Tate, Edna Ferguson
Tate, Philip May, Jr.
Tate, Philip May
Tate, William, 1903-1980
|Title: ||Edna Ferguson and Philip May Tate, Sr. collection|
5.9 Linear feet
(14 document boxes, 1 half box, 1 medal box, 1 oversized folder C)
|Coll. Number: ||ms2270|
Philip May Tate, Sr. was born on August 31, 1865, the son of William and Mary Tate. A merchant in Jasper, Georgia and a farmer in Fairmount, Georgia he is also remembered as the man primarily responsible for establishing the Calhoun, Ga. National Bank in the early 1900's. His wife, Edna Ferguson Tate, was born the daughter of Daniel Wyatt and Sarah Jane Ferguson on August 2, 1873. In 1901 she married Philip May Tate and from 1902 until 1907 they lived in Calhoun, Georgia where he served as president of the bank. In April of 1907 after Philip sold his interest in the Calhoun Bank they moved to Fairmount, Georgia where he bought interest in the bank there. When he died in 1911 Edna Tate was elected the bank president and served in that position until 1926. She was also quite active in school and church work of the community. She died in Fairmount on June 11, 1956.
Their son, William Tate, whom this collection is primarily concerned with, was born in Calhoun, Georgia on September 21, 1903. He attended Fairmount High School and the Georgia Military Academy which he graduated from in 1920. That same year he entered the University of Georgia where he majored in English and History, receiving his B.A. in 1924 and M.A. in 1927. His schooling also included post graduate work at Harvard, Columbia, and the University of Chicago. In 1936, after various teaching jobs at the University of Georgia and McCallie School in Tennessee, he became dean of freshman and assistant professor of English at the University of Georgia. He also served briefly as dean of students and assistant to the president and in September of 1946 became Dean of Men, a position he held until he retired in August of 1971.
Even after his retirement he continued his dedicated service to the University by working on the staff of the alumni office. Tate was also a writer of local history and is noted for his book,
Strolls Around Athens, a collection of columns he wrote for the weekly
Athens Observer. He died in Athens on September 21, 1980.
Scope and Content Note
Collection consists mainly of the correspondence of Tate concerning the Tate and allied families, notes, and other papers, some used for his book, The Tates of Pickens County; family correspondence, diaries of his mother, Edna Ferguson Tate, Pickens County, Ga., court records, photos, and other papers; and correspondence, receipts, legal documents, maps, and other papers, relating to his management of the estates of his mother, father, Philip May Tate, Sr., and brother, Philip May Tate, Jr. Includes correspondence from Philip May Tate, Jr., to his mother while stationed in East Asia during World War II. Other family members represented include Sarah Tate Tumlin.
The papers are centered primarily around Edna and Philips eldest son, William Tate, former Dean of Men at the University of Georgia from 1946 until 1971. Besides his many other activities Tate also did extensive genealogical research on the Tates and allied families. Much of this work came together in a book he edited called
The Tates of Pickens County. The first part of this collection (Boxes 1-4) and probably the most important contains correspondence between him and various people throughout Georgia and the country concerning the Tates and other related families. Found here also are numerous notes and other miscellaneous materials, some of which were used in his book.
Boxes 5-10 consist of family correspondence, diaries of Edna Ferguson Tate, photographs, court records, and other miscellany. Correspondents include William Tate, Edna Ferguson Tate, Sarah Tate Tumlin, Philip May Tate, Jr. and others. Of special note here are the letters Philip May Tate, Jr. wrote to his mother Edna while he was stationed in East Asia during World War II. Also of interest in this section are Pickens County court records dating from the 1830's to the early 1900's. These had once been in the possession of William Tate's grand-father (also called William Tate) who for a time had been a clerk of the court in that county. As a final point, the photographs in this part of the collection should be mentioned. Besides some family pictures, there are several excellent views of Fairmount, Georgia and the surrounding area in the early 1900's.
William Tate was executor of both his parents estates as well as that of his brother, Philip May Tate, Jr. The last part of the collection (Boxes 11-14) includes correspondence, receipts, legal documents, maps, and other miscellaneous material concerned with his managing of these estates.
Oversized folder 1C contains maps regarding the Philip May Tate, Sr. estate.
Preferred Citation note
Edna Ferguson and Phillip May Tate, Sr. collection, MS 2270. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, the University of Georgia Libraries.
Immediate Source of Acquisition note
The Edna Ferguson and Philip May Tate, Sr. Collection was in the possession of Sarah Tate Tumlin and given by her to Special Collections in October 1984.