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 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.


Main Library Water Outage, Friday, June 27

June 27, 2014 – 10:04 AM - Amy Watts

The Main Library is experiencing a building-wide water outage today, Friday, June 27. The problem is expected to be resolved by noon.

Other buildings on North Campus appear to also be affected by the outage. Currently, the closest public restrooms available are in the Law Library.

As always, please fee free to call us with any questions or concerns. (706-542-3251)

Toby Graham named University Librarian

June 17, 2014 – 3:00 PM - Deborah Stanley, Web Editor

Toby Graham, Deputy University Librarian and Director, Hargrett Rare Book & Manuscript Library, has been appointed University Librarian, Provost Pamela Whitten announced today. His appointment is effective September 1.

“Toby Graham is an outstanding choice to lead the University Libraries,” said UGA President Jere W. Morehead. “He has the background, personality, drive and dedication to move the libraries forward in the coming years.”

For more information, please see the University’s press release.

H. Randolph Holder Family Papers and the Longest Letter Ever Written

June 11, 2014 – 1:43 PM - Jean Cleveland

The Hargrett Library is pleased to announce that the H. Randolph Holder family papers, ms 3821, are open for research.

Howard Randolph Holder (1916-2002) was born in Moline, Illinois to James William and Charlotte Brega Holder. He served in World War II in Co. E, 1st Armored Regiment, 1st Armored Division. He was captured February 15, 1943 in North Africa and held in prison camp Oflag 64 (Szubin, Poland) until January 1945. He married Clementi Lacey-Baker of Louisville, Kentucky in 1942 and they had four children. They moved to Athens, Georgia in 1948 where Holder was a radio announcer, news director, and part owner of Clarke Broadcasting Corporation.

This collection consists of biographical information, correspondence, writings, photographs, printed material and scrapbooks. There is much correspondence between “Howie” Holder and his wife and family during World War II. One group of letters from Clementi to her husband while he was a POW were found in the prison camp 40 years after the war and returned to them. In 1995, Holder wrote a book about his POW experiences titled Escape to Russia.

Of special interest are letters between Clementi Lacey-Baker and Anton Frederik van Dam (1920-1976) in the Netherlands. They were both 18 years old in 1938 when they began a pen pal relationship. They continued to be friends until his death in 1976. One of his letters was listed in the 1972 Guinness Book of World Records as the longest letter ever written. It was begun in 1940 and ended in 1945, and gave details about the German invasion of his country and the effect on his family. Years later Clementi transcribed this 514 page letter and titled it “Dear Clem.”

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.


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