Labor Archives receives grant to digitize labor organizer’s papers


M.H. Ross (right) with textile worker Ernest Jones during the Southern Summer School for Workers, undated [L2001-05_113]

In advance of Labor Day, Georgia State University Library’s Southern Labor Archives announces  an Access to Historical Records grant from the National Historic Publications and Records Commission in the amount of $48,865  to digitize the M. H. Ross papers. The total project cost of the matching grant is $110,119 and will begin in October 2017.

Attending the Southern School for Workers at the age of 19 sparked Myron Howard “Mike” Ross’ (1919-1987) interest in and involvement with the labor movement. Throughout his career, Ross worked with unions, including the United Mine Workers, the Mine, Mill, and Smelter workers, and the United Furniture Workers, as an organizer or arbitrator. Interested in politics, he ran for public office twice: once in 1940 for a seat on city council on the People’s Platform in Charlotte, North Carolina, and again in 1948, for United States Congress on the Progressive Party ticket in North Carolina.

Southern Summer School for Workers (Ross at center of group), undated [L2001-05_103]

After the failed congressional campaign, Ross attended the University of North Carolina law school, graduating with honors, but was denied the bar on the grounds of “character” – he was suspected of being a communist. Later he attended the Columbia University School of Public Health which led to founding the Fairmont Clinic, a prepaid group practice in Fairmont, West Virginia, which had the mission of providing high quality medical care for coal miners and their families. Ross served as administrator of the Fairmont Clinic from 1958-1978. As a result of this work, Ross began researching coal mining, especially coal miners lifestyle, heritage, and the history of coal mining and disasters. He interviewed over one hundred coal miners and eventually began a manuscript (unfinished) about the history of coal mining. Working for the Rural Practice Program of the University of North Carolina from 1980 until 1987, Ross taught in the medical school until his retirement.

Mine, Mill, and Smelter Workers march in parade, 1940s [L2001-05_045]

Ross is described as “…an extraordinary character who… captured the energy, hopes, and hard-headed pragmatism that evolved from the successes and disappointments he experienced and the empathy he had for working people” by Kenneth Fones-Wolf, professor at West Virginia University, in his letter of support for the grant. The papers document more than Ross’ career but also his wide interests, and the collection contains materials related to “civil rights, the Populist movement, the lives and attitudes of coal miners, and the music of the labor movement” and “are worthy of a major project to make them accessible despite the fact that his is not a well-known name. In fact, [it can be argued] that people like Ross are even more worthy of such projects because they capture the lives of ordinary people who frequently are responsible for social change but receive little or no credit for their determination to make a difference.”

Mike Ross (left), pictured with three African American men with a burned cross which had been set on fire in a black residential neighborhood in an effort to stop unions, 1940s [L2001-05_001]

Robert Woodrum, a professor at Georgia State University Perimeter College Decatur Campus, is a scholar who researches Labor, Southern, and African-American history and finds this collection “has great potential to enhance the understanding of our region’s democracy, history, and culture.” Woodrum used the collection when writing his dissertation and the resulting book, ‘Everybody Was Black Down There’: Race and Industrial Change in the Alabama Coal Fields (Athens: University of Georgia Press).

The project will last for one year, and upon completion in fall of 2018 the resulting digital collection will provide access to over 120 boxes documenting his career and research interests and include manuscripts, photographs, reports, periodicals, book drafts, labor songbooks, campaign materials, and family and coal miner oral histories. For more information about this, or other collections related to the unions, workers, and workers’ organizations in the south, please visit the Southern Labor Archives or Georgia State University Library’s Digital Collections.

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Lower the cost of textbooks for your students through an Affordable Learning Georgia (ALG) Textbook Transformation Grant

open textbooks

Image ID#: 13742 By Amanda Mills/CDC-Public Domain-Available in the Public Health Image Library <>

The GSU Library and The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning are collaborating with GALILEO’s Affordable Learning Georgia to offer grants for teaching faculty who would like to reduce textbooks costs for their students by adopting, adapting, or creating textbooks or other course materials with an open license or by replacing textbooks with library subscribed content. Textbook costs for students can be significant, and students report that this cost barrier often has a negative impact on their success. A growing body of research reflects these perspectives and two examples can be seen here and here. ALG’s Textbook Transformation Grants provide the opportunity for teaching faculty to adopt or develop high quality free or low cost course materials and to incorporate innovative pedagogies into their courses. Grant awards range from $2000-$30,000. Applications for Round 10, which is our current round of grants, are due September 29, 2017. Apply here.

