Chantel Dunham: “Treasures from the Vault of the UGA Library”

A very enthusiastic Chantel Dunham shared information about the research libraries at the University of Georgia with the Rotary group on Monday, March 28.  The first Director of Development for the University of Georgia Libraries, Chantel described some of the remarkable treasures from the Special Collections.  In the Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library are artifacts from the Colonial to the Confederate Era, with a tremendous Civil War collection.  Another collection documents the history of theater from around the world through costume and set designs.  The Library has the largest collection of Margaret Mitchell materials.  The Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies has over 300 collections of politicians, observers and political organizations.   The history of broadcasting is preserved in the Walter J. Brown Media Archives and Peabody Awards Collection.  Chantell emphasized that all of us have access to many of these materials.  Her slides showed some of the most valued pieces in the collections, including the original Confederate Constitution, native American materials, Confederate War diaries and documents, rare maps, a costume design collection, and information about the Peabody Awards.