Call for GHRAC Awards Nominations


Contact
Penny Cliff
Telephone 678.364.3807
Email Penelope.Cliff@usg.edu
Website http://www.georgiaarchives.org/
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 28, 2021

Reward Excellent Work in Archives

Call for GHRAC Awards Nominations

Morrow, GA, January 28, 2021– Do you know someone who has done outstanding work using, preserving, or making historical records more accessible?  Think about an historical or genealogical society, library, museum, county or municipal government, researcher, local historian, educator, or student.  The Georgia Historical Records Advisory Council (GHRAC) wants to encourage and reward their exceptional efforts. 

GHRAC established the Outstanding Archives Awards Program in 2003 to recognize outstanding efforts in archives and records work in Georgia. By publicly recognizing excellent achievements, the Board strives to inspire others. Hundreds of organizations and individuals play a significant role in the preservation of our state’s documentary heritage. 

GHRAC has twelve different award categories for individuals and organizations. Award recipients will be honored at the Georgia Archives by the GHRAC Board at a ceremony during Archives Month in October. Nominations may be submitted February 1 through June 1. Nominations must be postmarked on or before June 1, 2021.  

All of the following are eligible for an award. (You may nominate your own organization.)  

  • local governments, courts, school systems, state agencies, and institutions
  • historical records repositories, historical societies, libraries, and museums
  • educators, students, and researchers
  • legislators and government officials
  • individuals and organizations who support archives and records management
  • specialized subject societies in related fields such as oral history, genealogy, folklore, archaeology, business history, etc.

Information about the GHRAC Awards Program is located on the website of the Georgia Archives, www.georgiaarchives.org. On the homepage, type “GHRAC” in the search bar. You can then click on the link to the “GHRAC Awards Program.” Here you will find the links for the Nomination Form and instructions, the Award Categories and Selection Criteria for all 12 awards categories, and a list of all prior award recipients.

A nomination package consists of the one-page nomination form (please provide all requested contact information), a 500-word summary or project description, a copy of the work itself, and any supporting documentation necessary to appropriately portray the complete work (such as in the case of a project which includes an exhibit, a website, or an audiovisual, instructional, service, or performance component). Please note specific requirements in the appropriate selection criteria for nominations.

If submitted electronically, one copy of the nomination package should be emailed to: Linda.Pickering@usg.edu. If submitted as hard copy, seven (7) complete nomination packages should be sent to: GHRAC, c/o Linda Pickering, Georgia Archives 5800 Jonesboro Rd. Morrow, GA 30260 (Copies will not be returned). Nominators should pay particular attention to the following requirements: 1. Georgia students who research and write in an area other than Georgia history or a Georgia subject must use the resources of Georgia records repositories to qualify for these awards. 2. A letter of support from a professor, teacher, adviser, or other appropriate representative of an organization or institution must accompany students who nominate themselves or are nominated by a family member. Award recipients are typically notified in August or September, and the annual GHRAC Awards Reception and Ceremony are held at the Georgia Archives in October.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to get involved and shine the spotlight on the organizations and individuals all across Georgia who are dedicated to preserving and sharing our history, and improving our record keeping. 

For additional information, please contact GHRAC by phone at 678-364-3806, or email Christopher.Davidson@usg.edu.

SGA 2020 Annual Meeting Recordings Now Available

The recordings from the 2020 Annual Meeting are now available online! If you were unable to attend the conference live, or if you’d like to revisit a favorite session, we invite you to view a playlist of the presentations at https://bit.ly/SGA2020AnnualMeeting. We encourage you to check out Dorothy Berry’s keynote address.

The majority of recordings are set as unlisted, which means you won’t find them by searching YouTube or visiting SGA’s channel. To access the presentations, please save and use the playlist links above.

