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The Digital Library of Georgia is pleased to present Ships for Victory: J.A. Jones Construction Company and Liberty Ships in Brunswick, Georgia. This Web site is a collaborative initiative of the Digital Library of Georgia and the Three Rivers Regional Library System, which serves Brantley, Camden, Charlton, Glynn, Long, McIntosh and Wayne Counties. The project is part of the Georgia HomePLACE initiative. Ships for Victory is supported with federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funds administered by the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Georgia Public Library Service, a unit of the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia.

Ships for Victory: J.A. Jones Construction Company and Liberty Ships in Brunswick, Georgia consists of eighty-four black-and-white photographs from the J.A. Jones Construction Company collection at the Brunswick-Glynn County Library that depict the company’s World War II cargo ship building activities in its Brunswick, Georgia shipyard from 1943 to 1945. The images document the life cycle of the Liberty and Knot ships built in Brunswick: from keel-laying and hull construction to christening and launch. Construction techniques are visible in many of the photographs, and several images feature the shipyard’s male and female laborers and management staff. In addition, the launch photographs feature ship sponsors and other dignitaries. Of particular note is a series of photographs depicting Christmas Day, 1944, when the shipyard workers volunteered to work through the holiday, donating their time-and-a-half pay as a Christmas gift to the nation.

In order to provide broader access to this important collection, the Digital Library of Georgia has created a searchable database of the collection’s photographs. Staff at the Brunswick-Glynn County Library scanned the original photographs at 150 dpi. From these images, DLG staff produced smaller, Web-ready derivative images, 72 dpi, 50 pixels wide JPEG thumbnails and 72 dpi, JPEG images with a maximum width of 750 pixels.

The Dublin Core-based descriptive records for the photographs are derived from information provided by Brunswick-Glynn County Library staff and supplemented by DLG staff research. Every effort was made to identify the individuals and events depicted in the photographs and to place the photograph within the context of the shipyard’s history. Staff added appropriate Library of Congress subject headings and established locally names for the institutions and individuals found in the collection. The descriptive records are made available through the Ships for Victory Web site and the Digital Library of Georgia’s Web site.