The Russell Library and Hargrett Library have relevant primary sources for this class. The majority of the material is physical (boxes of letters, diaries, printed materials, photographs, maps, reports and more) and requires you to come in and look at materials in the reading room at special collections. There are also some materials that we have digitized and are accessible via the Digital Library of Georgia or the Digital Public Library of America.
How to search for physical materials to view in the UGA special collections reading room
The Russell Library and the Hargrett Library each maintain databases for their collection finding aids (guides). These finding aids outline what is in each collection down to the level of folder titles or in some cases to item level. To find materials related to your topic, you can keyword search across both the Hargrett and Russell databases, or you can select to search one of them specifically at: http://sclfind.libs.uga.edu/sclfind/search
To get a feel for the process of keyword searching and browsing across Hargrett and Russell databases, enter "environment" into the search engine and explore the results.
Next, try some other terms that might be related to your topic or a more specific aspect of the general search term "environment" such as air pollution or wetlands (see the suggestions for terms to try on the Environmental History Keywords section on this page.
What if you don't find what you want?
- Brainstorm other terms that describe your topic. Look for articles or books on the general subject you are exploring to find additional keyword options.
- Remember, to think historically--what words did people use at the time to describe or discuss your topic?
- Remember think like a file clerk--what are some simple organizational strategies that you might use to organize files--alphabetical by contact's last name, chronological by name, functional arrangement--by the division or team in an office--for example, the public relations office files.
- All of this brainstorming should give you some more terms to try.
Still no luck?
Try searching in the UGA Libraries GIL Catalog or in Galileo. There are actually a lot of primary sources located in the regular collections such as newspapers and other primary materials on microfilm, published diaries, annual reports, memoirs, government documents, and more. Some are available in the stacks, some area available online through Galileo, and some are available on microfilm or microfiche in the basement of the main library.
Suggested Galileo databases with primary sources:
Don't give up!
Set up a zoom research appointment by emailing Jill Severn, or visit during her office hours on Thursday afternoons from 3-5 p.m. 3rd floor, Special Collections Building.
How to search for Russell Library and Hargrett Library digitized materials in the Digital Library of Georgia.
The Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library has a wide array of its collection materials available in digital format via the Digital Library of Georgia. Follow this link for a full overview and links to collection materials:
The Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies has a wide array of materials from its collections available in digital format via the Digital Library. Some great options for your class project to explore include: Two Party Georgia Oral History Project, the Athens Oral History Project, and the Clifford Baldowski Editorial Cartoon Collection . Follow the link below for full overview and links to collection materials:
There are more oral histories recorded by the Russell Library beyond those available in the Digital Library of Georgia that are available on its Youtube Channel. Here is the link: