World War II Exhibit, “Over Here and Over There: Georgia and Georgians in World War II” Opens October 13th at UWG’s Ingram Library

Poster1 LargerThe travelling panel exhibit, “Over Here and Over There: Georgia and Georgians in World War II” opens October 13, 2014, at the University of West Georgia’s Ingram Library. This exhibit, which is presented by the Ingram Library’s Penelope Melson Society, is free and open to the public and will be on display through December 7.

The exhibit’s two month engagement will also include displays of artifacts from local collectors of World War II memorabilia. Three programs, described below, will be presented in conjunction with the exhibit.

Over Here and Over There commemorates the contribution of Georgia and Georgians to the fight to win World War II, the bloodiest and most globally sweeping conflict in human history. Georgians, along with others throughout the nation, served in multiple ways – as soldiers, as workers producing the materiel needed to wage war, and as citizens implementing patriotic initiatives within their homes and communities. All were “soldiers” bound together in pursuit of “one great cause.”

This exhibit remembers a time like no other in Georgia history when the state was dotted with air fields, air and radar stations, forts, camps, and bases where millions of Americans soldiers were sent to train. As the war progressed, several of these facilities also served as detention camps for German and Italian prisoners of war. During this period of emergency, Georgia’s major industries converted to manufacturing war materiel including ships, airplanes, tanks, bombs, ammunition, tents, uniforms, parachutes, camouflage nets, life rafts, gas masks, and five billion bottles of Coca-Cola expressly for military personnel.

The war entered Georgians’ home and communities, as well. For the first time in the nation’s history the federal government mandated the rationing of foodstuffs, gasoline, metals, rubber, and other goods. Many Georgians responded patriotically, growing their own fruits and vegetables in “Victory Gardens,” helping finance the war by purchasing war bonds, volunteering their time to wartime initiatives, and donating thirteen million pints of blood to the war effort. Children took part as well, participating in metal collections drives in their schools and sending care packages to soldiers overseas.
At the war’s conclusion in 1945, Georgia was left with a legacy of energy production, military training, manufacturing, and improved educational opportunities. World War II ushered the state into the modern era and put it on the road to becoming a major corporate and manufacturing center.

The Ingram Library’s Penelope Melson Society will kick off the programming surrounding the exhibit with <strong&gt;”Swing Time: An Extravaganza of Big Band Music from the World War II Era.” This event featuring live music and dance performances will be held on Friday, October 17, at 7:00 p.m., in UWG’s Campus Center Ballroom. The public is invited to celebrate the music that helped win World War II. There is no admission charge. Period dress is welcome. Click here for more information on World War II styles and make up. Special public parking will be provided.

Charles Chamberlain, a specialist in Southern history and World War II and the author of Victory at Home: Manpower and Race in the American South During World War II will speak on “Mobilizing the Arsenal of Democracy: How Georgia was Transformed Economically and Socially by World War II” on Tuesday, October 28, at 11:00 a.m. at Ingram Library. Dr. Chamberlain will discuss how President Franklin Roosevelt used America’s mobilization for war to raise the standard of living within the American South. Dr. Chamberlain will additionally address how Georgia’s residents, in turn, utilized a variety of strategies to gain economic security and improve their lives. Special public parking will be provided in the Townsend Center gated lot, beginning at 10:00 a.m.

Dr. Jennifer Jensen Wallach, Associate Professor of history at the University of North Texas and the author and editor of numerous books on American foodways, will present “Rationing for Victory: Food as a Weapon on the Home Front in World War II” on Tuesday, November 11, at 11:00 a.m. at Ingram Library. Dr. Wallach will discuss rationing and price controls on food during World War II as a strategy for winning the war – its origins, challenges, and the manner in which many Americans came to embrace the concept, seeing themselves as domestic soldiers waging World War II on the home front. Special public parking will be provided in the Townsend Center gated lot, beginning at 10:00 a.m.

Over Here and Over There was created by the Bandy Heritage Center for Northwest Georgia, Dalton State College, and the Northeast Georgia History Center at Brenau University. The exhibit at UWG is supported by the Carroll EMC Foundation, the Georgia Humanities Council, and the National Endowment for the Humanities, and through appropriations from the Georgia General Assembly.

