Roberta Hodgson papers

Roberta Hodgson papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Library
Creator: Hodgson, Roberta, 1875-1965
Title: Roberta Hodgson papers
Dates: circa 1910-1965
Quantity: 3.6 Linear feet (6 document boxes, 1 oversized box, 1 oversize folder C)
Coll. Number: ms1390

Biographical/Historical Note

Roberta Hodgson was born in 1875 in Athens, Georgia, and died in 1965 at the age of 90 in Santa Barbara, California. She was buried in the Oconee Hill Cemetery in Athens. She never married and had no children. In her youth, Roberta studied abroad in Switzerland and the Sorbonne in Paris, France. She received a diploma there then also studied at Oxford University. She traveled throughout Europe before returning to take a professorship at Wesleyan College in Macon, Georgia. After Wesleyan, she taught at the University of Georgia for more than twenty years.

Roberta worked with the National Council for the Prevention of War and the League of Nations at Geneva. She also participated in the Hubert Herring seminar in Latin-American Relations at the University of Mexico and an Oriental seminar with Upton Close in Japan and China. She also went to China and was elected to the faculty of Yenching University. The Japanese invasion of China forced her to return to America. She was also a member of the American Association of University Women, the Geographic Society, the United Nations Association and had fellowships in Clark University and the University of Wisconsin.

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of primarily Roberta Hodgson's working notes for her writings in academia and her career. Most of her notes cover topics related to foreign policy, diplomacy, and race.

Box 1 to 5 concentrate on Robert Hodgson's notes with the League of Nations and other foreign excursions, including her time spent in China. These boxes include Hodgson's extensive research for her publications and teaching.

Box 6 is devoted to Roberta Hodgson's observations about blacks in the 1910s, where she uses Athens, Georgia as a case study. Her original research is entitled "Types and Traits of the Negroes of Athens, Georgia" and covers 1911 to 1918. Hodgson attempts to categorize blacks based on physical and psychological traits. She further divides blacks into groups determined by "race" (skin tone), county/city association, education, and occupation.

Box 7 contains three photographs, presumably of Hodgson and her friends and family, and a research ledger about her work.

Oversized Folder 1 holds several pieces of art and heraldry.


Arranged by record type.

Index Terms

Hodgson, Roberta, 1875-1965 -- Notebooks, sketchbooks, etc.
Hodgson, Roberta, 1875-1965 -- Photographs
International relations--Study and teaching.
Lecture notes.
United States--Foreign relations--Study and teaching.
University of Georgia. -- Curricula
University of Georgia. -- Faculty

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Roberta Hodgson papers, MS 1390. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing


Correspondence and Misc.

11Miscellaneous (lists and blank Georgia Peace Society sheets), 1923
2Correspondence, 1890-1931


21Bibliography, 1926
2"Blakeslee Foreign Policy", 1927
3Far East Situation notes
4"Germany's Ideals" (during World War I), 1916
5"James I and the Netherlands", 1911
6Japanese Immigration Policy notes, 1926
7Mandates notes, 1920s
31Miscellaneous speeches, notes, college documents, about various foreign nations
2"Panama Canal Diplomacy"
3"Russia and the Near East"
4"Russia, Near East, Turkey League", 1927
5"Spanish Armada in English Literature"
6"Rabun Gap"
7Treaties, League Mandates
8"Vagrancy in the Reign of Elizabeth"
41-2U.S. Constitution notes, 1920s
3U.S. Constitution class notes
51U.S. Rights in the Mandates- Chapter 1, 1919
2U.S. Rights in the Mandates - Chapter 2, 1920s
3-5"U.S. Rights in the Mandates" book by Roberta Hodgson (3 copies)
61Notes on the Economic Status of Negro, 1917
2Notes for "Types and Traits of the Negroes of Athens, Georgia", 1918
3Dissertation - "Types and Traits of the Negroes of Athens, Georgia", 1918
4-5Questionnaire and answers of educated and uneducated Negroes, 1915-1916

Oversized Materials

OS BoxItem
71Picture of Roberta Hodgson in Athens, GA, 1908
2-3Unidentified Photographs (one of a woman and child, and one of a young man)
4Research Ledger about race traits
OS FolderItem
1C1-3Heraldic Symbology Posters
4Unfinished artwork