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Special Collections Libraries

The Special Collections Libraries building on Hull Street houses the Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, the Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, and the Brown Media Archives and Peabody Collection. Materials in special collections libraries can be used by appointment. As soon as you know which special collections library you wish to use, contact the archivists to discuss your research.

UGA Libraries Special Collections are specialized archives holding original, rare, and irreplaceable materials.Specialized finding aids listed in this guide may help you do more detailed searches. Materials can be requested by clicking request buttons on records of materials in a special collection in the UGA Libraries catalog or in special collections finding aids.

Hargrett: Rare Book and Manuscript Library

The Hargrett Library focuses on Georgia history and culture, holding rare books and Georgiana, historical manuscripts, photographs, maps, broadsides, and UGA archives and records. Other areas of emphasis include performing arts and natural history. Holdings date from the 15th century to the present.


Richard B. Russell: Library for Political Research and Studies

The Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies serves as a center for research and study of the modern American political system. The Library’s original mission was to collect and preserve materials that document the life and career of the late Richard B. Russell, United States Senator from Georgia from 1933 to 1971. With particular emphasis on the role of Georgia and the U. S. Congress, current collection development and programming focus on the dynamic relationship of politics, policy, and culture—generated wherever public interest intersects with government. The breadth and depth of Russell Library’s collections provide an interconnected framework of perspectives and experiences for understanding the increasingly diverse people, events, and ideas shaping Georgia’s political landscape.


The Walter J. Brown Media Archives & Peabody Awards Collection

The Walter J. Brown Media Archive & Peabody Awards Collection preserves over 250,000 titles in film, video, audiotape, transcription disks, and other recording formats dating from the 1920s to the present. Their mission is to preserve, protect, and provide access to the moving image and sound materials that reflect the collective memory of broadcasting and the history of the state of Georgia and its people.

  • The Peabody Awards Collection is the archives for the George Foster Peabody Awards, the oldest and most prestigious award in electronic media. Recognizing "stories that matter" since 1940, the archives holds over 90,000 radio, television, and Web programs and over 1,000 feet of supporting documentation and artifacts. Over 1,500 programs in the Collection deal with LGBTQ issues, and a number of important programs on these and related topics have won Peabody Awards.  These include: “The Times of Harvey Milk” (1985), The Stonewall Uprising (2011) and “Queerskins: A Love Story” (2018).
  • Newsfilm and News Video: Newsfilm was used in broadcast for television newscasts from 1948 until the 1970s, when stations transitioned to videotape for recording live news in the field. The Newsfilm and News Video collections include raw news footage from WSB-TV (Atlanta), WTOC (Savannah), and WRDW (Augusta) as well as airchecks (news broadcasts) from WSB-TV. Most topics covered by broadcast news in the state of Georgia from 1950-2008 can be found in these collections.
  • IMAGE film and video collection: The collection consists of videotaped entries to the Atlanta Film Festival, including their gay and lesbian festival entries (both documentaries and drama). There are also many animated titles by artists such as Aardman Animations and animator Bill Plympton. In addition, there are festival promotional films consisting of compilations of festival entries.