Category: Russell Library

Author to discuss music legend, Georgian, Johnny Mercer


Moon RiverThe Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries will present a special event next week on May 28 at 4 p.m. on an extraodrinary Georgian, composer Johnny Mercer:

Glenn T. Eskew, author of "Johnny Mercer, Southern Songwriter for the World," will discuss the popular lyricist in a multimedia presentation May 28 at 4 p.m. in the auditorium of the University of Georgia Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries.

Eskew's book is researched examination of the musician and was published by the University of Georgia Press, which is co-sponsoring the event with the UGA Libraries.

Mercer, who died in 1976, is known for songs including "Jeepers Creepers," "On the Atchison, Topeka and the Sante Fe" and "Moon River." He wrote at least 1,400 songs, was nominated for 19 Academy Awards and won four. Additionally, he was a co-founder of Capitol Records, through which he is credited with reviving the careers of such stars as Frank Sinatra, Peggy Lee and Duke Ellington.

I had no idea that Mercer was a co-founder of Capitol Records, though I am very familiar with Moon River - the inlet and the tune. Eskew is sure to share many more interesting stories about this legendary musician and native of Savannah.

Rosenbaum mural dedication


The new mural by art professor emeritus Art Rosenbaum, depicting the political history of Georgia, will be officially dedicated in its new home inside the Richard B. Russell Special Collections Library with a reception at 5:30 p.m. today in the 2nd floor Russell Gallery. There will be remarks by curators and the artist about the tremendous new work by the tireless Rosenbaum, who has given so much to the university over his long career. This mural, "Doors," has been of particular interest to me as I've been doing interviews with Art at the mural throughout the painting process. Here's one of the early ones.




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Russell Library opens


The University of Georgia special collections libraries will celebrate the opening of the Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries with a dedication on Feb. 17 at 11 a.m. on the building's front lawn:

The recently named building houses the Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, the Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, the Walter J. Brown Media Archives and the Peabody Collection.