Thursday, April 17, 2014

Choosing to Participate Exhibit Opens May 2nd

A new exhibit intended to inspire people of all ages to create positive social change, Choosing to Participate, opens May 2, 2014 at the Richard B. Russell Library Gallery on the University of Georgia campus.

A set of 11 graphically compelling posters developed by The Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES) and the educational organization Facing History and Ourselves serves as the core of the exhibit. The graphics present the experiences of individuals and communities, explore the impact of cultural differences, and encourage viewers to consider the consequences of everyday choices—to discover how “little things are big”—and to make a difference in their own communities. A companion website features a host of resources for teachers, families, and communities: 

Using the poster set as a framework, Russell Library student worker Sarah Hughes, a senior at the University of Georgia majoring in International Affairs, acted as curator and selected items from the Russell Library's archival holdings to highlight topics, events, and people that tie into the larger themes explored in the graphic panels. The combination of the graphics and primary resources is intended to encourage dialogue, engagement, respect, and participation among visitors. Choosing to Participate will remain on display at the Russell Library through August 30.

The poster set is being distributed at no cost to schools, libraries, museums, and community organizations through partnerships including Teaching Tolerance, Boys & Girls Club of America and the American Library Association. Special thanks to the Walmart Foundation, the national Sponsor of Choosing to Participate. Support for distribution to Teaching Tolerance made possible by the Malka Fund.

The Russell Library gallery is free and open to the public weekdays from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. and on Saturdays from 1-5 p.m. For more information on the exhibit, email or call 706-542-5788.

Want a behind the scenes tour of the exhibit? Check out our interview clips with Sarah Hughes on her role as student curator and choices for the display on the Russell Library's SoundCloud page.  

Media and American Civil Liberties: A Multimedia Event @ Russell Library

What: "Media and American Civil Liberties: Moments in Time"
When: April 30, 2014, 12-3 p.m.
Where: Room 271 Russell Special Collections Libraries Building  

Students enrolled in the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication course "History of Mass Media in the United States" will present their semester-long projects from noon to 3 p.m. Wednesday, April 30, in the auditorium of the Richard B. Russell Special Collections Libraries. The event is open to the public, and refreshments will be served.

Working in groups, students have studied eight moments in history when American liberties were either strengthened or diminished, and their reports will highlight media involvement in those important historical moments.

This project grew out of a University of Georgia Center for Teaching and Learning "Faculty Learning Community," and has been done in collaboration with the University of Georgia Special Collections Libraries, including Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library; Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies; and the Walter J. Brown Media Archives and Peabody Awards Collection. Students have worked with Professor Janice Hume, and Archivists Jill Severn, Mary Miller, and Charles Barber.


Thursday, April 10, 2014

Getting the Party Started: Processing the Records of Georgia's Political Parties

Note: In February of this year, the Russell Library embarked on a one-year project to process the records of the Democratic Party of Georgia (Georgia Democrats) and the Georgia Republican Party (GAGOP), funded by a generous grant of up to $58,777 from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC). Because the records of both parties will not be open for research until January 2015, project archivist Angelica Marini will be providing a series of short articles throughout the year highlighting various aspects of the records as she works to organize, describe and make them available. In this, her first blog post for the project, she underscores the value of the Georgia Republican Party Records as an important resource for studying the historic political realignment of the state in the second half of the twentieth century.

A small sampling of the GAGOP records awaiting processing.

Once available for research, the Georgia Republican Party Records will be one of the largest processed collections of official state Republican Party records in the country and the largest in the Southeast. Complementing the University of South Carolina’s Republican Party of South Carolina Papers and Auburn University’s Alabama Republican Party Records, the Georgia Republican Party Records, dating from 1975 to 1998, are a unique collection of administrative records, political files, financial and fundraising materials, and campaign files that will enable researchers to gain new insights into the dramatic political realignment of the South in the twentieth century.

In 1960 there were only two Republican members of the State House and just one Republican State Senator in Georgia. The Georgia Republican Party was politically weak and the state was dominated by the Democratic Party of Georgia. It was not until later in the second half of the twentieth century that Georgia was a truly modern two-party political system. The records reflect this historical development of the party as the bulk of materials date from the later period. While the Republican Party collections in South Carolina and Alabama contain materials from the 1920s, most of the materials date from this modern period, 1960 to 2000. The bulk of the South Carolina Republican Party records date from 1962 to 2001 and the records of the Alabama Republican Party date from 1960 to 1994. Likewise the Georgia Republican Party saw their most significant gains after 1980 and the bulk of the materials date from 1980 to 1996.

