Capital Improvement Program

Project: WW Law Collection Archival Project Project No: OP0152 Status: Implementation/Construction Category: Other Improvements
Location: City Hall, WW Law Collection Work Site (226 MLK Jr. Blvd) Start Year: 2015 End Year: 2019
Council District: 2 Project Manager: Luciana Spracher LSpracher@Savannahga.Gov
Scope: To reflect Chatham County funding (SPLOST 2003-2008) for archival work on the WW Law Collection (including rehousing, preservation, cataloging, reformatting and project staff).
Comments: 3/18/2020 4:13:01 PM:
Processing of addenda to the Savannah Branch NAACP Records and W. W. Law Reference Files continues. The exhibit "Five Years That Changed Savannah Forever: Reflecting on the Civil Rights Movement through the W. W. Law Photograph Collection" was provided to the Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum on a long-term loan and was installed and opened there as part of their Black History Month programming.

2/3/2020 10:49:05 AM:
Finalizing the funding aid for the W. W. Law Personal Papers, after which this collection will be opened to the public. Currently processing a major addenda to the Savannah Branch NAACP Records, which previously just included incoming and outgoing correspondence. In November, opened "Five Years That Changed Savannah Forever: Reflecting on the Civil Rights Movement through the W. W. Law Photograph Collection" at the Savannah Cultural Arts Center, featuring 40 images from 1960-1965. Opening reception featured a program with guest curator, Dr. Otis S. Johnson, former Mayor of Savannah and the first African American to attend and graduate from Armstrong State College.

9/30/2019 2:40:59 PM:
Currently processing the W.W. Law Pamphlet Collection (which complements the W.W. Law Periodical and Book collections) and the W.W. Personal Papers (which includes records representing Westley Wallace Law's contributions to the U.S. Army, Boy Scouts, First Bryan Baptist Church, United States Postal Service, etc.). Completion of both of these collections is expected by end of fourth quarter 2019.

7/5/2019 8:18:13 AM:
Completed processing (arrangement, description, archival rehousing, select digitization and input into PastPerfect Museum Software) and opened to the public for research sub-series collections of Record Series 1121-100, W. W. Law Photograph Collection, including: -Sub-series 1121-100.2 Geneva Wallace Law photographs -Sub-series 1121-100.3 Greatheart family photographs and correspondence -Sub-series 1121-100.4 Hernandez family photographs and correspondence -Sub-series 1121-100.5 Gertrude Hannah Lark photographs and collectibles -Sub-series 1121-100.6 Laurie Greene Parker photographs and documents -Sub-series 1121-100.7 Photograph print plates Collection finding aid/inventory is available to the public at: http://www.savannahga.gov/1909/W-W-Law-Collection.

4/3/2019 9:24:51 AM:
Completed processing Record Series 1121-109, ASALH and Related Cultural Organizations Records (1948-2004, no date; 56.7 cubic feet). The collection includes the records of the Savannah Yamacraw Branch of the Association for the Study of Afro-American Life and History (ASALH), the Negro Heritage Trail, the Beach Institute Historic Neighborhood Association, the King-Tisdell Cottage Museum, the King-Tisdell Cottage Foundation, Inc., the Beach Institute African American Cultural Center, and the Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum. Collection content includes correspondence, reports, financial documents, promotional materials, and subject files. It reflects the establishment of the various organizations, as well as their daily operations, special events and exhibits, membership activities, and how they collaborated with eachother. The finding aid/inventory is available online to the public at: http://www.savannahga.gov/1909/W-W-Law-Collection.

12/31/2018 3:23:04 PM:
Processing of WW Law Moving Image & Sound Collection (1955-2004) completed; 18 cf of various media formats including: reel to reel tapes; 1/2 inch open-reel video tapes; Hi8 video tapes; and U-Matic tapes. The content includes: NAACP Savannah Branch and Savannah Yamacraw Branch ASALH events; local news programs; concerts of local artists; oral histories; local museum events; church events; and more. The recordings feature prominent Savannahians like Dr. John Jamerson, Jr. and RW Gadsden; Savannah institutions like 1st African Baptist Church and the RM Gilbert Civil Rights Museum; national leaders like Clarence Mitchell and Langston Hughes; and well-known artists like the Fisk Jubilee Singers. The recordings give glimpses into historic movements of Savannah, offering insights on the Civil Rights Movement, the push for historic preservation, and the development of Savannah's tourism industry. Completion of this collection marks fulfillment of a Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) grant.

10/4/2018 9:40:16 AM:
Processing of the institutional records of the Savannah-Yamacraw Branch of the Association for the Study of Afro-American Life and History (ASALH), including those reflecting the establishment of the King-Tisdell Cottage, Negro Heritage Trail, Beach Institute African American Cultural Center, and Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum, has begun. Records include: correspondence; financial; membership; exhibits, programs, and activities; reports and plans; etc.

6/28/2018 8:20:11 AM:
"Capturing the Soul: Portrait Photography from the W. W. Law Collection" exhibit opened in May 2018 and will be on display through January 2019 at the Beach Institute. Opening of this exhibit coincides with completion of the processing of the final phase of the photograph collection. Processing of the periodical, manuscripts, and book collections is ongoing.

4/2/2018 2:06:46 PM:
Processing of periodical, manuscripts, and book collections is ongoing. Items from across the different aspects of the collections (including photographs, art, books, and periodicals) were highlighted for Black History Month in February on the City's website and social media outlets. Work has begun for a new exhibit featuring portraiture from the photograph collection.

4/2/2018 2:06:46 PM:
Processing of periodical, manuscripts, and book collections is ongoing. Items from across the different aspects of the collections (including photographs, art, books, and periodicals) were highlighted for Black History Month in February on the City's website and social media outlets. Work has begun for a new exhibit featuring portraiture from the photograph collection.

1/12/2018 2:27:29 PM:
Phase 2 of the photograph collection was recently completed, greatly increasing public access to the visual materials including the addition of 575 images to the online catalog. Processing of the periodical and manuscripts collections is ongoing. The book collection audit and new book cataloging are in progress.

9/28/2017 3:29:48 PM:
Processing of photograph, periodical and manuscripts collections ongoing. Processing of audiovisual collections completed, pending return and inclusion of materials out for digitization as part of a CLIR Recordings at Risk grant.

6/21/2017 2:55:33 PM:
"Law & Music" exhibit opened at Beach Institute (on display through Jan. 2018). Processing of music collections completed. Processing of photograph, audiovisual and periodical collections ongoing.

3/31/2017 12:08:38 PM:
The project is approximately half-way complete, with portions opening to the public regularly through research collections and exhibitions at area institutions and online.

Last Project Update: 3/18/2020 4:13:09 PM
Fund(s): SPLOST IV (2003-08
Project Financial Data Last Updated On: 6/10/2020 11:19:09 AM
Appropriated Budget To Date: Expenditures To Date: Open Purchase Orders: Project Balance:
$507,000.00 $373,927.19 $0.00 $133,072.81


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