Athens Historical Society Papers

Athens Historical Society Papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Manuscripts
Title: Athens Historical Society Papers
Dates: 1802-2019
Quantity: 6.0 Linear feet (15 boxes)
Abstract:The collection consists of letters, speeches, newspaper articles, maps, photos, and indenture, and a cemetery survey that chronicle Athens history. University history is recorded in newspaper articles and some letters and Georgia history in speeches, newspaper articles, and brochures. Athens Historical Society (AHS) history is recorded in minutes, newsletters, correspondence, and speeches. AHS internal papers include directories, membership rolls, Constitution and by-laws, rosters, news releases, and a paper entitled The First Twenty Years: A Brief History of the Athens Historical Society. The collection also has the papers, scripts, and newspaper clippings concerning the AHS produced video The Presence of the Past: Historic Houses of Athens, Georgia. See also the typescripts of the full soundtrack of the video Reminiscences of Old Athens. Later additions to the collection include financial papers, Athens Historical Society Papers Volume II, and material regarding the "Vanishing Athens" project, Crampton's Gap project, Clarke County Cemeteries project, and Ellis Merton Coulter birthday commemoration.
Coll. Number: ms2306

Biographical/Historical Note

The Athens Historical Society was founded in 1959 and is dedicated to preserving the history of Athens, Clarke County and the surrounding area. The Society is a non-profit organization under federal 501(c)(3) regulations. Membership in the Society offers informative quarterly meetings (typically the third Sunday of January, March, May and October), interesting projects, newsletters and the annual volume of papers presented to the Society, the Athens Historian. Other publications issued by the Society include books, a map and a color video tour of 21 historic homes in Athens.

Athens Historical Society website - (Retrieved June 23, 2009)


Arranged by record type.

Index Terms

Athens (Ga.)--History.
Athens (Ga.)--Photographs.
Athens Historical Society. -- By-laws
Athens Historical Society. -- Directories
Athens Historical Society. -- History
Athens Historical Society. -- Membership
Athens Historical Society. -- Records and correspondence
Bylaws (adminstrative records)
Clippings (information artifacts)
Coulter, E. Merton, (Ellis Merton), 1890- -- Birth
Membership lists.
Scripts (documents)
University of Georgia. -- History--Sources

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Athens Historical Society Papers. MS 2306. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

