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Databases Available Online


The Russell Library is committed to providing public online access to its materials where appropriate and when resources become available. Currently, the Russell Library provides four online collections

The original items are available in the Russell Library, and patrons can view the originals by visiting the Russell Library and completing a researcher application.

Information for requesting reproductions and permission to publish is addressed within each individual database site.

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Databases Available Online

Clifford H. "Baldy" Baldowski Editorial Cartoons
The digital database opens with approximately 2,500 cartoons from the collection. Clifford H. Baldowski, known by the pseudonym "Baldy," depicted the local, national, and international news of his day in the editorial pages of the Augusta Chronicle, Miami Herald, and Atlanta Constitution. His work is a rich source for those studying political issues in Georgia and the growth of Atlanta as well as the Civil Rights Movement, the Cold War, the Vietnam conflict, Middle East tensions, and Watergate.

Legends of the Dead-Ball Era: Vintage Baseball
Cards from the Collection of Senator Richard B. Russell

Among the largest private collections of turn-of-the-century tobacco cards held by a public institution in the United States, Senator Richard B. Russell's boyhood baseball card collection is one of the hidden treasures of the Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies at the University of Georgia. The Russell collection contains over one thousand baseball cards produced by the American Tobacco Company from 1909 to 1911.

American Turpentine Farmers Association Minute Books, 1936-1999
This digital collection includes images of over eight hundred pages of minutes from the American Turpentine Farmers Association. The collection offers a glimpse into the pine gum turpentine and rosin farming industry in the turpentine belt (Georgia, Alabama, Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, Virginia, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas). The site also provides a general history of ATFA with supplementary photographs, courtesy of the Georgia Agrirama, and a relevant University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Service film, Suwanee Pine.

"Integrated in All Respects": Ed Friend's
Highlander Folk School Films and the Politics of Segregation

"Integrated in All Respects" consists of Ed Friend's film of the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Highlander Folk School in Monteagle, Tennessee during Labor Day weekend in 1957 and the Georgia Commission on Education's propaganda broadside that features Friend's photographs and stills from his film. Founded in 1932, the Highlander Folk School served as an adult education center to promote social and economic justice. By the 1950s, the school began to focus on the Civil Rights movement and trained many of the movement's activists including Septima Clark and Rosa Parks. Sent by the Georgia Commission on Education, an anti-integration state committee founded during Marvin Griffin's administration, Ed Friend filmed the anniversary festivities without revealing his motives. Labor and civil rights activists such as Ralph Abernathy, Myles Horton, Martin Luther King, Jr., Aubrey Williams, Charles G. Gomillion, Rosa Parks, Abner W. Berry, Pete Seeger, Harry Schneiderman, Ralph Helstein, A. T. Walden, and Maurice McCrackin are featured in the footage. Friend also documented the integrated social activities during the weekend including dining, swimming, and dancing. Much of the footage and many stills were incorporated into the Commission's broadside linking the school and its civil rights activities with the communist movement.

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