Press Release: New Grant Program Seeks to Increase Digital Participation

September 1, 2017

New Grant Program Seeks to Increase Digital Participation

ATHENS, Ga — The Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace, the Johnny Mize Collection at Piedmont College, and town films and home movies at the University of Georgia media archives are among nine Competitive Digitization grants awarded through a new program with the Digital Library of Georgia.

“The projects selected for DLG’s inaugural subgranting program represent the diverse history of the state. Our partners for these projects also reflect the wealth of cultural heritage organizations in the state” said Sheila McAlister, director of the Digital Library of Georgia.
These are the first grants awarded in the program intended to broaden partner participation in the Digital Library of Georgia (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 $5,000. The projects will be administered by DLG staff who will perform digitization and descriptive services on textual (not including newspapers), graphic, and audio-visual materials.
Preference in the selection process was given to proposals from institutions that had not yet collaborated with the DLG. The Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace and Piedmont College Library are new partners for the DLG.

The nine recipients and their projects include:

 Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace (Savannah) – Digitization and description of Juliette Gordon Low Correspondence, Series India Letters. Juliette Gordon Low traveled in northern India in 1908 and wrote letters to her family describing her experiences and impressions.

 City of Savannah, Research Library & Municipal Archives – Digitization and description of Record Series 3121-019, Savannah Cadastral Survey – Ward Survey Maps, 1939-1940 (Ward Survey Maps were prepared by the Works Progress Administration (WPA) as part of a survey project); Record Series 3121-020, Engineering Department – Major Subdivision Maps, 1871-1972, no date (Major Subdivision Maps include maps of Savannah neighborhoods and subdivisions prepared by surveyors and engineers submitted to the City of Savannah Engineering Department); Record Series 3121-007, Engineering Department – General Maps, 1798-1961, no date (maps illustrating property holdings, land subdivision, and private development in Savannah from the 18th-20th centuries).

 Atlanta History Center – Digitization of recordings of the radio program Southwind: The New Sounds of the Old Confederacy, which aired on WABE in Atlanta between Nov. 14, 1980 and Jan. 29, 1987.

 Valdosta State University Archives and Special Collections – Digitization of the Pinebranch, the first student publication of South Georgia State Normal College and Georgia State Woman’s College (both earlier names for Valdosta State University).

 Piedmont College Library (Demorest, Ga.) – Description of the May Ivie Valise Collection (a case full of historical materials belonging to Piedmont College alumna May Ivie), Johnny Mize Collection (fan letters and photographs belonging to professional baseball player and Demorest, Georgia native Johnny Mize).

 Columbus State University Archives – Digitization and description of the Civil War era material of General Henry Benning, a prominent Confederate general and Georgia Supreme Court justice for whom Fort Benning was named.

 Walter J. Brown Media Archives and Peabody Awards Collection (Athens, Ga.) – Enhanced description of Georgia town films and home movies digitized by the Brown Media Archives.

 Berry College (Mount Berry, Ga.) – Digitization of January 1907 to Winter 1942-1943 issues of the Southern Highlander, the official magazine of the Berry Schools.

 Athens-Clarke County Library (Athens, Ga.) – Digitization and description of Image magazine, a publication that documented the everyday lives of the African American citizens of Athens, from 1977-1980.

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.

WRITER: Mandy Mastrovita, mastrovi@uga.edu, 706.583.0209
CONTACT: Sheila McAlister, mcalists@uga.edu, 706.542.5418

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Press Release: Digital Library of Georgia received National Endowment for the Humanities grant to digitize newspapers

 

Aug. 14, 2017

Digital Library of Georgia received National Endowment for the Humanities grant to digitize newspapers

ATHENS, Ga – Within two years, the Digital Library of Georgia will digitize 100,000 more pages of Georgia historic newspapers, thanks to a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).

The DLG will receive $255,590 of the $39.3 million in grants being given for 245 humanities projects across the country. The newspapers selected for digitization will have been published prior to 1963 and will be part of the state’s participation in the National Digital Newspaper Program. The NDNP supports the creation of a national, digital resource of historically significant newspapers published between 1690 and 1963, from all states and U.S. territories.  An advisory committee consisting of journalists, historians, librarians, and archivists will guide the selection of Georgia titles to be scanned.

Historic newspapers are, by far, the DLG’s most popular resources, according to Sheila McAlister, director of the Digital Library of Georgia. To date, the DLG has digitized over 900,000 pages of historic newspapers.

“Historic newspapers provide a unique look at our state over time. They are invaluable to scholars and the general public alike as they provide in-depth coverage of Georgia counties and cities, report on the activities of state and local government, and reflect the social and cultural values of the time that they were created,” McAlister said. “We’re grateful to the NEH for its support and are excited to participate in this nation-wide effort by incorporating Georgia’s historic newspapers into Chronicling America.”

The DLG is among several projects receiving grants to help preserve fragile historical and cultural collections and make them more accessible to the broader public, such as grants to safeguard a collection of Native American and Medieval and Renaissance art at the Philbrook Museum of Art in Tulsa, Oklahoma; for the preservation of Civil War artifacts recovered from the USS Monitor warship in Newport News, Virginia; and new initiatives in Arkansas and Georgia to digitize historic local newspapers for inclusion in the Chronicling America database at the Library of Congress.

“NEH grants ensure that Americans around the country have the opportunity to engage with our shared cultural heritage,” said NEH Acting Chairman Jon Parrish Peede. “From traveling exhibitions and teacher workshops to efforts to preserve local history, these projects demonstrate the power of the humanities to build connections, stimulate discovery, and contribute to vibrant communities.”

The National Endowment for the Humanities was created in 1965 as an independent federal agency; the National Endowment for the Humanities supports research and learning in history, literature, philosophy, and other areas of the humanities by funding selected, peer-reviewed proposals from around the nation. Additional information about the National Endowment for the Humanities and its grant programs is available at: www.neh.gov. Learn more about the grants awarded in this year’s funding cycle at https://www.neh.gov/news/press-release/2017-08-02.

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.  http://dlg.galileo.usg.edu/

WRITER: Jean Cleveland, jclevela@uga.edu, 706.542.8079

CONTACT: Sheila McAlister, mcalists@uga.edu, 706.542.5418

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