Athens pamphlet collection

Athens pamphlet collection

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Manuscripts
Creator: Rutherford, Mildred Lewis, 1852-1928
Title: Athens pamphlet collection
Dates: 1906-1950s
Quantity: 0.5 Linear feet (1 document box, 1 oversized folder A)
Abstract:The collection consists of clippings and pamphlets regarding the Lucy Cobb Institute, Mildred Lewis Rutherford, the city of Athens, the University of Georgia, the state of Georgia, and the South in general.
Coll. Number: ms2064

Biographical/Historical Note

The Lucy Cobb Institute, a secondary school for young women in Athens, was founded in 1859 by Thomas R.R. Cobb, a prominent lawyer and proslavery writer. Between 1880 and 1928 Cobb's niece Mildred Lewis Rutherford, a Lucy Cobb graduate, taught at the school. She served as principal for twenty-two of those years. Rutherford's work in women's clubs, most significantly the United Daughters of the Confederacy, made her one of the best-known women in Georgia of her day. Her national reputation as a historian of the Civil War (1861-65) and the Old South brought the school widespread recognition and respect. Cobb had hoped that his young daughter Lucy would attend the new school, but she died before it opened, and the institute's board of directors named the institute in her honor. Most Lucy Cobb students came from wealthy and well-established families. Nineteenth-century schools for elite young women emphasized subjects that would enhance their gentility, including art, music, and French, and Lucy Cobb was no exception. Yet even from its early days, the school offered a more academically serious curriculum than the stereotypical finishing school. Under the leadership of Rutherford and her sister Mary Ann Lipscomb, the curriculum became even more rigorous. Students, or "Lucies," in the collegiate track studied sciences (including chemistry and physics), higher mathematics (algebra, geometry, trigonometry), logic, rhetoric, languages, history, and literature. After 1918, once the University of Georgia (UGA) began accepting women students, graduates of Lucy Cobb's collegiate program could enroll. Indeed, the school aimed its curriculum to prepare graduates to attend the university. In her extensive 1916 report on women's education in the South, Elizabeth Avery Colton of the Southern Association of College Women listed Lucy Cobb as one of the very best schools for young women in Georgia. New Georgia Encyclopedia. Retrieved 4/20/2009.

Mildred Lewis Rutherford is best known for her Confederate memorial activities and for her books on the South. She wrote twenty-nine widely read books and pamphlets, including The South in History and Literature (1907); What the South May Claim; or, Where the South Leads (1916); King Cotton: The True History of Cotton and the Cotton Gin (1922); and The South Must Have Her Rightful Place in History (1923). For three years (1923-26) she also published Miss Rutherford's Scrap Book, a monthly periodical. In addition to writing, Rutherford lectured widely at Confederate Memorial Day celebrations and at United Confederate Veterans and United Daughters of the Confederacy (UDC) engagements. Rutherford was born in Athens on July 16, 1851, into a wealthy patrician family with deep roots. Prior to the Civil War (1861-65), her father, Williams Rutherford, and her maternal uncles, Howell Cobb and Thomas R. R. Cobb, were among the state's slave-owning elite. Rutherford attended the Lucy Cobb Institute, a finishing school for girls in Athens, and after graduating in 1868, she taught history and literature in Atlanta. In 1880 she returned to Athens and became the principal of the Lucy Cobb Institute. New Georgia Encyclopedia. Retrieved 4/20/2009.


Arranged in folders according to subject.

Index Terms

Athens General Hospital (Athens, Ga.).
Athens Ladies' Garden Club (Athens, Ga.).
Business enterprises--Georgia--Athens.
Clippings (information artifacts)
Constitutional law--Georgia.
Constitutional law--United States.
First Presbyterian Church (Athens, Ga.). -- Anniversaries, etc.
Human capital--Georgia--Athens-Clarke County.
Lucy Cobb Institute (Athens, Ga.).
Natural resources--Georgia--Athens-Clarke County.
Public health--Georgia--Athens-Clarke County.
Recreation--Georgia--Athens-Clarke County.
Southern States--History.
United States--History.
University of Georgia. -- Miscellanea

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Athens pamphlet collection, MS 2064. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.


Restrictions on Access

A portion of this collection is located in the oversize drawer.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

11"Athens Banner-Athens Commercial, Agricultural-Industrial, Educational Interests", 21 December 1906
1"Athens Banner-The Advantages and Facilities Offered by the City of Athens to Homeseekers, Manufacturers, and Investors", 30 August 1911
2"Athens, Georgia-Home of the University of Georgia 1801-1951"
3Athens Schools
"Athens Public Schools", 1934
"Athens City Schools 1938-1939"
"The Black Mammy Memorial"
Athens High School graduation program, 1 June 1948
4Athens-Lucy Cobb Institute
"The Lightning Bug", February 1926 May 1926
"Announcement", 1895-1900
"59 th Annual Announcement", 1916
Faculty list, 1917
Clipping-"Petition on Lucy Cobb transfer...", undated
5Mildred Lewis Rutherford
"What the South May Claim"
"Thirteen Periods of United States History", 13 November 1913
"Miss Rutherford's Scrap Book", 1924-1925
"The South's Greatest Vindication" October 1924
"The True History of the Jamestown Colony" January 1925
"The True History of the Plymouth Rock Colony" January 1925
"History of Slavery..." February 1925
6Athens-First Presbyterian Church
"The Exercises Commemorating the Centennial of First Presbyterian Church of Athens, Georgia", 1920
7Athens General Hospital-dedication of the north wing, 8 April 1951
8Athens-Ladies Garden Club, 1941
9"Survey of Athens and Clarke County, Georgia"
Part 1 "Human and Natural Resources", March 1944
Part 3 "Health, Welfare, Recreation", April 1945
Part 4 "Agriculture", November 1945
10"Outline and Questions on the Constitutions of the United States and the State of Georgia", 1942
11Athens-newspaper clippings
12University of Georgia
"Welcome to the University of Georgia", [1951?]
"Welcome to Memorial Hall", [1948?]
Commencement programs, 10 June 1948 22 August 1951
Honors Day program, 24 May 1950
Charter Day program, 27 January 1951
Alumni Day program, 4 June 1952
Inauguration program of Omer Clyde Aderhold, 9 May 1951
Newspaper clipping-"World's Biggest Framed Painting...", 1937
13Miscellaneous papers
Commencement invitations, 1950
Bible contest list
"But does A&P tell all", 1938
"Municipal Sanitation", 1907
OS Folder
1A"Athens Daily Banner"-Souvenir editions, University of Georgia Summer School, 17 June 1903 27 June 1905
"Athens Banner"-Trade editions, December 1902