Parking on the UWG campus is unrestricted on Saturdays and Sundays (other than handicapped, reserved, yellow curb, and red curb spaces). For further information, contact or (678) 839-5337.

Printing restored

*Edit – The system upgrade was completed ahead of schedule, and printing is once again available at the computers in the library.

Due to a system upgrade, printing from library computers will be down today through Thursday, July 3. Other services that rely on WolfBucks across campus are also affected. Printing is available at the Publications & Printing office, though you will not be able to use your WolfBucks account there until this upgrade is complete.

From the UWG Daily Report:

Beginning at 7 a.m. on July 1, Blackboard Services will be down for a system upgrade. Services unavailable include: Laundry, Lab printers, paid copy machines, Wolf Bucks Deposit Stations and Wolf Bucks on vending machines. Also Publications & Printing, the Bookstore, Wolves Card Office and Papa Johns will be unable to accept Wolf Bucks or Dining Dollar transactions. Services should be restored by 5 p.m. on July 3.

Spring 2014 – Psychology Drop-in Research Workshops

Are you working on a psychology paper or project?  Do you need help finding a topic? Locating books or scholarly articles?  Accessing the source you found but can’t get in full-text?

There’s help!  Plan to attend a workshop with the Ingram Library’s Psychology Liaison, Andrea Stanfield.

February 27, 4:00-5:15 pm- Main Classroom, 1st floor

March 5, 2:00-5:00 pm – Main Classroom, 1st floor

March 6, 1:00-3:00 pm – Main Classroom, 1st floor

April 10, 12:30-2:00 pm - Glassroom, 3rd floor

April 15, 3:30-5:00 pm – Glassroom, 3rd floor

If you can’t attend a workshop, you can schedule a research appointment at

ITS in the Library this Week!

ITS will be assisting students at Ingram Library this week, September 9 – 13, from 11am-1pm!  Get help with any issues you’re having with gmail, connectWest, BanWeb, Resnet, and wireless internet connections for your personal laptops and smartphones!  This service will be located inside the library at a table near Starbucks.  Stop by to get help with all of your computer-related issues!

Rural Roots of Your University on Display

carmical024From Rural Roots to Global Reach was the centennial theme of the University of West Georgia in 2007. In 1907, this campus opened as the 4th District A&M School, a high school of sorts with a heavy emphasis on practical skills such as domestic science for girls, and farming and mechanical arts for boys.

Despite the practical lessons, the school had a sports program and two literary societies, a debate team, and a band. Students also studied English, math, geography, and history.

A new exhibit on the Ground Floor of Ingram Library highlights the history of the A&M school, which closed its doors in 1933 and reopened the following fall as West Georgia College. Drawing on collections donated by former A&M students, the exhibit will run through September 2013.

Congressional Collection of Bob Barr Opening with May 15 Reception

barrA drop-in reception to mark the opening of the papers of former U.S. Congressman Bob Barr will be held Wednesday, May 15, from 2 to 3:30 pm in the Thomas B. Murphy Reading Room of Ingram Library at the University of West Georgia. The event celebrates the completion of a two and a half year project by the Special Collections department to process Barr’s collection and make it available for research.

Barr and Dr. Beheruz Sethna will make opening remarks at 2 pm as well as Dr. Daniel Williams, Associate Professor of History, who will talk about the conservative Congress of the 1990s as context for Barr’s collection. Light refreshments will be served. The event is free and open to the public.

Barr served four terms from 1995 to 2003 representing the 7th District. During his tenure, he was a senior member of the Judiciary Committee, vice chair of the Government Reform Committee, and member of the Committees on Financial Services and Veterans Affairs.

One of his lasting legacies came from his activities on the Judiciary Committee in developing a case against President Clinton for impeachable offenses. More recently, the U.S. Supreme Court is considering the legality of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, which Barr authored while in Congress. Barr donated his Congressional papers to the Annie Belle Weaver Special Collections in 2010. He recently has announced his intention to run for the Congressional seat vacated by Dr. Phil Gingrey this year.

For more information, contact Suzanne K. Durham, Head of Special Collections, at or 678-839-5350.