David Crenshaw Barrow Jr. family papers

David Crenshaw Barrow Jr. family papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Manuscripts
Creator: Barrow, David C., (David Crenshaw), 1852-1929
Creator: Barrow, David Crenshaw, 1815-1899
Creator: Barrow, Priscilla Sawyer, 1828-1910
Title: David Crenshaw Barrow Jr. family papers
Dates: Bulk, 1873-1900
Dates: 1822-1932, bulk 1873-1900
Quantity: 5.7 Linear feet (14 document boxes, 1 oversized folder B)
Coll. Number: ms2764

Biographical/Historical Note

David Crenshaw Barrow, Jr. (1852-1929), professor of mathematics and engineering at the University of Georgia (1878-1907) and Chancellor of the University of Georgia (1906-1925).

For more information, see the article "David C. Barrow Jr. (1852-1929)" in the New Georgia Encyclopedia.

Born: 18 October 1852 in Oglethorpe County, Georgia

Died: 11 January 1929, Buried Oconee Kill Cemetery, Athens, Georgia

Father: Colonel David Crenshaw Barrow (1815-1899)

Mother: Sarah Eliza Pppe, Died at age 34

Stepmother: Priscilla Flint Sawyer (1828-1910), Called "Aunt Poole"

Sisters: Ella Patience Barrow (Mrs. Bourke Spalding)

Lucy Barrow (Mrs. John A. Cobb)

Clara Elizabeth Barrow

Brothers: Pope Barrow

Colonel James Barrow

Benjamin White Barrow (1851-1876)

Henry Walker Barrow (1854-1876)

Rev. Thomas A. Barrow

Wife: Frances Ingle Childs, Married 5 February 1879

Children: Susan Barrow (Mrs. Samuel Crowe)

Eleanor Priscilla Barrow (Mrs. Henry Lee Jewett Williams)

Benjamin Henry Barrow

David Francis Barrow

Education: University of Georgia class of 1874

Chi Phi fraternity

Occupation: Surveyor-Georgia Geological Survey for two years

Lawyer for two years

Adjunct professor of mathematics, University of Georgia (1878-1882)

Professor of engineering, University of Georgia (1883-1889)

Professor of mathematics, University of Georgia (1889-1907)

Dean of Franklin College, University of Georgia

Chancellor of University of Georgia (1906-1925)

Religion: First Methodist Church, Athens, Georgia

Personal: Nicknamed "Uncle Dave" by University of Georgia Students

An Athens public school and a county named for him

Famous orator with several published speeches

Scope and Content Note

The papers consist of diaries, business ledgers, photographs, schoolwork, personal and business correspondence, deeds, receipts, speeches, University of Georgia related information, maps, biographical information, obituary, and some family history.

The collection consists of 12 boxes and 1 oversize folder. Box 1 contains folders 1:1-1:14. Folder 1:1 contains biographical information about Barrow, mainly concerning his University of Georgia career and his obituary. Folders 1:2-1:14 contain correspondence to and from Barrow and family members. Folder 1:9 concerns correspondence with Priscilla Flint Sawyer Barrow, who was governess to Barrow's sisters and later married Barrow's father. She was called "Aunt Poole." Box 2 contains folders 2:1-2:6 which include more personal correspondence between Barrow and family and friends. Folders 2:1-2:2 contain correspondence with Ella Patience Barrow Spalding, Barrow's sister, in which she mentions much about family history. Folder 2:4 contains correspondence with Barrow's business partner, Pope Spratlin. They were partners in farming the two plantations in Oglethorpe county, Sylls Fork and the Home Place. Box 3 contains folders 3:1-3:7. Folder 3:1 contains an address book and a guest book. Folders 3:2, 3:4 and 3:5 contain items concerning Barrow's brothers, Benjamin White Barrow, Henry Walker Barrow, and James Barrow. Folder 3:3 contains a business ledger belonging to Barrow's father and an address given by him. Folder 3:6 contains a diary kept by Barrow's stepmother Priscilla Sawyer Barrow. Box 4 contains folders 4:1-4:8 which include business correspondence dating from 1824-1886. Box 5 contains folders 5:1-5:7 which include business correspondence from 1887-1929 and undated letters. Box 6 contains folders 6:1-6:7, which include bank and stock items, insurance papers, loans, receipts, bills, tax receipts, and various business papers. Box 7 contains folders 7:1-7:7. Folder 7:1 contains business ledgers. Folder 7:2 contains an orphan home record book, probably of the Methodist North Georgia Conference in 1871. Folders 7:3-7:7 contain Barrow's surveying notebooks. Box 8 contains folders 8:1-8:5 which include Barrow's speeches, some published, and other writings, such as poems written by Barrow and others. Box 9 contains folders 9:1 -9:3 which include work done by Barrow while professor and chancellor at the University of Georgia. Box 10 contains folders 10:1-10:3. Folder 10:1 contains notebooks Barrow kept while a student at the University of Georgia. Folder 10:2 contains notebooks written while Barrow was a professor. Folder 10:3 contains notebooks with his writings on religion, perhaps for Sunday School lessons. Box 11 contains folders 11:1-11:4. Folders 11:1-11:3 contain deeds pertaining to the Barrow family dating back to 1822. Folder 11:4 contains various legal documents, many relating to property and land. A folder in the oversize drawer contains maps, sketch maps, and blueprints. Box 12 contains a picture of Barrow on an ink stamp. The box also contains a photograph album and a scrapbook.


Arranged by record type.

Index Terms

Account books.
Athens (Ga.)
Barrow family
College students--Georgia.
Education, Higher--Georgia.
Farm management--Georgia.
Georgia--Politics and government--1775-1865.
Georgia--Politics and government--1865-1950.
Universities and colleges--Curricula--Georgia.
Universities and colleges--Faculty.
Universities and colleges--Georgia--Administration.
University of Georgia.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

David Crenshaw Barrow, Jr. family papers. MS 2764. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, University of Georgia Libraries.


The personal papers of David Crenshaw Barrow, Jr. were acquired by the University of Georgia's Hargrett Library in December 1990, March 7 1991, and May 3 1991. The papers were contributed by Mrs. Susan Frances Barrow Tate, who added many explanatory notes.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing


Series 1: Biographical Information

11Series 1 Biographical Information

Series 2: Personal Correspondence, 1857-1932

12Clara Elizabeth Barrow (sister), 1874-1878
3David Crenshaw Barrow (nephew), 1874-1921
4David Crenshaw Barrow, Sr. (father), 1857-1895, undated
5From David Crenshaw Barrow, Jr., 1875-1927
6Eleanor Priscilla Barrow (daughter), 1904-1932, undated
7Elizabeth Church Barrow (niece), 1901-1916, undated
8Pope Barrow (brother), 1873-1903, undated
9Priscilla Flint Sawyer Barrow (stepmother), 1865-1909, undated
10Asaph King Childs (father-in-law), Walter L. Childs (brother-in-law), 1833-1902, undated
11John A. Cobb (brother-in-law), Howell Cobb (nephew), 1882-1906
12Bessie Cobb (niece), Sarah Pope Cobb (niece), 1894-1919
13Annie Frank Noble (cousin), 1881-1908, undated
14Blanton Hill Noble (cousin), 1881-1895, undated
21Ella Patience Barrow Spalding (sister), 1880-1908
2Ella Patience Barrow Spalding (sister), 1909-1927, undated
3Randolph Spalding (nephew), 1889-1919
4Pope Spratlin (business partner), 1882-1914, undated
5Tenants, 1880-1918
6Other Relatives and Friends, 1872-1922

Series 3: Family Matters

31Address Book, Guest Book, 1903
2Benjamin White Barrow
3David Crenshaw Barrow, Sr.
3Business Ledger, 1867-1888
4Henry Walker Barrow
5James Barrow
6Priscilla Flint Sawyer Barrow
6Diary, 1884-1886
7Other Relatives and Genealogy

Series 4: Business Records

Subseries 4A: Correspondence, 1824-1929, undated


Subseries 4B: Business Items

61Banking and Stocks
2Business Papers
4Loans, 1837-1926
5Receipts-Athens Businesses
6Receipts and Bills
7Taxes, 1859-1930
71Business Ledgers, 1878-1884, undated
2Orphan Home Record Book
3Surveying Notebook, 1875
4Surveying Notebook, 1888
5Surveying Notebook, 1892
6Surveying Notebook, 1899
7Surveying Notebooks, undated

Series 5: Speeches

5Speeches and Other Writings

Series 6: University of Georgia files

91Annual Reports
2Speech Notebooks
3University of Georgia Papers
101College Notebooks, 1873
2College Notebooks, undated
3Religious Writings Notebooks
OS Folder
1Teaching certificate and American Bible Society certificate, 1883-1924

Series 7: Legal Affairs, 1822-1927

111Deeds-Clarke County, 1822-1925
2Deeds-Oglethorpe County, 1838-1927
3Deeds-Other Counties, 1833-1905
4Legal Documents

Series 8: Bound Volumes

12Photograph Album
Picture Stamp
12AAcount Books
Diaries, 1875-1899
12BAccount Books
Diaries, 1900-1928, undated
OS Folder
1BMaps, Blueprints, Sketches (mainly in Clarke and Oglethorpe), 1920s-1940s