Groundbreaking Georgia LGBTQ television programming now available online

ATLANTA, Ga. — Groundbreaking Georgia LGBTQ television programming now available online
    The Digital Library of Georgia (DLG) is pleased to announce the availability of the Mike Maloney Collection of Out TV Atlanta Video Recordings at http://digitalcollections.library.gsu.edu/cdm/landingpage/collection/outtv. The collection, which contains about 240 digitized tapes of raw footage created in the process of making the show, belongs to Georgia State University Library’s Special Collections and Archives. It is available thanks in part to the DLG’s 2018 Competitive Digitization grant program, a funding opportunity intended to broaden DLG partner participation for statewide historic digitization projects.
      Out TV Atlanta, which ran from 1999-2000, was a half-hour weekly news and entertainment show focused on LGBTQ life that aired in Atlanta and Savannah. The show was supported financially by its creator, Michael B. Maloney, along with his family and friends. As producer of the show, Maloney saw that most press coverage of LGBTQ life involved night clubs and drag queens; he sought to widen media focus on “ordinary” gay people who were firefighters, attorneys, and regular members of the community. Events covered include Governor Roy Barnes’ address to the Atlanta Executive Network, a gay professional organization (the first in the state), the first gay pride parade in Savannah, political events, art exhibitions and performances, and much more.
        Kathryn Michaelis, Digital Projects Coordinator, Digital Library Services, at Georgia State University notes: “We anticipate that the videos will be of interest to a wide variety of users, including researchers of LGBTQ and Atlanta history, members of the local and national LGBTQ community, media scholars, gender studies scholars, and the general public. The videos are unique primary sources that vividly document many aspects of LGBTQ life in Atlanta at the turn of the millennium. Once the videos are discoverable, they can be used for teaching, research, and entertainment, and could potentially be used by filmmakers for documentary purposes.”
          Ryan Roemerman, Executive Director of the LGBT Institute of the Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta,states: “We believe that Mr. Maloney’s groundbreaking work is of immense historic value. As the dawn of the new millennium approached, Mr. Maloney and his reporters were capturing events and preserving the moments that allow us to dig deeper into the cultural and emotional landscape for LGBTQ people at that time. The potential for use, especially amongst Georgia State University students, can provide young LGBTQ people today with a better understanding of a bygone era. These historic video recordings can convey what written words cannot always do, and are sure to be utilized in even greater numbers as time passes on.” Roemerman played an important role in facilitating the acquisition of the videos, directing Mr. Maloney to donate to the GSU Library’s Gender & Sexuality Collections.
            About Georgia State University Library Special Collections
            Located on the Atlanta campus, Georgia State University Library’s Special Collections and Archives collects and preserves unique and rare historical materials in selected subject areas. The department promotes the use of these materials by the Georgia State University community, scholars and the public. Its goal is to advance scholarship and to further the educational, research and service missions of the university.  Visit Georgia State University Library’s Special Collections and Archives at https://library.gsu.edu/search-collections/special-collections-archives/ 
              About the Digital Library of Georgia
              Based at the University of Georgia Libraries, the Digital Library of Georgia https://dlg.usg.edu is a GALILEO initiative that collaborates with Georgia’s libraries, archives, museums, and other institutions of education and culture to provide access to key information resources on Georgia history, culture, and life. This primary mission is accomplished through the ongoing development, maintenance, and preservation of digital collections and online digital library resources.  DLG also serves as Georgia’s service hub for the Digital Public Library of America and as the home of the Georgia Newspaper Project, the state’s historic newspaper microfilming project.
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              Historic Dalton Scrapbook Now Freely Available at Digital Library of Georgia

              CONTACT: Deborah Hakes, dhakes@georgialibraries.org, 404-852-5547

              DALTON, Ga — An historic scrapbook documenting the history and progress of the city of Dalton has been digitized and added to the Digital Library of Georgia. Funding for this project was provided by Georgia HomePLACE, the digitization unit of the Georgia Public Library Service, in partnership with the Northwest Georgia Regional Library System.

              The scrapbook is a window into Dalton’s past. Created by representatives of civic organizations and community leaders, the scrapbook was part of a submission package to the Georgia Power Company’s 1949 Champion Home Town Contest. The book includes many black-and-white photographs of Dalton during the late 1940s, as well as hundreds of newspaper clippings, typescript documents, and original illustrations all boosting the city’s prolific textile industry. Emblazoned in chenille on the clothbound scrapbook cover are the words, “Dalton, Ga., Bedspread Center of the World.”

              “The textile industry and the mill village culture unites many Georgians,” explains Darla Chambliss, Director of the Northwest Georgia Regional Library System. “We are delighted to partner with HomePLACE to provide greater access to this “fuzzy and irreplaceable piece of history” for many, many neighbors and friends.”

              The scrapbook provides details about Dalton’s business and industry, education, agriculture, tourism, and municipal development. Researchers, historians, and genealogists will find rich source material, including economic reports, club rosters, and before-and-after shots of building and infrastructure improvements around town. K-12 students and educators can use these local, historical  materials to supplement social studies curricula.

              “The scrapbook a reminder of the broader, national sense of lively small town pride and civic engagement endemic to the post-war years,” says HomePLACE Director Angela Stanley. “Viewing artifacts such as this through the lens of history, we can ask important questions about which citizens are included in its pages–and which aren’t.”

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              Georgia HomePLACE encourages public libraries and related institutions to participate in the Digital Library of Georgia. HomePLACE offers a highly collaborative model for digitizing primary source collections related to local history and genealogy. HomePLACE is supported with federal Library Services and Technology Act 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.

              Based at the University of Georgia Libraries, the Digital Library of Georgia is a GALILEO initiative that collaborates with Georgia’s libraries, archives, museums and other institutions of education and culture to provide digital access to key information resources on Georgia history, culture and life. The Digital Library of Georgia also serves as Georgia’s service hub for the Digital Public Library of America and as the home of the Georgia Newspaper Project, the state’s historic newspaper microfilming project.

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