The Georgia Open History Library launches today!

Cover of Hubert B. Owens' book Georgia's Planting Prelate

Today, October 15, the Digital Library of Georgia is thrilled to announce the Georgia Open History Library launch from our partners at the University of Georgia Press. 

The collection is now available in our Georgia portal and through other public outlets, including: 

The Georgia Open History Library is an open-access selection of single-authored scholarly titles and two multivolume series and primary documents going back to the founding of Georgia as a colony up to statehood and beyond.

It is important to note that new forewords written by contemporary historians were commissioned by UGA Press for each volume in this collection, adding important current scholarly context to these materials.

44 individual volumes focusing on the colony and eventual state of Georgia cover the following topics:

UGA Press Director Lisa Bayer notes: “As the United States approaches its 250th anniversary in 2026, these online resources about the thirteenth colony will help students, teachers, and all citizens to better understand the diversity and complexity of our early national history.”

Funded by the NEH Humanities Open Book Program, the Georgia Open History Library is a project of the UGA Press in partnership with the UGA Libraries, Georgia Humanities, the New Georgia Encyclopedia, the Georgia Historical Society, the Digital Library of Georgia, the Willson Center for Arts and Humanities at UGA, and the Atlanta History Center.

About the University of Georgia Press:  

Since its founding in 1938, the primary mission of the University of Georgia Press has been to support and enhance the University’s place as a major research institution by publishing outstanding works of scholarship and literature by scholars and writers throughout the world. The UGA Press is the oldest and largest book publisher in the state, currently publishes 60–70 new books a year, and has a long history of publishing significant scholarship, creative and literary works, and books about the state and the region for general readers. To learn more about the UGA Press and its publications, authors, and events, visit


National History Day Georgia 2021 Awards

The Digital Library of Georgia has awarded Source Recognition Digital Certificates and Outstanding Use of the Digital Library of Georgia Resources Special Awards to history students participating in National History Day Georgia, a program of Georgia Humanities and LaGrange College that encourages middle and high school students to engage more deeply in the historical process. 2021’s theme was “Communication in History: The Key to Understanding.”

The Digital Library of Georgia (DLG) partnered with Georgia Humanities to create the special awards designed to engage students in historical research using DLG resources and to recognize the best examples of student work. Source recognition digital certificates were awarded to students who incorporated primary sources found in DLG’s portals in their projects. DLG staff conferred the “Outstanding Use of the Digital Library of Georgia Resources” special award on exceptional junior and senior individual and group projects.

Sheila McAlister, director of the Digital Library of Georgia, says: 

“Our partnership with Georgia Humanities and National History Day Georgia is one of our most rewarding. Through National History Day Georgia, students have the opportunity to deeply connect with DLG resources as they critically and creatively address their chosen topics and theses. Their work is always impressive, and it’s a pleasure to recognize such excellence.”

The certificates were distributed after the National History Day Georgia 2021 held its virtual award ceremony on April 21, 2021.

Outstanding Use of Digital Library of Georgia Resources Special Award Winners include:

  • Junior  –  Individual Project Winner: Zahira Gray for “WERD RADIO” (Project ID # 11001).
  • Junior – Group Project Winners: Rachael Staskiewicz and Mina Overway for “The Allies War on Hitler” (Project ID # 16014).
  • Senior – Group Project Winners: Eva Cheraisi and Mary C. McCoy for “The Soul of We People Who Are Darker Than Blue” (Project ID # 22004).

Associated images:

DLG National History Day Georgia Special Awards graphic
DLG National History Day Georgia Special Awards graphic

About National History Day Georgia

National History Day in Georgia (NHD GA) is a program of Georgia Humanities and LaGrange College that annually engages over 11,000 middle and high school students from across the state in historical research, interpretation, and creative expression through inquiry and project based learning. For more information on NHD GA, please visit

About Georgia Humanities

Founded in 1971, Georgia Humanities is an independent, nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. We collaborate with others to preserve and promote the rich cultural stories, treasures, and values of our state and its people. Our work nurtures Georgians’ understanding of ourselves and of our state’s place in history and in the world, and it fosters thoughtful and engaged citizenship. 

Visit Georgia Humanities at



Twitter: @gahumanities

About LaGrange College

Georgia’s oldest private institution of higher learning, LaGrange College, is consistently ranked among the South’s top colleges by U.S. News & World Report. A four-year liberal arts and sciences college affiliated with the United Methodist Church, LaGrange offers more than 70 areas of study with an emphasis on global engagement and service. For more information, please visit