Friday, September 20, 2013

Congrats to Bob Short

We are pleased to announce that Russell Library partner Bob Short has won a Georgia Historical Records Advisory Council Award for Excellence in Documenting Georgia History. Short was nominated for his work with the Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Series, which is produced and archived by the Oral History and Media unit of the Russell Library.

Bob Short with his wife Diana.
Reflections began in the fall of 2006 at Young Harris College as a lecture and discussion program hosted by Short. In late 2007, the Richard B. Russell Library began producing the program as an oral history video series to further illuminate and personalize the tectonic shifts that occurred in Georgia politics in the late twentieth century. Over the past six years, we've recorded over 150 interviews with Bob Short, and we couldn't ask for a better partner. Traveling around the state with Bob to collect interviews and meet the movers and shakers of modern Georgia politics is always an adventure, and it feels at times like he really does know everyone. Bob Short is the reason that Reflections on Georgia Politics is so successful. He brings decades of experiences to the table and has a deep knowledge of and passion for Georgia political history. Congratulations Bob!

In the clip below, hear Bob Short interview longtime Atlanta journalist and columnist Bill Shipp about his sometimes contentious relationship with Georgia newspapers and politicians during the time when he wrote columns opposing segregation (start at timecode 39:42)

Post by Callie Holmes, Oral History and Media Archivist, Russell Library

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