Digital Library of Georgia (DLG) awards eight Georgia cultural heritage institutions across the state Competitive Digitization service grants

For Immediate Release 
January 6, 2021
CONTACT: Sheila McAlister, mcalists@uga.edu, 706-542-5418
WRITER: Mandy Mastrovita, mastrovi@uga.edu, 706-583-0209  

Digital Library of Georgia (DLG) awards eight Georgia cultural heritage institutions across the state Competitive Digitization service grants.
Eight institutions (and nine projects) are recipients of the eighth set of service grants awarded in a program intended to broaden partner participation in the DLG. The DLG solicited proposals for historic digitization projects in a statewide call, and applicants submitted proposals for projects with a cost of up to $7,500.00. DLG staff will provide free digitization, metadata, and hosting services so that more of Georgia’s diverse history can be found online free. This subgranting program was presented the 2018 Award for Excellence in Archival Program Development by a State Institution by the Georgia Historical Records Advisory Council (GHRAC). Preference in the selection process was given to proposals from institutions that had not yet collaborated with the DLG. The Archives of the Society of Mary, Province of the USA, the 6th Cavalry Museum, the Georgia B. Williams Nursing Home, and the Midway Museum are all new partners for the DLG. The selected collections document all corners of the state and life from the 1700s to the 1996 Olympics. There’s something for everyone: family researchers will find plantation, funeral home, county government, and nursing home records; art enthusiasts will learn of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s growth from its founding in 1945 to the mid-1980s; those interested in protest and politics can study community resistance to the 1996 Olympics, view the effects of segregation policies in urban planning, and encounter the changing face of Atlanta and Savannah’s public spaces in the 1950s. The materials document the state’s African American, Roman Catholic, and military communities.
The recipients and their projects include: 
Georgia State University Special Collections and Archives (Music and Broadcasting Collections)
Digitization of 24 scrapbooks from the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (ASO) Collection dating from 1945 to 1985 that include newspaper clippings of concert previews, reviews, and highlights of guest performers, composers, and conductors, as well as photographs, advertising materials, and organizational records such as memos and correspondence. The bulk of the ASO scrapbooks are from the 1950s-1960s and document the arrival of Music Director Robert Shaw in the late 1960s and the effects of the Civil Rights movement on the orchestra.
Georgia State University Special Collections and Archives (Women’s Collections)
Digitization of audiovisual items from the Carol Brown Papers, 1993-2012 (bulk 1993-1994) focusing on pro- and anti- LGBTQ+ activities in traditionally conservative Cobb County and the campaign to move 1996 Olympic events out of the County. Further, in a time of daily protest, the collection illustrates the power of creative, peaceful protest.
City of Savannah Municipal Archives
Digitization of the selections from Park and Tree Commission minutes from 1896 to 1920 that reflect the intersections of urban planning and civil rights, trends in landscape design, development of Savannah’s cemeteries (both African American and white, since Savannah had segregated cemeteries), and details such as the use of convict labor in city infrastructure projects. These records offer insider perspectives into the decision-making process related to these Jim Crow-era policies that are not often found in government records.
Greater Clarks Hill Regional Library System
Digitization of the Rees Funeral Home Funeral Records and the Lincoln County Courthouse Records. The Rees Funeral Home Funeral Records document funeral arrangements and obituaries for Lincoln County residents from 1940 until 1960. The Courthouse records consist of Lincoln County legal records dating back to the 1700s.
Archives of the Society of Mary, Province of the United States
Digitization of films and slides dating from 1938 to 1979 and drawn from Marist College educator Reverend Michael Kerwick’s films and from the papers of Marist educator Rev. Vincent Brennan. The materials document the Marist School community in Atlanta and, more broadly Roman Catholics in Georgia. 
6th Cavalry Museum
Digitization of a collection of holiday menus created for the 6th Cavalry troops at Fort Oglethorpe from 1925 to 1940. The holiday dinner menus offer a glimpse of food and culinary traditions and of military life through troop rosters and highlights of each year’s troop activities.
Georgia B. Williams Nursing Home
Digitization of the Georgia B. Williams Nursing Home Archives documents the first maternity shelter where “only” African American women were allowed, by local Mitchell County doctors, to receive midwife delivery for their newborns. Materials in the collection include registers of the mothers and babies born between 1949 and 1971.
Midway Museum
Digitization of the Julia King Collection, composed of original land grants/deeds, plantation documents, indentures, estate documents, photos, and letters connected with the Roswell King family’s Liberty County plantation and the county itself from the late 1700s through the middle of the 20th century. The collection will be of particular interest to those doing family research on the enslaved in Liberty County.
Georgia Historical Society
Description of architectural drawings from the Savannah-based, woman landscape architect Clermont Lee. Lee is best known for her work designing gardens and parks for historical landmarks throughout Georgia. The drawings are from 1940 through the mid-1980s and include projects in and around Savannah, as well as several throughout Georgia and the larger Southeast. More information about our partner institutions is available below:

