The 9th annual exhibit of the James W. Woodruff Sr. Center for the Natural History of Georgia and the Chattahoochee River Valley is on display through June at the Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library.
The James Waldo Woodruff St. Center for the Natural History of Georgia is based at the Hargrett Library. Its purpose is to collect and preserve for scholarly research those historical resources that reflect and document the state’s natural history using books, maps, manuscripts, ephemera and other materials.
A native and lifelong resident of Columbus, Woodruff was a man of many achievements, but he was best known as “the father of the Chattahoochee.” His efforts to develop the river for commercial navigation, power generation and recreation while preserving its natural beauty were recognized by the naming of the dam on the Lower Chattahoochee River in his honor in 1957.
The exhibit is supported by the J.W. and Ethel I Woodruff Foundation.
The Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library and Gallery are located in the Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries.