Monday, April 15, 2013

Oral History Intern - Final Thoughts

My internship with the Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection has finally come to a close, although I feel like I just started. To reiterate my thoughts from an earlier post, the experience has been twofold: I got some priceless hands-on archival training and learned a wealth of political history about my home state. The training has equipped me to sort through an oral history collection, narrow in on the important topics, figures, and dates, and create description using common encoding and content standards: EAD and DACS. It’s also given me experience with Archivist’s Toolkit and furthered my familiarity with using name and subject headings. I’m happy to have made my mark on the collection by taking a long, unwieldy finding aid and breaking it down into several smaller, more manageable ones so that resources are easier to locate.

On the history side of things, I feel like I’ve taken an advanced class on Georgia’s modern political history, but all of my instructors are speaking from firsthand experience. Every Wednesday since January I’ve had the opportunity to hear stories from former governors, campaign managers, commissioners, secretaries, civil rights leaders, and legislators on the state and national level. The personal accounts of different interviewees often weave together, presenting a variety of perspectives on key events and people. Across the collection, discussions of campaigns, policies, controversies, and important leaders interconnect to form a vast and complex body of knowledge filtered through the personalities that shine through each speaker.

One such speaker I will leave you with is Bill Shipp, a towering figure in Georgia journalism, and, as of this post, the most recently interviewed subject for the collection. Between Mr. Shipp and his interviewer, the perennial Bob Short, the air in the room is thick with erudition on Georgia politics (at one point Bill and Bob briefly raise the question of which one of them has more expertise). Shipp does an amazing job of packing in a career’s worth of history and experience into this hour and seventeen minute discussion. In covering the civil rights struggle, the major elections since 1946, and a range of other topics, the interview acts as a very nice representative slice of the overall ROGP collection.

Post by Steve Armour, Intern, Russell Library

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Dialogues in Diversity Event @ Russell Library

Dialogues in Diversity: Red and Blue, Not Just Black and White:
Politics and Diversity in Georgia

The Office of Institutional Diversity in partnership with the Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies invites you to a lunchtime discussion around diversity, demographics and politics.

Demographic changes have direct implications on public policy and politics. The recent general and presidential elections highlighted changes in both the US population and the electorate. Georgia's changing demographics place the state in the forefront of anticipated changes in public policy and politics. This dialogue will provide an opportunity for faculty and staff to discuss the political implications, challenges and opportunities resulting from changing demographics nationally and within the State of Georgia.
Dr. Charles S. Bullock, III, Richard B. Russell Professor of Political Science in the department of Political Science in the School of Public and International Affairs will facilitate this discussion.

Friday, April 19th from 12:00 to 1:30pm in the Richard B. Russell Building, Special Collections Libraries, Room 285

Lunch is provided and therefore prior registration is required. The series is free and spaces will be filled on a first come basis.

To register for this dialogue, please send an email with your name and department to