Fall Hours for The Betty Pope Scott Noble ’44 College Heritage Center

125th GraphicVisit 125 Years of College History

The Betty Pope Scott Noble ’44 College Heritage Center, located on Floor 2 of McCain Library, is a museum displaying historical documents, photographs and artifacts relating to Agnes Scott (the person and the institution) and the Scott family.


Highlights of the Scott family collection on display include a child’s suit that was made by Agnes Scott for her son George Washington Scott, Agnes Scott’s spinning wheel, George Washington Scott’s Civil War cavalry sword, Agnes Scott’s family Bible, and other family books, letters and pictures. Highlights of the Agnes Scott College collection on display include the handwritten minutes of the 1889 meeting at which the school was founded, a picture of the student body in 1891, one of the first two diplomas ever issued by the school in 1893, student rules and regulations over the decades and a collection of rings, including rings from the early years before the adoption of the black onyx in 1935.


A photo display tracks the development of the institution decade-by-decade from 1889 to the present, including campus buildings and student activities and fashions.  It also shows aerial views of the college over the years from the 1920s to the present.

Hours for fall semester 2014 are as follows:

  • Monday – 2:30-5:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday – 2:30-5:30 p.m.
  • Thursday – 3:30-6 p.m.
  • Friday – 2:30-4 p.m.

If you would like access at other times, please contact Marianne Bradley.

Click here for more photos and information about the museum and the Agnes Scott historical materials on display.

Library Hours – Labor Day Weekend

McCain Library will be closed on Monday, September 1 for the Labor Day holiday but will be open this weekend as follows:

Friday                8:00 am – 6:oo pm

Saturday           9:00 am – 6:00 pm

Sunday              1:00 pm – 2:00 am [Visitors must leave at 10:30 pm]

Monday             CLOSED

Tuesday             8:00 am – 2:00 am [Visitors must leave at 10:30 pm]

When you’re not studying here, don’t miss the free events at the Decatur Book Festival!

Aug. 19 – New Password for Library Databases

Welcome to Fall Semester! If you’re doing online research, the password for accessing many of McCain Library’s databases from off-campus or over wireless networks changed on Tuesday, August 19. The new password will be valid until January 5, 2015.

Current ASC students, faculty, or staff will see it once logged in to Moodle under the “Lib 101” course.  You may need to enroll yourself in that “course” if you have not done so previously.

To see the full range of more than 300 online resources currently provided by McCain Library, start at the library’s home page, then click (top left or center of the page) the A-Z Database List. Databases may be accessed alphabetically, by subject, or by type. Some e-resources are licensed institutionally for you by McCain Library and others we pay for through Georgia’s GALILEO consortium. (If a resource is licensed institutionally, you’ll be asked for your full name and ASC ID number rather than the GALILEO password.)

For browsing or general interest, you may be interested in the newspapers available, some digital archives and genealogy sources, or – before shopping – the fact that Consumer Reports magazine is included in PDF.

If you’d like research guidance, please drop by the Research Desk, call McCain’s librarians at 404-471-6096, email library@agnesscott.edu, or use our chat service on library web pages. Also, our LibGuides (keyword searchable subject starting points) are available 24/7 without a password.

*If you have trouble getting into the databases or see a message such as “Your patron privileges have expired,” you should call the Circulation Desk at 404-471-6094 or email library@agnesscott.edu. New students, faculty, or staff may not be completely set up in our software yet, but we’re glad to add you manually.

Happy searching!

Wizard of Oz Turns 75

By NBC Television Network [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

By NBC Television Network [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

The film Wizard of Oz officially premiered across the United States on August 25.  In major cities, however, the film opened on August 17.  In the weeks building up to the release of the film children were given a picture of the characters and encouraged to enter a costume contest.  In Atlanta Ralph McGill gave out the prizes.

If you have never seen it be sure to check out the DVD.

To learn more about the film skim the headlines in this GALILEO Discover Search.

To find out more about how Atlantan’s reacted to the Wizard of Oz see the news coverage in the Atlanta Constitution.



Four New Databases Available

Our resource licensing partners have let us know that EBSCO is making available four new databases for users of GALILEO, Georgia digital library.  The databases are now live on McCain Library’s A-Z menus and will show up in Discover search results.

These indexes should be useful especially for education, human rights, international relations, political science,  psychology, sociology, and women’s studies topics, and they’ve been added to relevant LibGuides. Please email or telephone (404-471-6096) McCain Library if you have any questions.

Child Development & Adolescent Studies provides references to the current and historical literature related to growth and development of children through the age of 21. This database includes all of the issues of Child Development Abstracts & Bibliography from 1927 – 2001 previously published by the Society for Research in Child Development, plus new coverage on child rights and welfare issues. Book reviews and abstracts from hundreds of journals and a bibliography of thousands of technical reports, books, book chapters, theses and dissertations covering biomedical and social sciences worldwide are indexed in this database.  Update Frequency: Ongoing

Peace Research Abstracts includes bibliographic records covering essential areas related to peace research, including conflict resolution, international affairs, peace psychology, and other areas of key relevance to the discipline. The index contains thousands of records selected from the most important sources within the discipline, such as: Journal of Peace Research, Journal of Conflict Resolution, International Journal of Refugee Law, etc. EBSCO has digitized the full archive of this index, including coverage dating back to 1964.  Coverage Dates: 1964 – present

Race Relations Abstracts focuses on content relating specifically to the relationship between races. Race relations is an area of study that pertains to the social, political, and economic relations between races and ethnicities. Specific areas covered include ethnic studies, discrimination, immigration studies, ideology, community relations, and other areas of key relevance to the discipline. The index contains thousands of records selected from the sources such as Race & Class, Ethnic & Racial Studies, Journal of Social Issues, etc.  Coverage Dates: 1975 – present

Violence & Abuse Abstracts includes bibliographic records covering essential areas related to violence and abuse, including family violence, sexual assault, emotional abuse, and other areas of key relevance to the discipline. Records are selected from sources within the discipline, such as: Child Maltreatment, Trauma, and Violence & Abuse. EBSCO has digitized the full archive of this index, bringing coverage back to 1995.  Coverage Dates: 1995 – present

Happy researching!

Camera Clubs and Some Amateur Activity in Georgia After 1880

McCain Library’s collections and Agnes Scott College’s student club history are highlighted in this blog post:



Agnes Scott Institute 1905 Kodak Club and membership list, from the 1905 Silhouette page 119

Agnes Scott College, McCain Library Special Collections & Archives