The annual exhibit from the Civil War collections in the Hargrett Library this year will focus on the day-to-day lives of women and children, including enslaved women, who were trying to survive without the help of their husbands and sons who were off to war, or in some cases, had been killed.
Among the items on exhibit:
- Very rare letters written by Aggy Mills, a slave in the Howell Cobb Sr. household
- An account book of Mary Ann Lamar Cobb, which details the business of running a household, including clothing bought or made, and the contrasts with costs after the start of the war
- Letters from Mrs. Cobb to her son away at war, reporting on activities at home, including women devoting themselves to sewing uniforms for the soldiers
- A diary of Cyrena Bailey Stone, a Union sympathizer in Atlanta, She writes of food and clothing prices, hospital visits, Union shelling and diatribes against Confederate leaders
A display of women’s clothing from the UGA College and Family and Consumer Sciences Historic Clothing and Textiles Collection is included in the exhibit.
Through March 31.
The legacy of Dan Magill, longtime UGA tennis coach, sports information director and creator of the Bulldog clubs, is commemorated in an exhibit on view in the Rotunda of the Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries Jan. 25 through March 31.
Included in the display are materials donated to the Hargrett Rare and Manuscript Library by Magill’s family, and materials loaned to the Hargrett Library by the ITA Tennis Hall of Fame Museum.
Tennis rackets, rarely seen photographs, and ephemera from a life dedicated to the service of the University of Georgia make up the exhibit.
“Working on this exhibit was inspiring,” said Curator Jason Hasty. “Coach Magill’s legacy is unlike any other. He is one of the key figures in the history of collegiate tennis, but, outside of tennis, his contributions to his beloved alma mater are immeasurable. He is truly one of the most iconic figures ever associated with the university.”
The Main and Science Libraries will operate with reduced hours in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day as follows:
Sunday, January 17 – 1PM to 9PM
Monday, January 18 – CLOSED
Regular semester hours will resume on Tuesday, January 19 – 7:30AM to 2AM.
In observance of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday, the Miller Learning Center will close early at 7 p.m. on Saturday, January 16. The building will reopen January 19 at 7 a.m. and resume its 24-hour schedule. See mlc.uga.edu/about/hours for building hours.
The Watchmaker of Filigree Street by Natasha Pulley
Call #: PR6116.U45 W26 2015 Main Library, 3rd floor.
“In 1883, Thaniel Steepleton returns to his tiny flat to find a gold pocketwatch on his pillow. But he has worse fears than generous burglars; he is a telegraphist at the Home Office, which has just received a threat for what could be the largest-scale Fenian bombing in history. When the watch saves Thaniel’s life in a blast that destroys Scotland Yard, he goes in search of its maker, Keita Mori–a kind, lonely immigrant who sweeps him into a new world of clockwork and music. Although Mori seems harmless at first, a chain of unexpected events soon proves that he must be hiding something. Meanwhile, Grace Carrow is sneaking into an Oxford library dressed as a man. A theoretical physicist, she is desperate to prove the existence of the luminiferous ether before her mother can force her to marry. As the lives of these three characters become entwined, events spiral out of control until Thaniel is torn between loyalties, futures and opposing geniuses.” – Publisher.
Know Your Beholder : A Novel by Adam Rapp.
Call #: PS3568.A6278 K67 2015 Main Library 3rd floor
“As winter deepens in snowbound Pollard, Illinois, thirty-something Francis Falbo is holed up in his attic apartment, recovering from a series of traumas: his mother’s death, his beloved wife’s desertion, and his once-ascendant rock band’s irreconcilable break-up. Francis hasn’t shaved in months, hasn’t so much as changed out of his bathrobe–’the uniform of a Life in Default’–for nine days. Other than the agoraphobia that continues to hold him hostage, all he has left is his childhood home, whose remaining rooms he rents to a cast of eccentric tenants, including a pair of former circus performers whose daughter has gone missing. The tight-knit community has already survived a blizzard, but there is more danger in store for the citizens of Pollard before summer arrives. Francis is himself caught up in these troubles as he becomes increasingly entangled in the affairs of others, with results that are by turns disastrous, hysterical, and ultimately healing.” – Publisher
Avenue of Mysteries by John Irving.