About the Georgia State University Special Collections and Archives (Music and Broadcasting Collections)
The Georgia State University Archives Music and Radio Broadcasting Collections began as the Johnny Mercer Collection and grew to include related materials that include: other musicians’ and artists’ papers, early country, bluegrass and Southern gospel music, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra archives, and records of WSB Radio and other Georgia stations. The collection contains more than 20,000 pieces of published sheet music, Tune-Dex cards, and arrangements by American songwriters, as well as 50,000 recordings from a variety of genres. For more information, visit the Music and Radio Broadcasting Collections research guides at research.library.gsu.edu/musicradio 

About the Georgia State University Special Collections and Archives (Women’s Collections)
The Women’s Collections chronicle women’s activism and advocacy in Georgia and the Southeast. Within this curatorial area are several notable collections: the Donna Novak Coles Georgia Women’s Movement Archives, the Lucy Hargrett Draper Collections on Women’s Rights, Advocacy and the Law, and the Archives for Research on Women. For more information, read the Women’s Collections research guides at research.library.gsu.edu/womenscollections 

About the City of Savannah Municipal Archives
The City of Savannah Municipal Archives collects, manages, preserves, and makes accessible records documenting the City of Savannah’s history; administers the records management program and the City Records Center to increase the efficiency of City agencies; and shares the City’s history with City employees, citizens and visitors through outreach activities. The Municipal Archives services reference requests from researchers and the general public which relate to archival and historical City records under its administration in the City Records Center and shares the City’s history through a variety of public outreach activities, including tours of City Hall, permanent and rotating exhibits, and special programs. Visit www.savannahga.gov/475/Municipal-Archives 

About the Greater Clarks Hill Regional Library System 
The Greater Clarks Hill Regional Library System aims to provide quality library services and materials to children and adults in the community in order to meet their informational, recreational, and educational reading needs. Visit gchrl.org/ 

About the Archives of the Society of Mary, Province of the United States
The mission of the archives is to collect, preserve, and make available manuscripts, records, photographs, audiovisual materials, artifacts, books, and other items that document the ministries, houses, and personnel of the Society of Mary in the United States. Although Marists first arrived in Louisiana in 1863, items in the collection date from the early 1800s through 2020. The provincial archives for the U.S. Province have been housed in the rectory at Marist School in Atlanta, Georgia since 2000, when the former Washington and San Francisco provinces consolidated into the Atlanta province. The archival collection of the former Boston province was moved from Framingham to Atlanta in 2014. 

About the 6th Cavalry Museum
The 6th Cavalry Museum preserves the rich military history of the Fighting Sixth Cavalry, stationed at The Post at Fort Oglethorpe from 1919-1942. The story of the 6th Cavalry began in 1861 as a U.S. Cavalry Regiment. Located on the Post’s original parade ground/polo field, the area is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, surrounded by officer’s homes and other Post buildings. The museum opened in 1981 through the volunteer efforts of the local WWII 6th Cavalrymen, their families, and interested residents. Visited by presidents, military heroes, and celebrities, the museum houses artifacts, uniforms, weapons, accoutrements, photos, and vehicles. Visit 6thcavalrymuseum.org/ 

About the Georgia B. Williams Nursing Home
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2011, the Georgia B. Williams Nursing Home in Camilla, Georgia was the only facility where African-American women could deliver babies in Mitchell County, for many years prior to the Civil Rights Movement. It was owned by Beatrice (“Miss Bea”) Borders (1892–1971), a midwife who delivered over 6,000 babies at the home between 1941-1971.

About the Midway Museum
Since its founding, the Midway Museum has been supported by the descendants of the Midway Church members who have provided 18th- and 19th-century family heirlooms, documents, books, genealogical lineages, heirloom furnishings, paintings, and artifacts. Many Midway Church descendants still live in Liberty County and coastal Georgia, serve on the Board of Governors, and visit during the Midway Church’s annual Homecoming. Visit themidwaymuseum.org/ 

About the Georgia Historical Society
Georgia Historical Society (GHS) is the premier independent statewide institution responsible for collecting, examining, and teaching Georgia history.  GHS houses the oldest and most distinguished collection of materials related exclusively to Georgia history in the nation. Visit georgiahistory.com/ 

About the Digital Library of Georgia 
Based at the University of Georgia Libraries, the Digital Library of Georgia is a GALILEO initiative that collaborates with Georgia’s libraries, archives, museums, and other institutions of education and culture to provide access to key information resources on Georgia history, culture, and life. This primary mission is accomplished through the ongoing development, maintenance, and preservation of digital collections and online digital library resources. DLG also serves as Georgia’s service hub for the Digital Public Library of America and as the home of the Georgia Newspaper Project, the state’s historic newspaper microfilming project. Visit the DLG at dlg.usg.edu.

