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University of Georgia Press announces Bradley Hale Fund for Southern Studies

Athens, Ga. – The University of Georgia Press has established the new Bradley Hale Fund for Southern Studies. This fund will support the publication of a wide range of scholarly and general interest books in the areas of Southern history, culture, literature, food and foodways and more.

Support for the fund comes from the Sheffield Harrold Charitable Trust, headed by co-trustees Ellen Hale Jones and F. Sheffield Hale of Atlanta. The fund is named in memory of their father, Bradley Hale (1933-2011), a partner in the Atlanta law firm King & Spalding. Hale served as chair of the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation and the Atlanta History Center and as founding chair of the advisory board of the Georgia Historical Society. He was also a trustee of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and vice chair of Sweet Briar College.

“Our father pursued many enthusiasms, but he loved nothing more than the history, culture and stories of the South,” said Sheffield Hale and Ellen Hale Jones. “He sponsored three books on history during his lifetime, and we could think of no better way to perpetuate his intellectual curiosity.”

“The Press is grateful to the Hale family for this generous gift of support. We will strive to honor Bradley Hale’s legacy through continuing to publish the most stimulating and thoughtful scholarship on the ever-more complex global South,” said UGA Press director Lisa Bayer.

The first title to be published with support from the Bradley Hale Fund is “A Boy from Georgia: Coming of Age in a Segregated South” by Hamilton Jordan and edited by Kathleen Jordan (October 2015).

University of Georgia Press
Founded in 1938, the University of Georgia Press is the oldest and largest book publisher in the state. It has been a member of the Association of American University Presses since 1940. With a full-time staff of 26 publishing professionals, the press currently publishes 60-70 new books a year and has more than 1,800 titles in print. It has well-established lists in Atlantic World and American history, American literature, African-American studies, Southern studies and environmental studies, as well as a growing presence in the fields of food studies, geography, urban studies, international affairs and security studies. For more information on UGA Press, see