We are happy to announce one of our newest project partnerships with the Piedmont Regional Library System. Their collection, the Commerce Public Library Heritage Room Collection, includes photographs and text representing the history of Commerce and Jackson County, Georgia. These materials were digitized as part of DPLA’s Public Library Partnerships Project (PLPP), which connects public librarians and public library collections with the DLG and DPLA. We appreciate the opportunity to serve the Piedmont Regional Library System and learn more about the communities that they work with.
George Tuttle, the Information Technology Librarian with the Piedmont Regional Library System appointed Tina Harris, member of the Jackson County Historical Society and volunteer at the Commerce Public Library Heritage Room to select materials for digitization. Items in the Commerce Public Library Heritage Room Collection are, according to Tuttle, “a slice of life in Commerce, Georgia.” One of his favorite items in the collection is a color photograph of storefronts in Commerce. Tuttle notes: “It is truly a snapshot in time.”
Tuttle appreciates the opportunity to participate in the Public Library Partnerships project, and notes: “One of the strengths of the Digital Library of Georgia is its representation of all areas and aspects of life in Georgia.”
The DLG is excited to welcome the Elbert County Library as a new project partner, with the Elbert County Library Collection. The Elbert County Library Collection features a collection of photographs of the Beverly Plantation and William Allen House in Elbert County, Georgia.
The William Allen House was a two-story frame house built in the Classic Revival style. William Allen, a captain in the Elbert County militia, began living in this home around 1790. The house was part of Beverly Plantation, which dates back to the earliest days of Elbert County’s settlement.
Janet Burroughs, the interim director of the Elbert County Library, notes: “The photos are unpublished, original source documentation of a historic home in Elbert County that is no longer in existence. This information is valuable to the many historic and genealogical researchers that trace their families back to Elbert County.”
Digitized as part of the DPLA’s Public Library Partnerships Project (PLPP), the Elbert County Library Collection is one of our newest collections featuring resources from public library collections. We would like to thank the Elbert County Library for collaborating with the Digital Library of Georgia to make its collection available for digitization, and hope that you enjoy learning more about the history of Elbert County.