About this Project

This exhibit is part of an initiative launched in August 2020 by Georgia Public Library Service to help libraries share the stories of their communities. This project will give librarians a way to curate their digitized local history, genealogy, and archival materials.

Three Georgia libraries were chosen to participate in this project:
•    Dougherty County Library System, for its exhibit on the social and documentary history of Albany, Georgia's courthouses;
•    Middle Georgia Regional Library System, for its exhibit on the history of Student Life in African American education in Macon-Bibb County;
•    Georgia College & Mary Vinson Memorial Library, for their exhibit on the relationship between Central State Hospital, the city of Milledgeville, and mental health services.

We produced our projects using the open-source Omeka S platform. Omeka-S is a next-generation web publishing platform for institutions interested in connecting digital cultural heritage collections with other resources online. Our task was to curate online local exhibits using content already available in the Digital Library of Georgia (DLG). The work began on September 21, 2020, and the deadline to make our exhibits live was June 1, 2021. 

 Fair Use

This site is for educational purposes only and complies with copyright laws and fair use guidelines. Fair use is a doctrine in United States copyright law that allows limited use of copyrighted material without requiring permission from the rights holders, such as commentary, criticism, news reporting, research, teaching or scholarship. It provides for the legal, non-licensed citation or incorporation of copyrighted material in another author’s work under a four-factor balancing test.  

Takedown Requests

Items on this site were exclusively sourced from the Digital Library of Georgia. This site complies with the DLG's Collection Development Policy and in particular its Removal Policy. Items may be removed from this site at the discretion of the site owners for one or more of the following:
•    Site is not consistently available and reliable
•    Inaccurate data, facts, or information
•    Proven violation of copyright
•    Site or content is no longer available for free to the public

Harmful Language

We aim to portray this exhibit material in a manner that is respectful to the individuals and communities who create, use, and are represented in its presentation. However, for a variety of reasons, users may encounter offensive or harmful language, for example, language that is racist or insensitive. While some descriptions in our exhibit are written by staff, others reflect language that was used by the people and organizations that created the material (direct quotes are a common example; it is standard practice not to change them when present). Language that comes from the original archival material can provide information about the people who created it. In such cases, the work of the exhibit curator is to provide additional context.

We encourage users to provide feedback to help us tackle this issue. We recognize that terminology evolves over time and that efforts to create respectful and inclusive description must be ongoing. Please contact us if you encounter problematic description by notifying us at mgrlgh@bibblib.org. The description will be reviewed and updated in a way that balances the preservation of original context with an awareness of the effect of language on our users. Revisions may include providing additional context and/or replacing problematic terminology. We welcome your feedback. 

If you have questions or comments about this project, please contact:  Washington Memorial Library, Middle Georgia Archives, Middle Georgia Regional Library, Macon, GA  31201, 478-744-0820, mgrlgh@bibblib.org.  We look forward to hearing from you.