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Betty Jean Craige papers

Betty Jean Craige papers

Descriptive Summary

Title: Betty Jean Craige papers
Creator: Craige, Betty Jean
Creator: University of Georgia. Willson Center for Humanities and Arts
Inclusive Dates: 1965-2011
Language(s): English
Extent: 0.75 Linear Feet (1 box and 42 items)
Collection Number: UA0150
Repository: University of Georgia Archives

Collection Description

Historical Note

Betty Jean Craige came to the University in 1973 after completing her Ph.D. at the University of Washington in comparative literature with a focus on Spanish literature. Her first position at UGA was as an instructor of comparative literature. Craige was promoted to professor in 1983 and was awarded the title of University Professor in 1995. In 1993, she became the director of the Humanities Center which was later renamed the Willson Center for Humanities and Arts. In 1996, Craige and Gary Bertsch received a nearly $1 million grant to found and direct the Delta Prize for Global Understanding, a prize awarded to people such as Desmond Tutu, Jimmy Carter and Mikhail Gorbachev. She has authored 17 books on such varied topics as literature, politics, ecology, art and her parrot, Cosmo. In addition, Craige curated two museum exhibitions of Spanish artist Alvar's work and her 2006 documentary titled Alvar Sunol: his vision and his art won first place in the short documentary category at the Indie Gathering film festival.

Scope and Content

This collection has a number of Craige's essays along with information about the books that she wrote on a variety of topics including literature, politics, Alvar, Eugene Odum and her parrot Cosmo. There are brochures and photographs from The Delta Prize for Global Understanding (1999-2002, 2004-2009). The winners of this award include internationally known figures such as Desmond Tutu, Mikhail Gorbachev and Nelson Mandela. There are audiovisual materials documenting interview between Craige and Eugene Odum and others. There are also photographs of Craige with Art Rosenbaum standing in front of the mural that he painted at the Willson Center and of Alvar (Sunol) and her at his home in Spain.

Organization and Arrangement

This collection is arranged into three series: writings, The Delta Prize for Global Understanding and photographs.

Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Access

Though the collection is open for research, the audiovisual recordings do not have reference copies; however, reference copies can be made available upon request. Availability is dependent upon the format and condition of the recordings.

Preferred Citation

Betty Jean Craige papers, UA0150, University Archives, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Related Materials and Subjects

Subject Terms

Alvar, 1935-
Award presentations -- Georgia -- Athens.
Birds -- Georgia.
Cosmo, (African Grey Parrot)
Odum, Eugene Pleasants, 1913-2002
Universities and colleges -- Faculty.
University of Georgia. Faculty
University of Georgia. The Delta Prize for Global Understanding
University of Georgia. Willson Center for Humanities and Arts

Related Collections in this Repository

Willson Center for Humanities and Arts records, UA0137

Related audiovisual materials from this collection are housed in the Walter J. Brown Media Archive:

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing


1. Writings (by and about Betty Jean Craige)

11Collected essays in the public media, 1985-2011
12Odum book: publicity and reviews, 1998-2003
13Articles about Betty Jean Craige, 1990-2011
14Cosmo: articles, 2010

2. The Delta Prize for Global Understanding

15Awarded to President and Mrs. Jimmy Carter and the Carter Center (brochure and photograph), 1999
16Awarded to Archbishop Desmond Mpilo Tutu (brochure and photograph), 2000
17Awarded to Mikhail S. Gorbachev (brochure and photograph), 2001
18Awarded to Mrs. Sadako Ogata (brochure and photograph), 2002
19Awarded to President Vaclav Havel (brochure), 2004
110Awarded to Ambassador Gertrude Ibengwe Mongella (brochure and photograph), 2005
111Awarded to Mr. Ted Turner (brochure and photograph), 2006
112Awarded to President Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela (brochure), 2007
113Awarded to President Martti Ahtisaari (brochure and photograph), 2008
114Awarded to Dr. Mohamed ElBaradei (brochure), 2009

3. Photographs

115Betty Jean Craige with Art Rosenbaum in front of Willson Center mural, 2001
116Betty Jean Craige with Spanish artist Alvar Sunol, 2007