First Presbyterian Church (Athens, Ga.) records

First Presbyterian Church (Athens, Ga.) records

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Manuscripts
Creator: First Presbyterian Church (Athens, Ga.).
Title: First Presbyterian Church (Athens, Ga.) records
Dates: 1930-1997
Quantity: 0.8 Linear feet (2 document boxes)
Coll. Number: ms3151

Biographical/Historical Note

In 1820, under the leadership of Dr. Moses Waddel, President of the University of Georgia, the Presbyterians in Athens, Georgia were organized into a congregation on Christmas Day. This area was then in Hopewell Presbytery, Synod of South Carolina. The original church building was located at the main entrance to the University campus on Broad St. It was erected in 1828. The present building was erected in 1855-56. The lot (No. 30, Mitchell Survey) was purchased in 1854. The cost of the building was $10,000 and the builder was Ross Crane. It was extensively remodeled both in 1906 and 1965, when the educational wing was added. Several pews (deacon's benches) from the original building are still in use, though considered treasures, in various rooms and offices. The pews in the present sanctuary were made from lumber on the John White plantation. They varied in length to accomodate the families of the original occupants. The Tinsley-Stern Youth Building was acquired in 1992. (

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of letters, photographs, inventories and bulletins concerning some of the programs of the church. Of primary interest are letters from members of the armed forces, their families, chaplains and other pastors during World War II, as a result of the church's contact with the military forces during part of the period of Dr. Eugene L. Hill's pastorate. Church material includes photos of missionaries; the M. L. Swineharts and Mrs. H. C. Ostrom; Bible and Sunday school classes; family night suppers; committee meetings; the church building and staff; John Roark; Martha Sonte; Chaplain W. R. Floyd; and a Haiti mission trip. Also included are various resolutions and memorials.


Arranged into 2 series and 2 subseries.

Index Terms

Church buildings--Georgia--Athens--Photographs.
Church bulletins.
Church records.
Clergy--United States--Correspondence.
Families of military personnel--Georgia--Athens--Correspondence.
Families of military personnel--United States--Correspondence.
First Presbyterian Church (Athens, Ga.).
First Presbyterian Church (Athens, Ga.). -- Photographs
First Presbyterian Church (Athens, Ga.). -- Records and correspondence
First Presbyterian Church (Athens, Ga.). -- Resolutions
Floyd, W. R. -- Photographs
Military chaplains--United States--Correspondence.
Ostrom, H. C. -- Photographs
Resolutions (administrative records)
Roark, John -- Photographs
Soldiers--United States--Correspondence.
Sunday schools--Georgia--Athens.
Swinehart, M. L. -- Photographs

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

First Presbyterian Church (Athens, Ga.) records, MS 3151. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing


Series 1: World War II Correspondence and Related Material

Subseries 1.1: Correspondence

11Correspondence, 1941-August 1942
2Correspondence, September-December 1942
3Correspondence, January-August 1943
4Correspondence, September-November 1943
5Correspondence, December 1943
6Correspondence, January-August 1944
7Correspondence, September-December 1944
21Correspondence, January-May 1945
2Correspondence, June-December 1945
3Correspondence, no date

Subseries 1.2: Related Material

24Lists of soldier's addresses & record of church activities in their behalf with some examples of cards and bulletins sent servicemen
5Inventory of church vault; Margaret Prescott Montague poem 'To the Fighting Men'

Series 2: Church Scrapbooks and history

26Church scrapbook
6Photos of missionaries-The Swineharts and Mrs. H.C. Ostrom, 1911-1937
6Bible School picture, 1934
6University Class
6Appreciation of W.D. Hooper
6Program of Progress committee minutes, 1947
6Georgia Synodical Training School picture, 1949
6Photos of John Roark, Martha Stone & Chaplain W.R. Floyd, Interior and exterior of church building
7Church scrapbook
7Photos-family night suppers, Sunday school classes, meetings
7Dr. Eugene L. Hill information-pastor, 1907-1949
7Article on new organ, 1955
7Memorial-Sarah Frances Marshall Ramsey [Mrs. Harmon B.]
7Resolution-Dr. Harmon B. Ramsey
8Hill memorial tablet
8Photos: groundbreaking ceremony, Earl Roberts Family; Forward Step banquet; building committee; floor Plans; family night; Haiti mission trip, 1963 1997
8Mrs. A.S. Isom letter
8Theodore C. Santana letter, 1995
9Photocopies of: Sesqui-centennial book of church history, 1820-1970
9Photocopies of: Memorial Day observance honoring gold star vets on 50 th Anniversary of end of WWII with list of veterans
9Photocopies of: Script for slide presentation based on armed services letters