SGA Hosts First-Ever Virtual Annual Meeting

The Society of Georgia Archivists held its 51st Annual Meeting November 11-13, 2020–its first-ever all-virtual conference–with the theme “Building Partnerships and Dismantling Barriers.” Our keynote speaker was Dorothy Berry, Digital Collections Program Manager at Harvard’s Houghton Library, whose talk was titled, “My Soul Looks Back in Wonder: Remembering Black History in the Archives.”

In spite of all the changes and challenges presented by this year, the conference was the best-attended of any meeting in the Society’s history, boasting 206 registrants, 200 attendees, 58 presenters, 26 presentations, and seven vendors. SGA was proud to be able to offer free registration to members and presenters, and $35 registration to non-members. 

Our two pre-conference workshops were similarly well-attended, hitting capacity in both virtual events. On November 5, 2020, Magda Pecsenye, creator of the Tilmor Process, presented “Manage Your Team to Greater Efficiency and Engagement with the Tilmor Process,” and on November 6, Shaundra Walker, Interim Director of the University Library, Georgia College, presented the workshop, “Critical Race Theory and the Archive.”

All meetings were held via Zoom, and the conference planning committees opted to have two day-long tracks to minimize the number of links attendees would need to manage. We chose not to employ a managed content platform, choosing instead to provide the links to registered attendees via the annual meeting program and daily email blasts. This decision allowed overhead costs for running the meeting to be kept to a minimum.

The planning committees additionally kept a Slack workspace with multiple channels open for the duration of the conference. This space was used not only to troubleshoot technology issues, but also to provide an informal chat environment for attendees to connect with one another and with vendors. The SGA Executive Board also maintained a channel to address questions about our duties, share opportunities for committee work, and to encourage members to run for office.

Our vendors, too, had an important role to play in the conference. Depending upon their chosen level of sponsorship, vendors were able to give presentations during conference breaks, and were thanked by facilitators at the start of each session. Some sponsors contributed either virtual or physical giveaways for our attendee swag bags and raffle prizes. 

In all, we are pleased with the conference’s success and happy to answer questions from other state and regional organizations planning a similar shift to an online conference. Feel free to contact us anytime. 

Written and contributed by Angela Stanley, 2020 SGA President.

Materials Documenting Events in the Presidency of Jimmy Carter Now Available Online

Select records documenting events in the presidency of Jimmy Carter from 1977-1981 are now available in the Digital Library of Georgia. There are two collections. The first, Notable Events and Accomplishments of the Jimmy Carter Presidential Administration, 1977-1981, is available at https://dlg.usg.edu/collection/carter_jcpa and pulls together key presidential directives, presidential review memoranda, daily diary entries, and other related materials that describe events such as the Camp David Accords (1978), the hostage crisis in Iran (1979-1981), the Panama Canal Treaties (1977-1978), and the progression of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). The second collection, the Presidential Files, Office of the Staff Secretary, is available at https://dlg.usg.edu/collection/carter_pfoss and includes communications to President Jimmy Carter and his senior staff, dating from January 1977-May 1979.

These archival materials are housed at the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum, part of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), and provide significant insight into the Carter administration. The research and evidential value span disciplines including political science, public administration, history, international/foreign relations, and archival studies, among others.

Dr. Meredith Evans, Director, Jimmy Carter Library and Museum notes: “These records provide critical documentation of Jimmy Carter’s dedication to democracy and diplomacy locally and globally. We are committed to making these materials accessible and are grateful for the opportunity to collaborate with the Digital Library of Georgia.”

Link to featured images:

Title: A scene from the historic signing of the Camp David Accords.
https://www.jimmycarterlibrary.gov/assets/images/campdavid/nlc07466.13a.jpg

Description: A scene from the historic signing of the Camp David Accords on Sunday evening, September 17, 1978, in the East Room of the White House.

