About the Exhibit

The Great Speckled Bird: What a Beautiful Thought I am Thinking explores the history and legacy of Atlanta’s pioneering underground weekly newspaper, The Great Speckled Bird (1968-1976). The exhibit commemorates the 50th anniversary of the publication of the first issue of the Great Speckled Bird.

Content in this exhibit incorporates resources from Special Collections and Archives’ Digital Collections at the Georgia State University Library.


Co-curation and exhibit design by Kathleen LaPorte, a graduate student in the School of Public Health, Georgia State University, and graduate assistant for the Southern Labor Archives, Special Collections and Archives, University Library.

Co-curation and exhibit text by Andy Reisinger, co-director of the Great Speckled Bird Oral History Project, Special Collections and Archives, University Library; doctoral student in History; and Business Manager of the Institute for Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.

Exhibit support and guidance by Spencer Roberts, Digital Scholarship Librarian, University Library.

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