H.K. Stanford collection

H.K. Stanford collection

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Manuscripts
Creator: Stanford, Henry King, 1916-2009
Title: H.K. Stanford collection
Dates: 1936-1937
Quantity: 3.0 Linear feet 10 oversized folders C, 2 flat boxes
Coll. Number: ms2674

Biographical/Historical Note

Henry King Stanford served as Interim President of the University of Georgia from 1986 through 1987, coming to the University’s assistance in an hour of need as it sought a new permanent President.

Dr. Stanford was born on April 22, 1916, in Atlanta, Georgia. He received his B.A. from Emory University in 1936, and a later M.A. from the same institution, as well as an M.S. from the University of Denver and his PhD from New York University.

Stanford taught at the Emory campus in Valdosta for a couple of years and went to Georgia Southwestern College in Americus in 1948 to serve as President. In 1950, Stanford was named director of the University Center in Georgia, and in 1953, he became President of the Georgia State College for Women in Milledgeville. Stanford moved to Alabama in 1957 to become President of Birmingham-Southern College and had a run-in with "Bull" Connor over the integration question before he left to accept the President's post at the University of Miami (Florida). He served there as President until his retirement in 1981 when he returned to Americus. When the Regents asked if he would serve the University of Georgia in its hour of need, the 70-year old dynamo affirmed that he would, and he served for a year as interim President at UGA. In the 20+ years following leaving that post, he remained busy with numerous speaking engagements, prolific writing, consulting and advisory work, and the odd trip to the Nepalese Himalaya to climb on the lower reaches of Mt. Everest.

Henry King Stanford, after a long, productive, and adventurous life, died on January 1, 2009.

Dr. Stanford agreed to helm the University until a permanent president could be chosen. He was chiefly responsible for stabilizing the image of the University with a restless public and with ensuring that state and private fiscal support did not erode during the period when the University was seeking a permanent President and a new direction. The Butts-Mehre Athletic Heritage Hall was completed during his tenure as President, in 1987.

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of 14 German posters, 1 diary transcript, 1 Nazi flag-banner, and 3 playbills from performances in Heidelberg, Germany. All of these items were collected by Dr. Henry King Stanford during his studies at the University of Heidelberg between September of 1936 and July of 1937.

The accession folder for this collection also contains Stanford's narrative translations of the posters, as well as photocopies of three postcards and one Coca-Cola Nazi-era beer mat.


Arranged by record type.

Index Terms

Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiter-Partei. -- Posters
Nazi propaganda--Germany--Heidelberg--Specimens.
Stanford, Henry King, 1916-2009 -- Diaries
World War, 1939-1945--Posters.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation note

H. K. Stanford collection, ms 2674, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing


German Posters

Nazi Political Posters

OS Folder
2C"Der Bolschewismus" ("Bolshevism"), October 1936 ( "Great Anti-Bolshevism Exhibit / Karlsruhe Municipal Exhibit Hall, Garden Street / Open daily from 10 to 21 o'clock / Admission tickets for the price of 30 pfennigs at all service posts of the Party; at the gate 50 pfennigs." Depicts a spider with a bleedings skull wearing a Soviet helmet "crushing" the world. )
OS Folder
3C"Weiter mit Hitler" ("Farther with Hitler"), 1936 ( "1932: Little state-ness, torn to pieces-ness, without power / 1936: A solid people in a restrengthened empire." Depicts two maps of Germany: the top shows a disjointed/decentralized Germany attributed to the Weimar Republic, the bottom depicts a Germany united by the Nazi Party. )
OS Folder
4C"Die Ernte Steht" ("The harvest is standing"), 1937 ( "Help cut it / Student Harvest help, 1937 / Registration at the local student group" Depicts two large stalks of wheat on a blue background. )
OS Folder
5A"Student! Studentin!" ("Students! Co-eds!"), 1937 ( "Freedom!: After four years Germany is free. Versilles is torn to peices. Germany won in peace this first battle. / Bread!: Jewish hate and envy want to force us to our knees economically. Germany is shaking these chains off too. Germany must win in peace also this second battle. / All Germany is helping!: What foreign countries are holding back from us, German work strength of first and brow are creating. German rubber, German gasoline, German cellular wool are the first accomplishments. / The harvest is standing!: After four years of reconstruction the most important work strengths are missing. Bread for the economic freedom fight must be assured. Every German must help the peasants in this work. Assure daily bread for work. / Students are helping!: Here lies our next assignment. Here we can hep the Fuhrer. The entire German national community is giving us the possibility for study. We must thank peasants and workers for this through deeds. / Students in front!: Register yourself for the 1937 Harvest Help! / The local student leadership receives inquires." )
OS Folder
6C"Karerad! Studentin!" ("Comrade, Co-ed!"), 1936-1937 ( "Thousands of men and women students have gone out during the last three years to prove their National Socialist will through unselfish work on the farm and in the factory. German students, therefore, have become the storm troopers through their efforts in agricultural and industrial service, and the decision of German students will always find strength for this second effort. Student effort is freewill effort of honor in the development of the nation and social challenge of the National Socialist world outlook: General wellfare goes before individual welfare! / Dr. G.A. Scheel / National Student Leader" )

Student Rally and Festival Posters

OS Folder
1C"Grosskundgebung: Der Reichsstudentenbunds Fuhrer" ("Big Rally: The Foreign Student League Leaders"), Feb. 17, 1937
OS Folder
7C"Gautag der NSDAP" ("District Dat of the NSDAP"), April, 1937
OS Folder
8C"Schlageter Gedaditnis-Feier" ("Schlageter Memorial Festival"), May 29, 1937 ( Depicts a wooden cross merged with the German Eagle in front of men carrying Nazi flags. )
OS Folder
9C"Gonnwendfeier" ("Sundown Festival"), June 19, 1937 ( "Sundown Festival of the disctrict of Baden of the National Socialist German Workers Party / June 19, 1937, 20:45 o'clock, Ceremonial Place of the Holy Mountain, Heidelberg" Depicts an amphitheater located on a hill opposite the Heidelberg Castle across the Neckar River. )
OS Folder
10C"Reichs-arbeitstagung der Deutschen Studenten-Fuhrer" ("National Working Conference of German Student Leaders"), June 1937 ( Depicts a swastika next to a lion with a book, the Heidelberg Castle symbol. )
OS Folder
1C"Grosskundgebung: Adolf Wagner" ("Big Rally: Adolf Wagner"), June 23, 1937
1C"Grosses Schlossfest" ("Large Castle Festival"), June 25, 1937

Performance Posters

OS Folder
1C"Serenaden-Konzerte im Schlosshof" ("Serenade-Concert in the Courtyard"), May - June 1937 ( Provides a list of performances by the Heidelberg City Orchestra during the first half of the summer of 1937. )
11"Serenaden-Konzert in Schloss-hof" ("Serenade-Concert in the Courtyard"), May 6, 1937
1"Serenaden-Konzert im Schloss-hof" ("Serenade-Concert in the Courtyard"), May 15, 1937
1"Serenaden-Konzert im Schloss-hof" ("Serenade-Concert in the Courtyard"), May 26, 1937
OS Folder
1C"Der Feldherr und der Fuhnrich" ("The General and the Ensign"), July 3, 1937

Nazi Memorabilia

2Nazi Flag Banner ( Approx. 8ft x 4ft red banner with Nazi Swastika in white and black in center. )

H. K. Stanford Personal Correspondence and Reflections

12Transcript of H.K. Stanford's study abroad diary, 1936-1937