|Creator:||Coulter, E. Merton, (Ellis Merton), 1890-|
|Title:||E. Merton Coulter manuscript collection I|
|Quantity:||6.0 Linear feet (10 document boxes, 1 oversized box, 5 oversized folders A, 3 oversized folders B)|
|Abstract:||The collection consists of original source material collected by E. Merton Coulter which dates from ca. 1745-1942. The materials include biographies of prominent Georgians, correspondence of individuals and families, court records (1864-1869) from the Superior Court of Jackson County (Ga.), records relating to the Confederate States of America and the Civil War in Georgia, reports and lists of children (1846-1870) attending Poor Schools in Clarke County (Ga.) and records relating to slavery in Georgia.|
Ellis Merton Coulter (1890-1981), author, educator at the University of Georgia (1919-1958) and head of the History Dept. (1941-1958), resided in Athens, Georgia.
For more information, see the article "E. Merton Coulter (1890-1981)" in the New Georgia Encyclopedia.
Ellis Merton Coulter (1890-1981) was born in Catawba County, North Carolina After enrolling in schools such as the University of North Carolina and the University of Wisconsin, Coulter began teaching at the University of Georgia in 1919. He became head of the history department in 1941 and retired as professor emertus in 1958.
This Coulter Collection dates from circa 1745 to circa 1942 and involves a wide variety of subjects. It is arranged alphabetically by subject heading and last name, beginning with John Adair and ending with John G. York. The collection consists of 11 Hollinger boxes, 1 oversize box and several oversize folders. Contained in the collection are approximately 307 folders, 16 notebooks, 19 oversize folders, ledgers and diaries.
Much of the collection consists of correspondence written from and to people such as: John C. Calhoun, Calvin Coolidge, Howell Cobb, John Forsyth, Leo Frank, Alexander Stephens, Charles Thompson and Booker T. Washington. There are two large sections dealing with the Confederate States of America and Schools in Georgia. Under the C.S.A. section are several folders dealing with Appomatox, Conscriptions, Court Procedures, deserters, medical attention, veterans and many other topics. The Schools section consist of mainly records from Normal and Poor schools in Georgia. There is also a section on Slavery which contains correspondence, records and inventories.
Of particular interest is a section dealing with colonial records of Georgia. These papers pertain to the establishment of the colony of Georgia, land and other misc. topics. There is also a Yazoo Land Fraud petition from 1798 in the oversize section.
Last of all, there are several misc. folders in this collection consisting of checks, promissory notes, postcards, election ballots, deeds and land documents.
Arranged in alphabetical order.
Many of the series within this collection are described separately.
Cataloged as part of the Georgia Archives and Manuscripts Automated Access Project: A Special Collections Gateway Program of the University Center in Georgia.
E. Merton Coulter manuscript collection I. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, University of Georgia Libraries.