Former Special Collections Libraries Faculty Fellows
- Brandon Craswell, Hugh Hodgson School of Music, MUSI 4820/6820, Brass Chamber Music
The goal for fall semester’s brass quintets will be to familiarize the groups with the music of Fred Mills. Each group will be required to find and perform an arrangement from the Fred Mills Collection, part of the University Archives of the Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library. Each group will select a piece of their choosing from the collection, after developing the skillset to peruse the materials. The culminating project will be a recital entitled The Music of Fred Mills, where each brass quintet will perform one of his arrangements. I’m hoping to have both the student groups and perhaps even the faculty brass quintet perform on this recital.
- Elizabeth Davis, Department of English, ENGL 4830W, Advanced Studies in Writing
Students will be doing advanced level independent research preparation. For the class I am designing around archival work, I would like students to learn about and engage in the process of searching for materials in special collections themselves. This is an advanced writing course, so one of the course objectives is to develop students’ research skills and archival work will be a method of achieving that goal.
- Kate Fortmueller, Department of Entertainment and Media Studies, EMST5990, Southern Media
For many of us, our hometown, state, region, and nation all carry emotional attachments and have contributed to our experiences and worldviews. Although we are often personally connected to place, setting in films and television shows can serve an array of functions from anonymous backdrop to important character. Where characters live might influence any number of factors, from accent to opportunities to plotlines. Locations might also carry negative connotations that fuel entrenched stereotypes. Increasingly the setting of a show might be different from its shooting location, a fact which might complicate our understanding of constructions of space and place on screen.
This course will center on several key questions: What is the importance of place in media? How does space and place inform narrative? How do characterizations of a region change in relation to genre? We will explore these big questions about space, place, narrative, and genre by looking specifically at programs set in the South. All the screenings in this class will come from the Peabody Collection, which means someone felt that these programs were of superior quality to other media of its time. At the end of the semester the students will take all these lessons about writing and characterizing place and use them in service of either a treatment or a final research paper.
- Tina Harris, Department of Communication Studies, FYO Seminar, Getting to Know You: Race According to Athens
First-year students enrolled in the course will most likely be discussing race for the first time. For them, race is an abstract concept or a historical phenomenon or issue that is far removed from their current situation. In this seminar, students will consider the connections between contemporary race relations in Athens and patterns of racial segregation and racism that have characterized the city’s history. Drawing upon historical footage from the Brown Media Archives—chiefly, the Athens Amateur Town Film from 1947—and oral history interviews from the Russell Library, students will use historical evidence in special collections to enrich their understanding of the connections between past and present in shaping ideas about race in the town in which they will live and study.
- Melissa Scott Kozak, Department of Human Development and Family Science, HDFS 4130 Family Policy
Students will learn about the interdependence between family functioning and public policies at the local, state, and federal levels. Archival documents from the Special Collections Library will be integrated throughout the course to identify the role Georgia has played in family policy issues (education, healthcare, marriage, trafficking, etc.). The course will include theoretical frameworks for conceptualizing family policy, roles professionals can play in building family policy, and approaches professionals can use in implementing these roles. Students will ultimately develop policy reports that utilize archival documents from the Special Collections Library as they contextualize a family policy issue and provide recommendations for action.
- Becca Leopkey, Department of Kinesiology
- John Lowe, Department of English, ENGL 4740, Georgia Literature: An Archival Approach
This course will explore the dazzling literary output of our state, from Native American creation stories to the current day. Our survey will consider comic tales of the old Southwest, narratives of slavery, black folklore, and Confederate poetry. While we will read other poems and portions of memoirs, our major focus will be on the twentieth century short story and novel. Several of our classes will be held in the Russell Special Collections Building, where students will have the opportunity to engage directly with archival materials relevant to our writers. Authors will include William Craft, Joel Chandler Harris, Sidney Lanier, August Baldwin Longstreet, W.E.B. DuBois, Erskine Caldwell, Flannery O’Connor, Martin Luther King, Carson McCullers, John O. Killens, Raymond Andrews, James Dickey, Toni Cade Bambara, and Judith Ortiz Cofer.
- Nancee Reeves, Department of English, ENGL 1102, Aliens and Apparitions in the Archives
In this class, we will delve into the Special Collections Library to track down local ghost stories and explore the world of science-fiction fandom, all while learning how to analyze fantastic stories for what they tell us about ourselves. By handling and analyzing the various layers of text we will learn why we tell stories of phantoms and aliens, what they revel about the period in which they were written, and what they can tell us about our future.
- Kathryn Roulston, Qualitative Research, Department of Lifelong Education, Administration, and Policy, QUAL 9700, Interviews in the Archives
This course on interviews in the Special Collections Libraries is designed to engage students in UGA’s Special Collections, which include the Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, the Walter J. Brown Media Archives and Peabody Awards Collections, and the Richard B. Russell Library of Political Research and Studies. We will have an initial introduction to each collection and how they are archived and organized. The course is designed for students to develop individual projects that focus on interviews that have been archived in the libraries. Students will learn about how interview collections are archived, as well as the range of materials available, including oral history collections, research interviews, media interviews and interviews with elite subjects. Through examination of the different interview collections, students will learn how to locate materials pertaining to individual research interests, and identify methodological issues pertaining to interview research (e.g., recruitment, interview-interviewee relationships and interview interaction, and representation).
- Teresa Saxton, Department of English, English 1102, Scandal in the Archives
Scandal in the Archives is a special topics English 1102 course that will explore the archival evidence from personal and public scandals and compare them to fictional representations of scandal. As such, the class will ask students to analyze how cultural restrictions define what a scandal is and how the representations of scandals in literature and film question or support these ethical structures. Students will be asked to write papers exploring these themes and to produce a narrative that applies the theories produced in the class by turning a scandal into a narrative form.
