Georgia Open History Library
Series Editor

Nathaniel Holly
Acquisitions Editor
University of Georgia Press
[email protected]



Nicholas Allen, director, Willson Center for the Arts and Humanities, University of Georgia

Lisa Bayer, director, University of Georgia Press, project director

Melissa Buchanan, assistant editorial, design, and production manager, University of Georgia Press, project codirector

Jess Burke, program coordinator, Georgia Humanities Council

Stan Deaton, senior historian, Georgia Historical Society

Edward Hatfield, managing editor, New Georgia Encyclopedia

Nathaniel Holly, acquisitions editor, University of Georgia Press

John Inscoe, Albert B. Saye Professor of History Emeritus, University of Georgia

Calinda Lee, head of programs and exhibitions, National Center for Civil and Human Rights

Sheila McAlister, director, Digital Library of Georgia

Laura McCarty, executive director, Georgia Humanities Council

Paul Pressly, director emeritus, Ossabaw Island Education Alliance

Katherine Stein, director, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, University of Georgia Libraries

Georgia Open History Library

The Georgia Open History Library (GOHL) includes open-access digital editions of single-authored scholarly titles and two multivolume series, comprising almost fifty individual volumes in history and primary documents. The open text library was generously funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities in anticipation of the 250th anniversary of the founding of the United States in 2026. Our title selection, not surprisingly, focuses on the colony and eventual statehood of Georgia and its relationship with other groups, colonies, countries, and the new Union. It includes studies of Adams and Jefferson; the American Revolution in Georgia; the Creek Nation; the papers of Revolutionary War general Lachlan McIntosh and the colony’s visionary founder James Edward Oglethorpe; and records of the German-speaking Protestant Salzburger settlement.

The books included in the GOHL were chosen by an advisory board of esteemed Georgia historians for their broad historical and intellectual significance throughout the colonial and early statehood periods. The majority of the volumes are primary sources, documents, and records that have been the wellspring for most of the research on this period in Georgia history since their original publications. Together the library constitutes the most fulsome portrait of early Georgia and its inhabitants—European, Indigenous, and diasporic African—available from primary sources. Of particular importance are the colonial records of the state of Georgia and what are widely regarded as the essential supplements to those records: the journals and/or letters of the Earl of Egmont, Peter Gordon, and Henry Newton, as well as the two publications of General James Edward Oglethorpe’s own writings.

Titles are available and discoverable as open digital editions at the following sites:

UGA Press’s Manifold platform
Affordable Learning Georgia
Digital Library of Georgia / Digital Public Library of America Exchange and Open Bookshelf
EBSCO ebooks Open Access Monograph Collection
Project MUSE
Books at JSTOR

The Press has partnered on the GOHL with a diverse group of statewide non-profit organizations, including the UGA Libraries, Georgia Humanities, the New Georgia Encyclopedia, the Georgia Historical Society, the Digital Library of Georgia, the Willson Center for Arts and Humanities at UGA and the Atlanta History Center.

The library was made available on October 15, 2021. Watch the launch event and learn more about the collection here:


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.