O.C. Aderhold collection

O.C. Aderhold collection

Descriptive Summary

Repository: University of Georgia Archives
Creator: Aderhold, Omer Clyde, 1899-
Title: O.C. Aderhold collection
Dates: 1950-1970
Quantity: 2.2 Linear feet 2 document boxes, 1 half box, 1 carton, and 1 walking cane
Coll. Number: ms2127

Biographical/Historical Note

Omer Clyde "O.C" Aderhold (1899-1969) was president of the University of Georgia from 1950 to 1967.

The son of a Lavonia, Georgia farmer, he graduated from the University of Georgia with an agriculture degree in 1923. Following graduation, he became a high school principal at the age of twenty-four in Jefferson County, Georgia. Three years later, he was chosen as the county’s superintendent of public schools, a position he held until 1929, when he resigned to become associate professor of rural education at the University of Georgia. Here he devoted “a major portion of his time to the training of agricultural and rural teachers,” according to one newspaper report.

In 1936-37, Aderhold took a leave of absence to work on his PhD degree in education at the Ohio State University, which he received in 1938. In 1946, he was named dean of the College of Education at the University of Georgia, and became president four years later. During seventeen years as president, the university’s enrollment tripled, the research budget grew from $2 million a year to more than $13 million, and the value of the physical plant increased from $12 million to $100 million. He successfully led the university through court-ordered integration in January 1961 after admission of its first black students, Charlayne Hunter and Hamilton Holmes, came with first days of rallies and protests.

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of a small amount of personal material including correspondence, clippings, and awards, photographs, and artifacts.

Index Terms

Aderhold, Omer Clyde, 1899- -- Correspondence
Aderhold, Omer Clyde, 1899- -- Photographs
Clippings (information artifacts)
College presidents--Georgia.
Deans (Education)--Georgia--Athens.
Greek letter societies--Georgia--Athens.
Printed ephemera--Georgia--Athens.
Printed ephemera.
United States. Navy. -- Photographs
University of Georgia. -- Awards--Specimens
University of Georgia. -- Presidents--Correspondence
University of Georgia. College of Education.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation note

O. C. Aderhold collection, ms2127, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Related Material

Related materials also available in the following collections of this repository: University Archives, Presidents papers, UA 97-100, and Omer Clyde Aderhold papers, UA 10-110.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

7Mercer University, corr.
9Photographs - (of Aderhold)
10Photographs - childhood (Aderhold)
11Photographs - Hughes Trophy presentation
12Photographs - identified groups
13Photographs - identified groups (w/Aderhold)
14Photographs - Navy Orientation Cruise, 1954
15Photographs - Navy Supply Corps visit
16Photographs - unidentified groups
17Photographs - unidentified groups
1A18Printed material
20Report cards
21SREB annual meeting, 1967
Printed materials
3Artifacts - bulldog figures
Artifacts - Flask
Artifacts - Silver bowl
Artifacts - Silver pitcher
Artifacts - Wallet
Artifacts - pens, notes, cards
Artifacts - Pen from Lyndon B. Johnson
Artifacts - Cufflinks by Sanderson
Artifacts - 2 blue pens in case
Artifacts - Bill fold
Artifacts - Medallion
Artifacts - Central American clay artifact
Artifacts - Centennial Convention Memorabilia
2Silver platter, "From the College of Arts and Sciences, University of Georgia", 1967