Libraries and Special Collections
Graduate students have access to a rich array of department and university resources that extend to all areas of study. In addition to our first-rate library, ample permanent holdings are bolstered by an excellent inter-library loan department and access to a vast array of electronic resources.
Our primary research facility is the Main Library, which provides access to more than 5 million holdings, but our students also make good use of UGA's Special Collections Libraries, including the Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library. Holdings in the Hargrett include the Manuscripts & Photographs Collection; the Georgiana Collection, documenting the history of Georgia; the Southeastern Native American Documents Collection, an assortment of some 2,000 documents and images from the years 1730-1842; The DeRenne Georgia Library, containing printed materials relating to the early history of Georgia; a number of Civil War diaries and related papers; and an extensive broadside collection.
The Richard B. Russell Library houses photographs, interview transcripts, documentary films, and other archival materials of the Foot Soldier Project for Civil Rights Studies. The Digital Library of Georgia includes historic African American newspapers and books, blues and vaudeville selections from African American theater, southeastern Native American documents, including a digitized, searchable version of the Cherokee Phoenix, and other relevant databases. In addition to news film of the civil rights era, the Walter J. Brown Media Archives contains amateur movies, Peabody Award-winning documentary programs, and television shows featuring topics in African American and Native American Studies. Finally, we provide access to such electronic resources as African American Biographical Databases, 19th-Century African American Newspapers, African American Poetry, and Ethnic Newswatch.
The library’s electronic resources are vast and include Literature Online, American Periodicals Series Online, American Poetry 1600-1900, Project MUSE, and JSTOR, all accessible through UGA's GALILEO, the University System of Georgia's database collection.
Research opportunities abound for graduate students of early literatures at UGA. The Hargrett Library acquired the book collection of the eminent early modern historian A.L. Rowse and has a fair number of early modern printed books. Students can also participate in the Hargrett Hours Project, an ongoing study of the medieval items housed at the Hargrett Library. The library also boasts extensive holdings in rare and early maps and theatrical history. Electronic resources include Early English Books Online, Iter, the Middle English Compendium, and the World Shakespeare Bibliography, again all accessible through GALILEO. Our graduate students also have the benefit of strong library resources in the field of Eighteenth Century Literary Studies, including access to such electronic resources as Eighteenth-Century Collections Online, Early American Fiction 1789-1875, and Early American Imprints 1639-1819. No matter their research interests, students have access to a wealth of resources and support thanks to UGA's highly ranked library services.
Speakers, Colloquia, and Workshops
The English Department provides additional support for areas of study by hosting lectures by eminent scholars, theorists, and creative writers. Learn more about these opportunities within and beyond the department.
The Willson Center for Humanities & Arts
The UGA Willson Center showcases faculty innovation and achievement. It encourages interdisciplinary activity and facilitates intellectual exchange between the University and the public through public programs, scholarly programs, and programs that foster student engagement and research. The Center houses programs including the Cinema Roundtable and the Global Georgia Initiative. In addition, the Center hosts lectures series and research seminars open to graduate students, including The Georgia Colloquium in 18th-and 19th-Century British Literature organized by English Department faculty, Roxanne Eberle and Casie LeGette; the History and Gender Workshop organized by History Department faculty; and the Cultural and Linguistic Identity in the Americas: Immigration, Migration, Modernity organized by Linguistics, Comparative Literature, and Terry College faculty, among others.
Graduate students interested in Material Textualities including Digital Humanities and English Language Studies benefit immensely from the Willson Center Digital Humanities Lab, known informally as the DigiLab, a state-of-the-art creative workspace for both individual and collaborative projects with numerous technological resources and programs. Notable DH projects in the English Department include: Emma, a suite of software applications for writers designed to foster a writing community in classrooms, as well as the Linguistic Atlas Project, the site through which the Atlas distributes text and audio materials related to American English, especially using GIS tools.