For more information, contact Denise Dimsdale, ALG Library Coordinator or Laura Carruth, ALG Campus Champion. More info is also available at the Request for Proposal or at this informational webinar:




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Hamilton to discuss Eastern Air Lines’ last days, final flight

We are pleased to invite you to a discussion with Martha Hamilton about the days leading up to Eastern Air Lines’ closure in 1991. A journalist for the Washington Post at the time, Hamilton closely covered the airline’s uncertain trajectory until its final flight. To give Eastern’s demise broader context, she’ll consider what works best to nurture competitive markets: deregulation or keeping businesses from growing so big that they dominate.

Hamilton is a senior editor and writer for the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists and part of the team that won a Pulitzer Prize in journalism in 2017 for the Panama Papers, an investigation of offshore finance that toppled two prime ministers and touched off investigations around the world.

IAM members rally at the Fox Theater against Frank Lorenzo and Eastern Airlines, Atlanta, Georgia, March 23, 1989. [AJCP309-016q]

WHERE: 8th floor gallery of Library South, Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University Library

WHEN: Thursday, September 7, 3:00pm – 6:00pm


After the presentation, guests are welcome to view The Wings of Man: The Eastern Air Lines Experience, a new exhibit on display in the 8th floor gallery of  Library South. Pulling content from collections housed in the Southern Labor Archives, the exhibit explores destinations, the work of running an airline, and Eastern’s final days. It will be on display through June 2018.

The Eastern Air Lines Digital Collection brings together content that represents different aspects of Eastern’s legendary history: labor, management, public relations, mediation, corporate culture, marketing, media coverage, and operations. It includes manuscripts, photographs, periodicals, moving images, audio recordings, artifacts, and oral history excerpts and is comprised of multiple collections.

For more information about the event, exhibit, or collection, please contact Traci Drummond, archivist, Southern Labor Archives (

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Unpacking Manuel’s Tavern Launch

The Unpacking Manuel’s Tavern project launched this week!

Unpacking Manuel’s Tavern is an interactive archive of materials that adorn the walls of Manuel’s Tavern, a long-time meeting place for democratically-minded Atlantans. Prior to the 2015 renovation of the tavern, the project team scanned, photographed, and video recorded the entire space in order to preserve the familiar feel and experience of Manuel’s Tavern. Over the past two years, we have built a unique platform (using Omeka) for interacting with those materials and stories.

On the project site, you can browse artifacts, explore each of the walls in high-res detail, spin around in 360-degree panoramic tours, have a guided 360-degree video tour, immerse yourself in a virtual reconstruction, and read or listen to stories and essays about the history captured on the walls of the beloved neighborhood tavern.

The North Wall in the Main Bar of Manuel’s Tavern

This multi-year project is the result of a collaboration via the Atlanta Studies Network, Emory University’s Center for Digital Scholarship, Georgia State University’s Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning and University Library, with additional contributions from the Savannah College of Art & Design in Atlanta and the Center for Public History at the University of West Georgia. The project team includes many members from different disciplines and institutions.

In addition to being a one-of-a-kind re-creation of an important local establishment, Unpacking Manuel’s Tavern experiments with new forms of interactive content to allow different forms of engagement with the materials on the walls. The high-resolution gigapan images are too large to display in conventional web formats, so they are divided into cascading tiles hosted on a geoserver that are dynamically re-generated to display the tiniest details on the walls.

Check out the above example here.

Because so many of the artifacts on the walls on the tavern are linked to history and have stories of their own, teachers can work with their students to create narratives and essays about the material, which can then be incorporated into the live project.

If you are interested in seeing how the newly renovated Manuel’s Tavern compares to its original form, join us for a launch event on Tuesday, August 29th, from 7:00pm to 9:00pm at Manuel’s Tavern, where you’ll be able to view the virtual site at the physical site. Your drinks are on you, but light appetizers will be provided by the Unpacking project team.

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Research Data Services @ GSU: One Year Down, Many to Go!

The Georgia State University Library’s Research Data Services Team just completed our inaugural year in July 2017—and what better way to celebrate our first year than to share some data about our data services?

And because we are data nerds, we used Tableau data viz software to create an interactive data story that demonstrates the depth and breadth of our experiences for our inaugural year. So click below to walk through our data story about our data services, and remember the Research Data Services Team is here to help you with your research data needs!

Data Services & Support @ Georgia State University

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Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Collection

Robert Shaw conducting a chamber ensemble.

Robert Shaw conducting a chamber ensemble.

Georgia State University Library’s Special Collection and Archives have acquired the records of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.  The collection documents the rich history of the organization since its founding in 1945, to its current day activities.

The collection consists of materials related to the founding, operation, and governance of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and encompasses a wide range of formats including manuscripts, administrative records, scrapbooks, press clippings, concert programs, photographs, oral history interviews, performance sound recordings and videos.

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra at the Municipal Auditorium, 1967.

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra at the Municipal Auditorium, 1967.

