October is Georgia Archives Month



Ivy Building, 1875: When classes resumed at the University of Georgia after the Civil War, the law department occupied two large rooms on one floor of the Ivy Building. Built in 1832 to house the University Library and museum, this structure, nicknamed for its vigorous growth of ivy, was an early home of the Law School after the new Library was completed in 1860. This building, much enlarged and remodeled, still stands, forming part of the southern wing of the Hamilton-Holmes Academic Building. From The Davis Souvenir Album of the University of Georgia Courtesy of the Hargrett Rare Book & Manuscript Library, University of Georgia Libraries

Georgia Archives Month is an annual event aiming to draw attention towards the state’s archival repositories. It is a perfect time to reflect on what you might have that could be donated to a local or regional archive facility for preservation, or to explore existing archives in your area. Lucky for us, our own library acts as an archive repository, housing many collections and items unique to our area, the school’s history, and our city and state’s heritage. Two law library websites in particular are excellent starting points for delving into our law school’s archive collections: Digital Commons, the law school’s institutional repository, and LibGuides, the law library’s home for research guides.

Some notable collections within Digital Commons include

For the final collection, the School of Law possesses a marvelous array of portraits. Many are on display on the walls of its three buildings including famous Georgians, former deans and faculty members, as well as accomplished alumni. For more information about specific archive collections or items contact Sharon Bradley, the Special Collections Librarian.

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