UGA Collaboration Earns National Council on Public History Award

Submitted by Camie on Mon, 02/24/2020

A University of Georgia collaboration that presented Georgia’s incarceration history in an exhibition and on stage is being honored as one of the top public history projects in the nation.

Archivists with UGA’s special collections libraries partnered with theatre and dance faculty on campus and at Spelman College to engage students in an exploration of reports, correspondence, newsfilm, photographs and other original materials from archival collections documenting the history of convict labor in Georgia. Over the course of three semesters, students and faculty created a devised theatrical performance grounded in that history.

UGA’s Special Collections Libraries celebrate Women’s History Month

Submitted by Camie on Mon, 02/24/2020

With women’s suffrage artifacts on display in the galleries, the University of Georgia’s Special Collections Libraries will celebrate Women’s History Month this March with a number of special events.

The events, co-sponsored by the UGA Institute for Women's Studies and Lucy Hargrett Draper Center and Archives for the Study of the Rights of Women in History and Law, include a film series and a keynote lecture.

Special Collections Fellows to Design Archives-Based Courses

Submitted by Camie on Mon, 02/17/2020

Twelve University of Georgia faculty members have been chosen as 2019-2020 Special Collections Fellows. The fifth cohort of the program represents six schools and colleges with interests ranging from art and education to social work and population health.

Sponsored by the University of Georgia Libraries and the Center for Teaching and Learning, the program guides faculty members as they develop courses that apply archives-centered pedagogy and allow their students to engage with the rich array of materials held in UGA’s three special
collections libraries.

Hargrett Library Celebrates Women’s Suffrage Anniversary in New Exhibit

Submitted by Camie on Wed, 01/15/2020

The University of Georgia’s Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library will pay homage to the centennial anniversary of women’s suffrage this spring. An exhibit entitled The Strategies for Suffrage: Mobilizing a Nation for Women’s Rights opens at the Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries on Jan. 17.

The exhibit, curated by Sidonia Serafini, a doctoral student in UGA’s department of English in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, explores the nearly century-long story of how women secured enfranchisement and campaigned for women’s civil rights in the United States.

Museum Space at UGA Libraries Named for Ted Turner

Submitted by Camie on Fri, 12/06/2019

The exhibition hall in the University of Georgia’s Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries will be named in honor of CNN founder, environmentalist and longtime Atlantan Ted Turner, subject to UGA Cabinet approval, thanks in part to a $550,000 donation made by WarnerMedia (formerly Time Warner), an entertainment and media conglomerate that merged with Turner Broadcasting in 1996.

Announcement of the donation was made on Friday at a ceremony in Atlanta at WarnerMedia’s Techwood campus, which was dedicated to Ted Turner. The gift amount includes $50,000 to establish the Ted Turner Scholarship Fund, which will be matched by the UGA Foundation to endow need-based scholarships to incoming students in the university’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication.

Libraries Collaboration Brings Archives to the Stage

Submitted by Camie on Thu, 11/07/2019

Century-old stories of exploited Georgia prisoners have been lifted from the University of Georgia Libraries’ vault to the gallery and now to the stage, through a collaboration among archivists, faculty members and students at UGA and Spelman College.

Through the partnership, students and faculty have engaged with dozens of artifacts and historical documents to create [The Georgia Incarceration Performance Project], which will culminate in performances this fall and winter.

Art School Photograph Collection Entrusted to UGA’s Special Collections Libraries

Submitted by Camie on Mon, 11/04/2019

The Lamar Dodd School of Art is pleased to announce the School’s Photograph Collection, which has been a part of the curriculum at the Dodd for 50 years, was moved to the Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, one of three special collections libraries at the University of Georgia.

Lamar Dodd School of Art Professor Emeritus W. Robert Nix began assembling the photo collection in 1969 to provide opportunities for art students to have hands-on familiarity with examples of historic photographic processes, materials, and equipment. “As our culture becomes increasingly saturated with photographic images whose differences are neutralized by reproduction and through screens, encounters with these material, hand-crafted objects can be revelatory,” said Dr. Alisa Luxenberg, Professor of Art History.

Dinner, Poetry Reading to Celebrate new Inductees to Georgia Writers Hall of Fame

Submitted by Camie on Mon, 10/21/2019

The University of Georgia Libraries will celebrate three new inductees to the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame with author discussions and a special dinner this November.

The festivities honor food writer John T. Edge and poet A.E. Stallings, as well as pioneering journalist Julia Collier Harris, who is being inducted posthumously.

New Exhibit Examines the History of Convict Labor in Georgia

Submitted by Camie on Wed, 09/11/2019

The University of Georgia’s Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library takes a closer look at Georgia’s incarceration history in the new exhibit The New South and New Slavery: Convict Labor in Georgia, now on display at the Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries. The display examines the forced labor of prisoners in the state from the beginnings of the convict lease system in the 19thcentury until the abolition of the chain gang in 1945.