The Pandora: Yearbook of the University of Georgia

Title page from the first volume of the Pandora published in 1886.

The Pandora, yearbook of the University of Georgia, was first published in 1886 by a consortium of university fraternities. It has been published annually since then (with the exception of a few early years).

The Digital Library of Georgia is pleased to announce that volumes of the Pandora, from its inception in 1886 to the year 1938 are now archived online at Athenaeum@UGA, the university’s scholarly commons, and are available at:

These volumes are a rich source of institutional and social history.  The Pandora traces the growth and development of the University of Georgia, with a typical volume containing sections on faculty, departments, fraternities, clubs and organizations, and campus life. Genealogists and alumni can use the Pandora‘s class listings to flesh out family histories. For those interested in the social, the volumes provide bountiful evidence of changing styles, fashions, and social mores.

Finally, there is a noteworthy source of history in the advertisements that can be found at the end of most Pandora volumes. On their own, they are a compelling gallery of businesses that once operated in Athens and Atlanta.

It must also be noted that as the Pandora is reflective of its time, it contains offensive racial and gender stereotypes. In the interest of history, these volumes are presented uncensored.


Athens Historic Newspapers Archive Expansion

The Digital Library of Georgia is pleased to announce the expansion of the Athens Historic Newspapers Archive:

Athens Banner-Herald, July 12, 1927

The Athens Historic Newspapers Archive now provides access to nine newspaper titles published in Athens from 1827 to 1928. Consisting of over 77,000 newspaper pages, the archive provides historical images that are both full-text searchable and can be browsed by date. The site will provide users with a view into the history of Athens in its early years as the home to the first state-chartered university in the nation and its eventual growth into the largest city in northeast Georgia.

The archive now includes the following Athens newspaper titles: Athens Herald (1913-1923), Athens Banner-Herald (1923-1928), Southern Whig/Southern Herald (1838-1850), Clarke County Courier (1903-1913), in addition to the titles previously included in the archive: Athenian (1827-1832), Southern Banner (1832-1882), Southern Watchman (1855-1882), Daily/Weekly Banner-Watchman (1882-1889), Daily/Weekly Athens Banner (1889-1922).

The Athens Historic Newspapers Archive is a project of the Digital Library of Georgia as part of the Georgia HomePLACE initiative. The project is supported with federal LSTA funds administered by the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Georgia Public Library Service, a unit of the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia (by anthony at dress-head ). Digitization is also made possible through a grant provided by the Francis Wood Wilson Foundation, Inc.

Other newspaper archives available through the Digital Library of Georgia include the Atlanta Historic Newspapers Archive (1847-1922), the South Georgia Historic Newspapers Archive (1845-1922), the Macon Telegraph Archive (1826-1908), the Columbus Enquirer Archive (1828-1890), the Milledgeville Historic Newspapers Archive (1808-1920), the Southern Israelite Archive (1929-1986), and the Red and Black Archive (1893-2006). These archives can be accessed at