William "Tap" Bennett papers

William "Tap" Bennett papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Library
Creator: Bennett, W. Tapley, 1891-1982
Title: William "Tap" Bennett papers
Dates: 1920-1979
Quantity: 2.7 Linear feet 3 document boxes, 1 half box, 1 oversized box, 1 oversized folder
Coll. Number: ms2086

Biographical/Historical Note

William Tapley "Tap" Bennett, Sr. (1891-1982) was a leader in the successful effort to modernize and diversify Georgia farming. A 1913 graduate of the University of Georgia College of Agriculture, Bennett made a career of practical innovation. As a county extension agent in Spalding County and associate of the Central of Georgia Railway, he started Georgia's first 4-H club, first 4-H camp, and helped expand poultry production. His greatest contribution was in the area of livestock production, where he helped free the region from the cotton economy by promoting and facilitating cattle farming. He loaned bulls to new stock breeders, introduced parasite control methods, began the seeding of permanent pastures, helped operate dairies, and put on Georgia's first cattle shows in Macon, Albany and Savannah. President Roosevelt, having heard of Bennett's work, hired him to run his model farm at Warm Springs. Bennett moved on to a post as supervisor of the Pine Mountain Valley Project, a New Deal Community based on diversified farming. Here he established the state's first assembly-line poultry processing plant. In 1944, Bennett returned to Central of Georgia as Director of Agricultural Development. He retired not long after suffering a stroke in 1959, but continued to work as Livestock Director of the Southeastern Fair. In addition to many other honors, Bennett was Progressive Farmer Magazine's Man of the Year in 1955, and elected to the College of Agriculture hall of fame in 1977. His son, William Tapley Bennett, Jr., was U.S. Ambassador to NATO.


Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of photographs, correspondence, clippings, plaques and miscellaneous items. A typed copy of a speech by Tap Bennett is also included in the collection. Most of the correspondence is limited to "get well" greetings and reponses to invitations to a testimonial dinner. The collection contains only a few examples of Bennett's writing. The many photographs and newspaper clippings chronicle Bennett's high level of involvement in modern agriculture in Georgia.


Index Terms

Agriculture--Georgia.
Bennett, W. Tapley, 1891-1982 -- Photographs
Clippings (information artifacts)
Correspondence.
Livestock improvement--Georgia.
Plaques (flat objects)
Plaques, plaquettes.
Speeches (documents)
University of Georgia. -- Alumni and alumnae

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation note

William "Tap" Bennett papers, ms2086. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.


Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

 
BoxFolder
11Biographical Information
 
2Biographical Information - fragments
(Fragments)
 
3-10Correspondence, 1915-1976
 
11Printed Articles, Statements
 
12Speeches
 
13Interview (Pine Mountain Valley)
 
14Pine Mountain Valley Newspapaper
 
15Awards, Certificates
 
BoxFolder
21Photos-Tap Bennett, Sr. alone
 
2Photos-Tap Bennett, Sr. with small group
 
3Photos-Tap Bennett, Sr. with large group
 
4Photos-Tap Bennett, Sr. with livestock
 
5Photos-Tap Bennett, Sr. with Tap Bennett, Jr.
 
6Photos-Tap Bennett, Sr. with public figures
 
7Photos-people
 
8Photos-people with livestock
 
9Photos-farm animals
 
10Photos-miscellaneous
 
Box
5Oversize Photographs, Plaques, and Scrapbook
 
OS Folder
1BPhoto collage posters (2)
 
BoxFolder
31Clippings-Profiles
 
2Clippings-Obituaries
 
3Clippings-Announcements
 
4Clippings-Honors
 
5Clippings-Livestock Shows
 
6Clippings-Pine Mountain Valley
 
7Clippings-Spalding Cotton Club
 
8Clippings-Illness
 
9Clippings-Tap Bennett, Jr.
 
10Clippings-Miscellaneous-Bennett mentioned
 
11Clippings-Miscellaneous-Bennett not mentioned
 
12Printed Material-Little White House
 
13Programs-Stock Shows
 
14Programs-Miscellaneous
 
15Pamphlets
 
16Magazines-Agriculture
 
17Magazines
 
BoxFolder
41Rosters
 
2Family-general
 
3Agriculture-general
 
4Miscellaneous