Title: A National Integrated Telecommunications Protection Policy
https://www.jimmycarterlibrary.gov/assets/documents/memorandums/prm22.pdf

Description: Presidential review memorandum. President Jimmy Carter expresses his concern with the Soviet Union covertly intercepting United States telecommunication systems and requires the Special Coordination Committee to execute a review of previous U.S. counteractions to the USSR.

About the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum
The Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum in Atlanta, Georgia, houses U.S. President Jimmy Carter’s papers and other material relating to the Carter administration and the Carter family’s life. Visit https://www.jimmycarterlibrary.gov/


Interview with SAA Vice-President/President-Elect Courtney Chartier

Earlier this year, Georgia’s own Courtney Chartier, Head of Research Services at the Rose Library at Emory University, was elected Vice-President/President-Elect of the Society of Georgia Archivists. She will takeover as the 76th SAA President in 2021-2022.

SGA Communications reached out to Courtney to ask her about her goals as SAA President and how her earlier experiences with SGA helped prepare her for the role.

What motivated you to accept the nomination to run for VP/President-elect of SAA?

It felt like a natural progression. Over the years I’ve held a lot of positions in our volunteer organizations. I was on the SGA Board for years before serving as President; I worked a lot of SAA groups before serving as a Council member (I was also on the Board of Regents of ACA for, before an unsuccessful run for President).

I first got involved with SAA as a student; I was Vice-President of our student chapter at the iSchool at the University of Texas. The whole Board worked together really closely and carpooled to attend the annual meeting in New Orleans. We slept about 5 to a room and went to every event with free food. It was so much fun and I met so many “fancy” archivists (people
well-known in the field) and it really impressed me that at SAA a student could walk right up to the editor of American Archivist or a scholar whose works I read in class and start a conversation. It made me want to get more involved and cultivate that same accessibility for others throughout my career.

There are two people who really encouraged me to get involved and stay involved throughout my career: David Gracy and Brenda Banks. David was my professor in graduate school and Brenda was my first boss in Atlanta. It’s not a coincidence that they were both SGA Presidents and SAA Presidents. I explicitly wanted to follow in their footsteps.

What do you hope to accomplish during your tenure as SAA President?

I did not run with a specific platform, mainly because there are too many important issues in the profession. What became clear to me from my years on Council (it’s a three-year term) is that SAA is not maximizing its potential, and that’s what I want to confront. Going on to Council, I knew I’d be in a position to make change (and I was involved in some work that I am really proud of), but I was surprised at how remote I felt. Very few members take advantage of the open-door policy to contact their Councilors or the President; very few people vote in elections or comment on new standards and other documents. Conversations may happen on social
media, but there would be a certain faction in power that thinks those are not “real” conversations.

This is all to say that it was hard to understand what is truly valuable to members. But that should be a priority for Council and the President: to actively keep the pulse and respond to it. I 100% see that as a social justice issue for the organization. Are we not hearing because we aren’t taking all voices seriously, or not seeking them out? The conversations on social media are serious ones, about race, about gender, about fair labor and bad, abusive management, and those topics need to be surfaced and engaged by SAA in a serious way.

How did your experiences with SGA prepare you to take on this national leadership role?

Being on the SGA Board prepared me for SAA tremendously! It’s so essential to understand how Committees work (or don’t work), and what governance really is. Some of it is incredibly dull and process oriented, but you learn how important it is.

Another major lesson that I learned is how to read a budget. The SGA budget is a bit smaller than SAA’s, and the training was essential. I was lucky enough to be on the Board with a very strong Treasurer (Michael Nagy, from the Salvation Army Archives), and I learned so much from
him and realize the value of a member who has strong budgeting and financial skills.

What advice do you have for SGA members who might be interested in taking on leadership roles in professional organizations locally, regionally, or nationally?

One piece of advice is to look at all the different groups in the organization and find something that you are really interested in to get started. That way as you are leaning how the organization works, you are doing it while being engaged with your own passion. SAA has over 50 specialized sections now, as well as Committees and Task Forces. Most sections can’t find candidates to run very year for their leadership, so there are lots of opportunities to get
involved.

A good way to get started is to find someone you know who is already involved (or has been) and pick their brain. Find out what are the issues people/groups are already working on and how groups work. Consider how you want to contribute and ask about how that fits in to the organization. If you don’t know anyone, then I am a big fan of cold calling. Anyone in SGA is
always free to email me (anyone in any organization is free to email me, but I won’t pretend like Georgians and Longhorns don’t get special treatment!).

