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Posted March 17, 2015

Bobby Jones is born March 17, 1902

Bobby Jones in 1940 Robert Tyre “Bobby” Jones II was born on this day in 1902 in Atlanta. Jones was the most successful amateur golfer ever. During his career he won thirteen major championships. He also won all four major titles in one season, completing the “Grand Slam” of golf.

After retiring from competition in 1930, Jones went on to start the Masters Tournament, then called the Augusta National Invitational, in 1934. He even came out of retirement to compete in the first tournament.

In 1964, Bobby Jones, along with Ty Cobb and William Alexander, was one of the first three professional athletes inducted into the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame.

You can see more photos of Bobby Jones in the Digital Library of Georgia, or see a video of him with the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, and playing against Walter Hagen in the Walter J. Brown Media Archives and Peabody Awards Collection.

Posted March 9, 2015

Celebrate Open Education Week with Affordable Learning Georgia

Open Education Week, a celebration to raise awareness of free and open resources for education, is March 9-13, 2015. Affordable Learning Georgia, a University System of Georgia initiative, is celebrating this event with new exciting content and communications. Affordable Learning Georgia’s mission is to promote student success by providing affordable textbook solutions. The ALG is a one-stop service to help USG and others identify lower-cost, electronic, free, and open educational resources (OER), building on the cost-effective subscription resources provided by GALILEO and the USG libraries.

ALG will be releasing a newsletter edition daily from March 9-13. These daily newsletters will showcase new and interesting content:

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Posted March 8, 2015

This Day in Georgia History: March 8, 1949


Today, in a world with hundreds of television channels to choose from, it’s hard to imagine a time when there was only one television station to watch in Georgia. This was the case from September 19, 1948, when WSB-TV debuted, until March 8, 1949. On March 8, 1949, WAGA-TV went on the air, thus giving Georgians their first chance to change the channel. WAGA-TV started in a house, then moved to a larger studio at 1018 West Peachtree. Initially, broadcasts included three hours of evening programming from CBS, the Dumont Network, and ABC.

See photos from WAGA-TV newscasts in the Lane Brothers Commercial Photographers Photographic Collection, 1920-1976 in addition to raw footage from WSB-TV in the WSB-TV Newsfilm Collection. Both located in the Digital Library of Georgia.

Posted February 25, 2015

North Georgia Historic Newspapers Archive now available in GALILEO

The North Georgia Historic Newspapers Archive, which includes six newspaper titles published in three north Georgia cities (Dalton, Gainesville, and Rome) from 1850 to 1922, is now available at or through the GALILEO website.

This archive joins other historical newspaper collections in the Digital Library of Georgia. See a full list here:

An announcement from the Digital Library of Georgia describing the resource is available below.

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The Digital Library of Georgia is pleased to announce the availability of a new online resource: The North Georgia Historic Newspapers Archive.

The North Georgia Historic Newspapers Archive provides online access to six newspaper titles published in three north Georgia cities (Dalton, Gainesville, and Rome) from 1850 to 1922. Consisting of over 33,000 newspaper pages, the archive provides historical images that are both full-text searchable and can be browsed by date. The site is compatible with all current browsers and the newspaper page images can be viewed without the use of plug-ins or additional software downloads.

The archive includes the following north Georgia newspaper titles: Gainesville News (1902-1922), Georgia Cracker (Gainesville) (1894-1902), North Georgia Citizen (Dalton) (1868-1921), Rome Courier (1850-1855), Rome Tri-Weekly Courier (1860-1880), Rome Weekly Courier (1860-1878). The Digital Library of Georgia will add additional titles from the region over time.

The North Georgia Historic Newspapers Archive is a project of the Digital Library of Georgia, as part of the Georgia HomePLACE initiative. The Digital Library of Georgia is a project of Georgia’s Virtual Library GALILEO and is based at the University of Georgia. Georgia HomePLACE is supported with federal LSTA funds administered by the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Georgia Public Library Service, a unit of the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia.

Other newspaper archives available through the Digital Library of Georgia include the Atlanta Historic Newspapers Archive (1847-1922), the Macon Telegraph Archive (1826-1908), the Savannah Historic Newspapers Archive (1809-1880), the Athens Historic Newspapers Archive (1827-1928), the South Georgia Historic Newspapers Archive (1845-1922), the Columbus Enquirer Archive (1828-1890), the Milledgeville Historic Newspapers Archive (1808-1920), the Southern Israelite Archive (1929-1986), the Red and Black Archive (1893-2006), and the Mercer Cluster Archive (1920-1970). These archives can be accessed at

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If you have any questions or need more information, please use the GALILEO Contact Us feature or contact the ITS Helpdesk at or 1-888-875-3697.

Posted January 27, 2015

Georgia Archives Upcoming Events

The Georgia Archives, in Morrow, Georgia, is an important center for the preservation of and access to Georgia historical documents, has an exciting slate of activities of interest to the library and education communities and to anyone interested in history. The lunch and learn sessions are free; just bring your lunch and enjoy. The February 18th workshop has a registration fee.

Lunch and Learn Lunch_Learn_-Jan-_April_2015.pdf
The Tuskegee Airmen, 1930-1949, presented by Dr. Daniel Haulman, Air Force Historical Research Agency
February 13, 12:00-1:00 p.m.

The History and Preservation Treatment of Savannah’s Historic Torahs, , presented by Kim Norman, Georgia Archives and Members of Mickve Israel Congregation
March 13, 12:00-1:00 p.m.

Black History Month Program BlackHistoryMonth_flyer_2015.pdf
Local Institutional Collections that Highlight Experiences of African Americans in the 20th Century South
February 14, 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Local Government Records Management and Preservation Workshop ($25 registration fee) Historical_Records_Preservation_Workshop.pdf
February 18, 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

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