What kept the Georgia Republican party from power for so long? The explanation requires a look at the political history of the South. An alleged political deal between Democrats and Republicans in 1877 brokered the end of Reconstruction. The contested presidential election resulted in a compromise between the parties that allowed for Republican President Rutherford B. Hayes to be seated in return for the end of federal military intervention in the South. Over the next twenty-five years, all across the South, the Republican Party lost what limited power they held during Reconstruction. The historical legacy of Reconstruction affected the political growth of the Republican Party far beyond the immediate aftermath of the Civil War, though, as the Democratic Party dominated Southern politics until the 1960s.

The national Democratic Party started to change in the 1960s and broadly supported civil rights legislation and aligned with more liberal policies. The changes in national party platforms alienated conservative Southern Democrats and by the 1970s many Southern states were in the process of moving to a Republican majority. In Georgia, this regional political realignment was influenced additionally by migration to the state. Beginning in the 1950s, state politicians and policies promoted Georgia as a friendly place for business. Republicans increased their favor as they promoted themselves as the political party that stood for business interests. Georgia Republicans also recruited party members from transplanted Northern Republicans. The first Republican since Reconstruction to represent Georgia in the U.S. Senate, Mack Mattingly (originally from Indiana), noted that “What they [the Democratic Party] didn’t understand back then were what we call ‘demographics.’ They did not understand that the demographics of Georgia had changed – your IBMers from Indiana, you know, everybody from all different places – it had changed.” (Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 014 Mack Mattingly) These changes made a real difference in the political strength of the Republican Party in Georgia. By 1997, the Republicans elected 79 members to the State House and 22 members to the State Senate. The last decades of the twentieth century saw the Republican Party become a major political power in the state and in 2002, Georgians elected their first Republican Governor since Reconstruction, Sonny Perdue.

The bulk of the Georgia Republican Party Records date from a period of substantial political growth for the party. By the beginning of the twenty-first century, the Republican Party emerged as a powerful political opponent to the Democrats. The records document the party’s administration by Party Chairmen and Executive Directors. Political files include research materials maintained by the political directors, state convention materials, and county and district files. Financial records reflect the growth of the party through fundraising and events. The campaign records contain strategic planning documents and statistical analysis of election results using the ORVIS program (Optimal Republican Voting Strength) adopted in the 1980s. These records are an invaluable source of information for anyone interested in researching the growth of the Georgia Republican Party during an important transitional period.

Post by Angelica Marini, Project Archivist, Russell Library

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Happy 225th Birthday, Congress!

The Russell Library joins its Association of Centers for the Study of Congress (ACSC) partner institutions across the nation to celebrate this landmark birthday during Congress Week 2014—April 1-7 with a week-long Twitter Fest focused on the forty-seven members of the U.S.  Congress and Senate representing Georgia who have placed their papers with the Russell Library.  The Twitter series is curated by Russell Library student assistants Sarah Hughes and Patrick Klibanoff and presents key moments from the careers of these Georgians.

The central goal of Congress Week is to foster the study of the United States House and Senate, and to promote a wider appreciation for the vital role the legislative branch plays in our representative democracy. Our celebration lauds its survival and its level of success over 225 years in finding ways to make representative democracy work.

Actually, the birth of Congress was not a single day event but a process of deliberation in the Federal Convention that met in the spring and summer of 1787. The Constitution provided for Congress to convene on March 4, 1789, and on that date, in New York City, the first meeting place of Congress, cannons fired and church bells rang to announce Congress's birth.

But only a few members had arrived on that date. Weeks passed before the House achieved its first quorum on April 1, with the Senate following five days later on April 6. Some members worried that the government would fail before it began. Fisher Ames of Massachusetts a member of the House, wrote "We lose credit, spirit, everything. The public will forget the government before it is born."

The fact that the House achieved its first quorum on April 1 was not lost on members then and will probably not be ignored today when we note that the first quorum was achieved on April Fool's Day. We could use a little humor as we contemplate the serious role Congress has played in shaping the long-range success of a mighty nation, whose Capitol is a symbol of freedom throughout the world.

