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2015 August 10
Members of the General Assembly of Georgia, Senate and House of Representatives, first session of the 1989-90 term (Picture Book), page 9.

Members of the General Assembly of Georgia, Senate and House of Representatives, first session of the 1989-90 term (Picture Book), page 9.

Have you explored Georgia Government Publications?

The Georgia Government Publications database (GGP)  was developed in 1996 as GALILEO’s first digital conversion initiative and redesigned in 2009. It serves as a comprehensive digital repository of more than 60,000 born-digital publications and scanned print documents produced by Georgia state agencies published from 1994 to the present.

Georgia state agencies are required by law to submit publications that they produce for the public to the official depository at the University of Georgia Libraries. These publications are all included in the GGP and include not only print and electronic formats but also posters, bookmarks, maps, videocassettes, CDs, and DVDs. Most of these documents are scanned images; however, with the passing of an amendment to the law (O.C.G.A. 20-5-2) in 2000 requiring state agencies to submit publications in electronic format, a greater percentage of searchable pdf files are included in the database and are noted as electronic text. As previously noted, most of the images in the Georgia Government Publications database are from scanned sources and are not full-text searchable. However, there are also many born digital documents with full-text searchability. These documents are noted in the database as electronic text.

In addition to archiving Georgia state publications from 1994 onward, the Georgia Government Publications database is currently adding pre-1994 serials on an ongoing basis; a list of those publications can be found at http://dlgmaint.galib.uga.edu/ggp/about/. Among the pre-1994 publications that have been added to the collection are the Picture Book, containing biographical information about Georgia’s state senators and state representatives (see a 1989 edition of the book here), and the Department of Education Annual Report, which has detailed textual and photographic information surveying the education system in Georgia back to 1871 (A 1976 annual report is available here). The Georgia Official and Statistical Register, 1923-1990 is also a project of the GGP; it contains brief biographical sketches of state elected officials, federal and state Congressional members, election statistics, and provides information about state agency organization and administration.

Two recent additions to the Georgia Government Publications database are:

The Georgia constitution (Article III, Section V, Paragraph I) requires that both the House of Representatives and Senate maintain journals of their proceedings. These publications are the official records of these legislative bodies, and are compiled and published following each legislative session. The journals include captions of bills and resolutions, votes, motions made by representatives and senators, reports of standing committees, and other applicable information.

Can I keep it?: a guide to Georgia laws, regulations and recommendations regarding non-domesticated animals as pets (Georgia. Dept. of Natural Resources. Wildlife Resources Division, 2001).

Can I keep it?: a guide to Georgia laws, regulations and recommendations regarding non-domesticated animals as pets (Georgia. Dept. of Natural Resources. Wildlife Resources Division, 2001).

The breadth and variety of resources available in the Georgia Government Publications database is substantial. Here is a small list of some of the types of publications from different departments or agencies within the Georgia state government that you can find:

We hope that you spend some time discovering the resources available in Georgia Government Publications!

 

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National Clown Week!

2015 August 3
by Mandy Mastrovita

Happy National Clown Week!  National Clown Week was founded by President Richard Nixon on August 2, 1971. It is celebrated during the first week of August. This week, the DLG is happy to share several resources of clowns making people happy.

From the Walter J. Brown Media Archives and Peabody Awards Collection’s WSB-TV collection, a newsfilm clip of a 1962 Atlanta parade that features clowns, cars, and Shriners.

CLOWNS, UNUSUAL CARS IN PARADE; SPECTATORS WATCH, 1962 June 3. wsbn42500, (No title), WSB-TV newsfilm collection, reel 0936, 6:41/08:30, Walter J. Brown Media Archives and Peabody Awards Collection,  The University of Georgia Libraries, Athens, Ga.

CLOWNS, UNUSUAL CARS IN PARADE; SPECTATORS WATCH, 1962 June 3. wsbn42500, (No title), WSB-TV newsfilm collection, reel 0936, 6:41/08:30, Walter J. Brown Media Archives and Peabody Awards Collection,
The University of Georgia Libraries, Athens, Ga.

Courtesy of the Roosevelt Warm Springs Institute for Rehabilitation, we have a photograph of a clown from the Florida State University Circus performing in front of a group of young patients in 1961.

Photograph of patients on gurneys watching a performance of the Florida State University Circus in the Roosevelt Hall Auditorium at the  Georgia Warm Springs Foundation, Warm Springs, Meriwether County, Georgia, 1961. Roosevelt Warm Springs/Georgia Warm Springs Foundation Photograph Collection, Roosevelt Warm Springs Institute for Rehabilitation, Warm  Springs, Georgia.

Photograph of patients on gurneys watching a performance of the Florida State University Circus in the Roosevelt Hall Auditorium at the
Georgia Warm Springs Foundation, Warm Springs, Meriwether County, Georgia, 1961. Roosevelt Warm Springs/Georgia Warm Springs Foundation Photograph Collection, Roosevelt Warm Springs Institute for Rehabilitation, Warm
Springs, Georgia.

Georgia State University Library’s Special Collections and Archives‘ WSB Radio Records, Popular Music and Culture Collection includes a photograph of Lambdin Kay, WSB Radio’s first manager, juggling with two clowns from the Barnum and Bailey Circus during the 1920s.

Lambdin Kay and clowns juggling, 1920-1929. M004_1069, WSB Radio Records, Popular Music and Culture Collection, Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University Library.

Lambdin Kay and clowns juggling, 1920-1929. M004_1069, WSB Radio Records, Popular Music and Culture Collection, Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University Library.

And from the Kenan Research Center, Atlanta History Center, we have a photograph of entertainer Emmett Kelly, Jr. shown with a young patient at Egleston Hospital in 1966.

Kelly, Emmett Jr., 1966. Bill Wilson Photographs, Kenan Research Center, Atlanta History Center.

Kelly, Emmett Jr., 1966. Bill Wilson Photographs, Kenan Research Center, Atlanta History Center.

We hope that we’ve brought you some cheer with these resources, and have helped foster an appreciation for the work that clowns do during National Clown Week!

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