RESOURCE: The New Georgia Encyclopedia

Presented by:
Georgia Humanities Council
Current Initiative: Schwartz Prize National Partner: NEH Local Partner: Colleges and Universities, K-12 Institutions Subject: Cross-Cultural Understanding, Digital Humanities, History, K-12 Education, Other, Varies Audience: All, Educators, K-12

The New Georgia Encyclopedia (NGE) is the nation’s first born-digital state encyclopedia. Launched in 2004 by Georgia Humanities in partnership with the University of Georgia Press, the University System of Georgia/GALILEO, and the Office of the Governor, the NGE covers significant aspects of Georgia’s history and culture. Its offerings include more than 2,200 entries and 9,000 images, as well as exhibitions, educators resources, and extensive linking to Georgia’s robust digital resources.

The NGE is used regularly in middle school, high school, and college classrooms around the state and forms a critical component of the eighth-grade curriculum for Georgia Studies. The encyclopedia received the Helen and Martin Schwartz Prize for Public Humanities Programs in 2005, soon after its launch, and again in 2010 for its contributions to the Civil Rights Digital Library, created in partnership with the Digital Library of Georgia. Completely redesigned in 2013, the NGE was named in 2015 as one of the National Endowment for the Humanities’ (NEH) top projects of the past fifty years.

This program won the Schwartz Prize in 2005 and 2010.

Schwartz Prize Winner 2005