agriculture,” Killens said. “There are a lot of photos in this collection that people have never seen before. People researching their genealogy or the history of their town or county will find a lot of information in this collection.”

Several Civil War collections open for research

May 27, 2014 – 10:59 AM - Jean Cleveland

William H. Mickle correspondence, ms 3827

William H. Mickle (1839-1922) was from Marianville, Schenectady County, N.Y., and was commissioned as an infantry officer in the 134th New York, serving in Virginia. He was promoted to Assistant Adjutant General on the staff of the Chief of Artillery for XX Corps, commanded by General Joseph “Fighting Joe” Hooker, when it took part in the campaigns in Tennessee, Georgia and the Carolinas. Mickle wrote home regularly to his wife, Oleavia Ploss, and several family members. These letters were written in the summer of 1864 during the Atlanta Campaign, primarily while Mickle was stationed near Marietta. His writings tell of the progress of the campaign, discussing key figures and locations such as General Joseph Hooker and the Battle of Rocky Face Ridge. Health, family, and personal matters are also addressed.

Allen C. Jordan family papers, ms 3802

Allen C. Jordan (d. 1865) was the son of Thomas G. and Lovicey/Louvisa Crocker Jordan in Banks County, Georgia. During the Civil War he served in Company A, 24th Georgia Regiment. The collection consists of letters written by Allen C. Jordan, his brother Thomas W. Jordan, and several other family members. Allen Jordan’s regiment moved through Virginia (Gordonsville, Culpeper, Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania Courthouse, and Winchester) and Tennessee (Chattanooga, Greenville). His letters describe battles, the food and clothing he needs from home, and his desire to see his family again. A final letter (August 19, 1864) to his parents from their nephew Floyd Jordan tells them of a battle at Front Royal (VA) and the names of the men captured, including Allen and Thomas Jordan. Both were sent to Elmira Prison (NY) where they died in 1865. Also included are several financial papers of the Jordan family and two poems/verses written by Hattie Barton.

Robert Blair Smith letters to Anna Jane Clark, ms 3833

Captain Robert Blair Smith commanded Company K of the 7th Florida Infantry. During the course of the war, he corresponded with Miss Anna Jane Clark of Social Circle, Georgia, whom he later married. The collection consists of twenty-five letters, written by Robert Blair Smith to Anna Jane Smith of Social Circle, Georgia during the Civil War. The earliest letter was actually written in 1859, but others date from wartime and were written from various infantry camps throughout the Southeast. His letters report on combat and the daily operations of the infantry, including camp life.

A number of collections documenting the Civil War have been digitized and are available online as part of America’s Turning Point: Documenting the Civil War Experience in Georgia through the Digital Library of Georgia.

Vienna Progress added to the South Georgia Historic Newspapers Archive:

May 27, 2014 – 10:35 AM - Jean Cleveland
The South Georgia Historic Newspapers Archive now provides access to seventeen newspaper titles published in ten south Georgia cities (Albany, Americus, Bainbridge, Brunswick, Cuthbert, Thomasville, Tifton, Valdosta, Vienna, and Waycross) from 1845 to 1922. Consisting of over 152,000 newspaper pages, the archive provides historical images that are both full-text searchable and can be browsed by date. 

The archive includes the Vienna Progress (1893-1904), in addition to the titles previously available in the archive: Albany Herald (1892-1893, 1900-1901, 1906), Albany News (1867-1892), Albany Patriot (1845-1866), Americus Times Recorder (1881-1921), Bainbridge Democrat (1872-1909), Bainbridge Search Light/Post-Search Light (1901-1922), Brunswick Advertiser/Advertiser and Appeal (1875-1889), Cuthbert Appeal (1866-1886), Sumter Republican (1870-1885), Tifton Gazette (1892-1919), Thomasville Times Enterprise (1873-1922), Valdosta Times (1908-1912), Vienna News (1902-1918),​ Waycross Headlight (1884-1887), Waycross Herald (1892-1914), and Waycross Journal (1901-1914).

The South Georgia Historic Newspapers Archive is a project of the Digital Library of Georgia as part of the Georgia HomePLACE initiative. The project is supported with federal LSTA funds administered by the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Georgia Public Library Service, a unit of the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia. Digitization is also made possible through the generosity of Randy Sullivan.

Other newspaper archives available through the Digital Library of Georgia include the Atlanta Historic Newspapers Archive (1847-1922), the Macon Telegraph Archive (1826-1908), the Athens Historic Newspapers Archive (1827-1928), the Columbus Enquirer Archive (1828-1890), the Milledgeville Historic Newspapers Archive (1808-1920), the Southern Israelite Archive (1929-1986), the Red and Black Archive (1893-2006), and the Mercer Cluster Archive (1920-1970). These archives can be accessed at

Memorial Day Weekend Hours – Main and Science Libraries

May 22, 2014 – 1:48 PM - maryp

The hours of operation for the Main and Science Libraries over the holiday weekend will be as follows:

Saturday, May 24 – 10:00am to 6:00pm

Sunday, May 25 – 1:00pm to 6:00pm

Monday, May 26 – Libraries are closed in observance of Memorial Day

Maymester hours resume on Tuesday, May 27.

UGA Press book named one of best on Georgia history for 2013

May 22, 2014 – 10:53 AM - Jean Cleveland

Congratulations to UGA grad Glenn Eskew, co-winner of the Georgia Historical Society’s 2014 Malcolm Bell, Jr., and Muriel Barrow Bell Award for the best book in Georgia history published in 2013.

Eskew will be at the Richard B. Russell Jr. Special Collections Libraries Building Wed., May 28 to discuss his biography, “Johnny Mercer, Southern Songwriter for the World” at 4 p.m. A reception and book-signing will follow.

The book was published by UGA Press.

Special Collections Libraries closed May 26

May 20, 2014 – 12:01 PM - Jean Cleveland

The UGA Special Collections Libraries Building will be closed Monday, May 26 in observance of Memorial Day. We will resume regular hours Tuesday.