The  exhibit Live Out!: Identity & Activism of Diverse Genders & Sexualities on Campus, is on view in the Thomas B. Murphy Reading Room (Ingram Library, ground floor) through December 16, 2016. Ingram Library’s Special Collections, in partnership with Lambda student organization, the UWG Responsible Sexuality Committee, and the UWG Center for Public History partnered in the development of the exhibit, whch draws on historical materials from Special Collections, materials generously loaned by Lambda, and student/alumni contributed testimonies to tell the story of the students of LGBTQ students at UWG.
The exhibit was conceived of, and carried out, in conjunction with our campus/student partners, and curated by Special Collections’ Graduate Research Assistant (GRA), Laurel Durham, and undergraduate student volunteer, Jazz Lee-Coley.
An exhibit-related event for students will be held on October 19th at 4:30 p.m. in Ingram Library’s Thomas B. Murphy Reading Room.
The Center for Public History is currently conducting oral histories with current and past UWG students, faculty, and staff as part of our collective campus effort to acknowledge, document, and celebrate our diverse student body. A showing of clips from the Center’s LGBTQ Oral History Project will be held on November 30th in Ingram Library. 2016-live-out-poster

The Hidden History of the JFK Assassination

President John F. Kennedy in Dallas, November 22, 1963

President John F. Kennedy in Dallas, November 22, 1963

Lamar Waldron, author of multiple books on the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, will speak at the University of West Georgia’s Ingram Library on Wednesday, November 9, at 11:00 a.m. He will speak on “The Hidden History of the JFK Assassination.”

Waldron’s talk is part of an exhibit entitled “The Assassination of President John F. Kennedy.” This exhibit, sponsored by Ingram Library’s Penelope Melson Society, will run from October 24 through November 22 and will be in the Ingram Library at UWG. The exhibit will feature videos, a model of Dealey Plaza, exhibit cases displaying artifacts relating to the assassination, and the famed Zapruder Film.

Following the assassination of President Kennedy in Dallas on November 22, 1963, two governmental inquiries, the Warren Commission (1964) and the U.S. Select Commission on Assassinations (1979), concluded that Lee Harvey Oswald shot the president, although the latter panel reached the conclusion that Oswald was part of a conspiracy involving more than one gunman. Drawing on his considerable research in recently-released government files, Waldron too will argue that more than one gunman was involved in the murder of the president.

One of Waldron’s books on the JFK assassination, Legacy of Secrecy: The Long Shadow of the JFK Assassination (2009), is currently being developed as a feature-length motion picture by Leonardo DiCaprio. Waldron’s other books on the assassination are Ultimate Sacrifice (2006) and The Hidden History of the JFK Assassination (2013). Lamar Waldron has been featured numerous times on CNN, MSNBC, Fox, the Discovery Channel, and the History Channel. He has been called “the ultimate JFK historian.”

The exhibit will also feature a podcast interview with historian Michael Kurtz available at The interview was conducted by historian John Ferling and recorded and produced by The WOLF Internet Radio. Dr. Kurtz, professor emeritus at Southeastern Louisiana University, is the author of two highly acclaimed scholarly works on the assassination, Crime of the Century: The Kennedy Assassination from a Historian’s Perspective (1982) and The JFK Assassination Debates: Lone Gunman versus Conspiracy.

Along with the opening of the exhibit on October 24, there will be a launch of the “Kennedy Challenge,” an online exploration of the Kennedy Assassination which can even be accessed on mobile devices.

There is no fee for the program or the exhibit. Special public parking is being provided for Mr. Waldron’s talk in the Townsend Center gated lot, accessed from West Georgia Drive (entrance adjacent to McDonalds). Parking on the UWG campus is unrestricted on Saturdays and Sundays (other than handicapped, reserved, yellow curb and red curb spaces). For further information, visit, contact, or call (678) 839-5337.

Photo Credit: Jack A. Titus Collection / The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza

Wolves in the Research Room: Special Collections Hosts College Day of Service

On Friday, August 26, 2016, Annie Belle Weaver Special Collections, Ingram Library hosted seven UWG students and two staff members for the annual College Day of Service. The volunteer project, led by University Archivist, Shaneé Yvette Murrain, offered participants the opportunity to read and analyze first-hand accounts of student life at West Georgia College circa 1948-1952.


The day began with an overview of Special Collections and procedures for handling archival materials. The group then had a rich conversation about the difference between primary sources and secondary sources citing examples from their own lives, like family photo albums and treasured hand-me-downs.

For roughly four hours volunteers indexed University Communications and Marketing Scrapbooks, a collection within the University Archives. Each scrapbook created by the University Communications and Marketing division contains newspaper clippings which provide insight into student activities on campus as well as campus, regional, and state history spanning 1939-1990.

Murrain offered historical context for the day’s project, sharing how events in the nation and world during the time period captured in the scrapbooks help us understand why certain articles may have been saved. In a portion of the presentation titled “1948-1951 at West Georgia College and Beyond”, Murrain noted West Georgia College’s 1945 petition to raise its three-year program to a four-year elementary teacher training program resulting in the Bachelor of Science in Education degree and differences in enrollment of non-veteran and veteran students during World War II and the Korean War.

Volunteers marveled at the number of articles announcing the wedding of West Georgia alums to servicemen and openly debated gender roles and women’s agency during that time after reading of a UWG professor whose scholarship to her travel extensively cross-country alone. In one scrapbook students discovered a folded invitation for a children’s birthday party requesting “sticks chocolate” written in script which begged the question of whether it was a homemade recipe or local brand. An article about a German exchange scholar’s struggle with language and his description of American dialects as “Brooklynese” and “Americanese” inspired a spirited discussion of linguistics and political correctness. Volunteers also likened newspaper articles of this time to our current use social media as a tool for documenting our everyday lives.


Many of the volunteers for whom this was their first visit to Special Collections, reported that “they had so much fun” and “indexing gets easier as you go along.” According to University Archivist, Shaneé Yvette Murrain, the project is evidence of Special Collections mission to support the learning, teaching, and research of students and faculty, “Giving students an opportunity to interact with primary sources not only reinforces the value of preserving history, but also encourages them to think deeply about the who, what, when’s and why’s and motivation behind how stories are told and by whom”, Murrain adds “Indexing newspaper articles is fun because students very quickly pick-up thinly veiled local controversy, regional civic activity, and even fashion by the photos printed alongside stories.”  One student has since joined the volunteer program and will continue indexing the scrapbook she worked on that day.




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