Athens-Clarke County Library announces Image Magazine digitization project funded by Digital Library of Georgia grant

Image magazine, 1977 February

Contact: Rhiannon Eades
Public Information Officer
Athens-Clarke County Library
Phone: (706) 613-3650, ext. 336
E-mail: reades@athenslibary.org
http://www.athenslibrary.org/athens

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 7, 2017

Athens-Clarke County Library announces Image Magazine digitization project
funded by Digital Library of Georgia grant

ATHENS, Ga. – Image Magazine, one of the area’s first African American lifestyle magazines, has been has been digitized thanks to a $5,000 grant awarded to The Athens-Clarke County by the Digital Library of Georgia.

Image Magazine was published by Dr. Robert Harrison from 1977 through 1980, and it covered the social life of the local African American community. Harrison donated every issue of the magazine to the Athens-Clarke County Library’s Heritage Room earlier this year as part of the library’s Common Heritage project.

The library hosted digital scanning days and educational programs designed to help African American residents preserve their family histories as part of the Common Heritage program, which was funded by a National Endowment for Humanities grant. Harrison presented a lecture during the series about the historic Hiram House and was inspired to donate the magazines to support the project’s objectives.

“We are grateful to Dr. Harrison for sharing this collection, and we truly appreciate the DLG for helping us make it available to everyone,” said Rikki Chesley, Athens Regional Library System Head of Archives and Special Collections. “Magazines like Image provide a unique glimpse into the daily lives of Athens families. This collection is a great way for researchers to learn about our community’s recent past.”

The magazines are available through the Digital Library of Georgia’s website at http://dlg.galileo.usg.edu/CollectionsA-Z/immag_search.html. To learn more about the Athens-Clarke County Library’s Heritage Room, call (706) 613-3650, ext. 350. The Athens-Clarke County Library is located at 2025 Baxter Street.

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The Athens-Clarke County Library Heritage Room receives Common Heritage Grant from National Endowment for the Humanities

The Athens-Clarke County Library Heritage Room  was recently awarded the Common Heritage Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (press release available here –see pages 11 and 12 of the document for details).

This grant will be used to digitize privately held historical sources relating to the African American experience in Athens-Clarke County at a series of three day-long digitization events around the community.

Digitized material will be made available to the public with donor permission via the Athens-Clarke County Library’s partnership with the Digital Library of Georgia and the Digital Public Library of America.

The project also includes a public lecture series and tours of African American historic sites led by partner groups.

More information, including dates, will be announced soon!

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