In 2003, ACSC was founded as an independent alliance of institutions and organizations that support a wide range of programs designed to inform and educate students, scholars, policy-makers, and members of the general public on the history of Congress, legislative process, and current issues facing the United States Congress. ACSC encourages the preservation of material that documents the work of Congress, including the papers of representatives and senators, and supports programs that make those materials available for educational and research use.  The association also welcomes the participation of institutions and individuals committed to our goal of promoting a better understanding of Congress.

To experience the Georgians in Congress Twitter Fest, follow the Russell Library on Twitter: @RussellLibrary.  To find other congressional centers celebrating Congress Week on Twitter, search for the hashtag #CongressWeek

Friday, March 28, 2014

Sarah Goes to Sochi

My name is Sarah Hughes. I am a fourth year student at the University of Georgia studying international affairs. I work as a student research assistant at the Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies. Thanks to a series of fortunate events and a family connection, I was afforded the opportunity to work as an intern for NBC at the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia. I spent six weeks there from early January to late February. During my time there and upon my return, I’ve been asked a lot about my feelings on the safety and security at the Games. So I’ve compiled some of my thoughts on the matter, and hopefully I’ve painted a clearer picture of Sochi for those who are reading this.

I’m not sure what I expected. When I got to Sochi, my bags were missing and there were very few people around who spoke enough English to help me. In those first couple of days, I thought my American stereotype of Russia had been right all along. The cab driver that took us to the grocery store disappeared, the hotel reception couldn’t understand me, and there was a police station right next to my hotel, reminding me that we were being watched all the time (a la USSR). But I couldn’t have been more wrong about my first impression of Russia and its people.  The longer I was there, the safer and more at home I felt. To be fair, working for NBC meant that I spent 95% of my time in the “media bubble,” so to speak. I left my media hotel in the morning, got on a media transport bus that took me to the International Broadcast Center, and then took a media bus back to my media hotel at night. We went through airport-style security to get into the broadcast center, and only official media personnel had access. It’s hard to feel unsafe when you’re receiving an intimate pat-down on a daily basis. We had to show our credentials to get into our hotel, so the only non-media people there were the hotel’s employees. The International Broadcast Center had a bank, laundry service, post office, gym, hair and nail salon, pharmacy, souvenir shop, snack store, and even a McDonald’s. So there really wasn’t much reason to venture into the outside world.

 On the off chance that I did need to run an errand outside of the bubble, an NBC driver took me where I needed to go, and a Russian intern (often my roommate) would accompany me to translate. And generally speaking, I found that the Russian people went out of their way to help me, despite the language barrier. More than once, local shop owners and vendors expressed huge excitement to my translating friend about having an American in their establishment. Although Sochi is a resort town, more Russians vacation there than foreigners, so it was a thrill for them to see new faces and nationalities around town.

While I’m on the subject of Sochi, I should mention that Olympic park and the media centers were about 40 minutes by car from the city of Sochi. We were actually located in a place called Adler, which is a smaller town in the larger area (like a county) known as Sochi. The small, secluded nature of Adler made everything feel a little safer, maybe because things moved at a slower pace and therefore it seemed like it would be hard for security to miss something. I only went to the city of Sochi once on a work errand. I only went outside the media bubble into Adler a handful of times. The only times I saw or read anything about the “danger” around me were when I was tuned into an American news source. American media was scarier than my Russian surroundings. I would say the same thing about accommodations: the worst things that I saw were either online or on the U.S. news. Other than a few minor things (things I’ve experienced in American hotels as well), my living situation was nothing but pleasant. They even built a couple of quaint bars and restaurants in our hotel complex.

To be honest, I have no idea what the spectator experience was like in Sochi. They stayed in different hotels, used different transportation, and had different credentials (all spectators did have to be accredited). So it’s possible that some of them felt less secure or saw more of a threat than I did. But when I got to go to events, the crowds were always engaged and lively – hardly scared for their lives.
Of course, there is always the feeling at a large event that something bad could happen. In the end, though, I think most working people were too busy during the Games to remember that. And then all of a sudden, the Closing Ceremony was over, and everything was intact. Now even the Paralympic Games are over with no major issues to speak of. Sochi 2014 exists only in our memories forevermore, and I for one will remember it fondly. The Russian people were gracious hosts, and they deserve all of the credit for such a successful Olympic Winter Games. Given the chance, I’d do it all again (even losing my luggage – telling that story is much more fun than clean clothes).