“I’m thrilled the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra has decided to entrust Georgia State University with its records. This vast collection of materials will serve as an invaluable resource for our students.” – Dr. Wade Weast, Dean of the College of the Arts

The collection of materials will be preserved and made available for educational and research purposes. They will be accessible to the Georgia State University community, visiting researchers, and the general public.  In addition to the making the collection accessible within the Special Collections and Archives, the library will also digitize appropriate materials and make them available online.

About the Georgia State University Library’s Special Collections and Archives
Georgia State University Library’s Special Collections and Archives supports the educational, research, and institutional needs of the University by collecting and preserving unique historical materials that connect the GSU community, scholars, and the public to the human experience. By engaging diverse communities and promoting access to its collections through digitization, instruction, and outreach, the department inspires creative expression, encourages student learning and success, and facilitates informed dialog.

About the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
Celebrating its 73rd season, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra continues to affirm its position as one of America’s leading orchestras with excellent live performances, renowned guest artist features and engaging education initiatives. As a cornerstone for artistic development in the Southeast, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra performs a full schedule of more than 150 concerts, including educational and community concerts, each year for a combined audience of more than half a million.

Questions about this collection should be directed to Kevin Fleming, archivist, Popular Music and Culture Collection, at 404-413-2880 or

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Zotero 5.0

Zotero has just released version 5.0, bringing some major changes, especially for Firefox users.

The two previous editions — Zotero Standalone and Zotero for Firefox — have been merged into a single edition. Zotero Standalone users won’t notice too many differences besides a little streamlining, but if you were using the Zotero for Firefox edition, you’ll see that Zotero now runs as a separate application in its own window.

Zotero is the powerful and free reference manager that allows you to save and organize references from library catalogs, databases, and other websites, and create bibliographies in thousands of citation styles. It works with Windows, MacOS and Linux, and with Chrome, Safari, and Firefox.

Download the latest version here. You’ll need to install both the Zotero application and a “connector”to allow your web browser to save citations.

Our Zotero guide has been brought up to date, but bear with us if you notice anything still referring to an older version of Zotero. For help with Zotero, contact Christopher Moffat at Clarkston campus, Jason Puckett at Atlanta campus, or Pat Ziebart at Dunwoody campus.

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Introducing Ebook Central

Ebook Central is a new ebook platform that has replaced ebrary and EBL (Ebook Library). This platform has an improved user interface with easy-to-use tools for taking notes and making citations.

The login process works like it did for EBL books. The first time you access Ebook Central during a browser session you will need to enter your campus ID and password, even when you are on campus.

Your EBL bookshelf has been automatically migrated. The first time you access your bookshelf in Ebook Central, you will be prompted to log in with your ebrary username and password so that you can import your ebrary bookshelf. The process is simple and quick. After you have done this, you won’t need your ebrary account information anymore.

For more information visit the Ebook Central page on our Ebooks Research Guide.

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New Lost and Found Procedures – Atlanta campus

Lost items at GSU LibraryWe all lose things or leave stuff behind from time to time. This seems to be especially true at the University Library, where you may be using books and your laptop, scanning and printing, chatting with friends, studying, writing, texting and checking Snapchat on your phone – maybe all at the same time!

To ensure that lost property is better documented and secured – and hopefully returned to you more quickly – the Atlanta campus library will begin turning over all found items to our security officers on duty at the Library North 1 desk.

New Procedure

All valuables (wallets, purses, cell phones, laptops, bank cards, licenses, passports, keys, etc.) will be turned over to security staff at the Library North security desk for safekeeping.  Security staff will be responsible for turning these items over to the Georgia State University Police Department.


  • Library staff will continue to hold lost PantherCards for 24 hours and deliver unclaimed cards to the PantherCard Office the next business day.
  • The library will continue to hold less-expensive items (clothing, water bottles, etc.) and textbooks in our Lost and Found at the main service desk on Library North 1.  All items will be donated to charity or discarded if not claimed in 30 days.
  • Found documents containing personal information will be shredded by library staff. This includes checks, invoices, bank statements, etc.
  • Georgia State Police will not accept lost flash drives.  The library will keep these for 90 days and then discard.  The library will not check the content of flash drives.

If you ever have questions about this or any other library procedures or policies, just ask.  Library personnel are glad to help you via Live Assistance on our homepage or in person at any of our service desks.

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2017 Edition of Journal Citation Reports

The 2017 edition of Journal Citation Reports (JCR) is now available. 2017 data is for the previous JCR year, 2016, and includes 132 new journals. Journal Citation Reports data is extracted from Web of Science content.

Click here to download the 2017 Journal Citation Reports brochure.

Journal Citation Reports provides citation data on journals in science, technology, and the social sciences for evaluation and comparison. It shows the most frequently cited journals in a field, the highest impact journals in a field, and the largest journals in a field.


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