Exhibit at UGA Special Collections Building Explores How Interstates Paved the Future

Submitted by Camie on Wed, 02/26/2020

The construction of interstate highways transformed the landscape of the United States of America during the second half of the 20th century; the process also altered the economy, politics, and culture of the country.

A new exhibition on display at the University of Georgia’s Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries explores the origins and impact of these roads in Georgia with a focus on the political compromises and fiscal policies that made them possible.

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.

Georgia Writers Hall of Fame Anniversary Event Features Author Philip Lee Williams

Submitted by Camie on Tue, 01/21/2020

The Georgia Writers Hall of Fame will begin celebrations of its 20th anniversary with a reading of inductee Philip Lee Williams’ 20th novel.

Williams’ book launch event is scheduled for 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 30, the acclaimed writer’s 70th birthday, at the Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries at the University of Georgia.

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.

Pioneering new documentary about black speech to be screened in Athens

Submitted by Camie on Thu, 12/05/2019

The Athens branch of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, the University of Georgia Libraries, and the UGA Institute for African American Studies will present the Athens premiere of Talking Black in America on Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019 at the Athens-Clarke County Public Library.

“The Athens branch of ASALH is honored to present the film,” said Maurice Daniels, dean emeritus of the UGA School of Social Work and president of the Athens branch. “We look forward to a robust discussion about the journey of African Americans and their influence on language and culture in America."

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.