The tradition of children writing letters to Santa Claus rose in popularity in the second half of the nineteenth century in the United States. By the early 1900s, newspapers in south Georgia began publishing these letters in their December issues. They provide amusing and sometimes poignant insight into Christmas culture, familial relationships, charity, war, and consumerism from a century ago. The letters hint at other traditions related to Santa Claus, including his list of good and bad children and the practice of leaving foods for him to eat. The letters reproduced below and hundreds of others can be found in the South Georgia Historic Newspapers Archive.
Position Announcement: Digital Public Library of America Coordinator University of Georgia Libraries, Digital Library of Georgia
The University of Georgia Libraries seeks a Digital Public Library of America Coordinator who will be responsible to the Associate Director of the Digital Library of Georgia (DLG) for metadata aggregation, creation and upgrade; project management; staff supervision; rights management; vendor and partner relations; and other duties related to the DLG’s participation in the Digital Public Library of America’s (DPLA) Hubs Project. As a hub for the DPLA, DLG will provide digital services to Georgia institutions, such as digitization, metadata, data aggregation and storage services. In addition, the DLG will host community outreach programs to bring users in contact with digital content of local relevance. This position is a 24-month, grant-funded position. To view a full description of duties and qualifications and application procedure please go to http://www.libs.uga.edu/humres/jobs/dplacoordinator.html
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