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Georgiana Collections in the Hargrett Library

The Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscripts Library has collected more than two hundred thousand books representing the history of the state of Georgia.

By registering to use the library's Montgomery Reading Room, researchers may work with unique materials that reveal more than three centuries of Georgia people, places, and culture.

At the end of 2011 more than 100,000 Georgiana Collection books and journals that had been housed since the 1980s in the library’s Georgia Room were moved, with the Hargrett Library’s manuscripts and document collections, into the new building’s climate controlled, high-density vault. Researchers can now request books from any Internet connection to GIL / GIL-Find, the library online catalog, and use them in the Russell building’s third-floor reading room. The Montgomery Reading Room also contains 2000 books—including most standard Georgia reference works – for registered researchers to use.


Rare Books

Early printed works by Europeans about the new American colony, and rich, hand-illustrated folios by frontier naturalists of the 18th and 19th centuries can be found in the Rare Books Collection. The rare books staff also oversees the Wymberly Jones De Renne Georgia Library, many rare maps that show Georgia's development as colony and state, and a wide selection of antique printed broadsides announcing local and statewide public events of the 19th and 20th centuries. In addition, an extensive collection of wartime publications printed in the Confederate state of Georgia, the holdings of the James W. Woodruff, Sr. Center for Natural History in Georgia, and many scarce, limited editions and foreign printings of Georgia’s most celebrated native writers are located in the Rare Books Collection, and they can be requested through the online catalog.


Manuscripts and Photographs

The Hargrett Library's Manuscripts & Photographs section provides access to the unpublished, original, and often unique artifacts of life in Georgia. The Finding Aid Database contains records for individuals’ and family’s papers, diaries, letters, and the papers of various historical Georgia businesses and organizations. Researchers will find that many collections also contain images of local life and work in the 19th and 20th centuries. Drawings, postcards, and a wide array of photographic formats, from daguerreotypes and tintypes to the slide and film formats of the 20th century, portray noted Georgians and places and events of historical interest, such as Georgia buildings recorded by the Historic American Buildings Survey and the public works projects of the  Work Projects Administration (WPA) during the “New Deal.”


University Archives

The University of Georgia Archives is the official repository preserving over two centuries of the University of Georgia’s history. Official records, images, plans, publications and artifacts relating to the university’s history can be accessed through the Guide to Print Collections, or by contacting the archives directly for assistance. The Archives has placed a number of materials online that catalog the known alumni and that chart the history of the institution. By consulting the archives’ web pages, one may read a transcript of the 1785 charter and of the early college’s trustees’ minutes, or study a detailed “Finding Aid for University of Georgia Integration Materials 1938-1965.”


Other Special Collections

Joining the Hargrett Library in the Richard B. Russell, Jr. Special Collections Library, are the Walter J. Brown Media Archive & Peabody Awards Collection and the Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies. The Russell Library holds over 300 collections from politicians, political parties, public policy organizations, federal and state appointees, and political observers and activists from modern Georgia – altogether over 13,000 linear feet of correspondence, speeches, legislation policy papers, polling data, campaign materials, sound recordings, electronic records, photographs, film, artifacts, and oral histories. The Brown Media Archives and Peabody Awards Collection’s mission includes collecting moving image and sound materials that reflect the collective memory of broadcasting and the history of Georgia. Its wide selection of holdings include Georgia newsfilm and radio collections, field recordings and performance tapes of Georgia musicians, home movies and film festival entries, as well as film and audio from the archives of Georgia businesses and institutions.


Other UGA Libraries

In the other principal library facilities on the UGA campus, researchers can also find specialized items pertinent to scholarship on the history, geography, folklore or culture of Georgia. The Georgia Newspaper Project’s holdings index and the Serials Department’s  Unified Newspaper Database are excellent resources for historical Georgia newspapers on microfilm at UGA. In addition, researchers will find detailed records in the library’s online catalog to locate and use a wide variety of other helpful information sources, such as Georgia government documents, maps, city directories, the microfilm of federal census records, and all University of Georgia theses and dissertations. And last but not least, an Internet connection brings all researchers, on campus or far away, into contact with the Digital Library of Georgia --  a gateway to Georgia's history and culture through digitized books, manuscripts, photographs, government documents, newspapers, maps, audio, video, and other resources copied from more than 200 collections held by 60 institutions and 100 government agencies.