Call #: PS3559.R8 A95 2015 Main Library, 3rd floor
“Juan Diego–a fourteen-year-old boy, who was born and grew up in Mexico–has a thirteen-year-old sister. Her name is Lupe, and she thinks she sees what’s coming–specifically, her own future and her brother’s. Lupe is a mind reader; she doesn’t know what everyone is thinking, but she knows what most people are thinking. Regarding what has happened, as opposed to what will, Lupe is usually right about the past; without your telling her, she knows all the worst things that have happened to you. Lupe doesn’t know the future as accurately. But consider what a terrible burden it is, if you believe you know the future–especially your own future, or, even worse, the future of someone you love. What might a thirteen-year-old girl be driven to do, if she thought she could change the future? As an older man, Juan Diego will take a trip to the Philippines, but what travels with him are his dreams and memories; he is most alive in his childhood and early adolescence in Mexico. As we grow older–most of all, in what we remember and what we dream–we live in the past. Sometimes, we live more vividly in the past than in the present. Avenue of Mysteries is the story of what happens to Juan Diego in the Philippines, where what happened to him in the past–in Mexico–collides with his future” – Publisher
The friendship between Pauli Murray, a human rights activist, and First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt is explored in a new book by Patricia Bell-Scott, University of Georgia professor emerita of women’s studies and human development and family science. Bell-Scott will discuss her book, The Firebrand and the First Lady: Portrait of a Friendship: Pauli Murray, Eleanor Roosevelt, and the Struggle for Social Justice (published by Knopf), Feb. 4 at the Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries.
Co-sponsored by the Lucy Hargrett Draper Center and Archives and the Institute for African American Studies, the event, scheduled from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., is part of UGA’s Black History Month observance and will launch a national book tour. Prior to the Bell-Scott’s presentation, the African American Choral Ensemble will present a selection of songs under the direction of Dr. Gregory Broughton. A reception will also be held.
As founding editor of SAGE: A Scholarly Journal on Women, Bell-Scott contacted Pauli Murray to serve on its initial editorial board. A comment in Murray’s return letter – “you need to know some of the veterans of the battle whose shoulders you now stand on” – stayed with Bell-Scott, eventually leading to nearly two decades of research and writing that has produced this dual biography. “Pauli’s suggestion sounded like a call in many ways,” Bell-Scott said.
“Once I began reading the correspondence between them, I knew my job was to tell their story,” she said. “I wanted to know what drew together the granddaughter of a mulatto slave reared in North Carolina, and a native New Yorker, whose ancestry entitled her to membership in the Daughters of the American Revolution. I wanted to understand the nature of their unlikely friendship, and how it changed over time. I wondered what individual needs the relationship satisfied, how were they changed by it, and what significance did it have for the cause of social justice.”
Drawing on letters, journals, diaries, published and unpublished manuscripts, and interviews, Bell-Scott gives us the first close-up portrait of this evolving friendship and how it was sustained over time, what each gave to the other, and how their friendship changed the cause of American social justice.
Murray and Roosevelt met after a letter Murray wrote protesting racial segregation in the South made its way to the First Lady.
“I learned that their friendship began in 1938 as a confrontation in words, fueled by Murray’s desire for dramatic social change and the First Lady’s obligation to the measured approach Franklin Roosevelt’s administration took on the question of civil rights,” Bell-Scott said.
Murray was the first African American to receive a doctor of juridical science from Yale, the first black woman to be ordained as an Episcopal priest, a key strategist in the fight to preserve Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act and a co-founder of the National Organization for Women.
“I am delighted this book is coming out at this particular moment,” Bell-Scott said, citing the 50th anniversary of NOW, the 55th anniversary of President Kennedy’s Presidential Commission on the Status of Women that was chaired by Eleanor Roosevelt, and the 60th anniversary of Murray’s memoir, Proud Shoes, which many scholars consider the precursor to Alex Hailey’s Roots.
“The friendship between Pauli Murray and Eleanor Roosevelt came to be characterized by honesty, trust, empathy, mutual respect, acceptance, a commitment to hearing the other’s point of view, pleasure in each other’s company, and the ability to pick up where they left off, irrespective of the miles that had separated them or the time lapsed,” Bell-Scott said.
The Curriculum Materials Library will be closed Sunday, January 17th & Monday the 18th for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday. The CML is always closed Saturdays. Normal hours are 8:00-8:00 M-Th, 8:00-5:00 Fridays, and 1:00-5:00 Sundays. Visit us in 207 Aderhold Hall for thousands of children’s books & classroom materials. You can also request delivery of CML materials to the Main & Science Libraries by using the “request” link in GIL-FIND.
The 20th anniversary of the Lucy Hargrett Draper Center & Archives for the Study of the Rights of Women in History and the Law will be observed March 5 with a rededication beginning at 1 p.m. in the Gallery Hallway of the Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries.
The annual exhibit will examine the changing world of women from 1632 when the first treatise on women’s legal status and rights was published to the 19th and early 20th centuries in the U.S. and Great Britain, a period of major social transformation.
Dr. Toby Graham, university librarian and associate provost, Lucy Hargrett Draper and a student representative will make remarks. Gallery tours and a reception to follow.
The observance will continue with a series of four events co-sponsored with Women’s Studies throughout March.