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.

Staff Picks display now up in Main Library

May 15, 2014 – 12:26 PM - Amy Watts

20140513_103651Looking for your summer reading? We’ve solicited recommendations from our Libraries staff and are featuring those books in a new display at the Main Library. It’s on the first floor, to the left of the checkout desk, and right across from the door to the cafe area. The books circulate like any regular book, with regular checkout periods. We’ll be adding more recommendations as books are checked out, so check back often.

Here are the books currently on display:

Hope Dies Last by Studs Turkel, chosen by Walter Biggins, UGA Press

Given the world we live in, and given that we all are perpetual screwups within it, how do we keep going? And why? These are the central questions of life, and Studs Terkel talks to over 60 activists, politicians, and world changers about the potential answers. Hope means different things to different people, and the quasi-oral history doesn’t offer a definitive answer. (If the Bible can’t even do it, why would we expect it of Terkel’s tome?) But the wrestling with the questions is the main thing, and that wrestling is lucid, tear-jerking, insightful, and deeply, deeply moving.

My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durell, chosen by Jenifer Marquardt, Cataloging Department

My-Family-and-Other-Animals0001Gerald Durrell was one of the first to believe that zoos should be used to help preserve and regenerate species. My family and other animals is a biography covering the period of his childhood on the Greek island of Corfu. The book is a mix of funny tales of his British family, which included Lawrence Durrell, and the naturalistic studies of a young child.

13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher, chosen by J. R., Cataloging Department

My hopes for this one were so high that I was inevitably a little let down through absolutely no fault of the author’s. I’m choosing this one nonetheless, because I think what he did here was incredibly valuable, and I can probably say very little about this exploration of the way in which our pettiest actions can crush another human being that hasn’t already been said. One scene in particular was hard for me to get through, in the best possible way, because of its spot-on portrayal of people’s utter lack of compassion for the suicidal person.

Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin, chosen by Amy Watts, Reference Department

If you saw the movie, forget about it. It was rubbish. Rachel is best friends with Darcy, who is engaged to Dexter. Rachel first fell in love with Dexter back in law school, right before he met Darcy. After too many drinks on Rachel’s 30th birthday, she and Dexter end up sleeping together. So then what? Will the marriage go ahead? Whether it does or doesn’t, what happens to Rachel and Darcy’s lifelong friendship? A novel about infidelity that makes you sympathetic to both the cheater and the cheated-on; a story about the fine line between a friend and a “frenemy” – this book is called “Chick Lit” mainly because it’s got a  pink and cover and is written by a woman; the issues it’s confronting will be relatable to many readers.

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New! Use your MyID to access Libraries’ resources remotely

May 12, 2014 – 3:56 PM - Kristin Nielsen

You can now log into GALILEO and our other electronic resources using your MyID and password. If you don’t have a MyID, the GALILEO password also works.

Need help? Ask a librarian.

ARTifacts Rocks Athens

May 7, 2014 – 1:16 PM - Jean Cleveland


The ARTifacts Rocks Athens exhibit will be available  at the Russell Special Collections Libraries through the end of the year.

The display cases of the Media Archives gallery are filled with guitars, including some presented in memoriam,  and other instruments; album and magazine covers, buttons, bumper stickers,  band flyers, photos, set lists, bar tabs, stage outfits,  wigs,  folk art and more colorful and quirky ephemera.

Several hundred people turned out May 1 for the opening reception/dance party for the ARTifacts Rocks Athens exhibit . The exhibit is a collaboration between the Art Rocks Athens Foundation and the Brown Media Archives and Peabody Awards Collection.

Celebrities including Cindy Wilson of the B-52s and Vanessa Briscoe Hay and Michael Lachowski of Pylon attended.

“Artists and musicians created a kooky, quirky lifestyle fueled by boatloads of imagination and very little else,” explains the foundation website. “That ability to take something old, see its potential, and use it in a new way was an integral part of the 1975-85 era. This exhibition is a fun ramble through the jumble of the collective closet of a generation of people who developed style of their own – in art, in music, and in life – and shared it with the world.”


Free coffee at the Science Library, May 1 and 2

April 30, 2014 – 11:44 AM - Liz

Hey y’all! Need extra caffeine to get you through the first couple days of finals? We have free coffee and cookies May 1st and May 2nd at the Science Library while supplies last.

Free coffee at the Science Library on May 1st and May 2nd.

April 29, 2014 – 4:00 PM - nadine

Date change for Paws & Relax!  New day:  Thursday, May 1, 11am-1pm.  Main library, Science library and the Miller Learning Center.

Many dogs are afraid of thunder, so if they came on Wednesday, they’d need the therapy more than us!