Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Oral History News Flash

I am extraordinarily pleased to announce that our oral history project, Reflections on Georgia Politics, has renewed its partnership with Young Harris College. If you have been following any of our posts on the project, you may be aware that Reflections began at Young Harris in the fall of 2006, as a public program for the College’s Institute of Continuing Learning (ICL). Bob Short, author, interviewer, and knowledgeable soul on all things Georgia politics, organized and produced the program. When the Russell Library came on board in late 2007, Reflections became a traditional one-on-one oral history series independent of ICL.

Renewing formal ties with Young Harris College, a partnership that will lend critical support to producing and processing the Reflections collection, was a priority for Bob and me, and was supported by Russell Library Director Sheryl Vogt and University Librarian William Gray Potter. President of Young Harris College, and former Georgia Secretary of State, Cathy Cox was also committed to the project. Cox, who has donated her papers to the Russell Library and has already taken her turn in the interview chair opposite Bob for the series, recognized the value of this project to Young Harris, UGA, and all students of Georgia history. Working with Jay Stroman, Young Harris College’s Vice President for Advancement, we were able to sort out the final details in recent weeks. The partnership will create greater access for scholars and students across the state, providing internet portals to the program through both UGA and Young Harris. Additionally, transcription and DVD copies will be made available at both the Russell Library and Young Harris’s Duckworth Library.

Welcome Young Harris – we are happy to have you as our partner!

Post by Craig Breaden, Head of Media and Oral History, Russell Library

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