Most importantly: your opinion is valid. Sharing your thoughts is the best way to show your interest, meet others who are working on the same issues, and lead you to get involved with making changes. Speak up when you don’t like something, but also, and I can’t stress this enough, speak up when you do like something. Folx are always more inclined to complain than compliment, and while complaints are important for growth and change, these organizations also need to know when they are on the right track and serving members well.

About Courtney Chartier:

Courtney Chartier is the Head of Research Services at the Rose Library at Emory University. Prior to her position at Emory, Courtney worked at the Archives Research Center of the Atlanta University Center Robert W. Woodruff Library. Courtney was the 2014 President of the Society of Georgia Archivists (SGA), and is currently the 2020-2022 Vice-President/President-Elect for the Society of American Archivists Council, an Instructor in Archives at Georgia State University, and co-founder of the Atlanta Black Archives Alliance. She has served as Scholarship Chair
and Outreach Manager for SGA, Regent for Outreach for the Academy of Certified Archivists (2012-2014), and as a Council member (2016-2019), and the Chair of the Archivists and Archives of Color Roundtable (2010-2012) of SAA. Courtney attended the University of Texas (BA, American Studies; MS, Information Studies) and the University of Mississippi (MA, Southern Studies).

Houston Home Journal Now Available at the Georgia Historic Newspapers Website

Issues of the Houston Home Journal dating from 1993 to 2008 are now freely available at the Georgia Historic Newspapers website

Through a partnership with the Houston County Public Library System, the Digital Library of Georgia has completed the final phase of digitization of the Houston Home Journal, a project that has lasted nearly five years. Issues of the newspaper are now available online at the Georgia Historic Newspapers website: gahistoricnewspapers.galileo.usg.edu/

This project was made possible by the generous donations and support of the following:  The estate of Alice L. Gilbert (former Perry Librarian), Flint Energies Foundation, The Friends of the Houston County Public Library, and the Houston Home Journal.

Over the past five years, the DLG has digitized 8,166 issues or 129,029 pages of the Houston Home Journal, dating from 1870 to 2008. This represents the largest date span of any title available on the Georgia Historic Newspapers website. It also amounts to the second greatest number of issues of any newspaper title on the website.

John T. Waterman founded the Houston Home Journal in Perry in December 1870. The Hodges family maintained ownership of the publication for over sixty years, before selling it in 1946. The Houston Home Journal remains the legal organ for Houston County and continues publication as the county’s oldest continually operated business.

This phase of the newspaper digitization project includes five Houston County titles from 1993-2008, a total of 1,983 issues, or 61,743 pages. The newly available titles are available at gahistoricnewspapers.galileo.usg.edu/counties/houston/

Georgette Lipford, president of the Central Georgia Genealogical Society and member of the Friends of the Houston County Public Library System notes: 

“The recently completed digitization project of the Houston Home Journal and its addition to the Georgia Historic Newspapers website represents an absolute treasure for anyone researching family in Houston County. Sometimes a newspaper notice is the only surviving document of an ancestor’s existence. These issues of the HHJ have obituaries, wedding announcements, legal notices, employment news, hospitalizations, and photographs, all of which tell an ancestor’s or descendant’s story. What previously may have taken hours of searching to locate can now be found with a couple of mouse clicks and it’s freely available to genealogists across the country!“

Selected images

Image #1

Houston Times Journal, March 22, 1995

“Robins named best AF base in the world”

“The day the president came to town”

Image #2

Houston Home Journal, December 24, 2002

Photographs of the Houston Home Journal offices.

About Houston County Public Library System

The Houston County Public Library System is bridging yesterday and tomorrow with information and discovery. The purpose of the Houston County Public Library System is to offer a full program of library services to all citizens of Houston County and the surrounding communities in order to meet their informational, educational, and recreational needs. Visit the library at houpl.org/

About the Digital Library of Georgia 

Based at the University of Georgia Libraries, the Digital Library of Georgia is a GALILEO initiative that collaborates with Georgia’s libraries, archives, museums, and other institutions of education and culture to provide access to key information resources on Georgia history, culture, and life. This primary mission is accomplished through the ongoing development, maintenance, and preservation of digital collections and online digital library resources. DLG also serves as Georgia’s service hub for the Digital Public Library of America and as the home of the Georgia Newspaper Project, the state’s historic newspaper microfilming project. Visit the DLG at dlg.usg.edu

SGA Statement on the passing of Dr. David B. Gracy, II

The Society of Georgia Archivists joins the entire archives profession in mourning the passing of Dr. David B. Gracy, II. Many in our community knew Dr. Gracy well–as colleagues, students, friends, or fellow SGA members–and his loss will be deeply felt. Dr. Gracy was an early leader in archival education and many will recall not only his achievements in the field, but also his great kindness, enthusiasm, and sense of humor. 