Monday, March 17, 2014

Bringing Our Oral Histories Into the Digital Age with OHMS

In the Oral History and Media Unit, we've been working this year to implement an exciting new digital tool for our oral histories--the Oral History Metadata Synchronizer, or OHMS. Developed at the University of Kentucky's Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History under the direction of Doug Boyd, OHMS is an open-sourced, web-based system that allows archives to present digital audiovisual recordings of oral histories alongside transcripts for a more integrated user experience.

OHMS also takes us beyond the world of the transcript by allowing us to offer indexes for our oral history interviews. Traditionally, a researcher could access an oral history either by listening to the recording and/or by reading through the transcript (if a transcript existed…), but with OHMS we can create index headings (sort of like chapter titles) so that a user can quickly skim the contents to get an overview of what's discussed in a particular interview. If you see something that piques your interest, you can click on that index heading to jump directly to that portion of the interview.

We're one of the first institutions to get the OHMS system up and running, and we're excited to announce that we've just finished creating OHMS indexes for our first collection--the Georgia Environmental Oral History Project. With the help of our talented student assistant Chelsea Harvey, we now have fully searchable indexes for all eight interviews in this collection.

Want to try out the new OHMS system? Links to the OHMS indexes have been added to the finding aid for the Georgia Environmental Oral History Project, or you can click through to OHMS directly via one of these suggestions:
  • Listen to James Holland discuss his career as a commercial crabber and Altamaha Riverkeeper
  • Hear Nancy Thomason talk about the fight against beach renourishment on St. Simons Beach
  • Listen to Jean Poleszak talk about her years of community activism as a concerned resident of Jekyll Island
Post by Callie Holmes, Oral History and Media Archivist, Russell Library 

Friday, March 14, 2014

Alert Today Exhibit Extended Through March 22nd!

The Russell Library is pleased to announce that the Alert Today, Alive Tomorrow exhibition has been extended! The exhibit will now remain on display through Saturday, March 22nd. If you haven't yet had a chance to come and see this great display, make plans to visit the Special Collections Building next week.   

More About the Exhibit...

On August 6, 1945, a specially-equipped American B-29 Superfortress dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan. On August 9, another atomic bomb fell on Nagasaki. For most Americans, the immediate reaction to the atomic bomb was relief: it had ended the war. But as the United States celebrated, it also braced itself for the uncertain future of the Atomic Age. For the next two decades, the looming threat of Atomic war dominated American society.

Traveling exhibition Alert Today, Alive Tomorrow: Living with the Atomic Bomb, 1945-1965 explores the ways in which Americans experienced the Atomic threat as part of their daily lives—at school, in the home, and even at play. The show features more than 75 original objects from the era, as well as large-scale graphics, radio broadcasts, and film. Visitors will experience how Americans were flooded with messaging through images and media that depicted the dangers of atomic energy. Although the threat of Atomic annihilation eventually drifted to the background of American consciousness in the late 1960s, the Atomic Age left a legacy of governmental response and civic infrastructure that remains relevant today.

Visiting the Exhibit...

The Russell Library Gallery is located inside the Russell Building for Special Collections Libraries; the exhibit is free and open to the public. The gallery is open from 8:00am-5:00pm Monday through Friday and from 1:00-5:00pm on Saturdays. Guided tours of the gallery are available on Tuesday afternoons from 2:00-3:00pm; meet in the 2nd floor rotunda. For more information on the exhibit or program series email or call (706) 542-5788. If you are interested in booking a private group tour for 10 or more people, contact Jean Cleveland at  

 Alert Today, Alive Tomorrow is curated by Michael Scheibach, an independent collector in Independence, MO, and Leslie Przybylek, Curator of Humanities Exhibitions at Mid-America Arts Alliance. The exhibition is toured by ExhibitsUSA, a national program of Mid-America Arts Alliance. ExhibitsUSA sends more than 25 exhibitions on tour to more than 100 small- and mid-sized communities every year. Mid-America is the oldest nonprofit regional arts organization in the United States. More information is available at and

Thank you to our sponsors...
The display of this exhibit at The Russell Library is supported in part by the President’s Venture Fund through the generous gifts of the University of Georgia Partners and other donors, and by the Georgia Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities and through appropriations from the Georgia General Assembly.

