William Tate family papers

William Tate family papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Manuscripts
Creator: Childs, Asaph King, 1820-1902
Creator: Harris, Corra, 1869-1935
Creator: Mitchell, Chloe
Creator: Mitchell, Shatt C.
Creator: Tate, Carter
Creator: Tate, Edna Ferguson
Creator: Tate, Philip May
Creator: Tate, Susan Frances Barrow, 1908-
Creator: Tate, William, 1903-1980
Title: William Tate family papers
Dates: circa 1830-1992
Quantity: 4.8 Linear feet (7 document boxes, 3 half boxes, 1 oversized box, 1 oversized folder A, 1 oversized folder B)
Coll. Number: ms2034

Biographical/Historical Note

William Tate (1903-1980) was the Dean of Men, University of Georgia, 1946 to 1971. In 1981, the University of Georgia Tate Student Center was named in his honor.

Tate attended Fairmount High School and the Georgia Military Academy. He then entered the University of Georgia, earning a Bachelor's degree in 1924 and a Master's in 1927. He went on to do graduate work at Columbia University, Harvard University, and the University of Chicago.

From 1924 to 1929 he was an instructor in English and Debate Coach at the University of Georgia. From 1929 to 1936 he was Head of the English Department and Track Coach at the McCallie School in Chattanooga, Tennessee. In 1932 William Tate married Susan Frances Barrow, a granddaughter of University Chancellor David Barrow. They had two sons, Ben and Jeff.

In 1936 Tate returned to the University of Georgia as Dean of Freshmen and Assistant Professor of English. He then went on to become Dean of Students, Assistant to the President, and in 1946 became Dean of Men, a position he held for twenty-five years. Tate was a very asute and popular faculty member who ruled over the student body with a reputation for being strict but fair. He is well-known for his role in overseeing students during UGA's desegregation by the first two African American students, Charlayne Hunter and Hamilton Holmes, in 1961.

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of papers of William Tate and the Tate family from ca. 1830-1992. The papers include correspondence, printed material, manuscripts, financial records, account books, and scrapbooks. Correspondence between Tate family members (1908-1992) mainly relates to news of family and friends but some letters (1952-1953) pertain to William Tate's University of Georgia activities. Correspondents include Carter Tate, Edna Tate, Philip May Tate, Susan Tate, and William Tate.

Earlier materials (1861-1902) pertain to Athens (Ga.) businessman Asaph King Childs. Materials include account books, cash books, bills and receipts, correspondence, and timebooks documenting Childs' involvement with or management of the Cliff House (Tallulah Falls, Ga.), Childs & Moss (Athens, Ga.), and Childs, Nickerson & Company (Athens, Ga.).

The collection also contains Civil War correspondence (1861-1864) between Shatt C. Mitchell of the 13th Georgia Infantry Regiment and his wife Chloe. Of particular interest are Mitchell's letters describing the battle of Antietam (Md.). Additional materials include scrapbooks containing clippings relating to Corra Harris, as well as correspondence and financial records (1960-1967) pertaining to the Preservation of Old Athens.

The William and Susan Tate Collection was given to Special Collections by Susan Barrow Tate on June 30, 1981. The collection consists of 11 Hollinger boxes containing not only Tate Family material, but also papers of other people as well.

The first part (Boxes 1-3) includes Tate Family correspondence (1908-1932), receipts, pictures, notes, a scrapbook, and other miscellaneous material. Correspondents include William Tate, Edna and Philip May Tate, Sr. (William Tate's parents), and Carter Tate. Although most of these letters are personal in nature, there is one folder of correspondence to and from William Tate which concerns University of Georgia affairs.

Box 4 contains miscellaneous material of the Beta Alpha Chapter of the Pi Tau Chi National Honor Society (early 1950's) which William Tate was a member of. Also in this box are papers of the Society for the Preservation of Old Athens consisting mostly of correspondence and financial records (1960-1967).

Box 5 contains writings by other people, apparently outside of the Tate Family. Included is a galley proof of Life in Dixie During the War by Mary Gay and a typescript of Fair of 1850 by John West.

The last part of the collection (Boxes 6-11) consists mainly of older material. Of particular note are financial papers (receipts, ledgers, etc.) of Asaph King Childs (1820-1902), a prominent Athens businessman. Also of interest is a box of Crawford Long papers (mainly xerox copies), which William Tate bought at an auction when the Long House in Athens was sold. Included here are correspondence, affadavits, writings, and other miscellany.

Other items of some importance in this last part of the collection include two scrapbooks pertaining to Corra Harris, a folder of Lumpkin County, Georgia court records (xerox copies, ca. 1830-1862), and Mitchell Civil War correspondence.


Arranged by record type.