Dr. Gracy came to Georgia in 1971 as Archivist for Georgia State University’s Southern Labor and University Archives, a department he helped to cultivate to its current status as one of the leading collections of organized labor history in the South. During his six years in Georgia, Dr. Gracy made a tremendous impact on the archives profession: he was instrumental in establishing the Southern Labor Studies Conference; was appointed by Governor George Busbee to serve on the 1976 State Historical Records Advisory Board of Georgia; served as the third President of this organization from 1972-1974; was founding editor of Provenance (then Georgia Archive); and for twelve years taught “Introduction to Archival Enterprise” at the Georgia Archives Institute. SGA’s David B. Gracy, II Award, first bestowed in 1990, honors superior contributions to Provenance

Following his time in Georgia, Dr. Gracy went on to become Director of Archives at Texas Tech and State Archivist of Texas. He served as President of the Society of American Archivists, the Academy of Certified Archivists, and Austin Archivists. He was also a Fellow of the Texas State Historical Society and President of the Austin Chapter of the Association of Records Managers and Administrators. Dr. Gracy was the author of several books, including Archives and Manuscripts: Arrangement and Description; Littlefield Lands: Colonization on the Texas Plains, 1912-1920; Too Lightly Esteemed in the Past: Archival Enterprise, Records Management and Preservation Administration in Texas; Moses Austin: His Life; and most recently, A Man Absolutely Sure of Himself: Texan George Washington Littlefield.

The Society of Georgia Archivists is grateful to Dr. Gracy for his crucial early work in support of the Society and is deeply saddened by the loss of such a powerful force in the archives profession. May Dr. Gracy rest in peace, and may we all continue to honor his legacy through our care and advocacy for archives and archivists.

Digital Library of Georgia Announces Subgrants to Support Projects up to $7500

To broaden partner participation in the Digital Library of Georgia (DLG), DLG is soliciting proposals for historic digitization projects costing up to $7500 from non-profit Georgia cultural heritage institutions. Applicant organizations must be open to the public, and their collections must be available for public research either by appointment or through regular hours. Project metadata will be included in the DLG portal and the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA). Projects may include the reformatting of textual materials (not including newspapers), graphic materials, or audio-visual materials. Applicants should have materials prepared for a project start date of January 1, 2021.

Selection of materials or collections to digitize will be made in accordance with the DLG’s Collection Development Policy and will depend on the availability of resources and funding. Applications will be reviewed based on the following criteria:

  • Clarity of proposal–Project scope and responsibilities should be well-defined.
  • Diversity–Materials that represent the cultural, political, social, geographic, and/or economic diversity of the state of Georgia will be given priority.
  • Reusability–Materials should be free of legal restrictions or have permissions granted by the copyright holder. Preference is given to materials that are freely available or available for free reuse for either educational or non-commercial uses.
  • Historic value–Materials should have high research, artifactual, or evidential value and/or be of particular interest to multiple audiences.
  • Added value through digitization–Materials for which access will be substantially improved by digitization or which have a high potential for added value in the digital environment through linkages to existing digitized content will be given priority.
  • Capacity building–Preference will be given to organizations who have not yet collaborated with the DLG and/or those with limited digitization resources or experience.

A committee consisting of DLG, Georgia HomePLACE, Georgia Humanities Council, and Georgia Council for the Arts staff and representatives of GHRAC and the DLG partner community will determine awards. Awards committee members will recuse themselves from review of a proposal should a conflict of interest exist.

For textual and graphic materials, digitization and descriptive services will be performed by DLG staff. In the case of audio-visual collections, digitization will be outsourced to a vendor. Partners are responsible for transporting materials to and from the DLG or for costs associated with shipping to and from vendors.