Thursday, March 06, 2014

Nuclear Threats Panel Discussion Tonight

The Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies will host an event showcasing selected scholars discussing nuclear threats tonight (Thursday, Mar. 6th) from 5:30-7 p.m. in the auditorium of the Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries.

Speakers at the event will carry on an open dialogue with the audience prompting attendees to think about the history of nuclear threats, beginning with the atomic bomb blasts in Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945. Moderator Jeffrey Berejikian, associate professor in the department of international affairs, will guide panelists through a discussion of perceptions about nuclear threats today and how they compare with those experienced during the atomic age.

“We want to focus on how much the world has changed in such a short period of time,” said Berejikian. “As moderator, I would like to ask panelists about ‘lessons learned’ both correctly and incorrectly, and then also discuss contemporary nuclear issues.”

Other featured speakers include: Igor Khripunov, Center for International Trade and Security; Loch Johnson, School of Public and International Affairs; and General Pan Zhenqiang, visiting scholar, Center for International Trade and Security. Light refreshments will be served following the discussion and audience question-and-answer session.

Following the panel discussion and reception, the library will screen Stanley Kubrick's Dr. Strangelove: Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb in the auditorium, introduced by Dr. Christopher Sieving (Department of Theatre and Film Studies). 

These events are two in a series of ten to be hosted by the Russell Library this winter, all inspired by "Alert Today, Alive Tomorrow: Living with the Atomic Bomb, 1945-1965"on display in the Harrison Feature Gallery through March 14. For more information on this or other events in the "Alert Today, Alive Tomorrow" series, see or email, or call 706-542-5788.

"Alert Today, Alive Tomorrow" was curated by Michael Scheibach, an independent collector in Independence, Mo, and Leslie Przybylek, curator of humanities exhibitions at Mid-America Arts Alliance. ExhibitsUSA, a national program of Mid-America Arts Alliance, tours the exhibition. ExhibitsUSA sends more than 25 exhibitions on tour to more than 100 small- and mid-sized communities every year. More information is available at and

The display at the Russell Library is supported by the President's Venture Fund, the Georgia Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities and through appropriations from the Georgia General Assembly, the School for Public and International Affairs, the Center for International Trade and Security, and the departments of history, English and film studies.

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Storytellers & Scholars Event Tonight at 7PM

"Life in the Atomic Age" will be the theme for a Storytellers and Scholars Event to be held tonight, March 5th, from 7-9 p.m. at the Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries on the University of Georgia campus.

The program will include live interviews paired with archival footage and oral history clips from the collections of the Russell Library for Political Research and Studies. The program will look at national and international events as well as feature personal stories about Atomic Age happenings.

Three faculty presenters from UGA will reflect on the impact of the Atomic Age on technology, art and architecture. Faculty presenters will include Shane Hamilton (history department), Janice Simon (Lamar Dodd School of Art) and Mark Reinberger (College of Environment and Design).

The program will feature "some great stories from the First Person Project, as well as some excellent archival footage from the time period," said Callie Holmes, an oral history and media archivist at UGA. "One of our favorites so far is a First Person Project interview with a woman who participated in bomb shelter experiments run by UGA's psychology department in the early 1960s."

Jan Levinson, outreach archivist at UGA, said she hopes the event encourages attendees to "consider the impact of events, micro and macro, and how these moments can shape things moving forward."

Attendees are encouraged to dress for an evening in the Atomic Age and wear their finest vintage attire from the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s. Prizes will be awarded for the best outfit of the evening.

This event is one in a series of 10 hosted by the Russell Library this winter, all inspired by the exhibit "Alert Today, Alive Tomorrow: Living with the Atomic Bomb, 1945-1965" on display in the Russell Library Gallery through March 14. For more information on this or other events in the "Alert Today, Alive Tomorrow" series, see, email, or call 706-542-5788.

The event is co-sponsored by the Georgia Museum of Art, which is displaying "Art Interrupted: Advancing Art and the Politics of Cultural Diplomacy" through April 20. The exhibition reunites all but 10 of the paintings originally purchased by the U.S. State Department for a traveling project meant to spread the word globally about the wonders of democracy. The original project ended in failure, as the public and press objected to the modernity of the art and to many of the artists' backgrounds. The paintings were sold for pennies on the dollar as war surplus.