11Athens History, 1802-1916
Includes photostats of four 1820 and 1821 letters, one written by Dr. Waddell, and the others concern Elijah Clark Mounger, grandson of General Elijah Clarke, an 1857 Indenture between Charles M. Reese, and C.W. & H.R.J. Long, an 1857 Agreement between Thomas R.R. Cobb and C.W. & H.R.J. Long, a survey and blueprint of Jackson Street Cemetery, Natalie Bocock's "Names of Early Athens Streets," and various newspaper articles.
2Athens History, 1969-1980
See newspaper clippings, the Nomination Forms of the National Register of Historic Places for the Athens Cobbham Historic District, the Downtown Athens Historic District, and the Old Clarke County Jail; see also Bloomfield Street Historic District and Milledge Circle Historic District confirmed listings in the National Register of Historic Places, and a pencil rubbing of a medallion depicting the Athens Double-Barrel Cannon and The Tree That Owns Itself
3University of Georgia History, 1924-1984
Contains many newspaper clippings concerning various well-known University figures such as Chancellor David "Uncle Dave" Barrow, George Foster Peabody, Richard B. Russell, S.V. Russell, etc. See clippings on general history, some letters, and a reprint of an 1854 depiction of Franklin College
4Julia Pope Moss Papers
Letters and Genealogy.
5Dr. William Lorenzo Moss, 1983
AHS correspondence concerning the Moss marker and his history.
6Miscellaneous Georgia History
Includes "History of the Georgia Railroad," The Gilmer House and cemetery in Oglethorpe County, newspaper articles, and Stone Mountain information.
21Miscellaneous Photographs and Maps, 1872 1874
Includes an "Plan of Town of Athens, Old Town," a "Map of Dr. E.R. Ware's Estate," a photo of Chancellor David C. Barrow and some photos of White Hall.
2Photos of Historic Houses of Athens (Twenty-six photographs.)
3Miscellaneous Newsletters/Pamphlets, 1967-1986
Georgia League of Historical Societies Newsletters, Georgia Historical Society Newsletters.
4Miscellaneous Newsletters, Update (Northeast Georgia Area Planning and Development Commission), The Elberton Gazette (Elberton County Historical Society, Incorporation), 1984-1986
31aAHS Newsletters, 1961-1972
1bAHS Newsletters, 1976-1988
2Field Trip to Elberton, 1981
Photos/Pamphlets of Elberton Granite Museum.
3Speeches Given to AHS
"Piedmont Georgia: The Landscape as Legacy," Louis Devorsey, Jr. "History of the Georgia Railroad," J. Clyde Mixon. "A Brief Historical Sketch of Athens, Georgia," Susan F.B. Tate. Address on James Oglethorpe, no title, anonymous. "The Past Shall Live," Carrol Hart. "Athenians and Savannahians," Lilla M. Hawes. "Oglethorpe and the Carolinians," Phinizy Spalding. "William Sylvanus Morris," anonymous. Address on the Public School System, no title, Miss Jean Flannagin.
4Miscellaneous, 1927-1971
Includes the 1927 "Soil Survey of Clarke County, Georgia," various brochures and newspaper clippings, 1967-1971, and three 1971 issues of Georgia Magazine.
5AHS Newspaper Clippings, 1968-1970
Some discuss, the reprinting of Sylvanus Morris' Strolls About Athens; others concern AHS happenings.
6AHS Newspaper Clippings, 1965-1971
Various articles of Athens and Georgia History include one article on John Gilleland, designer of the Double-Barrel Cannon.
7AHS Copyrights and Incorporation Papers
41AHS Internal Papers. Directories, membership rolls, Constitution and By-Laws, 1960-1969
2AHS Internal Papers. Rosters, yearbook, 1974-1979
2a The First Twenty Years: A Brief History of the Athens Historical Society
3AHS Internal Papers. Yearbook, news releases, etc., 1980-1982
4AHS Internal Papers. Directory 1959-1983, news releases, invitations, more directories., 1983-1989
5AHS Newspaper Clippings, 1973-1983
Articles about AHS happenings.
51AHS Newspaper Clippings, 1961-1964
2Correspondence and inventory of AHS Exhibition of Antiques, 1963
3 Papers of the AHS, Volume 1, 1963
Rough drafts of essays, business forms.
4AHS Correspondence, 1962
5AHS Correspondence, December 1962-May 1963
6AHS Correspondence, January 1964-January 1965
7AHS Correspondence, January 1964-January 1965
8AHS Correspondence, 1967
61AHS Correspondence, 1968
2AHS Correspondence, 1969
3AHS Correspondence, 1970
4AHS Correspondence, 1971-1975
5AHS Correspondence, 1976-1979
6AHS Correspondence, 1980-1981
7AHS Correspondence, 1982-1984
8AHS Correspondence, 1985-1986
71 The Presence of the Past: Historic Houses of Athens, Georgia, 1983
Production papers, scripts, and newspaper articles concerning this videotape. Also includes reviews of Historic Houses of Athens, the book which accompanies the video
2 Presence of the Past
Records. More papers, news releases, and business correspondence.
3a Reminiscences of Old Athens, 1987
Typescripts of full soundtrack of video. Voices of reminiscers: John P. Bondurant II, Mary Starke Bowers, John F. Stegeman, and Susan Frances Barrow Tate.
4Miscellaneous AHS Information, 1987
3bSusan Frances Barrow Tate Fund Papers, 1988
81AHS Minutes, October 1960-January 1963
2AHS Newsletters and Minutes, 1961-1964, 1932 1960 1963
Folder is self-indexed by AHS and includes minutes, newspaper clippings, Jackson Street Cemetery Survey and a membership roster.
3AHS Minutes, 1965-1970
4AHS Minutes, 1971-1974
5AHS Minutes, 1975-1978
5AHS Minutes, 1979-1984
6AHS Minutes, 1985-1988
91Correspondence, Business
3Bank Statements, 1968-1969
4Bank Statements, 1970-1973
5Bank Statements, 1974-1979
6Bills, Receipts
7Ledgers, 1960-1980
101 Athens Historical Society Papers Volume II
2Guest Books
111Correspondence, 1978-1987
2Correspondence, 1988
3Correspondence, 1989
4Correspondence, 1990
5Correspondence, 1991
6Correspondence, 1992
7Correspondence, 1993
8Correspondence, 1994
9Minutes, Agendas, 1989-1993
10Newsletters, 1983-1991
11Newsletters, 1992
12Newsletters, 1993-1994
13Membership, Officers, 1960-1994, Undated
14Photographs AHS Meeting, 1990
121Ellis Merton Coulter Birthday Commemoration, 1980 1990
2"Presence of the Past..."-Premiere Material, 1987
3Susan Frances Barrow Tate Fund-Reception, 1988
4"Vanishing Athens" Project, 1989-1990
5Crampton's Gap Project-Correspondence
6Crampton's Gap Project-Maryland, 1992
7Crampton s Gap Project-Athens, 1993
8Crampton's Gap Project-Macon, 1994
9Crampton's Gap Project-Research Material
10Clarke County Cemeteries Project
131Printed Material-AHS Directories, 1981-1994 (no 1986)
2Printed Material
3Financial Papers, 1976 1984
4Financial Papers, 1987-1988
5Financial Papers, 1989
6Financial Papers, 1990
141Financial Papers, 1991
2Financial Papers, 1992
3Financial Papers, 1993
4Financial Papers, Undated
5Financial Papers-Tax-Exempt Status Application and papers, 1988
6Financial Papers-Tax-Exempt Status Application and papers, 1988-1990
7Financial Papers-Tax-Exempt Status-Provisional Granting by IRS, 1989
8Financial Papers-Copyright for City of Athens Map, 1975
9Financial Papers-"Important Papers"
10Miscellaneous Papers
151Agenda for meeting of Board of Directors and Officers, 2019 February-March
2Board members, officers and committees, 2019
3Calendar, 2019
4Cash flow, 2018-2019
5The Athens Stroller, 2019 Winter-Spring
6Michael L. Thurmond Black History Bowl Lecture and Celebration (flyer), 2019 March 2
7Black History Celebration and Michael L. Thurmond Lecture Series (program), 2019 March 2