14 Feb Open Access Oral History and the Founding Mother of Sandy Springs
Here at Atlanta Studies we believe that embracing open access is important not only in the publication of scholarship about Atlanta but also in the archiving of Atlanta’s history. And as new digital technologies make it easier than ever to make repositories of primary documents from Atlanta’s history accessible to the public in their own homes and classrooms, we believe it is important to promote the value of resources such as Georgia State University Library’s collection Planning Atlanta – A New City in the Making, 1930s–1990s.
In this blog post, we mark the publication of Elisa Lanari’s recent article, “Excluded From ‘Everybody’s Neighborhood’?: Constructing Sandy Springs’ New City Center,” by highlighting a publicly accessible oral history interview in another valuable collection, Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection in the Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies at the University of Georgia Libraries. The collection includes an interview with Eva Galambos, the first mayor of Sandy Springs, who as Lanari discusses was a major force behind Sandy Springs’ push to become an incorporated city in the first place. In particular, this first-hand account provides further insight into the long history of Sandy Springs, which crucially informs the more recent discussions of the City Springs development that Lanari analyzes.