Nominated materials must have clear rights statements and documentation. Any metadata created will be shared under a Creative Commons License Public Domain License (CC0), through the DLG’s portal and the DPLA.

To apply, submit a 2 MB or smaller zip file of the following to our proposal submission form (you will need a gmail account) by October 1, 2020:

  • Application form;
  • One letter of reference from a previous user of the materials describing their historic value and potential for reuse by multiple audiences;
  • Five samples of selected content;
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Digitization of Materials Documenting the Beginning of Peachtree City, Georgia Now Available Online

WRITER: Mandy Mastrovita, mastrovi@uga.edu, 706-583-0209

CONTACT: Sheila McAlister, mcalists@uga.edu, 706-542-5418

ATHENS, Ga. — Digitization of materials documenting the beginning of Peachtree City, Georgia are now available freely online.

New online records that describe the history of Peachtree City, Georgia, one of the country’s most successful post-World War II “new towns,” are now available for researchers in the Digital Library of Georgia. The collection, Peachtree City: Plans, Politics, and People, “New Town” Beginnings and How the “New Town” Grew, is available at dlg.usg.edu/collection/frrls-pt_newtown and contains prospectuses, master plans, maps, conceptual drawings, newsletters, and administrative records dating from the 1950s to 2007.

Rebecca Watts, the librarian for the Joel Cowan History Room at Peachtree City Library, describes the importance of these resources: 

“These materials will provide land planners, city planners, and those interested in how a city like Peachtree City came to be, with insight on its beginnings and early history, when the city was devoted to slow growth in an effort to keep a balance between industry, residential, and community amenities.”

Ellen Ulken, the co-author of Peachtree City: Images of America (Arcadia Publishing, 2009) notes: “I found the city’s early newsletters invaluable for tracking down stories, photos of people, issues, and progress of the early 1970s…I feel certain that the next person to come along and write a history of Peachtree City will be glad if this material is available and findable online. The digital format would ensure a long life for these newsletters.”

Link to featured images:

Peachtree City promotional map [Map 2]

peachtree-city.org/DocumentCenter/View/16664/ptc05

Description: A later version of a larger 1974 Peachtree City, Georgia, promotional map (see peachtree-city.org/DocumentCenter/View/16684/ptc26), which highlights 24 named businesses, this map also prominently shows Lake McIntosh with a label indicating “under construction” rather than the more specific “opening in 1974” of the earlier map.

The lake was not completed until December 2012. Other notable changes to this map are that the “Ryland Model Home Park” is now shown east of Highway 74 on the south side of Highway 54 in the area of Hunter’s Glen subdivision (not named as such on the map). Also, the Information Center has moved to Aberdeen Center on the north side of Highway 54 near the center of town, not far from its previous location.

What had been “Peachtree City Realty” on the earlier map is now renamed “Garden Cities Reality [sic],” which was formed in December 1974.

Happen: Peachtree City updated newsletter for 1974

peachtree-city.org/DocumentCenter/View/16655/ptc04-74

Description:

Happen: Peachtree City updated newsletter. Volume 3, issue 1, January 1974. Appeal letter signed by leaders of both Kiwanis and Rotary clubs to support the school referendum. Peachtree City police: Haskell Barber, Chief, Bob Mathis, John Hay, Fred Cox, Orval Harris, Richard Andrews, J.B. Wright. Greg and Nancy Pearre purchase a 1973 Volkswagen bus to provide carpool service for Peachtree Citians to commute to Atlanta. Lutheran Church being organized.

(attachments to this email: frrls-pt_newtown_ptc04-74, frrls-pt_newtown_ptc05)

About Peachtree City Library

The Peachtree City Library serves the residents of Peachtree City, Georgia with adult programs, children’s programs, and is a proud member of the PINES Library Consortium. Learn more at their web site, peachtree-city.org/125/Library.

About the Digital Library of Georgia Based at the University of Georgia Libraries, the Digital Library of Georgia is a GALILEO initiative that collaborates with Georgia’s libraries, archives, museums and other institutions of education and culture to provide access to key information resources on Georgia history, culture, and life. This primary mission is accomplished through the ongoing development, maintenance, and preservation of digital collections and online digital library resources. DLG also serves as Georgia’s service hub for the Digital Public Library of America and as the home of the Georgia Newspaper Project, the state’s historic newspaper microfilming project. Visit the DLG at dlg.usg.edu.