UGA Special Collections Libraries Put Rare Books on Display

Submitted by Camie on Mon, 05/24/2021

While millions of readers have enjoyed the works of Emily Dickinson or read Aesop’s fables in mass-produced paperbacks, the University of Georgia Special Collections Libraries is offering a glimpse at rare books that go beyond the words to become artistic statements themselves.

Image of Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror, by John Ashbery
Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror, by John Ashbery

UGA Libraries Announce Summer 2021 Hours

Submitted by Camie on Fri, 05/07/2021

UGA Libraries will be open and ready to serve the campus community throughout the summer. Librarians, archivists and staff will be available for help, research consultations and other activities — both in person and online — for students, faculty, and others, whether they are taking summer classes, preparing for the fall semester, working on independent projects, or have other needs.

UGA’s Lillian Smith Book Awards Recognize Writings on Reparations, Voter Suppression

Submitted by Camie on Thu, 05/06/2021

Books that explore how historic government policies on voting rights and reparations have marginalized Black communities are the 2021 recipients of the Lillian Smith Book Awards, administered by the University of Georgia Libraries to honor books dedicated to social justice issues.

Virtual Family Day Explores Medieval Life, Thanks to UGA’s Hargrett Library

Submitted by Camie on Thu, 04/29/2021

UGA’s Hargrett Library invites families to travel back in time and explore life in the 15th century, as they learn about the current exhibit “The Hargrett Hours: Exploring Medieval Manuscripts.” Children can make crafts with free craft kits and participate in medieval story time and a virtual exhibit tour through a family day website.

Study rooms dedicated for couple who escaped slavery

Submitted by Camie on Mon, 04/26/2021

In 1848, William and Ellen Craft fled Georgia in disguise — and for 19 years, left the country — to escape slavery and become activists for freedom, literacy and education for Black Americans before and after the Civil War.

Nearly 175 years later, their names will be permanently etched at the heart of the birthplace of public higher education in the United States, with two study rooms in the Main Library of the University of Georgia dedicated in the couple’s honor. Along with the naming of two adjoining study rooms for Mary Blount Bowen Green, a little-known white schoolteacher from the same community, the markers will celebrate Georgians who worked to build a better future for the students of today.

Fourteen UGA Faculty Chosen for Special Collections Fellows Program

Submitted by Camie on Mon, 04/05/2021

Fourteen University of Georgia faculty members will collaborate with UGA Libraries archivists this May to design learning opportunities for students using historical materials, as part of the 2021 Special Collections Libraries Fellows program.

From finance to film studies, the sixth cohort of the program reflects the broadest range of academic disciplines in the program’s history, reaching faculty from eight schools and colleges and 13 academic departments. The group exemplifies the wide range of materials that students and researchers can explore in the Libraries’ three special collections units.

Poets, Playwright, Politician Named to Georgia Writers Hall of Fame

Submitted by Camie on Wed, 03/31/2021

Four writers whose words have inspired people around the world will be celebrated as the newest members of the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame this fall.

Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Jericho Brown, playwright and performance artist Pearl Cleage, and National Book Award Bronze Medal recipient Clarence Major have earned the 2021 distinction, administered by the Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library at the University of Georgia to honor the state’s literary legacy.

In addition, the November ceremony will include a special posthumous recognition in honor of the late civil rights leader and U.S. Rep. John Lewis, who was elected into the hall in 2019 for various works, including his speeches, his autobiography, and his trilogy of graphic novels.

His memoir “Run: Book One” — a sequel to the best-selling “March” trilogy — will be published Aug. 3. Lewis completed the story before his death last July at 80.

Hargrett Hours Exhibit Details Students’ Research

Submitted by Camie on Fri, 02/05/2021

It’s one thing to read and study medieval stories, but it’s another for students to touch, translate and research 600-year-old manuscripts. Thanks to an innovative series of classes called The Hargrett Hours Project hosted at the University of Georgia Special Collections Libraries, students had that opportunity, and now their work is on display in the building’s galleries.

An exhibit, “The Hargrett Hours: Exploring Medieval Manuscripts,” presents the insights students gained while investigating medieval manuscripts in the collections of the Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library. The display includes original items from the collections, dating back centuries, as well as the findings from the students’ in-depth study of a Book of Hours.