The collection consists of papers of the Tate family of Gordon and Pickens counties, Georgia from ca. 1849-1975. The papers consist primarily of correspondence, both business and personal. The business correspondence relates to the Tates' involvement in the Georgia Marble Company (Tate, Georgia) and the Kennesaw Marble Company (Marietta, Ga.). The personal correspondence is mainly between Edna Ferguson Tate and her children Sarah and William Tate. Sarah's letters are from Agnes Scott College (Decatur, Ga.) where she was a student and from Orlando (Fla.) where she took a teaching job. William's letters are first as a student and later as an instructor and Dean of Men at the University of Georgia and contain a substantial amount of material relating to activities at the University and events in Athens, Georgia. Other correspondents include Philip May Tate, Stephen C. Tate, Florence M. Tate, and Samuel Tate. The collection also contains photographs of the Tate family and the Georgia Marble Company; account books ca. 1882-1904 pertaining to Sam'l & S.L. Tate & Co. (a general store) and the Georgia Marble Company; and materials relating to the history of Pickens County (Ga.).
The Tate family of Gordon and Pickens counties, Georgia operated the Georgia Marble Company in Tate, Georgia. Philip May Tate, married Edna Ferguson (1873-1951), their children include Sarah (b. 1905) and William (1903-1980).
This collection of 50 Hollinger boxes, dating from about 1849 to 1975, concerns primarily members of the Tate Family who lived in Gordan and Pickens Counties, Georgia. The bulk of the material consists of family correspondence, but filed within this are also business correspondence, receipts, and legal documents. Much of the business correspondence concerns Samuel Tate, who was president of the Georgia Marble Co. in Tate, Georgia. Included in the family correspondence are letters written to Edna Ferguson Tate, many of which are from her children. Of particular interest are letters from her son, William Tate, written when he was a student, as well as an instructor and Dean of Men at the University of Georgia. Other items in this collection include clippings, account books, journals, photographs, material on Pickens County, genealogy, and various miscellany.