Marion R. Hemperley was born Sept. 21, 1923 in East Point, Fulton County, Georgia. He was the son of the late George Washington and Francis Lee Luck Hemperley. He was preceded in death by a son, Roy Hemperley. He had served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II, and was graduated from DeKalb Community College and Georgia State University. He was retired as the Deputy Surveyor General of Georgia at the Georgia Archives and also had served on the State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Surveyors, State of Georgia. Hemperley was a well known author of a number of books, among them "Placenames of Georgia", "Cities, Towns & Communities of Georgia", "Historical Indian Trails of Georgia", "Georgia's Boundaries" and "Heritage of Georgia Indians". Fayette County Georgia Citizen online, Wednesday, July 22, 1998 http://thecitizennews.com (Retrieved July 15, 2009)
Dr. John H. Goff (1899-1967) was an author and professor emeritus at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Prior to his death in 1967, Dr. Goff gave his collection of historical data to the Georgia Surveyor General Department and a portion of his collection to his friend, Marion Hemperley.
The collection consists of writings, printed material, maps, clippings, photographs and artifacts. This collection also includes material from Dr. Goff's research including preliminary notes for articles, working copies of Georgia county maps, and the incomplete manuscript for "Off to Alabama."
Dr. Goff asked Hemperley to complete some of his writings and this collection contains research and notes pertaining to this project.
Georgia maps stamped "Dr. John H. Goff Collection" were removed from this collection and added to the county map folders in the Hargrett Library Map Collection.
Box 9 includes the artifacts for the collection: stone fragments, pottery fragments, 18th century nails, Civil War bullets, and a 19th century brass spike.