Digital Collections

Clifford H. "Baldy" Baldowski Editorial Cartoons 

Clifford H. Baldowski, known by the pseudonym "Baldy," depicted the local, national, and international news of his day in the editorial pages of the Augusta Chronicle, Miami Herald, and Atlanta Constitution. His work is a rich source for those studying political issues in Georgia and the growth of Atlanta as well as the Civil Rights Movement, the Cold War, the Vietnam conflict, Middle East tensions, and Watergate. This digital database features over 2,500 of Baldy’s editorial cartoons.  

Legends of the Dead-Ball Era: Vintage Baseball Cards from the Collection of Senator Richard B. Russell 

Among the largest private collections of “dead-ball era” tobacco cards held by a public institution in the United States, Senator Richard B. Russell, Jr.'s boyhood baseball card collection is one of the Russell Library’s hidden treasures. This collection contains over 1,000 baseball cards produced by the American Tobacco Company from 1909 to 1911. 

American Turpentine Farmers Association Minute Books, 1936-1999 

This digital collection includes images of over 800 pages of minutes from the American Turpentine Farmers Association (ATFA). The collection offers a glimpse into the pine gum turpentine and rosin farming industry in the U.S. South’s turpentine belt (Georgia, Alabama, Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, Virginia, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas). The site also provides a general history of ATFA with supplementary photographs, courtesy of the Georgia Agrirama, and a relevant University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Service film: Suwanee Pine. 

"Integrated in All Respects": Ed Friend's Highlander Folk School Films and the Politics of Segregation 

"Integrated in All Respects" consists of Ed Friend's film of the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Highlander Folk School in Monteagle, Tennessee, during Labor Day weekend in 1957 and the Georgia Commission on Education's propaganda broadside that featured Friend's photographs and film stills. Founded in 1932, the Highlander Folk School served as an adult education center to promote social and economic justice. By the 1950s, the school had begun focusing on the Civil Rights Movement, and the school trained many of the movement's activists including Septima Clark and Rosa Parks. Sent by the Georgia Commission on Education, an anti-integration state committee established during Governor Marvin Griffin's administration, Ed Friend filmed the anniversary festivities without revealing his true motives. Labor and civil rights activists such as Ralph D. Abernathy, Myles Horton, Martin Luther King, Jr., Aubrey Williams, Charles G. Gomillion, Rosa Parks, Abner W. Berry, Pete Seeger, Harry Schneiderman, Ralph Helstein, A. T. Walden, and Maurice McCrackin are featured in the footage. Friend also documented the weekend’s integrated social activities, including dining, swimming, and dancing. Much of the footage and several stills were incorporated into the commission's broadside linking the Highlander School and other civil rights activism erroneously to communist activity.