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

Bennett, W. Tapley, 1891-1982 -- Photographs
Clippings (information artifacts)
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

11Biographical Information
2Biographical Information - fragments
3-10Correspondence, 1915-1976
11Printed Articles, Statements
13Interview (Pine Mountain Valley)
14Pine Mountain Valley Newspapaper
15Awards, Certificates
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
8Photos-people with livestock
9Photos-farm animals
5Oversize Photographs, Plaques, and Scrapbook
OS Folder
1BPhoto collage posters (2)
5Clippings-Livestock Shows
6Clippings-Pine Mountain Valley
7Clippings-Spalding Cotton Club
9Clippings-Tap Bennett, Jr.
10Clippings-Miscellaneous-Bennett mentioned
11Clippings-Miscellaneous-Bennett not mentioned
12Printed Material-Little White House
13Programs-Stock Shows