- Beth Tobin, Department of English and Women’s Studies, WMST 4250/6250, Women in the Archives
Using the library’s special collections, students will discover the untold stories of women who have shaped Georgia’s natural environment. In this class, we will learn about women’s activities as environmental activists, gardeners, sharecroppers, and farmers as well as the work of naturalists, ecologists, and science teachers who generated knowledge about the natural world. Most of the course work will be based in the archives of Special Collections, where the class will learn how to navigate these archives, finding and analyzing documents, maps, photos, and films with the goal of telling stories about women’s engagement with Georgia’s natural environment.
- Eileen Wallace, Lamar Dodd School of Art, ARST 4XXX/6XXX, Thematic Inquiry
This course will delve deeply into the rich resources of the special collections libraries to investigate primary source materials as inspiration and content for studio artists. Students will work primarily in the Hargrett Rare Books & Manuscripts library to refine their research skills and understand the collection. We will combine the history of materials and methods with our interpretations, reactions and perceptions of these materials to create new works of art.
- Garrison Bickerstaff, Division of Academic Enhancement, UNIV 1115, Introduction to Academic Writing
Using University of Georgia yearbooks and other published and unpublished materials related to student life as source materials, the students complete writing assignments and explore where they reflect on how the experiences of college have changed and persisted over time.
- Cynthia Camp, Department of English, ENGL 4230, Middle English Literature
This course introduces students to the field of manuscript studies, focusing on the genre of book known as the Book of Hours (a kind of prayer book). The capstone project of the course, which will extend over several course iterations, is to examine and unpack the Book of Hours held by the Hargrett Library; students will be doing original research on this unique manuscript.
- Kathleen deMarrais, Department of Lifelong Education, Administration, and Policy 9700, QUAL9700, Document Analysis Using the Special Collections Libraries
This course provides doctoral level students with opportunities to examine document analysis methodologies through the use of the UGA Special Collections Libraries. Through individual and group activities, students design and implement an archive-based research project.
- Brian Drake, Department of History, HIST 3073, America 1945-Present
This course provides the introduction to independent original research through the lens of recent U.S. history 1945-present. Students develop research and write a 10-page paper responding to the general prompt, What did Georgians think about X? The primary sources for these essays are views expressed by constituents writing to Georgia congress members about issues of importance to them. These materials come from the Russell Library’s congressional collections and help students to frame good historical research questions to explore and develop their ability grapple with multiple and sometimes contradictory evidence.
- Benjamin Ehlers, Department of History, HIST 3371, Tudor-Stuart England
This course examines the history of the British Isles from the late fifteenth to the early eighteenth century. Under the Tudor and Stuart monarchs, England developed from a relatively minor and peripheral region into an incipient world power, with a growing industrial base and a flourishing overseas empire. By studying this period of British history, we seek to understand the rise of modernity in a context highly relevant to the future United States. Major themes for discussion include the English Reformation, the evolution of the monarchy, the Civil War and the common people, English territories abroad, and developments in science and the arts. The reading materials for this course consist of both a textbook and primary sources. I supplement the readings listed below with other materials, both written and visual, over the course of the semester. Those marked ELC will be available on E-Learning Commons. This course will make significant use of materials in UGA’s Special Collections.
- Amma Y. Ghartey-Tagoe Kootin, Department of Theatre and Film Studies, Institute for African American Studies, THEA 4800, Performing the Archives
This course uses primary sources from the Russell Library exhibition On the Stump! What does it take to get elected in Georgia? as the source materials to develop an original script and performance of the Three Governor's Controversy of 1947.
- Hilda Kurtz, Department of Geography, GEOG 3630, Intro to Urban Geography
Students explore archival materials related to Athens, Georgia and its urban geography to develop knowledge of this history and to develop effective research questions related to the city's history with public housing.
- Akela Reason, Department of History, HIST 4027/6027, Museums, Monuments and Memorials
Students explore the three themes of this course through the lens of material culture study, documentary analysis, and recent scholarship in history and public history. Working in small groups, students develop research, design, and host focused interpretive exhibits using materials in the Hargrett, Russell, and Brown collections. Students present their work in a public pop-up exhibit pop-up in special collections during the final exam period for the class.
- Spenser Simrill, Department of English and Division of Academic Enhancement, UNIV 1120, Archives-based Documentary Filmmaking
Students explore materials from the Brown Media Archives and Peabody Awards Collection to inspire and contribute to short documentary projects they create to develop skills and techniques for making effective documentary film projects.
- Kristen Smith, Department of Public Relations, ADPR 3520, Graphic Communication
In this course, students gain the skills to design messages for particular audiences and to prepare designs correctly for print, digital, and social environments. Students learn to analyze and to use the principles of design, typography, layout, color theory, art and illustration, and copyright law. Adobe Creative software is used to produce a variety of projects for student portfolios. At the end of the special collections edition of this course, students are able to: • identify the primary style movements of the 20th century; • analyze primary documents from the 20th century and discuss them relative to principles of design and typography and in terms of the social/political/economic contexts in which they were made; • design print materials and social media graphics based on the styles observed in the primary sources and with an understanding of the style implications.
- M. Montgomery Wolf, Department of History, HIST 2111, U.S. History to 1865
Students in a large 100-300-person survey course in early U.S. history perform basic to intermediate tasks in special collections to learn about the nature of primary sources and how historians use this evidence to write history.