Index Terms

Account books.
Antietam, Battle of, Md., 1862.
Athens (Ga.)
Business records.
Childs, Nickerson & Company (Athens, Ga.).
Cliff House (Tallulah Falls, Ga.).
Confederate States of America. Army. Georgia Infantry Regiment, 13th.
Hardware stores--Georgia.
Maryland--History--Civil War, 1861-1865.
Preservation of Old Athens (Ga.).
Stores, Retail--Georgia.
Universities and colleges--Faculty.
University of Georgia. -- Faculty

General Notes

Cataloged as part of the Georgia Archives and Manuscripts Automated Access Project: A Special Collections Gateway Program of the University Center in Georgia.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

William Tate family papers, MS 2034. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, University of Georgia Libraries.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing


Series 1: Personal Correspondence, 1908-1968, undated

61941 January-July
71941 August-November
101949 January-July
111949 August-December
121950 January-July
131950 August-December
211951 January and February
21951 March-May
31951 June-August
41951 September-December
51952 January-May
61952 June-December
11William Tate Univ. correspondence & miscellaneous, 1952 1953 & Undated

Series 2: Subject Files

31Biographical information & Genealogy
3Envelopes, empty
6Insurance policies
10APictures (Duplicates of photos put in Georgia Photo File)
11Ration book
12Receipts, 1952
13Scrapbook (Edna Tate's)

Series 3: Pi Tau Chi National Honor Society. (University of Georgia)

41Account books and minutes
3Correspondence, 1955-1956
4Miscellaneous notes

Series 4: Society for the Preservation of Old Athens

9Constitutions, legal papers
10Correspondence, 1960
11Correspondence, 1961
12Correspondence, 1962
13Correspondence, 1963
14Correspondence, 1964
15Correspondence, 1965
16Correspondence, 1966
17Correspondence, 1967
18Correspondence, 1969
19Correspondence, Undated
20Financial papers, 1961
21Financial papers, 1962
22Financial papers, 1963
23Financial papers, 1964
24Financial papers, 1966
26Minutes, 1961-1967 & undated
28Printed material

Series 5: Writings by Other People

51Gay, Mary A.H. Life in Dixie During the War
2Poppke, William R. How to Catch a Crab
3Thompson, Gordon. "Bishop John Owen Smith", etc.
4West, John. Fair of 1850
5Unidentified author. "Mountain Wildcat and Haunted Hill"

Series 6: Asaph K. Childs Papers


Subseries 5A: Personal

Biographical Information
Bank book, 1892-1899
Blank stationary, etc.
Correspondence, 1899
Legal document
Ledger, 1885
Ledger, 1885-1887
Receipts, 1861
Receipts, 1866
Receipts, 1868
Receipts, 1869
Receipts, 1870
Receipts, 1871
Receipts, 1872
Receipts, 1886
Receipts, 1894
Receipts, 1895
Receipts, 1896
Receipts, 1897
Receipts, 1898
Receipts, 1899
Receipts, 1900 January-June
Receipts, 1900 July-December
Receipts, 1901 January-June
Receipts, 1901 July-December
Receipts, 1902
Receipts, Undated

Subseries 5B: Childs&Moss & Cliff House

Correspondence, 1888 May
Correspondence, 1888 June
Correspondence, 1888 July
Correspondence, 1888 August
Correspondence, Undated
Ledger, 1883
Ledger, 1884
Receipts, 1888 May
Receipts, 1888 June
Receipts, 1888 July
Receipts, 1888 August
Receipts, 1888 September
Receipts, Undated
Sautee Gold Mine Papers
81Ledger, 1884
2Ledger, 1887
3Ledger, 1887-1888
4Ledger, 1887-1888
5Ledger, 1887
6Ledger, 1888

Series 7: Crawford Long Papers

91Affadavits, 1849-1856
2Affadavits, 1869-1907 and undated
4Correspondence, 1842
5Correspondence, 1850-1859
6Correspondence, 1866-1877
7Correspondence, 1880-1894
8Correspondence, 1900-1942
9Correspondence & Fragments, Undated
10List of ether proofs, etc.
12Writings, notes, etc.

Series 8: Miscellaneous Historical Manuscripts

101Anthony, Callie. Corr., 1916
2Austin Family. Corr., 18?-1906
3Barrow, David. Corr., 1920 July 22
4Empty envelopes
5Giley, Bessie. Corr., Undated
6re. Harris, Corra. Scrapbook
7re. Harris, Corra. Scrapbook
8Jarboe, Leona. Corr., 1908 March 23
9Lampkin, Cobb. Papers
9ALumpkin County, Georgia. Court Records (SEE: Oversize drawer)
10Mitchell Civil War Corr., 1861 July 27
11Mitchell Civil War Corr., 1861 August 4
12Mitchell Civil War Corr., 1861 August 13
13Mitchell Civil War Corr., 1861 September 11
14Mitchell Civil War Corr., 1861 October 8
15Mitchell Civil War Corr., 1861 November 28
16Mitchell Civil War Corr., 1862 July 22
17Mitchell Civil War Corr., 1862 September 19
18Mitchell Civil War Corr., 1863 May 12
19Mitchell Civil War Corr., 1863 May 13
20Mitchell Civil War Corr., 1864 July 1
21Mitchell Civil War Corr., 1864 August 7
22Mitchell Civil War Corr., 1864 September 5
23Mitchell Civil War Corr., 1864 September 15
24Mitchell Civil War Corr., 1864 October 5
25Mitchell Civil War Corr., 1864 October 16 & 1864 October 17
26Mitchell Civil War Corr., Undated
27Mitchell Civil War Corr. Empty envelopes
28Mitchell Military Document, 1863 February 1
29Rusher, Clyde. Corr., 1916
30Shipping receipt, 1838 August 17
31Tate, Mary. Papers, 1872-1884
32Thompson, W.C. Corr., 1908 November 9
33Young, R. Corr., 1853-1855?
34Unidentified. Corr., 1916 March 2

Series 9: Oversized Materials

11Asaph K. Childs-Childs & Moss Ledger, 1883
OS Folder
2BMuster roll Company B, 2nd Regiment, Calvary of Army of U.S., 31, December 1863-29 February 1864
OS Folder
1ALumpkin Co., Ga Court Records (xerox)