"Alert Today, Alive Tomorrow" was curated by Michael Scheibach, an independent collector in Independence, Mo., and Leslie Przybylek, curator of humanities exhibitions at Mid-America Arts Alliance. ExhibitsUSA, a national program of Mid-America Arts Alliance, tours the exhibition. ExhibitsUSA sends more than 25 exhibitions on tour to more than 100 small- and mid-sized communities every year. More information is available at and

This project is supported by the Georgia Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities and through appropriations from the Georgia General Assembly. This project is also supported by partners on the UGA campus, including: the President's Venture Fund, the School of Public and International Affairs, the Center for International Trade and Security, and the departments of film, history and English.

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Thursday, February 27, 2014

More Great Programs Coming Up Next Week

As our Alert Today, Alive Tomorrow Program Series comes to a close, we'll be hosting four great events next week at the Russell Library. We hope you'll join us at the Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries to take in a few of the offerings! Have questions? Call 706-542-5788 or email

Wednesday, March 5, 2014, 7:00-9:00PM
Storytellers & Scholars: Life in the Atomic Age
Location: Large Event Space (Room 285), Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries

Inspired by the storytelling format of the popular radio show This American Life and co-sponsored by the Georgia Museum of Art, the Russell Library will host an event showcasing selected scholars, community members, and archival footage. The chosen theme: Life in the Atomic Age. Featured scholars will include Shane Hamilton (Departmet of History), Janice Simon (Department of Art History), Mark Reinberger (College of Environment and Design), and Callie Holmes (Oral History and Media Archivist, Russell Library). Light refreshments will be served during the event.

Thursday, March 6, 2014, 5:30-7:00PM
Panel Discussion, Nuclear Threats Then & Now
Location: Auditorium (Room 271), Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries

This event will feature a panel discussion focused on American attitudes toward nuclear culture in the wake of 1945 atomic bomb blasts and draw comparisons/contrasts to the current state of nuclear threats worldwide. How did the US government attempt to calm, warn, and protect citizens then? How do they approach these goals today? Light refreshments will be served. Featured speakers will include: Jeffrey Berejikian (School of Public and International Affairs); Loch Johnson (School for Public and International Affairs); Igor Khripunov (Center for International Trade and Security); General Pan Zhenqiang.

Thursday March 6, 2014, 7:00-9:00PM
Film Screening, Dr. Strangelove: Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)
Location: Auditorium (Room 271), Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries

This film series will explore cultural manifestations of nuclear anxiety and the Cold War politics of the time period. Each film in the series is curated and introduced by Dr. Christopher Sieving (UGA Department of Theatre and Film Studies). Light refreshments provided during intermission; doors open at 6:30PM.

More About The Film…
Dr. Strangelove: Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964): An insane general starts a process leading to certain nuclear holocaust that a war room of politicians and generals frantically try to stop. Directed by Stanley Kubrick and starring Peter Sellers. (Run Tim: 95 minutes)

Friday, March 7, 2014, 9:00AM-4:00PM
First Person Project Interview Day
Meet in Room 268, Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries

This March the First Person Project, an oral history series documenting the experiences of everyday Georgians, invites participants to tackle the topic of security.

Inspired by the Russell Library’s ongoing exhibition, Alert Today, Alive Tomorrow: Living with the Atomic Bomb, 1945-1965, the First Person Project hopes to capture stories that get to the heart of what security means to you. What makes you feel safe and secure as an individual, member of a family or community, or as a citizen living in the 21st century? Exploring the other side of the coin, what stories from childhood or adulthood best describe your fears – how you have confronted them, how they might have shaped you. How do these stories of security and fear intertwine?

Six sets of partners will be accepted for this First Person Project session, scheduled for Friday, March 7th between 9:00am and 4:00pm. Each audio recording session takes one hour to complete. Photographs will also be taken for each session. The Russell Library will archive the interviews to add to its documentation of life in post 20th century Georgia and will provide participants with a free digital download of the recording and photographs. A $10 donation is suggested for each participant pair.

For more information, or to reserve an interview slot, call (706) 542-5788 or email