The Georgia Open History Library

In 2026, the United States will mark the 250th anniversary of its founding. In anticipation of this event, the University of Georgia Press has developed the Georgia Open History Library: From Colony to Statehood in the New Union. This resource provides free digital access to the 45 out of print volumes focused on Georgia from the colony's founding through the American Revolution in Georgia; the Creek Nation; the papers of Revolutionary War General Lachlan McIntosh and the state's founder James Edward Oglethorpe; and records of the German-speaking Protestant Salzburger settlement. 

This digital exhibit showcases a selection of original manuscripts and rare books held by the Hargrett Library documented in these newly digitized volumes. A physical exhibit of these materials is currently on display at the UGA Special Collections Building; high resolution scans and transcriptions of these documents can be found in the Digital Library of Georgia.

The Georgia Open History Library has been made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Democracy demands wisdom. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this collection, do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities. To learn more, visit the Georgia Open History Library website.

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