Archives Online: Internet Resources Related to UGA Archives
While we hope you can come to visit the University Archives in person, we also try to make selected items of wide interest available via the Internet:
Within the portals of the Exhibit Hall we serve up images of select University of Georgia treasures for your edification. Please feel free to stroll around the grounds, examining early University photographs, the 1785 University of Georgia Charter and other diverse exhibits. Admission is free.
The Digital Library of Georgia, part of the GALILEO system of databases, is being developed as a virtual library of text, images and media that are important to the study of the history and culture of the state of Georgia. The University of Georgia Archives works with the DLG to present items of interest from our collections.
The following items currently represent the history of the University of Georgia in the DLG offerings:
Thomas Reed (1870-1950) spent a lifetime immersed in the history of the University of Georgia, both exploring it and making it. His large and detailed manuscript history has long been a favorite resource for researchers visiting University Archives. Now, thanks to the DLG, its more than 4000 pages can be accessed via the Internet.
Although there is no index to Reed, his tables of contents can be searched using the find feature on Internet browsers by going to our Reed's Complete Table of Contents page.
The Red and Black debuted in 1893 with a student editorial affirming that the new paper would be “devoted to matters of interest to the students and friends of the University.” Such has been the objective of the Red and Black, first as a University of Georgia publication and, since 1980, as an entirely independent publication aiming to, “provide a training ground for students interested in gaining experience in various aspects of newspaper publishing and to produce a high quality daily newspaper for the University of Georgia community.”
As early as 1853 the University of Georgia started issuing this listing entirely printed in Latin! The work was periodically updated and reissued (in convenient English) through 1906.
Officers and faculty of the University are listed in the first 16 pages of the Catalogue, followed by graduates and matriculates arranged by class. To find the class year of an individual, check under their name in the student index beginning on page 209. A listing of honorary degrees granted will be found on page 204.
As a complement to this index, we encourage you to also search the 1901 Centennial Alumni Catalog, described below. While fewer individuals are included in the 1901 compilation, much more biographical detail is usually available in each entry.
To celebrate 100 years of classes at the Athens campus, the University of Georgia assembled the Centennial Alumni Catalog, containing, "as far as possible, a full but concise account of the life and services of all alumni during the century." Those who attended UGA, but did not graduate, were also included in the project. The returned questionnaires are a treasure-trove of biographical and genealogical information.
The detail in the 1901 catalog is wonderful, but many associated with the University are not included because they or their survivors did not return the form. We strongly suggest that you complement your search of the 1901 catalog with a search of the 1906 catalog listed above.
Since 1886, the Pandora has been the yearbook of the University of Georgia. Starting as a publication of the fraternities, the Pandora combined facts, photography, cartooning and humor (of varying quality) to provide an annual record of University activities. Its serious and satirical articles both provide interesting historical details about student life on campus and in Athens. This initial offering provides scans of the first few years published, 1886-1899, volumes 1-12. Volumes were not published for 1889 and 1891. Later volumes will be added over time.
Dr. Henry Hull and his son, Augustus Longstreet Hull, were intimately associated with the University during most of the 19th century. Their colorful recollections were gathered by A. L. Hull in two works rich in University history. In 1894, Hull produced A Historical Sketch of the University of Georgia. A few years later, Hull incorporated much of his University history into his Annals of Athens, 1801-1901.
Don't look for honey in the pages of the Bumble Bee. In five issues, appearing from 1889 to 1902, graduating students at the University of Georgia departed with a few last stings of vicious satire aimed at UGA faculty and administration. Whether its pages are filled with base libel or grains of truth, it certainly lives up to the wordplay of its slogan, "We sting where we light. We light often."
These more than 1500 documents were assembled by the UGA Office of the Self-Study as part of the University's 2000 accreditation review by SACS, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. This online collection provides an extensive overview of the University at the turn of the 21st century and demonstrates the use of digital archives in support of the accreditation process.
To read more about the Digital Library of Georgia and its other projects, visit their home page at http://dlg.galileo.usg.edu/.
The Hargrett Library has also produced a series of scans of rare material. Among those relating to the University of Georgia in the collection Facsimile Books from the UGA Libraries (Selected works provided in DjVu and PDF format) are:
The Life of Josiah Meigs by William Montgomery Meigs, 1887. This full biography of the University's brilliant and colorful second president contains much information about the earliest days of the University.
Catalogue of books in the Library of the University of Georgia, by James Jackson, librarian, 1850. This printed catalog, small enough to fit in a coat pocket, provided the 1850 student with a portable list of the holdings of the Library.
The David Lewis Earnest Photographs, Hargrett Manuscript Collection Ms 1377, provides many views of the University, the State Normal School and Athens taken from the 1890s up into the 1950s.
History of the University of Georgia Library by Anna Elizabeth LaBoone, 1954. This detailed master's thesis covers the history of the University's Libraries from the beginning into the early 1950s.
Images and maps of the University can also be found in online collection Hargrett Library's Historic Images of Athens, Georgia
In spite of the celebrated superior penmanship of the past, it can be a time-consuming challenge to read hand-written manuscripts. From time to time manuscripts are transcribed into electronic form, to the best of our ability, and made available through the web. As you may see, brackets, question marks and other marks indicate where we are mystified or at least doubtful.
Our most useful offering is the growing set of searchable transcriptions of the Minutes of the University of Georgia Board of Trustees, Senatus Academicus and Prudential Committee, vital documents in the University's history from 1786 to 1932.
To see a listing of all transcriptions available online, go to http://www.libs.uga.edu/hargrett/archives/transcriptions.html
Goin' Back: Remembering UGA is an oral history project that captures the memories of former students, faculty and staff at the University of Georgia. This joint project of the Office of Public Affairs and the UGA Alumni Association preserves the remembrances of those who were there, providing access to those recollections to scholars, alumni and friends.
The Memorial Garden Book of Remembrance
The Memorial Garden Book of Remembrance, is an online memorial dedicated to the remembrance of those from the University who have given their lives in service to their community, state, and nation.