Saturday, November 11, 2017 at 2:00pm
The Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library at the University of Georgia holds some 2,500 years of materials from across the globe, supporting the varied research of the University of Georgia, as well as that of researchers from other institutions around the world and the general public. In the air-conditioned comfort of the Richard B. Russell Special Collections Libraries’ room 329, guests will learn how to explore the resources of the Hargrett and be introduced to a selection of treasures of local architectural and planning history. Although most visitors will want to see the notorious “book bound in human skin,” items such as the 1805 map of Athens, the 1850s color lithograph of campus, Sanborn Fire Atlas sheets, and other local artifacts also will engage the attention of those interested in the architectural heritage of Athens-Clarke County. This tour will last approximately 1.5 hours, followed by a 30-minute tour of the building.
Steven Brown has been a member of the UGA Libraries faculty since 1979 and currently works at the Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library in the position of University Archivist Emeritus, aiding researchers and preparing talks and exhibits. He holds degrees from Ohio State University and the University of Michigan in English literature and Library and Information Science. Although his chief responsibility is documenting the history of the University of Georgia, his work with historic preservation researchers and his own personal interests have given him an eclectic knowledge of the history of Athens, as well as a familiarity with the Hargrett resources which he looks forward to sharing. In the past, he has taught a variety of classes for the ACHF and helped lead an ACHF walking tour of Dearing Street.