About NGE

Welcome to the redesigned site of the New Georgia Encyclopedia! More than two years' worth of researching, planning, designing, and legwork have gone into producing the next generation of the NGE. The technology and design upgrade ensures that the encyclopedia's 2,200-plus articles and 6,000-plus images remain available and accessible to our many users.

Originally launched in 2004 and redesigned in 2013, the NGE is the first state encyclopedia to be conceived and designed exclusively for publication online. This authoritative resource contains original content and helps users understand the rich history and diverse culture of Georgia's still-unfolding story.

The NGE is a program of the Georgia Humanities Council in partnership with the University of Georgia Press, the University System of Georgia/GALILEO, and the Office of the Governor.

Awards & Milestones

  • In 2015, in celebration of its fiftieth anniversary, the National Endowment for the Humanities selected the NGE and other state encyclopedias as a featured project.
  • 2012 Leadership in History Award for The Civil War in Georgia: A New Georgia Encyclopedia Companion, given by the American Association for State and Local History
  • In 2011 The Civil War in Georgia: A New Georgia Encyclopedia Companion was published by the University of Georgia Press. Edited by John C. Inscoe, this print anthology features articles—originally published online by the NGE—that cover the prelude to the war, the war years, and the war's legacy.
  • 2010 Helen and Martin Schwartz Prize for Public Humanities Programs for the Civil Rights Digital Library, given by the Federation of State Humanities Councils
  • Inaugural New Georgia Encyclopedia Award for "Best Project on a Georgia Topic" was given at the Georgia Council for the Social Studies' annual social studies fair in March 2010.
  • Collaborated with the Digital Library of Georgia on the Civil Rights Digital Library, which launched in 2008.
  • 2007 Leadership in History Award, given by the American Association for State and Local History
  • In 2007 The New Georgia Encyclopedia Companion to Georgia Literature was published by the University of Georgia Press. This print anthology of articles—originally published online by the NGE—contains biographical profiles of Georgia writers as well as critical discussions of works and organizations integral to the literary history and culture of the state.
  • 2006 History in the Media Award, given by the Georgia Historical Society
  • 2005 Helen and Martin Schwartz Prize for Public Humanities Programs, given by the Federation of State Humanities Councils
  • "Excellence in Documenting Georgia's History," awarded by the Georgia Historical Records Advisory Board, 2005
  • Best Reference Source on the Web for 2004, awarded by Library Journal
  • In a dramatic virtual ribbon-cutting ceremony at the state capitol, the site officially launched on February 12, 2004 (Georgia Day), with about 700 articles.

 

From Our Home Page
Civil War: Atlanta Home Front

At the time of the Civil War (1861-65),

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Judith Priddy-Orr (1937-2011)

Judith

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Jenkins County

Jenkins County, located in the southeastern part of the state, is Georgia's 140th county and has an area of 350

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David Bushnell (1740-1826)

David Bushnell is credited as the inventor of the submarine, which was first used to launch explosives against British ships during the

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Courtesy of Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, University of Georgia Libraries